Every Asteroid and Comet Disaster Movie Ever Made

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Last year I started digging around for space rocks — movies about space rocks — to compile a list of every asteroid and comet disaster movie ever made, from the very first silent, black and white offering in 1916, to the major blockbusters that launch at us every special effect that digital mastery can conjure up today, plus a handful of TV shows.

This article provides an A to Z of all of the titles I found, with a link to where you can watch the movie, trailer or episode, because tracking down some of the more obscure titles is a challenge in itself. My earlier article Making an Impact: Lights, Camera and Asteroid! provides a brief synopsis for each.

If asteroid and comet impact disaster movies are your thing (presumably, since you are here), you can rest assured that this genre is not extinct, with at least three releases in 2020 and 2021:

The first is Collision Earth (not to be confused with a 2011 movie of the same name), a made-for-TV drama about an approaching swarm of debris masking a much larger asteroid and featuring a lot of colourful on-the-ground monitoring using virtual reality headsets.

The second is Greenland, a big budget film featuring multiple comet impacts and the search for sanctuary in an underground shelter in Greenland.

The third is Don’t Look Up, a big budget cast in a political satire about two low-key astronomers who go on a high-profile media tour to warn the world about an impending asteroid impact that no-one else takes seriously.

Greenland (2020). STX Entertainment. Making an Impact: Lights, Camera and Asteroid! Every asteroid and comet disaster movie ever made rolled into one.
Greenland (2020) – STX Entertainment

If I were to pick a handful of recommendations to watch from the full A to Z list, I would choose:

Start with the first ever impact movie The End of the World (1916); then watch the mini-series Salvation (2017/18) — a story which encompasses almost everything featured in all the other movies combined and undertakes relentless attempts of absolutely everything known to man to try and mitigate the impending disaster, as well as methods which have to be invented regardless of cost or consequence. For a realistic telling of what might happen before, during and after a massive impact, watch the docu-drama The Super Comet (2007), or for a lighthearted take of an impending asteroid disaster, watch the opening episode of Season 2 of The Onion News Network (2011). If you speak Japanese and want a giant creature to battle along with the incoming asteroid, watch Warning from Space (1956) and Gorath (1962). If you only have minutes to spare, watch the short film Hope (2016) or the comedy The Size of Texas (2011).

Remember, asteroids and comets are not the same thing, although there is growing evidence for ambiguous types — think of them as rocky and icy end members of a whole host of small bodies in between. And don’t confuse meteoroids, meteors and meteorites, because the term ‘meteor’ is almost always misused in movies. For more on that, read the articles Asteroid vs Comet and Meteoroids, Meteors and Meteorites.

The links to watch the movies may be on any of Amazon, IMDb, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, or a dedicated film website, depending on what was available at the time of writing, but most link to Amazon (UK and/or US) because the majority of titles are available there. If you want to watch a movie on Amazon and don’t have a Prime subscription, they sometimes offer a 30-day trial, but always read their terms and conditions first.

[list last updated: 20 December 2020]

Every asteroid and comet disaster movie and TV show ever made — currently 82 titles:

A Fire in the Sky (1978). Watch

Anna’s Storm (2007) aka Hell’s Rain (2007). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Apocalypse, CA (2011). Trailer | Watch US

Apocalypse Tomorrow (2014) aka Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse (2014). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Armageddon (1998). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Asteroid (1997). Watch

Asteroid: Final Impact (2015) aka Meteor Assault (2015). Trailer | Watch | DVD

Asteroid vs Earth (2014). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Before the Fall (2008) aka Tres Días (2008). Trailer | DVD

Collision Earth (2011). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Collision Earth (2020). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Cosmic Shock (1997) aka Doomsday Rock (1997). Watch

Crash of the Moons (1954). Watch UK | Watch US | Watch (YouTube)

Danny Phantom: “Phantom Planet” (2007) [S3, Ep 12–13]. Watch UK | Watch US

Deadly Skies (2006) is the original version of Force of Impact (2006) aka Ultimate Limit (2006). Watch Original | Watch (Amazon) | Watch (YouTube)

Deep Impact (1998). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Don’t Look Up (2021) (due for release on Netflix in 2021). Press Release

