The golden age of disaster moviesby fiasko1 | created - 31 Mar 2012 | updated - 02 Mar 2013 | Public
Everyone knows the classic 1970s disaster films such as The Towering Inferno, Earthquake & The Poseidon Adventure but what about the lesser known films. Here I try to list disaster films / people in peril / when nature attacks type films from the late 60s to early 80s, surely the "golden age" of disaster movies.
I grew up in this era seeing many of these of TV and being at the age were I found them pretty scary, I therefore have very fond memories of this genre and era.
I've added links to Youtube if the whole film is on there (some are in parts), none of the youtube clips are uploaded by me & if you're reading this months or years after I started the list then chances are that the Youtube links will be dead.
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1. The Towering Inferno (1974)
PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
Votes: 33,767 | Gross: $116.00M
2. Earthquake (1974)
PG | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.
Votes: 11,782 | Gross: $79.70M
4. Airport (1970)
G | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.
Votes: 14,867 | Gross: $100.49M
6. When Time Ran Out... (1980)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.
Votes: 2,161 | Gross: $1.70M
8. City on Fire (1979)
R | 106 min | Action, Drama
A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.
Watch the whole movie here - [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6-eG2E2fT4[/link]
9. Avalanche (1978)
PG | 91 min | Action, Drama
The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.
Watch the whole movie here - [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__B_qZzN8WE[/link]
10. Two-Minute Warning (1976)
R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller
A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly and SWAT commander Sergeant ... See full summary »
11. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.
12. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.
14. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In rural Arizona, countless killer tarantulas are migrating through a farm town, killing every living thing in their path. The town's veterinarian will do everything in his power to survive the onslaught.
Votes: 3,770 | Gross: $17.00M
Whole movie - [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXdBBDg57Pg[/link]
15. Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually ... See full summary »
16. Juggernaut (1974)
PG | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.
17. Crack in the World (1965)
Not Rated | 96 min | Sci-Fi
A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.
18. Skyjacked (1972)
PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.
20. Flood (1976 TV Movie)
100 min | Adventure
After several weeks of heavy rainfall, the dam above Brownsville is ready to burst. But the town's mayor refuses to open its gates - paving the way for disaster.
21. Fire (1977 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Action
A convict starts a fire in a forest to cover his escape, but the fire goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.
22. Piranha (1978)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Votes: 15,818 | Gross: $6.00M
23. Black Sunday (1977)
R | 143 min | Drama, Thriller
Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.
Votes: 5,778 | Gross: $15.77M
24. Airport 1975 (1974)
PG | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.
Votes: 8,073 | Gross: $47.29M
25. Airport '77 (1977)
PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.
Votes: 8,100 | Gross: $30.00M
26. The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington, D.C. to Paris, and then to Moscow as a goodwill ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,633 | Gross: $13.00M
27. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 479,686 | Gross: $260.00M
31. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
R | 129 min | Drama, Thriller
Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?
32. Alligator (1980)
R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
33. Gray Lady Down (1978)
PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.
34. Special Bulletin (1983 TV Movie)
103 min | Drama
A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC... See full summary »
35. The Night the Bridge Fell Down (1983 TV Movie)
180 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A group of random individuals get stranded on a bridge that begins collapsing at both ends. Not only that, but there's a gun-wielding bank robber using the bridge as his means of escape ... See full summary »
36. Hanging by a Thread (1979 TV Movie)
190 min | Drama, Adventure
A group of old friends on an outing re-live various traumas and tragedies via flashback whilst trapped high above a ravine in a disabled cable-car.
38. Ants! (1977 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
An old-fashioned, lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter and situated next to a construction site, is attacked by an army of poisonous ants. Efforts to... See full summary »
39. Flight to Holocaust (1977 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Action
A team of troubleshooters is called to a skyscraper where a plane has crashed into the 20th floor and is stuck in the side of the building.
40. Day of the Animals (1977)
PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A battle for survival ensues after a group of hikers encounters a chemically imbalanced forest.
43. St. Helens (1981)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama
Dramatization of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.
44. The Savage Bees (1976 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The festive fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration is brought to a halt when a swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter.
45. Terror Out of the Sky (1978 TV Movie)
97 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
This TV sequel to "The Savage Bees" features more rampaging insects. This time a marching band and a school bus get in the path of the bees.
47. The Doomsday Flight (1966 TV Movie)
Approved | 93 min | Thriller
A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.
48. The Day the Earth Moved (1974 TV Movie)
75 min | Drama
A team taking aerial photographs of the desert deduces that an earthquake is about to strike a nearby town, but nobody in the town believes them.
49. Hurricane (1974 TV Movie)
74 min | Drama
Two hurricane hunters track a huge, violent hurricane that is bearing down on a Gulf Coast town.
50. Survive! (1976)
R | 85 min | Drama, Thriller