10 Best Movies About Floods | TheReviewGeek Recommends

It’s no news that floods rank among the most dangerous disasters that can strike anywhere, anytime, wreaking havoc on both life and property. They also inspire some of the most thrilling, dramatic, and emotional stories on the big screen.

In this article, we’ve listed down some of the best films about floods, from classic disaster flicks to modern survival tales. Whether you crave action, suspense, romance, or comedy, there is a flood movie for you.

The Poseidon Adventure (2006)

The Poseidon Adventure is a film where an ocean liner gets flipped over by a huge wave on New Year’s Eve. A small band of survivors, led by Reverend Frank Scott, tries to traverse the upside-down ship to find safety.

In their hour of need, Scott becomes their light at the end of the tunnel, trying to get them to safety without any loss of life. If you like suspense and crave a situation where nature is pitted against nurture, The Poseidon Adventure is one film that you shouldn’t miss. 

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)

Nothing quite captures the horrors of floods and tsunamis like a documentary about a real-life event, and our next choice is precisely that. Spike Lee’s highly-celebrated documentary, ‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,’ talks about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Released in 2006, the film contains real-life interviews of those directly affected, government officials, and experts, giving a heartfelt overview of the disaster’s impact. It shows how the government reacted, points out issues with the levees, and shares the struggles of the people and communities caught in the crossfire.  

Hard Rain (1998)

It is not your typical disaster film by definition, but rather a story about those who exploit it as a maskirovka to add a few more zeroes to their bank account balance. Hard Rain is a brilliant action-thriller that combines an armored car heist with a massive flood in a small Indiana town.

The main character, or should I say the hero of the film, tries to stop the thieves from getting away with stolen money. Even though people didn’t like it that much when it was released, it is no doubt one of the most interesting and visually striking films. 

The River Wild (1994)

The River Wild is a classic example of a family retreat gone wrong in the most horrible way possible. The film is about a family’s adventure on a whitewater rafting trip in the Montana wilderness. Gail, played by Meryl Streep, is an experienced rafter, and her family encounters unexpected danger when they meet two strangers on the river.

As the family faces the challenging waters, it becomes clear that the strangers have evil intentions. Streaming this superb thriller, you won’t help but be reminded of Anthony Mann’s earlier work with Jimmy Stewart.

Flood (2007)

As the name implies, Flood is a movie about a big storm hitting Denver, causing both loss of life and property. The heavy rain makes the river overflow, and the city is about to face an inevitable flood.

The story is told from the perspective of different characters, like a weather expert, a city engineer, and a helicopter pilot. The trio tries to handle the crisis as the dam gets closer to its limit to save whatever and whoever they can. Flood is a timeless disaster flick that brilliantly captures the struggles of facing nature’s wrath and the heroes trying to minimize the damage.

Deep Impact

Deep Impact (1998)

In Deep Impact, the world faces a major problem when a comet called Wolf-Biederman is heading straight for Earth. Everyone around the world gets together to figure out how to stop it.

Like the one above, we follow the story through different eyes, from a young journalist named Jenny Lerner, who accidentally finds the government’s secret plan, to a student named Leo Biederman, who first spots the comet. This film is just fantastic! Despite its higher box office performance, Armageddon is no match for this, what with its campy narrative and Aerosmith score. 

MegaFault (2009)

In MegaFault, the world faces an extraordinary threat from massive earthquakes causing chaos globally. Dr. Amy Lane, a seismologist and a FEMA agent, race against time to prevent a megaquake that could catastrophically rupture and drown the planet at the same time.

The best thing about this film is that we not only see people trying to save themselves from disasters, but they also deal with their personal and professional issues while the ground trembles and the city drowns in the background. 

Flood: Who Will Save Our Children (1993)

What’s the Flood: Who Will Save Our Children about? This 1993 film depicts a community on the brink of disaster from a looming flood that puts their town at risk.

As the film plays out, we witness how people, together or individually, tackle the rising waters and make tough decisions in the face of danger. Warning: bring plenty of Kleenex since this film is excellent yet rather sad and will definitely force you to shed a tear or two. 

Noah’s Ark (1928)

Making a list of the best flood films without mentioning the inspiring and biblical story of Noah is like having a list without its heart and soul. Noah’s Ark is a cinematic take on the biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood.

In the film, we witness the journey of Noah, a virtuous man who’s warned by God himself to build a massive boat to save the righteous while he purifies the world of wrongdoing with a world-drowning flood. However, this isn’t an easy task for Noah, as everyone believes Noah to be bluffing, even his wife.

There we have it, our list of 10 best movies about floods! What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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