February 25, 2024

The 90s was an incredible decade for awesome (and terrible) disaster movies. I still love so many of those movies, from Twister to Jurassic Park. The 90s produced some of the most iconic disaster movies and franchises ever. Here are a few of my absolute favorites.

Good disaster films deliver plenty of thrills and excitement. No wonder people love them so much! In a popular online forum, a movie fan asked for the best disaster films of the 90s. Here are 14 great 90s disaster movies to check out.

1 – Hard Rain (1998)

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Hard Rain features an exceptional cast (Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Minnie Driver, Ed Asner, and Betty White) and is the perfect combination of disaster, heist, action, and thriller genres. As the title reveals, the action goes down during a “hard rain,” so there are plenty of challenges created by flooding. One fan noted it’s an “underrated crossover between a disaster and Die Hard type movie. Morgan Freeman is the bad guy and a peak Christian Slater saves the day.”

2 – Fearless (1993)

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Jeff Bridges delivers an amazing performance as a man who survives a horrific plane crash in this often-overlooked movie exploring the emotional side of a disaster. One movie fan said Fearless is “one of those movies that really evokes the epic power of a near-death experience.”

3 – Cliffhanger (1993)

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Cliffhanger is an action-packed thrill ride following a group of criminals who heist and crash a U.S. Treasury plane flying through the Rocky Mountains. They depend on mountain climbers to lead them to the suitcases of cash. It stars Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, and Janine Turner.

4 – Volcano (1997)

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Volcano follows an Office of Emergency Management director (Tommy Lee Jones) battling the formation of a volcano at the La Brea Tar Pits. He works at diverting a dangerous lava flow through the streets of Los Angeles. It stars Anne Heche, Don Cheadle, and Keith David.

5 – Deep Impact (1998)

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Deep Impact follows a NASA team attempting to destroy a mass extinction-sized comet on a collision course with Earth while the world prepares for impact. It stars Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, and Morgan Freeman.

6 – Twister (1996)

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Twister is a fun movie following a group of amateur but ambitious storm chasers attempting to deploy a research device into a tornado. It stars an ensemble cast, including Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

7 – Armageddon (1998)

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Armageddon follows a group of deep-core drillers sent by NASA to destroy an extinction-level asteroid by drilling deep enough to set off a nuclear bomb. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, and Steve Buscemi.

8 – Outbreak (1995)

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Outbreak follows an outbreak of a fictional ebolavirus in Cedar Creek, California, and focuses on how far the government will go to contain the spread. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, and Patrick Dempsey.

9 – Independence Day (1996)

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Independence Day follows an extraterrestrial invasion that threatens humanity’s extinction. The survivors calculate their defenses and coordinate a worldwide counterattack on Independence Day. It stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, and Randy Quaid.

10 – Alive (1993)

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Alive is a biographical survival disaster drama detailing the Uruguayan rugby team’s crash aboard Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 into the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. It stars Ethan Hawke, John Haymes Newton, Illeana Douglas, and Danny Nucci and is narrated by John Malkovich.


Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.