From erratic and deadly cyclones, to global climate catastrophes, disaster films have been thrilling audiences for years. And in anticipation of Into The Storm raging into theaters this weekend, ET is breaking down some of the most unforgettable scenes from the biggest natural disaster films.
5. Deep Impact (1998) A comet is heading towards Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive, and Morgan Freeman is the President. This late-90s film had plenty of memorable moments but none as unforgettable as when the asteroid actually hits and a massive tidal wave hits the Eastern seaboard.
4. The Perfect Storm (2000) Forget the all-star cast that included George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane and John C. Reilly, this film was allbout that one big, giant, crazy wave. Hollywood special effects at its best.
3. 2012 (2009) Directo Roland Emmerich has perfected the art of blowing things up in disaster movies such as Independence Day and Day After Tomorrow, and none were as over-the-top as this 2009 film about a global catastrophe threatening mankind. Tidal wave over the Himalayan mountains. That's all.
2. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Five years before 2012, Emmerich took us on the thrill of our lives in this Jake Gyllenhaal flick. It's hard to forget the superstorm that engulfed New York City and had its victimes running for the public library for shelter.
1. Twister (1996) This film did for tornadoes what Jaws did for sharks. Advanced storm chasers played by Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman put themselves in the cross-hairs of deadly F5 cyclones. From a twister tearing through a drive-in screening of The Shining to a pair of flying cows, it's hard to forget this disaster film.
Watch the video for a tour of the “twisted” set back in 1995 from Bill Paxton himself.