Disaster Movies

Hollywood Loves a Disaster

The original "Poseidon Adventure" paved the way for an explosion of disaster films. The notion of an unlikely star who turns into a hero under adversity has always resonated with moviegoers. In this famous scene, the grandmotherly Shelley Winters rescues Gene Hackman. Despite being "an old lady," her character recalls that as a girl, she set a record for holding her breath. One must wonder if this moment inspired David Blaine.
(20th Century Fox)