What is it about a rainstorm that elevates a film scene from ho-hum to heroic? Behold our top picks for silver-screen deluges.
If you haven’t seen this paragon of the horror genre, we won’t spoil anything. Suffice to say that the Biblical-level storm that occurs toward the end of the movie befits the big reveal. So. much. mud. Best line: “You moved the headstones, but you forgot to move the bodies!”
Rain really ups the desperation factor in this Cameron Crowe-helmed classic that introduced the world to the lovable Lloyd Dobler (and to this iconic boombox scene). Here, Lloyd calls his sister in despair after breaking up with Diane Court. Best line: “I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen.”
Everyone knows the final scene: Holly and Paul kiss in a downpour. But the scene before it is the one that makes a real impact: Rain serves as the backdrop to Paul’s withering critique of Holly Golightly after she cruelly tosses her cat out into the storm, accusing her of being too chicken to embrace love. Best line: “You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing. And you’re terrified that someone’s going to stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself.”
Sure, it’s a total cheeseball movie. But there are synchronized flashlights. In a dance sequence. In the rain. Best line: This dance number needs no words.
Nerd alert! This is our favorite of the trilogy, not least for the epic, rain-drenched battle at Helm’s Deep, where the Uruk-hai look especially terrifying. Best line: “A Eruchîn, ú-dano i faelas a hyn ... an uben tanatha le faelas!” (That’s Elvish for “Show them no mercy…for you shall receive none!”)
Keanu. Patrick. The biggest wave ever. The final showdown. Need we say more? Best line: “He’s not coming back.”
Is there any way this can’t be #1? Never before—or since—has rain expressed such sheer joy. Best line: “Let the stormy clouds chase / Everyone from the place / Come on with the rain / I've a smile on my face.”
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