Dramas where a natural disaster is only part of the action

I am firmly convinced that disaster flicks have an inherent flaw, and for that reason cannot be good. That flaw is the fact that a disaster is the principal character in such a movie, while people act principally as victims, fodder. Heroes in such movies tend to be cardboard. And the only thing the viewer is really interested in is "will this or that hero survive or not"? (And it's a no-brainer, too, because usually the characters played by the top-billed actos survive in such flicks.)

Well, for that reason I prefer "normal" dramas, where a disaster is only part of the action (and not a very big one), contributing to people's choices and/or destinies, not determining them altogether. Once again, I concentrate in my list on Hollywood films of the 1930s to 1950s.
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1.
Her Jungle Love (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
While searching the South Pacific for a missing aviator, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crack up on an island... (81 mins.)
“ An earthquake is featured. ” - lora-31
 
2.
History Is Made at Night (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Divorcee Irene Vail falls for a charming Parisian, but her insanely jealous ex-husband will do anything to get her back... (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ A sea-going boat hits an iceberg. (Yes, Titanic-like!) ” - lora-31
 
3.
When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress... (90 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
“ A storm and a flood take place. ” - lora-31
 
4.
Spawn of the North (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict. (110 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ A boat hits an iceberg. ” - lora-31
 
5.
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later... (141 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
“ An earthquake and a landslide occur. ” - lora-31
 
6.
The Rains Came (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The adventurous Lady Edwina Esketh travels to the princely state of Ranchipur in India with her husband... (103 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ An earthquake and a flood (caused by heavy rains and a burst dam) happen. ” - lora-31
 
7.
Key Largo (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ A storm rages, with a heavy rainfall and all. ” - lora-31
 
8.
Abandon Ship (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner. (100 mins.)
Director: Richard Sale
“ Characters go through a storm on the ocean. ” - lora-31
 
9.
Peter Ibbetson (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers... (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ An earthquake and a landslide occur. ” - lora-31
 
10.
Lust for Gold (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Durchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered. (90 mins.)
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
“ An earthquake in the mountains happens. ” - lora-31
 
11.
Elephant Walk (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon. (103 mins.)
“ Enraged elephants ravage the house and part of the plantation. ” - lora-31
 
12.
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. (86 mins.)
“ A big storm on the sea occurs. ” - lora-31
 
13.
China Seas (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship. (87 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
“ A heavy sea storm occurs. (And as a result a grand piano and a steamroller get loose!) ” - lora-31
 
14.
Forty Guns (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory. (79 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A sand storm and a tornado occur. ” - lora-31
 
15.
No Time for Love (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river. (83 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
16.
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A former WW2 naval pilot employed by a Miami civilian company reminisces about his past and present sins while flying a plane into an incoming hurricane. (83 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
17.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (129 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Thanks to blueish35 for this addition. ” - lora-31
 
18.
Suez (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal. (104 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan