In honor of Earth Day we’ve decided to put together a list of the top 5 movies that feature the earth fighting back. We’ve seen plenty of films where men have gone up against aliens, monsters, and even each other but what about the planet? Sometimes Mother Nature is known to put her foot down when it comes to pollution, global warming, and the occasional space invasion. When she’s on the warpath expect to see massive earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami’s, and tornado’s because everything under the sun (literally) is fair game. What can you do when earth turns against you?

Here are 5 movies that feature the earth kicking ass and taking names…

5. Twister – When Tornadoes Attack!

Twister landed in the number 5 spot because it proved that not only can tornadoes blow stuff over, but they also make loud groaning noises when they’re hungry and then eat people… seriously they can. Now go recycle!

They don’t like regular people and they really don’t like storm chasers. When Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt‘s character’s try to slip their device in the middle of the biggest tornado Oklahoma has ever seen, it tosses houses, cars, and even cows. But somehow thanks to the magic of movie making their lives are spared all because of a pole and a belt. They fought Mother Nature with a pole and a fashion accessory and lived to tell about it.

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4. Dante’s Peak – When Volcanoes Attack!

Dante’s Peak proves that no matter how much danger you’re in, there’s always an alternate route. Volcanoes may be violently dangerous, but if you’re the lead in your own movie, you’ll be FINE! But it’s a good reason why to make sure you always have a life raft nearby!

They’ll pretend that they’re sleeping and the next thing you know they’re spewing ash all over the place and interfering with international flight plans (we’re looking at you Iceland). This movie landed on our list because of the awesome eruption scene that takes place near the end. The volcano really lets the townspeople have it and we’re not just talking about lava, it caused acid rain and plenty of black smoke. Nobody saw that coming.

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3. The Day After Tomorrow – When Glaciers Attack!

The Day After Tomorrow crept is what happens when the earth gets sick of global warming and decides to fuck us all up. That’s right all you Hummer drivers, prepare to freeze because you think you look cool!

Coming in at number 3, this movie showed all of  New York City being turned into a giant piece of ice and the only person who could save the human population was Dennis Quaid! How are we supposed to survive when he’s the man with all the answers? This made us think twice about pollution because if we don’t get it together Mother Nature will put our asses on ice, just look at what she did to Jake Gyllenhaal.

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2. Deep Impact – When Comets Attack!

Deep Impact is what happened after space saw that commercial with the person throwing trash out the window and a Native American crying… Damn you humans!!! Take this!

Sitting pretty at number two, the science fiction and natural disaster genre literally collided when this movie came out. It features not one but two comets that are gearing up to rip the planet a new one. The first one hit and caused the biggest tidal wave that we’d ever seen on screen and the second threatened to create a cloud of smoke so thick it would black out the sun for years. While all this was happening, do you know what Mother Nature was doing? Nothing! You’d think she’d try to create extra oxygen for us or something.

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1. 2012 – When EVERYTHING Attacks!

2012 lands at number one spot because it doesn’t just destroy America like the rest of the movies, it blows up the world! And! It used all the disasters in the previous four movies in one. So everyone is fucked! :)

Roland Emmerich really upped his game when he created some of the most insane disaster scenes ever produced. You need an earthquake? Check. What about a tsunami? Check. Is there a tornado in there? Yep. Are countries shifting? Yes. Is stuff on fire? Of course! Are there explosions? Plenty. Has any disaster stone been left unturned in this movie? No. Mother Earth said screw us and the horse we rode in on because she was about to start over.

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What do you think of our top 5 disaster movies? What film do you think should be added to the list?