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1970s Disaster Movies

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Orca(1977)

PG
| 1h 32min | Adventure, Horror
3.1/5 (with 122 votes)

After witnessing the killing of his mate and offspring at Captain Nolan's hands, a vengeful killer whale goes on a rampage in the fisherman's Newfoundland harbor. Under pressure from the villagers, Nolan, Rachel and Umilak sail after the great beast, who will meet them on its own turf.

The Andromeda Strain(1971)

G
| 2h 11min | Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 202 votes)

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone scramble to a secure laboratory and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont - an old alcoholic and a six-month-old baby - survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device designed to prevent the escape of dangerous biological agents..

Directed by Robert Wise - With Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne, Paula Kelly, George Mitchell, ...

The Poseidon Adventure(1972)

PG
| 1h 57min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 272 votes)

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.

The Towering Inferno(1974)

PG
| 2h 45min | Action, Thriller, Drama
3.6/5 (with 293 votes)

At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

The China Syndrome(1979)

PG
| 2h 2min | Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 141 votes)

While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, opportunistic reporter Kimberly Wells witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to publicize the incident, but soon finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.

The Omega Man(1971)

3.1/5 (with 167 votes)

Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only human survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. Besides him, only a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people remain - sensitive to light, and homicidally psychotic.

The Concorde... Airport '79(1979)

PG
| 2h 3min | Action, Drama, Thriller
2.4/5 (with 52 votes)

The last of the 'Airport' series again stars George Kennedy as aviation disaster-prone Joe Patroni, this time having to contend with nuclear missiles, the French Air Force and the threat of the plane splitting in two over the Alps!

The Cassandra Crossing(1976)

R
| 2h 9min | Action, Thriller, Drama
3.2/5 (with 61 votes)

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease, and nobody will let them off the train.

Rollercoaster(1977)

PG
| 1h 59min | Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 45 votes)

The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the cops after they give him UV marked money. He then wants revenge and places a bomb in a roller coaster at the most important amusement park event of the year.

Airport '77(1977)

PG
| 1h 54min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 91 votes)

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure(1979)

1h 54min | Action, Adventure, Drama
2.5/5 (with 32 votes)

After "The Poseidon Adventure", in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While the passengers are still on board waiting to be rescued, two rivaling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold and a small amount of plutonium.

Earthquake(1974)

PG
| 2h 3min | Action, Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 100 votes)

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

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Airport 1975(1974)

PG
| 1h 47min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 78 votes)

"Something hit us...the crew is dead...help us, please, please help us!" With these terrifying words, 22 of Hollywood's greatest stars find themselves aboard a pilotless jumbo jet headed on a collision course with destruction in the nerve chilling sequel to the greatest disaster movie ever made.

Airport(1970)

G
| 2h 17min | Action
3.2/5 (with 115 votes)

Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Juggernaut(1974)

PG
| 1h 49min | Thriller, Action, Crime
3.0/5 (with 34 votes)

A bomber has planted 7 bombs on a transatlantic cruise ship. While a crack bomb squad team try to defuse the bombs the police attempt to track down the mad bomber.

The Swarm(1978)

PG
| 1h 56min | Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
2.6/5 (with 57 votes)

Scientist Dr. Bradford Crane and army general Thalius Slater join forces to fight an almost invisible enemy threatening America; killer bees that have deadly venom and attack without reason. Disaster movie-master Irwin Allen's film contains spectacular special effects, including a train crash caused by the eponymous swarm.

Colossus: The Forbin Project(1970)

PG
| 1h 40min | Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 65 votes)

Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both computers insist that they be linked, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established the two become a new Super computer and threaten the world with the immediate launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus begins to give its plans for the management of the world under its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a technological resistance to Colossus which must operate underground.

Meteor(1979)

2.6/5 (with 44 votes)

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon satellite "Hercules" but discovers soon that it doesn't have enough fire power. Their only chance to save the world is to join forces with the USSR who have also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree?

The Hindenburg(1975)

2h 5min | History, Thriller, Action
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

In this highly speculative historical thriller, Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott), a former hero pilot now working for military intelligence, is assigned to the great Hindenburg airship as its chief of security. As he races against the clock to uncover a possible saboteur aboard the doomed zeppelin he finds that any of the passengers and crew could be the culprit.

The Big Bus(1976)

PG
| 1h 28min | Action, Comedy
2.7/5 (with 31 votes)

The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear-powered bus is making its maiden non-stop trip from New York to Denver. The journey is plagued by disasters due to the machinations of a mysterious group allied with the oil lobby. Will the down-on-his-luck driver, with a reputation for eating his passengers, be able to complete the journey?

Gray Lady Down(1978)

PG
| 1h 51min | Thriller, Adventure, History, Drama
3.3/5 (with 27 votes)

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew.

Skyjacked(1972)

PG
| 1h 41min | Action, Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 14 votes)

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.

SST: Death Flight(1977)

2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

On its maiden flight, the crew of America's first supersonic transport learns that it may not be able to land, due to an act of sabotage and a deadly flu onboard.

Directed by David Lowell Rich - With Lorne Greene

Damnation Alley(1977)

PG
| 1h 31min | Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
2.6/5 (with 26 votes)

Following World War III, a small group of survivors at an isolated military installation attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living, using a specially built vehicles to protect themselves against the freakish weather, mutated plant and animal life, and other dangers encountered along the way.

Avalanche(1978)

PG
| 1h 34min | Action, Adventure, Drama
1.8/5 (with 20 votes)

A holiday at a winter wonderland turns into a game of survival for a group of vacationers, after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort.

S.O.S. Titanic(1979)

3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

The Titanic disaster is depicted as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board.

Gold(1974)

2.9/5 (with 13 votes)

Rod Slater is the newly appointed general manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners can make a killing in the international gold market.

The Bullet Train(1975)

2h 32min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

One of the Japanese Shinkansen “Bullet Trains” is threatened with a bomb that will explode automatically if the train slows below 80 km/h, unless a ransom is paid. Police race to find the bombers and to learn how to defuse the bomb.

City on Fire(1979)

R
| 1h 46min | Action
2.7/5 (with 9 votes)

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.

Smash-Up on Interstate 5(1976)

1h 40min | Drama, TV Movie, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

In this made-for-TV disaster movie, the lives of a group of motorists are chronicled retrospectively after they're involved in a 39-car pile-up on California's Interstate 5 over 4th of July weekend.

Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey - With Robert Conrad, Sian Barbara Allen, Vera Miles
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