Think movies like Twister, Dante's Peak and Hard Rain as general examples, but feel free to expand on them. Avoid movies like The Day After Tomorrow because they're not as clear-cut and may lead to a discussion about global warming rather than answering the question.

Note: specifically looking for the FIRST instance of the movie coming out before the event occurred, not ANY instance of the movie coming first.

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    I'll answer this question on 22-12-12
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    @TylerShads If it's good, I'll upvote your answer on 23-12-12.
    – stevvve
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    @TylerShads If you answer it on 22-12-12, it wouldn't be a good answer, would it?
    – Napoleon Wilson
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  • Too bad this site is limited to TV and movies, because the Wreck of the Titan was a good example of a written story that seemed to come true. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futility,_or_the_Wreck_of_the_Titan Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 4:21
  • Though not strictly prophetic, this answer to the question Align Actor Names reminded me of this question.
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    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 16:18

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China Syndrome was released in 1979 about 2 weeks before a similar nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Harrisburg, PA.

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    – stevvve
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 20:55
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    The China Syndrome contained Jack Lemmon's only death scene in his entire career, 22 years before the actor actually died. Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 17:22

Though not strictly a movie, there is the now infamous example of the pilot episode of the X-Files spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen.

Airing 6 months before the terrorist attack on 9/11, it depicts the hackers foiling an attempt by a shady organization to fly a plane into the WTC in order to catalyze a Mid-East attack.

Dodgy conspiracy theories aside, this is a prime example of the entertainment media prophesizing a real event/disaster.

  • Wow, didn't know about that. But since it's not a nature-caused disaster, I think it's less prophecy and rather a proof that terrorist watch US TV-shows ;)
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 21:04
  • @ChristianRau except that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed first presented the idea of the Sept. 11 attacks to Osama bin Laden in 1996.
    – Legion600
    Commented Feb 28, 2012 at 22:50
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    – stevvve
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 20:55

Well a few months after the film Outbreak was released there was an outbreak of the Ebola virus Zaire.


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