Natural disaster movies have become so prolific over the last few decades that they command their very own genre on popular streaming platforms like Netflix. In fact, the streaming giant currently has an impressive crop of natural disaster movies to choose from that every insurance adjuster would be wise to check out.
We’re about to give you our picks. But you’ll want to watch fast! Netflix keeps revolving contracts on many of their movies, so these may not be available forever. Check Netflix for the most updated listings.
Now Showing! Disaster Movies You Need To Watch
As of March 2022, Netflix has a variety of natural disaster movies available to watch. While the films vary in quality, all are relevant to the average CAT adjuster. At the very least, some of the outrageous plots and bad dialogue will give you a good chuckle. Others will give you some serious food for thought when it comes to calculating damages. Here are our picks.
This movie is based on a true story and follows a family who was vacationing in Thailand when the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami struck. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor play the parents who are separated from their children in the disaster. The film was a critical success, with many praising Watts’ performance, and who doesn’t like Obi-Wan, right? It’s definitely a humanized slice-of-life perspective on natural disasters.
This 1998 natural disaster classic stars Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman. A comet is on a collision course with Earth, and as the world prepares for the end, a group of astronauts attempts to stop it. This movie is a must-watch for any insurance adjuster looking for some good old-fashioned disaster porn. The effects are (for the most part) still impressive, and it’s just fun to watch things get blown up real good.
This Roland Emmerich-directed disaster flick features Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Emmy Rossum. It’s another one of those “ends of the world” plots, but this time it’s due to sudden global warming. The special effects are again the star here, with gigantic tornadoes sweeping through Los Angeles and a massive wall of water decimating New York City. If you’re looking for a movie that’s full of insurance-adjusting eye candy, this is the one for you.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this disaster flick about an earthquake that hits California. As a helicopter rescue pilot, Johnson’s character tries to save his daughter who’s stuck in San Francisco. The movie has some good effects, but it’s really Johnson’s charisma that carries it. If you’re a fan of his, this is definitely worth a watch.
Honorable Mentions: Disaster Movies Edition
There are almost too many to list in such a short space, so to round out this list, we’ve picked some other potential classics if you just can’t get enough of the calamity.
This movie follows a group of storm chasers who are in pursuit of the most extreme weather events.
When a volcano erupts in Los Angeles, it’s up to a vulcanologist (Tommy Lee Jones) and a mayor (Anne Heche) to save the city.
Another volcanologist (Pierce Brosnan) arrives in a small town to investigate the recent activity of a nearby volcano.
As the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world, a man (John Cusack) tries to save his family from the impending disaster. Don’t let the let-down of actual 2012 resulting in a-whole-lotta-nothing stop you from enjoying this one.
Gerard Butler tries to save the world from a series of climate-controlling satellites that have gone haywire. A little out there but well-made and acted!
The Day the Earth Stood Still
In this remake of the 1951 classic, Keanu Reeves stars as an alien who comes to warn us about our destructive ways.
War of The Worlds
In this Steven Spielberg adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, Tom Cruise tries to save his family from invading aliens.
Just Keep Telling Yourself, “It’s Only a Movie”
If you have a favorite natural disaster movie, we’d love to hear about it. And if it’s available somewhere other than Netflix, go ahead and share that, too!
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