Currently "San Andreas" is rumbling in theaters nationwide, and it's chock-full of its share of jaw-dropping (some might say numbing) images of destruction. It's a tradition, really, the disaster movie money shot. From tidal waves to rivers of lava and all points in between, Hollywood knows these movies are sold on that one image that dictates scale, scope and wonder.

With that in mind, I thought I'd round up some favorites. You'll find that in one or two examples, I define "disaster movie" just a bit broadly. But when directors "blow stuff up good," who needs labels?

Check out my picks below and feel free to offer up your own in the comments section. And if you saw "San Andreas," tell us what you thought. I'd actually like to see it in 4DX myself.

"San Andreas" is now playing in theaters.

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.