Released the same year, Armageddon stole much of Deep Impact's CGI thunder. But it's Mimi Leder's disaster blast that grabs the heart.
Elijah Wood is the high-schooler who spots the giant comet; Tea Leoni the reporter who breaks the story. The action's slow-build, the emotions overegged, but when the rock hits, it devastates. As New York buys out beneath a giant tidal wave, you realise what a cop-out The Day After Tomorrow is. Here, no one escapes the Big Apple alive.