10 Most Gratuitous Citywide Destructions In Movie History

Cinema loves to go all out on the town - quite literally, in these cases.


The art of wrecking a major population centre has been around for a long time in film. Think King Kong atop the Empire State Building, way back in 1933, and you'll start to grasp just how long that devastation has been part of the cinematic lexicon. When it calls for it, the movies love to go to town, quite literally, for their art.

Particularly in the past thirty years though, with the advent of technology, the act of blowing up a city has become more commonplace across multiple genres, as a way to raise the stakes even further. In some instances, it's an effective method; in others, it can feel almost like an afterthought.

With that in mind, we've run our eye over the breadth of citywide destruction to bring ten particularly gratuitous examples to light, raging from the sublimely orchestrated to the particularly asinine.

Natural disasters, aliens, robots, hi-tech weapon salvos and Roland Emmerich are all here - and while we've tried to spread the net, some places are apparently just too tempting to not warrant return visits of mass destruction...

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Something of a culture vulture, Mr Steel can historically be found in three places; the local cinema, the local stadium or the local chip shop. He is an avowed fan of franchise films, amateur cricket and power-chords.