Hollywood loves to destroy things, there is no question. The disaster movie has become a stalwart of every movie season.
It truly became its own sub-genre of action-thriller in the 1970s and studios have not shied away from it since.
They can take real life disasters (watch Titanic online and see what we're talking about) or fictional ones (watch Armageddon online) and one thing becomes clear: Audiences have a knack for taking shelter in the fact that what they're witnessing on screen is not happening to them!
Click through and check out our 15 disaster movies that are the best at destroying things.
The Day After Tomorrow imagines the end of the world, but this time -- it's our fault. Thanks to global warming, the world faces its greatest challenge. And we get to watch it through the eyes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid! And yes, it's another on this list from Roland Emmerich. He sure likes to destroy things!
Michael Bay is pretty good at destroying things, so it's only fitting he tackle the asteroid coming at earth storyline too. Armageddon featured an all-star cast and thrills abounded, but we could have dealt without that awkward scene with Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler and her navel.
Mother Nature doling out the destruction is a nice "wild card" for disaster movies. It's so unpredictable! What isn't is the powerful chemistry between leads Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. This is a thrill ride we can see again and again.
The Perfect Storm may have starred Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney, but the true star was the real life fishermen they played who lost their lives in one of weather's most insane moments. Three massive storms converging on the same place? Unreal, yet it really happened!
They sure loved disaster movies in the 1970s! The Towering Inferno was a powerful thrill ride that featured Paul Newman and Steve McQueen doing their best to save the lives of hundreds of people inside the world's largest building -- that's completely engulfed in flames!
Pierce Brosnan stars as a volcanoligist who happens to be on the site of a huge volcano that no one believes is going to go off. Guess what? It does, and he and Linda Hamilton do their best to survive. Dante's Peak is a pretty solid thrill ride.
For those of us who live in LA, Earthquake hits hard -- no pun intended. Charlton Heston stars in another 1970s all-star cast disaster movie that imagines Angelinos' worst fear. Best scene: The Capital Records building taking a massive hit.
Disaster can happen in space, and boy, does it ever in Gravity. What Sandra Bullock goes through is nothing short of the embodiment of human willpower. Not only is it technically a perfect movie, emotionally it packs one sensational punch.
The Impossible tells the story of one family's struggle to survive after the Thailand tsunami devastated that country's beaches. It is dramatic. It is powerful and features incredible performances from its leads (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts) and its child actors. It is simply stunning and a powerful tribute to the human will to survive.
When Morgan Freeman is the president and he tells us that an asteroid is coming, we don't know whether to be calm from his dulcet tones, or completely freak out! Deep Impact was a better asteroid movie than that other one that arrived that same year, but both have their merits in the disaster movie genre.
One of the most tragic of real life disasters comes to life as an Oscar-winning love story, courtesy of James Cameron. The way he melds Jack and Rose's love story with the sinking of the "unsinkable" ship is astounding.