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Get ready for this weekend’s armageddon by reading our top 5 movie hurricanes

Get ready for this weekend’s armageddon by reading our top 5 movie hurricanes (photo)

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From Andrew to Katrina, hurricanes are one of the harshest natural threats on Earth, and it’s no accident that studios have leveraged them on multiple occasions in stories of courage, struggles and romance.

Five films defined hurricanes for us better than any others, though, and they feature intense performances, as well as sprawling directorial ambitions.

5. “The Hurricane” (1937)
At the time, this John Ford-directed film boasted “the most spectacular scenes ever filmed by man.” And you know what? His bad weather special effects weren’t all that bad. The story follows a man (Jon Hall) imprisoned for getting into a bar fight; his luck after that just kind of wanders into a downward spiral.

If this were a top five list of scenes featuring priests playing organs in apocalyptic weather situations, “The Hurricane” would be number one.

4. “The Hurricane” (1999)
The Hurricane in this film (Denzel Washington) didn’t devastate any islands, but oddly enough he did share a common experience of unjust persecution with the main character in the 1937 film of the same name. In this case the story features a man (based on real-life boxer Rubin Carter) incarcerated for murder. Strangely enough, this movie came up short at the Oscar’s while John Ford’s film actually took one home (for “Best Sound”).

3. “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004)
By the time director Roland Emmerich was done putting the world through Ragnarok this movie, it’s almost difficult to say how important a role the hurricanes actually played. In fact, we’re just sort of assuming that somewhere within the continent-sized super-storms that erupted there had to be at least one or weather events blowing around fast enough to qualify as hurricanes.

2. “Hurricane” (1979)
Based on the same novel as the 1937 movie (we just can’t escape it), this film featured a much steamier poster and featured Mia Farrow, Jason Robards and Max von Sydow. The acting improved, and all of the hurricane action came in color this time around.

1. “The Perfect Storm” (2000)
Just as Hollywood studios loves to fish for Oscars with George Clooney movies based on popular source material, so too do some men love to fish. This film features beat-you-over-the-head analysis of how bad a hurricane is, brutal shots of men battling that hurricane and John C. Reilly to boot. Case closed, there will likely never be a better movie about a hurricane made in our lifetimes.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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