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Imperfect Weather: 10 Most Memorable Movie Storm Scenes

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, TIME revisits the movies that show nature’s less pleasant side

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ThomasMoffatt
ThomasMoffatt

Storms can be so variable, so personal or so all-encompassing, that it is impossible to limit it in such a way. TWISTER is an incredibly realistic portrayal of both the anticipation of a tornado, and its reality. (I have experienced both personally). Some of the EVEREST documentaries provide incredible footage of what a storm is like at 26,000 feet and above. And can anyone really set aside the storm in CASTAWAY?

JodiMeyerowitz
JodiMeyerowitz

They missed plenty. The Day After Tomorrow, and TWISTER mainly... C'mon, it's in the title

emmars
emmars

What about the storm scene in 'Ryan's Daughter'?

CobraKai4Ever
CobraKai4Ever

How about the brilliant, overlooked film from last year "Take Shelter."  With weather being so odd lately, and the film dealing with apocalyptic storms and the ominous feeling that disaster could strike financially or mentally out of nowhere. Ambiguous, serious, and a very good portrait of America now.  Also Donnie Darko has better use of odd weather and a vortex and thunder.  You could go with Cape Fear, Identity, Caddyshack, and many others with rain... but Hard Rain?  That's outstanding. 

jilkat25
jilkat25

I also thought about Castaway, but do you remember Alive! (I think that was the name), about the Argentinian soccer team whose plane crashed in the Andes? And, what about that blizzard-on-Mt. Everest movie of a few years ago, or was it K-2? That story was ficticious, but Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is a very harrowing true tale. I believe there was a documentary based on it, and maybe an acted film. And, the storm scene in Jurassic Park was actually filmed during Hurricane Iniki. Others are that super-scary movie with Kate Hudson on the Louisiana bayou, and Key Largo, both the original and the re-make. The sandstorm scene in Them! is pretty great, too! And, if you like big waves, sans tempeste, check out the opening scene of Billabong Odyssey-it will blow your mind! It is safe to say, no work of cinematic fiction can truly depict what human victims suffer when massive storms roll through. My heart breaks for the victims of Sandy. Please help them in any way you can.

JonRingel
JonRingel

Uhhh...  Castaway has a better storm scene than  all of those, sorry...

PierreL'Heureux
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Realy... And you miss'' The day after tomorrow''.  Very stange.