10 Movies That Prove Nature is Absolutely Horrifying

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Armageddon: Meteors Hit NYC
Armageddon: Meteors Hit NYC
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Michael Bay gets his fair share of flack, but the director is sure great at blowing things up. In his 1997 flick Armageddon, he levels several of New York’s most famous landmarks in spectacular, meteoric fashion.
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Twister: "I think we're going in!"
Twister: "I think we're going in!"
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jan de Bont’s cheesy disaster flick is a 90's classic. It never takes itself to seriously, but that doesn’t mean it’s not scary. While chasing the storm, the main characters find themselves on a stretch of road with random tractors dropping out of the sky, and an entire house that rolls into the middle of the highway. Luckily, Bill Paxton decides to just drive through the living room window.
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The Poseidon Adventure: The Capsizing
The Poseidon Adventure: The Capsizing
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Before Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, there was Irwin Allen, whose numerous disaster films in the 70’s earned him the moniker, “The Master of Disaster." In a career filled with brilliant disasters, his magnum opus is probably the capsizing scene in The Poseidon Adventure. When a huge wave hits a luxury cruise liner, it sends partygoers flying and crashing through the ship’s glitzy ball room.
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Deep Impact: The Impact
Deep Impact: The Impact
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Our little earthly disasters are nothing compared to what can kill us from space. The comet scene from Deep Impact is jaw-dropping, and the destruction caused by its impact on earth is pure, unflinching, and complete. It's the kind of disaster that swallows skyscrapers and reclaims the Manhattan skyline as a new subsection of the Atlantic Ocean. We don't stand a chance.
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Dante's Peak: The Pyroclastic Cloud Chase
Dante's Peak: The Pyroclastic Cloud Chase
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A science class of a film, Dante’s Peak lives on to teach dozens of junior high students about all the ways a volcano could kill you. The scariest danger spewing from the eruption were the pyroclastic clouds of ash that wiped out the surrounding town of Dante’s Peak like an atom bomb. Luckily, Pierce Brosnan was there to save the day.
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Towering Inferno: Death by Fire and Gravity
Towering Inferno: Death by Fire and Gravity
20th Century Fox Film
Also directed by Irwin Allen, Towering Inferno was yet another entry in the wave of 70's disaster films. This time, the world's tallest building goes up in flames after an electrical accident. During the film, several of the characters meet their doom falling from the hi-rise while on fire.
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The Day After Tomorrow: The New York Tidal Wave
The Day After Tomorrow: The New York Tidal Wave
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Roland Emmerich has destroyed a fair amount of cities in his day, but his most famous feat is probably drowning most of New York City in The Day after Tomorrow. In the scene, a mythic storm hits Manhattan and sends people scrambling over taxi cabs to escape a vicious wave of water sweeping through midtown. New York could do with a good power washing but this is a little much.
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The Impossible: Surviving the Tsunami
The Impossible: Surviving the Tsunami
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While there is already a tsunami on the list, the one depicted in The Impossible is all the more poignant since it depicts an actual disaster that hit Thailand in 2004. The film has its share of CGI ruination, but this is destruction on a much more intimate scale. After the actual tsunami is over, the camera zooms in on one family trying to survive in the aftermath. It's a terrifying look at what it's really like to be in a genuine disaster.
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2012: The Entire Movie
2012: The Entire Movie
Sony Pictures
The Mayans must have skipped a decimal point when predicting the apocalypse because the earth is still spinning a whole two years after, but we do have them to thank for 2012. The Roland Emmerich flick is like the greatest hits of disaster movies. While most flicks in the genre ramp of the destruction in spurts and starts, 2012 is a near-continuous two hours of nature trying to kill main character John Cusack and his family. Cusack survives, but billions of other people aren’t so lucky
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Knowing: The Plane Crash
Knowing: The Plane Crash
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Despite its goofy ending, Knowing has one of the best airplane crashes ever filmed. The best part: all the carnage and destruction stretched across the 3 minute scene is seemingly filmed in one take. No doubt there’s some directorial trickery going on here, but the end product is a breathtaking walk through hell.

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