In Honor of San Andreas, PEOPLE Presents 8 More Cities that Got Destroyed Onscreen
San Francisco bites it in San Andreas, in which the big, bad earthquake rattles the entire country and devastates the west coast. It’s not the first time the city has suffered destruction at the hands of filmmakers, and we can assure you, it won’t be the last. Here are eight more cities toppled by disaster movies.
New York: The Day After Tomorrow
When climate change strikes, it’s to usher in a new Ice Age in this 2004 flick starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a student stuck in the Big Apple as it floods and then freezes over. Oh well, at least they didn’t burn the Gutenberg Bible for warmth.
London: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
London usually just loses a landmark or two in disaster movies. In this one, Death Eaters snake through the city, eventually twisting the Millennium Bridge into useless metal.
Paris: Team America: World Police
This is what happens when you leave puppets in charge: Paramilitary cops accidentally take down the Eiffel Tower, which crashes into the Arc de Triomphe, just before they shoot missiles into the Louvre. How you say “oops” en français?
Chicago: The Towering Inferno
Did the whole place go up when the building went down? No. But we refuse to honor those wretched Transformers sequels for anything they’ve done, including destroy the Windy City.
Washington, D.C.: Independence Day
Who knows what aliens did to the rest of the city? They straight up beamed the White House out of existence, with the resulting shockwave killing the First Lady. What’d she ever do to them?
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Tokyo: Godzilla (and pretty much all of its sequels)
We’re not even entirely sure Tokyo still exists, it’s been squashed so many times by that misunderstood sea monster. We’re pulling for you, Japan!
Wakita, Oklahoma: Twister
Okay, maybe it’s not exactly a tourist destination, per se, but Wakita had its moment in the sun when an F-4 rumbled through in this 1996 gem. Oh, and Wakita’s Twister Museum will celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary this September!
Los Angeles: Battle: Los Angeles
It’s all right there in the title. This 2011 alien invasion flick is a prime example of Hollywood’s fascination with cinematic self-annihilation. From the original War of the Worlds in 1953 to Hancock in 2008, there’s no shortage of movies obliterating their hometown.