‘Perfect Storm’ (2000)
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It’s raining .. in the movies

‘Perfect Storm’ (2000)
By Scott Sandell, Whitney Friedlander, Jevon Phillips, Todd Martens and Patrick Day, Los Angeles Times staff writers

The weather is taking center stage around the country nowadays, and in Southern California, it’s the rain that’s making news. Rain often plays a major role in film as well, providing backdrops to spectacular battles, romantic liaisons or just setting the mood.

The Andrea Gail was involved in a lot more than rain. In the “Perfect Storm,” the ship and crew were caught between two weather systems that combined to create .. well, you know. (Warner Bros.)
‘Spider-Man’ (2002)
The most memorable moment of the first Sam Raimi-directed film has to be the kiss that Tobey Maguire‘s Spider-Man receives from Kirsten Dunst‘s Mary Jane, as he dangles upside-down in the rain. (Zade Rosenthal / Columbia Pictures)
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961)
Oh, Holly Golightly. We understand you’ve had a bad night as your dreams of living a care-free life and avoiding love have come to an end and you have to face reality. But is that any reason to throw Cat out of the cab and into the pouring rain? Luckily, George gets out to get him while you come to your senses, so you can share an emotional embrace as “Moon River” plays in the background. (Paramount Pictures)
‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952)
The film’s signature number, with Gene Kelly blissfully tap-dancing through puddles after having kissed Debbie Reynolds good night, stands not only as one of the most famous movie rain scenes, but also as one of the most well-known musical sequences of all time. Once you’ve seen and heard it, it’s hard to get out of your head. (American Cinematheque)
‘Identity’ (2003)
A limo driver (Jon Cusack) meets up with a cop (Ray Liotta) and eight other people at a strange motel as a savage storm blows them all there. The rain and the ‘no escape’ ferocity of the storm play a tangible backdrop as the story unfolds that there is a killer in their midst. (Suzanne Tenner / Columbia Pictures)
‘Matrix: Revolutions’ (2003)
Agent Smith vs Neo. It’s a now classic fight between man and computer, hand-to-hand, that seemed to go on a remarkably long time. More and more Agent Smiths materialized to overwhelm Neo, seeming as endless as the rain that they all fought under. (Jasin Boland / Warner)
‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994)
The thunderstorm and its cleansing rain give Tim Robbins’ Andy a sense of rebirth as he manages to escape from the prison walls and corruption that have wrongly held him for all these years. (Drew Struzan / Warner Bros.)
‘Blade Runner’ (1982)
Ridley Scott‘s vision for Los Angeles circa 2019 (just nine years from now!) involved a lot of rain and not much sun. For that, the entirety of “Blade Runner” could be considered a dramatic rain scene, no matter which of the four or five versions that are floating around you’re watching. But if you wanted to point out the greatest rain scene, it would be lead replicant Roy Batty’s death on a rooftop in the driving rain. In a contemplative mood, he shares his final thoughts with Deckard ( Harrison Ford) in one of the film’s most moving speeches: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.” (Warner Bros.)
‘The Notebook’ (2004)
What makes a romantic tear-jerker even more, um, jerking? Drown the attractive couple who have been torn apart by the cruel forces of societal rule in God’s own natural tears. Because their relationship wasn’t over, you see. It still isn’t over. Sigh. (New Line Cinema)
Jurassic Park’ (1993)
The rain in Steven Spielberg‘s “Jurassic Park” helps to obscure the horror in the dark, but not for long. In one of the series’ most memorable and terrifying scenes, a Tyrannosaurus Rex attempts to eat the film’s stars, and then pushes their SUV off a cliff. (Murray Clos / Universal Pictures)
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2003)
Whether there had been rain or not, the Battle of Helm’s Deep in “The Two Towers” was an epicly staged (and computer generated) maelstrom of activity. The features of the creatures, Uruk-hai and more, were made even creepier by the onslaught of rain, which also seemed to make balancing on the castle’s walls a treacherous affair. (New Line Cinema)
‘High Fidelity’ (2000)
Hopeless romantics, here’s some advice from the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity”: A relationship is not over until someone is crying in the rain. John Cusack‘s Rob Gordon, who’s on a quest to win back Laura (Iben Hjejle), reminisces about a night in which he made a right spectacle of himself in front of an ex. Reflecting on his time with Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Charlie Nicholson, Rob recalls standing outside Charlie’s fancy Chicago loft one evening in the middle of a rainstorm until Charlie’s new boyfriend ushers her from the window. So here’s another piece of advice from “High Fidelity": Do not move on until you have actually seen your object of desire with someone else. It makes the whole thing hit home more.  (Toucstone Pictures)
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