Here's my list with the help of some of my co-workers on our favorite weather related movies. Be sure to let us know if we missed your favorite movie or if you think the list should be re-ordered on our facebook page! There are definitely a few I have left out so be sure to let us know. I hope you enjoy this list. It will at least occupy some time if you get bored at work!
15. White Squall (1996)
I can't remember what this movie was about at all besides a boat and the fact that lightning was striking everywhere around it, but I remeber it being awesome.
14. Water World (1995)
Good bye Ocean City, Bethany and Rehoboth. This is what's going to happen once the polar ice caps melt for good. For now though, all I have to say is, "Dry land is not a myth. I've seen it!"
13. Fargo (1996)
I didn't actually see this movie until last year, but I remember hearing it from the other room as my dad watched it when I was younger. Talk about violent! Not for the kids, but man does Fargo look brutal in the winter. I think Adam Caskey would just have to say uufda to that!
Because of the violence, I'm not even going to embed a video of it in the blog, but you can see one or many here if you like. Turns out it was Siskel and Ebert's favorite movie of 1996.
12. Alive (1993)
This was about the Uruguayan Rugby Team that crashed in the Andes Mountains. Fantastic movie if you haven't seen it. Don't watch this if you're flying over the mountains anytime soon.
11. The Shining (1980)
This of course deals with weather because they can't leave. All snowed in... It also just happens to be one of the greatest horror flicks of all-time.
10. To Die For (1995)
Mr. Steve Rudin wanted me to add this one. You have to throw this in there for the mere fact that she is a meteorologist! I never saw it personally but as I was 13 when it came out I am pretty sure my mother wouldn't have let me see it.
9. Volcano (1997)
If there's one thing that Tommy Lee Jones can do, it's make an average movie watchable. Though Volcanoes don't have to do with meteorology they are still in the natural distaster realm thus it made the list.
8. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Although this movie is just riddled with inaccuracies I still had to add it to the list. I was so hopeful before this came out that it would be good. I guess I should have known better. As a meteorologist I just had to take it for what it is... a movie.
7. Eight Below (2006)
This actually ended up being a great movie. It has everything women love... Paul Walker and Dogs. Don't worry men, for you there is Jim from American Pie. Seriously though, it's worth a watch and good for the whole family.
6. Dante's Peak (1997)
This had to be above Volcano (sorry Tommy) as the plot to this movie just seemed to be a bit more realistic. That and Pierce Brosnan's accent. It's overall just a fun movie to watch.
5. Ice Age (2002)
This happens to be the only animated film on the list and I think it deserved a mention in the top 5. I could have also put in Wall-E as well as Up with the fact that humans destroyed earth in the first and I loved the thunderstorm scene in the second. You really can't go wrong with Ice Age though. It also had one of the best teasers of all time.
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This is one of the best movies of all time as I can't think of another movie from the 1930's or before that is still seen today. This movie did affect one of our mets though, as Doug puts it, "This movie is the reason I am terrified of tornadoes and flying monkeys." Well said Doug, well said. The Wicked Witch of the West always got me. Go figure, taken out by a simple rain shower.
3. The Perfect Storm (2000)
The book was awesome and made for a great movie with perfect casting of ol' George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. You also can't go wrong with a John C. Reilly or Diane Lane either! Hey, even Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald) was the weatherman in this movie!
2. Twister (1996)
Really, 1996? Gosh I'm getting old. Talk about a fun movie to watch. The special effects were amazing. I could only imagine if it were done today what it would be like. I think I watch this movie just about every time it is on, but don't worry, my friends give me plenty of grief for it. This is a favorite for many of the people I've asked so it has to be in the top 3. I think you'll agree with me when you see the next movie.
Notice in this clip not only are they in "the core", but their vehicle is perfect stationary as a cow flies by (twice mind you) and right at 39 seconds in you can clearly see a car drive by behind Bill Paxton. Yea, I've seen it too many times.
1. Groundhog Day (1993)
You just can't go wrong putting Groundhog Day at number one on the list. If you can't come up with a line from this movie I don't know what rock you've been living under for the past 19 years. Watch it this weekend if you haven't already...totally worth it. Just remember, watch out for Needle Nose Ned Ryerson, that first step (which is a doozie) and don't drive angry.