While the escapism of being transported to some far-off world is captivating, setting a disaster movie somewhere familiar grounds it in a more chilling reality. Suddenly, the threat of the apocalypse, a natural disaster, or a Martian attack hits closer to home when the target is a place we all know and love.
And when disaster strikes, national landmarks are often the casualties, as is seen in the latest White House-centric thriller Olympus Has Fallen. (Which has many problems that go well beyond blowing up the seat of American politics.)
As beloved as these are, itâ€™s also cool to see shit blow up. These are 25 epic scenes of landmark destruction in movies, in GIFs.
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