From hurricanes to shipwrecks to molten lava to alien invasions, the disaster movie pits us humans at our best (or worst), and gives a select group of almost always beautiful-looking people the chance to make it out alive. These are the 10 greatest disaster movies ever made:
Along with flying cows, one of the more interesting twists in the storm-chasing thriller Twister is its leading couple. In movies like Outbreak, Independence Day and 2012, it’s the stagnating husband who has to win back his jet-setting ex. Not so in Twister, where Bill Paxton is the collared shirt wearing sellout, while soon-to-be ex-wife Helen Hunt has to lure him back to the passion project that united them.