20 films about floods and tsunamis

Dangers lie in wait for man everywhere, reminding that nature is still the main conductor of life on the planet. Powerful earthquakes and strong hurricanes are provoked by global climate changes, and people do not always have the opportunity to protect themselves from the raging elements. Our list contains films about floods and tsunamis that amaze with the scale of destruction and the realism of filming.

Atomic Samurai (2020)

The Japanese novelty of the movie tells about nuclear samurai – the brave liquidators of the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. In the spring of 2011, a massive earthquake struck northeastern Japan, triggering a giant tsunami. The wave height exceeded 30 meters, and the water element dealt a crushing blow to most of the land, capturing the coast with a nuclear power plant in the city of Okuma.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Fukushima 50

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe, Hidetaka Yoshioka …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1


Geostorm (2017)

The action of the American movie about the tsunami takes place in the near future, when a series of natural disasters covers the planet. Scientists from several countries are uniting to create the Dutchman defense system. Thousands of satellites must monitor three important components of the weather: pressure, humidity and temperature. Control helped to subdue the elements, but an accidental failure in the system launched the formation of a powerful storm.

Original title:
Geostorm

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
16+


Wave (2015)

In a Norwegian fjord, geologists discover a rock fault that could trigger a natural disaster. Scientists are trying to prevent terrible events, but a huge wave is already approaching Geiragen. Residents of a small town find themselves in the epicenter of a deadly element, and among them is the main character of the film, Christian Aikjord, and his family.

Original title:
Bølgen

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Kristoffer Yoner, Eni Dahl Thorp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro …

Country:
Norway, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Noah (2014)

One of the highest-grossing tsunami disaster films to watch is the Hollywood adaptation of the biblical parable. The Lord was angry with people for their sins, so he decided to destroy humanity by arranging an apocalypse. Shortly before the flood, the righteous Noah receives a prophetic warning and, with the help of the eight-armed angels of the Nephilim sent from heaven, starts building the saving ark.

Original title:
Noah

Genre:
Drama, adventure, fantasy

Actors:
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winston, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Impossible (2012)

Highly rated drama based on the true story of the earthquake off the coast of Indonesia in December 2004. The cataclysm caused a flood that claimed the lives of about 300 thousand people. The Spanish film is about a European family vacationing in Thailand. Before the wave hit, the couple with their three children were by the pool. The elements separated Henry and his younger sons from his wife Maria and their eldest son. The Bennetts will have to do the impossible to survive and be reunited.

Original title:
Lo imposible

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland…

Country:
Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
12+


Tsunami 3D (2011)

A small Australian town is covered by a water element and takes thousands of human lives in a matter of minutes. A feature film about a tsunami in the thriller genre tells the story of people surviving in a supermarket where sharks found themselves in flooded premises. A giant wave brought the inhabitants of the ocean depths into the building, and bloodthirsty monsters opened the hunt for the survivors.

Original title:
Bait

Genre:
Horror, action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Adrian Pang…

Country:
Australia, Singapore

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Tsunami: Survive at All Costs (2010)

A Japanese disaster film will showcase the fortitude of people who find themselves face to face with a giant wave. Workers drilling station catastrophe overtook the middle of the ocean, where it is impossible to hide. The government sends a rescue team to the object, but the situation is complicated by a fire that has broken out. Men have to confront two elements at once, finding themselves in a deadly trap.

Original title:
Za rasuto messêji: Umizaru

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Soji Arai, Hideaki Ito, Masaya Kato…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Storm (2009)

The list of the best foreign films about the tsunami was supplemented by a drama about the events of 1953. Holland is trying to get back on track after World War II , but massive flooding is taking its toll. A storm begins on the sea, several dams are broken, and the natural element demolishes everything in its path. The main character of the film, Yulia, is rescued by an officer, but the young woman’s little son disappears without a trace.

Original title:
De storm

Genre:
Action, drama, history

Actors:
Sylvia Hooks, Barry Atsma, Dirk Rufthuft…

Country:
Netherlands, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


2012: Tsunami (2009)

A Korean action movie with an interesting plot shows the events in the small resort town of Huangde. Tourists from all over the world come to a cozy corner to enjoy the sunny beach and local delicacies. Life is in full swing on the streets and in houses, people are making grandiose plans, not suspecting that a flood will soon occur. An ocean scientist discovers that Huangde is in grave danger, but the officials do not believe the professor.

Original title:
Haeundae

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Sol Kyung-gu, Ha Ji-won, Park Chung-hoon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


2012 (2009)

The Mayan prophecy about the end of the world in 2012 inspired the Americans to create a film about tsunamis, floods and disasters. After reporting on the global cataclysm, the heads of state are planning how to save humanity as a species. Chinese authorities begin construction of arks. But the buildings will only accept a select few. A Russian billionaire with his children and wife is trying to get to the landing site. Rich people have a pass, but will main character Jackson Curtis and his family be able to get on board?