Doomsday Rock (1997) aka Cosmic Shock (1997). Watch

Earthfall (2015). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Earth Storm (2006). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Evolution (2001). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Force of Impact (2006) aka Ultimate Limit (2006) are alternative versions of the original Deadly Skies (2006). Watch (Amazon) | Watch (YouTube) | Watch Original

Futurama: “A Big Piece of Garbage” (1999) [S1, Ep 8]. Watch

Futureshock: Comet Impact (2007) aka Impact Earth (2008). Trailers

Gorath (1962). Trailer | DVD | Watch bits (YouTube)

Greenland (2020). Trailer | Watch

Hell’s Rain (2007) aka Anna’s Storm (2007). Trailer | Watch

Hope (2016). Watch | Watch

Icetastrophe (2014). Watch UK | Watch US

Impact (2008). Watch

Impact Earth (2008) aka Futureshock: Comet Impact (2007). Trailers

Impact Earth (2015). Trailer

Judgment Day (1999). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

La Fin du Monde (1931). Read

Melancholia (2011). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Meltdown: Days of Destruction (2006). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Meteor (1979). Watch UK | Watch US

Meteor (2009). Watch UK | Watch US

Meteor Apocalypse (2010). Watch UK | Watch US

Meteor Assault (2015) aka Asteroid: Final Impact (2015). Trailer | Watch

Meteorites! (1998). Watch

Meteor Storm (2010). Watch

Mutant World (2014). Watch UK | Watch US

Night of the Comet (1984). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

One-Punch Man: “The Ultimate Disciple” (2015) [S1, Ep 7]. Watch UK | Watch US

Origin (2017). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Polar Storm (2009). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Post Impact (2004). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Salvation (2017-18). Trailer S1 | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Netflix S1 & S2

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Sliders: “Last Days” (1995) [S1, Ep 3]. Watch UK | Watch US

Stargate SG-1: “Fail Safe” (2002) [S5, Ep 17]. Watch UK | Watch US

Starship Troopers (1997). Watch UK | Watch US

Stonado (2013). Watch UK | Watch US

The Cusp (1996). Watch

The Day of the Triffids (1962/1981/2008). Watch 1962 | Watch 1981 | Watch 2008

The Day the Sky Exploded (1958). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

The End of the World (1916) aka The Flaming Sword (1916). Watch (Danish Film Institute) | Watch (Amazon)

The Fifth Element (1997). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

The Green Slime (1968). Trailer | Watch | Watch US

The Lost Missile (1958). Watch UK | Watch US

The Monolith Monsters (1957). Watch UK | Watch US

The Onion News Network: “Asteroid Heads to Earth” (2011) [S2 Ep 1]. Watch UK | Watch US

The Sarah Jane Adventures: “Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?” (2007) [S1, Ep 7–8]. Watch

These Final Hours (2013). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

The Simpsons: “Bart’s Comet” (1995) [S6, Ep 14]. Watch UK | Watch US

The Size of Texas (2011). Watch

The Super Comet (2007). Trailer | Part 1: The Impact | Part 2: On a Strange Planet | Parts 1 & 2 Amazon |

The West Wing: “Impact Winter” (2004) [S6, Ep 9]. Watch UK | Watch US

Tik Tik Tik (2018). Trailer | Soundtrack | Watch

Total Eclipse (2008). Watch UK | Watch US

Tres Días (2008) aka Before the Fall (2008). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Tycus (1999). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Ultimate Limit (2006) aka Force of Impact (2006) are alternative versions of the original Deadly Skies (2006). Watch (Amazon) | Watch (YouTube) | Watch Original

Undead (2003). Trailer | DVD | Watch US

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965). Watch UK | Watch US

Warning from Space (1956). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US | Watch with ads

When Worlds Collide (1951). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

Without Warning (1994). Watch UK | Watch US

Wizards of Waverly Place: “Wizards vs Asteroid” (2011) [UK: S4, Ep 17; US: S108, Ep 3]. Watch UK | Watch US

You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015). Watch UK | Watch US

Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse (2014) aka Apocalypse Tomorrow (2014). Trailer | Watch UK | Watch US

…and finally, not an asteroid or comet disaster movie, but a charming little movie about some problems on an asteroid:

A Day on the Asteroid (2009). Trailer | Watch


And that’s a wrap for every asteroid and comet disaster movie ever made.

Too short, want more? Read the long version.

Don’t forget, it’s always Asteroid Day on 30 June.