Every Asteroid and Comet Disaster Movie Ever Made

Last year I did some digging around for space rocks – that’s movies about space rocks. The idea was 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 those well-known blockbusters that launch at us the whole arsenal of special effects that digital mastery can conjure up today.

My earlier article, Making an Impact: Lights, Camera and Asteroid! published to coincide with Asteroid Day on 30 June 2019, reviews the 79 titles (70 dramas plus a handful re-released with different titles or cuts) made over the last 104 years that have fed our appetite for asteroid and comet sensation. There are cinema, made-for-TV and internet movies, TV and internet miniseries, TV shows and some single episodes, plus one dramatized documentary reviewed there. Collectively they feature asteroids, annihilations, comets, catastrophes, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites. But if you don’t relish the thought of spending countless hours watching these often far-fetched dramas, you can read a plot summary and in-depth synopsis for each title in that earlier article.

In contrast, the article you are reading now, published to coincide with Asteroid Day on 30 June 2020, gives a simple A to Z list of all the titles and a link to where you can watch the trailer or purchase the movie, because tracking down some of them is a challenge in itself.

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 impact disaster movies are your thing (which I presume they are if you are reading this), you can rest assured that the asteroid-comet disaster genre is certainly not extinct, with two upcoming releases in 2020/21

The first of those is Greenland, a drama featuring multiple comet impacts and one man’s race to find sanctuary for his family in a secret underground military bunker in Greenland. The second is Don’t Look up, a comedy surrounding the discovery of an asteroid by two astronomers that is found to be on course to impact Earth in a few months’ time, but no-one believes them so they embark on a media tour to get people to listen. Both of those underlying storylines show that backers still believe there is no end to how many times certain themes can be recycled when it comes to asteroid and comet impact movies. And I, for one, am very happy about that.

If I were to pick a handful of movies to watch from the full list below, I would choose the following: start with the first ever impact movie The End of the World (1916); then, for one more recently released, watch the compelling drama mini-series Salvation (2017/18) – the story encompasses almost everything featured in all the other movies on the list combined – and to great effect because it undertakes relentless attempts of absolutely everything known to man to try and mitigate the impending disaster, as well as methods unknown and therefore invented regardless of cost or consequence; or, for a realistic telling of what might happen to you before, during and after a massive impact, watch the superb docu-drama The Super Comet (2007); for a lighthearted take of an impending asteroid disaster, watch the The Onion News Network (2011); if you speak Japanese and want a giant creature or two with your asteroid, watch Warning from Space (1956) and Gorath (1962); and if you’ve only got six minutes to spare, watch the short film Hope (2016).

And 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 space rocks in between. And don’t confuse meteoroids, meteors and meteorites, because the term ‘meteor’ is almost always misused in the following movies. If you want to know the difference, read my other articles Asteroid vs Comet and Meteoroids, Meteors and Meteorites before you start.

Every Asteroid and Comet Disaster Movie Ever Made – 79 titles in all:

A Fire in the Sky (1978). Watch

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

Apocalypse, CA (2011). Trailer

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

Armageddon (1998). Watch

Asteroid (1997). Watch

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

Asteroid vs Earth (2014). Watch

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

Collision Earth (2011). Watch

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

Crash of the Moons (1954). Watch

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

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

Deep Impact (1998). Watch

Don’t Look Up (due for release on Netflix late 2020). Press Release

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

Earthfall (2015). Trailer | Watch

Earth Storm (2006). Trailer | Watch

Evolution (2001). Watch

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

Greenland (2020). Trailer

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

Hope (2016). Watch

Icetastrophe (2014). Watch | DVD

Impact (2008). Watch

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

Impact Earth (2015). Trailer

Judgment Day (1999). Trailer | DVD

La Fin du Monde (1931). Read

Melancholia (2011). Trailer | Watch

Meteor (1979). Watch

Meteor (2009). Watch

Meteor Apocalypse (2010). Watch

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

Meteorites! (1998). Watch

Meteor Storm (2010). Watch

Mutant World (2014). Watch

Night Of The Comet (1984). Trailer | Watch

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

Polar Storm (2009). Trailer | Watch

Post Impact (2004). Trailer | Watch

Salvation (2017-18). Trailer S1 | Watch S1 & S2

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

Sliders: “Last Days” (1995). Watch

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

Starship Troopers (1997). Watch

Stonado (2013). Watch

The Cusp (1996). Watch

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

The Day the Sky Exploded (1958). Watch

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

The Green Slime (1968). Watch

The Lost Missile (1958). Watch

The Monolith Monsters (1957). Watch

The Onion News Network: “Asteroid Heads to Earth” (2011). Watch

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

These Final Hours (2013). Trailer | Watch

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

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

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

Tik Tik Tik (2018). Trailer | Title Track Video

Total Eclipse (2008). Watch

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

Tycus (1999). Trailer | Watch

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

Undead (2003). Trailer | DVD

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965). Watch

Warning from Space (1956). Watch

When Worlds Collide (1951). Watch

Without Warning (1994). Watch

Wizards of Waverly Place: “Wizards vs Asteroid” (2011) [S4, Ep 17]. Watch

You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015). Watch

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

…and finally, not an impact disaster movie, but a charming movie about 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.