Original title:
2012

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, action

Actors:
John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


Signal 252: There are survivors (2008)

Japan recently experienced a powerful earthquake, but new challenges await the Land of the Rising Sun. Flooding came to Tokyo and flooded the coastal areas of the city. Rescuers move to the scene of the tragedy, where the signal “252” comes from. The code means that survivors remain under the water column, and people hope for help. A team of professionals begins a rescue operation, risking their own lives.

Original title:
252: Seizonsha ari

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Hideaki Ito, Seiyo Uchino, Takayuki Yamada …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age limit:
16+


Flood (2007)

The top films about the tsunami are continued by the picture about the violence of the natural elements. The water level in the Thames is rising rapidly, and the waves are crashing into the city with incredible force. The river sweeps away everything in its path, destroying homes and human destinies. A storm raises a huge wave that threatens to destroy London. Marine engineer Rob and his ex-wife are trying to find a way to withstand a natural disaster.

Original title:
Flood

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig, Tom Courtney …

Country:
UK, South Africa, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Killer Wave (mini-series 2007)

The east coast of America has been hit hard by a devastating flood, the causes of which are yet to be sorted out by a group of scientists. The best experts were involved in the investigation: environmental disaster specialist John McAdams and oceanographer Sophie Marlo. Scientists are convinced that the cataclysm is caused by a series of underwater explosions set by terrorists . However, very soon, John himself becomes the main suspect in the case.

Original title:
Killer Wave

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Angus Macfadyen, Karin Vanasse, Louis Philippe Dandeno…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Tsunami (2006)

Behind the giant wave that covered the resorts of Thailand, there is another test for the survivors. A film about a storm and a tsunami will show creepy real footage. Tourists and locals who don’t know where to run. Marauders rummaging through the ruins of coastal hotels. Monks forced to burn hundreds of corpses to avoid the spread of infections . And unfortunate people, after the horrors they experienced, are looking for their loved ones among the living and the dead.

Original title:
Tsunami: The Aftermath

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Tim Roth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
0+


2012: Fall of the Empire (2006)

Scientists have discovered a dangerous movement of the tectonic plate under the Japanese archipelago. According to preliminary data, in 40 years the Land of the Rising Sun will completely go under water, but recent studies have turned out to be less comforting. Dr. Tadokoro is trying to release shocking figures: Japan has only a year left. However, the government does not want to listen to reasonable arguments.

Original title:
Nihon chinbotsu

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Ko Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


Flurry (2006)

Most films about waves and tsunamis are made in the fantasy genre, but the picture of German screenwriters will tell about real events. The flooding in Hamburg in the winter of 1962 was the result of a fatal set of circumstances. In a few days, a month’s rainfall fell in the upper reaches of the Elbe, and the water rushed to the sea, where a powerful storm was gaining strength. The defensive fortifications could not withstand the onslaught – and the icy stream broke into the sleeping city.

Original title:
Die Sturmflut

Genre:
Action, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Benno Furman, Goetz George, Nadia Ul…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Tsunami (2005)

Underwater tremors occur near the Rantum IV oil platform. The European Union initiates an inspection, and as a result, serious production irregularities are discovered – the project manager used explosive methods during drilling. Rash actions start a chain reaction that leads to a large-scale natural disaster.

Original title:
Tsunami

Genre:
Action, drama, adventure

Actors:
Christian Keeling, Anja Knauer, Dan van Huzen…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 3.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Tsunami (2002)

Especially popular on American television is a program about survival on a desert island. The next project brought together new daredevils who are ready to compete for the main prize of several million dollars. However, the channel’s management does not know that a powerful element is approaching the island. And the entertainment program about adventures turns into a real movie about a tsunami, a storm and a hurricane.

Original title:
Gale Force

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Treat Williams, Susan Walters, Cliff De Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 3.8

Age limit:
16+


Downpour (1997)

The gripping film earned positive reviews from the audience – and years later the thriller about the flood is among the recommended for viewing. Charlie works as a collector and takes his nephew Tom as his partner. The blow of the elements falls on the first joint working day, but a meeting with robbers becomes a real test of strength . The criminals decide to use the flood as a cover to embezzle money from the cash machine.

Original title:
Hard Rain

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid …

Country:
USA, UK, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
16+


Water World (1995)

As a result of global warming, the polar ice melted, and the planet was under the water column. There is a legend among people about the existence of a surviving piece of land suitable for living. The Sailor travels in search of the Promised Land, encountering pirates and other dangers. A man sails to a colony in the middle of the ocean, where he is mistaken for a spy . Helen saves the Sailor from death and asks to take her and the girl Enola in search of saving land.

Original title:
Waterworld

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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