1980s Disaster Movies

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| 1h 28min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 1,414 votes)

Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller and Striker's vengeful former Air Force captain, who must both talk him down.

Airplane II: The Sequel(1982)

| 1h 25min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 321 votes)

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the sun, and man-with-a-past, Ted Striker must save the day and get the shuttle back on track – again – all the while trying to patch up his relationship with Elaine.

Runaway Train(1985)

| 1h 51min | Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 155 votes)

A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security.

The Day After(1983)

3.4/5 (with 105 votes)

In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town's residents are thrust into the horrors of nuclear winter.

When Time Ran Out...(1980)

| 2h 1min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

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.

The Quiet Earth(1985)

| 1h 31min | Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 156 votes)

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Miracle Mile(1988)

3.4/5 (with 55 votes)

After 30 years of searching, Harry has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour!


1h 57min | War, Drama
4.0/5 (with 67 votes)

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Steel Dawn(1987)

2.7/5 (with 30 votes)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.


1h 37min per episode | Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An impending hurricane threatens to destroy the Silver Sands Condominium in Fiddler Key, Florida.

Directed by Sidney Hayers - With Barbara Eden


| 1h 30min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 30 votes)

It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating aftermath of the attacks — many suffer radiation poisoning — the Wetherly family tries to survive.

Def-Con 4(1985)

2.0/5 (with 11 votes)

Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one man gets killed by survivors and the other man gets caught. The woman stays by the remains of the the satellite but is soon caught by evil punks who have taken power.

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Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land(1983)

2.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Starflight One, a commercial aircraft that can whisk passengers around the globe in a matter of hours, embarks on its maiden voyage. The trip goes horribly awry, however, when the aircraft is forced out of the atmosphere and into outer space. As it is too dangerous to attempt reentry, Captain Cody Briggs, his passengers and his crew brave declining levels of oxygen while NASA scientists scramble to launch a rescue mission in a race against time.


2.5/5 (with 11 votes)

After a small earthquake in a small and quiet town, local citizens start to have a bizarre, violent and self-destructive behavior...


3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

Scientists in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure to a military virus that was released in a plane crash and has wiped out the rest of the world.

St. Helens(1981)

| 1h 32min | Action, Thriller
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980.

Directed by Ernest Pintoff - With Art Carney, David Huffman, Cassie Yates, Albert Salmi

The Chain Reaction(1980)

2.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Contaminated by a nuclear-plant spill, an Australian worker hides with a woman and tries to warn the public.

The Night The Bridge Fell Down(1983)


Disaster movie that originally aired on television.

Fire and Rain(1989)

1h 29min | Drama, TV Movie
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

This movie is based on the actual events on the tragic day of August 2nd, 1985. Delta Airlines flight 191 en route to Los Angeles Via Dallas Ft Worth took off from Ft Lauderdale, Fl. When the plane was landing in Ft Worth wind-shear from a strong thunderstorm caused the plane to crash.

Directed by Jerry Jameson - With Charles Haid

Air Crew(1979)

2h 24min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

Story of the lives of three Soviet pilots who are united by disaster in a small town in the mountains.

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac(1984)

2h | Drama
1.7/5 (with 1 vote)

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day, with a lot of care taken to re-create what actually went wrong, who died, and who survived. There is a lot of actual footage from the day, as well as accurate representations of aircraft type and airline.

Countdown to Looking Glass(1984)

1h 30min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A fictional confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf. The narrative of the film details the events that lead up to the initial exchange of nuclear weapons from the perspective of an on-going news broadcast.


Kolilakkam followed the "lost and found" formula. Three brothers are separated in their childhood and how they reunite forms the story. Jayan, Sukumaran and M.G. Soman played the brothers, while Madhu and K. R. Vijaya, played their parents.

Directed by P. N. Sundaram - With Jayan, Madhu, Sukumaran

Cave In!(1980)


A party of tourists -- including a state senator (Susan Sullivan), a park ranger (Dennis Cole) who was her one-time lover, a cantankerous professor (Ray Milland), and an escaped convict (James Olson) -- are trapped deep inside the caverns of an unnamed national park, rescued briefly, and then caught in a second cave-in. This Irwin Allen mini-disaster film made in 1979 was shelved for a number of TV seasons, as was his "The Night the Bridge Fell Down", made back to back with this one by the same director and much of the same crew.

Fateful Sunday(1983)

1h 26min | Drama, Action
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

A fire starts on the tanker which is docked in a port. A small group of a workers is trapped inside the burning ship.

34th Express(1981)

1h 23min | Action, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Fast train N34 went exactly on schedule. The passengers were quietly getting ready for bed when the empty compartment from the outstanding cigarette lit up the curtain. Soon the wagon caught fire. Disaster is imminent. Railwaymen and passengers are working together to prevent misfortune and save hundreds of people….

Train out of schedule(1986)

1h 20min | Drama, Adventure
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Train driver suddenly felt sick and train itself is not quite fine. Without a driver it runs unstoppable and now it's passengers are who should save a train and their own lives.

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