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11 storm movies to watch this weekend instead of shoveling after Hercules

Posted by Emily Wright  January 3, 2014 02:09 PM

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Hercules hit Boston (and most of the Northeast) hard over the past 24 hours, and certain areas are still feeling the brunt from high tide flooding. We're thinking that sitting in front of the TV with one of our 11 favorite storm movies, from tornadoes to tsunamis, sounds a lot better than going outside.

1. 'Jurassic Park'

When you think of "Jurassic Park," you think of dinosaurs. Then you think of the insane storm that slammed the prehistoric creature-filled island that the film takes place on. In Steven Spielberg's 1993 epic, when it rains, it pours -- and people get eaten.

2. 'Forces of Nature'

Future Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock star in this 1999 romantic comedy about a pair of strangers whose plane is grounded after one of its jets sucks up a bird. The two get stuck together after future flights are grounded due to a hurricane, and things progress from there. Forces of nature, get it?

3. 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles'

Bad weather grounds Neal Page's flight home for Thanksgiving, so he must do anything (like travel by plane, train, or automobile) to get home for the holiday. Steve Martin and John Candy team up for an unforgettable comedic performance in this 1987 flick.

4. 'Ice Age'

So, the ice age was one really long, terrible storm, right? We're glad you agree, because that means we can include one of our favorite animated films, "Ice Age," (2002) on the list. Who wouldn't love Ray Romano as a massive mammoth named Manfred (Manny)?

5. 'The Day After Tomorrow'

A massive rainstorm, an epic wave, wind, and bone-chillingly cold temperatures threaten the lives of everyone in New York City (and we think the world) in this 2004 thriller featuring Dennis Quaid and Jack Gyllenhaal. We're glad we didn't face anything like that this week.

6. 'The Impossible'

Naomi Watts picked up a best actress nomination (Academy Awards) for her portrayal of Maria in the 2012 gut-wrenching real-life drama, "The Impossible." The film focuses on Maria and her family, including husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their two sons, who are separated after the 2004 tsunami hits their vacation resort in Thailand where they're on Christmas vacation.

7. 'Man of Steel'

"Man of Steel" (2013) is a Superman flick so storms aren't at the forefront of the film's story line, but the storm scene featuring Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent was a tearjerker. We'll leave it at that without giving too much away. Now go watch it -- with a box of tissues.

8. 'The Perfect Storm'

Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney could play a pair of clowns and we'd watch the movie, but the sexy leading men take on the roles of Gloucester fishermen in this 1991 film about a cataclysmic storm that devoured everything in its path.

9. 'Night of the Twisters'

1996 was the year of the tornado. "Night of the Twisters" was one of the two twisterized films to come out that year featuring "Casper" heartthrob Devon Sawa. Sawa's character Dan is tasked with staying home in his Nebraska farm house and looking after his family, but everything goes upside down when a killer tornado strikes.

10. 'Twister'

"Twister" was the other. This one starred Bill Paxton as a weatherman and Helen Hunt as his storm chasing wife. Paxton's character Bill is trying to get a divorce but a storm of tornadoes gets in the way and pins him with his wife and girlfriend while they try to measure the destructiveness of the storm.

11. 'Alive'

John Malkovich narrates this based-on-reality tale of a Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes mountains, forced to fend for their lives in freezing temperatures, massive amounts of snow, and other unbelievably harsh conditions.

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