No, this is not a list of movies that are so bad they’re called disasters. In light to the recent events that transpired in Japan, we made this list of movies from the enduring genre of films depicting a disaster to recognize the indelible strength of the human spirit that we always see in movies but ever so rarely in real life.

The Core (2003)

2012 (2009)

Armageddon (1998)

Deep Impact (1998)

Evolution (2001)

Dante’s Peak (1997)

Volcano (1997)

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Children of Men (2006)

Blindness (2008)

28 Days Later (2002)

I am Legend (2007)

The Happening (2008)

The Stand (TV, 1994)