There was a big storm, a 50-foot wave, and tons of water. Death and destruction are the only legacy of tsunamis, which decimate both real estate and the lives of its victims. In spite of all of this, the human spirit has always been and will continue to be resilient. After the Indian Ocean disaster, the Indian community and Katrina victims rebuilt themselves.
There is always a sense of danger and excitement in films about natural disasters like tsunamis. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of films that feature all of the above. Tsunami-related movies range from the typical catastrophe films in which people are attempting to flee a massive wave, to ones like The Impossible, which depict the aftermath of such a disaster in vivid detail. The following is a list of the best tsunami movies ever made. Many of these tsunami films are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
12. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Poseidon cruise liner was attacked by terrorists on New Year’s Eve, causing the ship to capsize in the middle of the ocean and trapping the passengers within. To get to the bottom, the group of survivors is led by a priest and an agent from the Homeland Security Department. As far as they’re concerned, the water isn’t the only thing they have to worry about. Despite their best efforts, they are doomed to die.
11. Hereafter (2010)
Clint Eastwood’s take on mortality and the way people’s lives collide unintentionally in this bizarre world is brought to you by us. When the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck, Marie Lelay, a French television journalist on duty in Thailand at the time, nearly drowned. She is clinically dead before rescuers can bring her back to life. While Geroge, a true psychic medium who can communicate with spirits from the hereafter, is attempting to shed his reputation as a medium in order to live a normal life. An further 12-year-old boy named Marcus seeks answers from his long-dead twin brother in yet another location. It is fate that brings these three strangers together on a journey that eventually takes them to each other. Three persons who have had near-death experiences in their own unique ways collide.
10. Bait (2012)
There are also great white sharks in this one if a tsunami isn’t enough. Some individuals were stranded in an Australian supermarket for hours after a devastating tsunami devastated the coast of Queensland. Adding to their woes is the fact that a flooded supermarket and an approaching death are on the horizon. The floodwaters have brought a great white shark into the shop, and he’s hungry for human flesh. It’s now just a matter of choose how these unhappy souls want to die: by drowning, electrocution, or being eaten by a ravenous shark.
9. Tidal Wave (2009)
As a marine geologist, Prof. Kim has recently unearthed an astonishing discovery. The Haeundae area of Busan, South Korea’s most famous tourist destination, is on the verge of being inundated by a massive tsunami. The authorities ignore and insult him when he makes an attempt to alert them. In the midst of the chaos, two couples of different backgrounds are stranded in a region that is soon to be swamped by a storm. To save their lives and the lives of those they care about, the survivors must trust their instincts and attempt what no one else has: outrunning a 50-foot wave.
8. 2012 (2009)
According to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world has arrived. After a big earthquake and a massive deluge, the whole human race is about to be wiped out from the face of the earth. Curtis, a struggling writer, and his family are attempting to figure out if they deserve to live in comparison to the wealthiest few on the earth in the midst of everything. Take a look at this tenacious bunch as they try to outrun the tragedies that follow them.
7. Noah (2014)
This was a hard decision for me to make. Although it isn’t technically a tsunami film, what else would you include on this list if you didn’t include the great deluge? And so, here I am, winging it. It’s one of the better Noah films, based on the biblical tale of the worldwide deluge that wiped out many civilizations and submerged them all. God appeared to Noah in his dream and told him that he was about to wipe out all life on Earth with a catastrophic flood unless he saved “two of every animal kind,” according to the biblical story. However, the job is more difficult than it appears. Noah has to laugh his way to the finish line, despite the skepticism of all around him, including his own family. In the end, he is not helped by his own suspicions and preconceptions.
6. Geostorm (2017)
An ingenious strategy devised by the world’s leading environmental experts was devised to counteract the damaging effects of human activity on the environment. They placed a constellation of satellites in Earth’s orbit that can foresee and avoid natural calamities. However, two brothers will have to rise to the occasion and repair the satellites before they themselves destroy the globe when the guardians turn into the destroyers.
5. San Andreas (2015)
The most devastating natural disaster in recorded history is wreaking havoc on the town of San Andreas, California. With a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and 50-foot tidal surges crashing around him, rescue pilot Ray is looking for his daughter Blake. Emma, his ex-wife and Blake’s mother, has joined forces with him. As a result of their disputes, they have come together to save their daughter from a certain death. Across the flooded city, Blake and her two pals wait for their rescuers on the other side. Were they successful?
4. Poseidon (2006)
On New Year’s Eve, the gigantic cruise ship Poseidon is home to almost 2,000 revelers who are having the time of their lives. The ship capsizes in the midst of the North Atlantic Ocean, bringing an abrupt end to their joy. Now that everyone is fighting for their lives, a group of people have decided not to wait for the rescue that may never arrive. In their haste to escape death’s sword and preserve themselves and their loved ones, they are being followed.
3. The Perfect Storm (2000)
October 1991, the North Atlantic is gripped by a deadly storm. In the midst of a blizzard, a fishing boat captain and his crew set out to find some fresh seafood. However, they soon realize that their rebellion against nature could lead to their deaths. Their loved ones wait for them at home in terror and longing as they play with nature, which is set on murdering them. The captain and his stranded crew must battle the ferocious seas in order to avoid drowning or starvation.
2. The Wave (2015)
Norway’s Geiranger fjord is home to one of the most dangerous mountain passes in the world: kneset. Geologist Kristian Eikjord and his family are moving from Geiranger, Norway, to Stavanger, Norway. Some weird happenings take place around the pass on the night of his farewell, but he dismisses them as routine and insignificant. Kristian, on the other hand, gets an epiphany while leaving town and concludes that an avalanche is imminent in the mountain pass. The avalanche strikes and an 80-foot tsunami engulfs the small hilly hamlet just after he notifies his coworkers. Kristian and his family are scrambling to relocate to higher land in order to withstand the impending flood. This film is based on a real-life prophesy that the Geiranger mountain pass will fail at any time.
1. The Impossible (2012)
On Christmas Day, a typical American couple and their two children are vacationing in Thailand. They find themselves in the midst of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which claimed the lives of thousands of people and decimated entire nations. Maria and her older son, who have been separated, are desperately looking for her husband and her younger kid, praying they are still alive amidst the chaos. Meanwhile, they’re each going through a different kind of suffering and coming to terms with the devastation that’s taken place. Is there any hope of reuniting the family?