Well, the weather: 20 films about hurricanes and tornadoes

Hostile whirlwinds blow over them: we present you a selection where the heroes will have to thoroughly air out. There will be stories with sudden disasters and stories about how people managed to piss off Mother Nature by trying to manipulate her, as well as thrillers with various creatures brought by bad weather. Our list of the best films about tornadoes, tornadoes and hurricanes includes new movies and old but interesting projects.

Force of the elements (2020)

A powerful hurricane is approaching the island , and the police will have to evacuate the population. In one of the high-rise buildings, a stubborn pensioner is found who does not want to leave the apartment – a former police officer Ray. At the same time, robbers armed to the teeth penetrate the house. Now the danger awaits the heroes not only outside, but also inside. Seasoned cop Ray will have to join forces with young Cardillo and his partner Jess in order to resist criminals and the elements.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Force of Nature

Genre:
Action, crime

Actors:
Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Trap (2019)

When a massive hurricane hits Florida, swimmer Haley defies evacuation orders to track down her missing father in the chaos. The girl discovers an unconscious man in the basement of their almost completely flooded house, where they, along with their dog , are trapped. But water is the least of what they should be afraid of, because alligators are already circling nearby. A foreign film about a tornado, because of which a father and daughter fell into a death trap, keeps you in suspense to the end. So who will get to the company first – cannibals or the elements?

Original title:
Crawl

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark…

Country:
USA, Serbia, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
18+


Host (2018)

Buddy takes on any job to support his wife and daughter. So this time he goes to work part-time – it is necessary to repair the fence in the house of a former marine . A sudden hurricane forces him to stay overnight at this interesting family – the wife of the owner of the house, Fancy, clearly has mental problems . This turned up part-time job will forever change the life of a guy.

Original title:
Grand Isle

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, KaDee Strickland, Luke Benward …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Hurricane Heist (2017)

A dynamic feature film about a robbery in a hurricane from the director of the sensational “Fast and the Furious” is full of drive, chases, gunfights and mortal danger. In the center of the plot is a team of robbers. The guys decided to get rich quick by stealing several hundred million dollars. And the formidable element should become an ideal cover for criminals and an opportunity to escape persecution. However, the robbers did not take into account that local meteorologists and the head of the security department already know about their intentions. Together, these people are ready to stop the thieves from carrying out their audacious plan.

Original title:
The Hurricane Heist

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Geostorm (2017)

A disaster film about how in the future frequent tornadoes, hurricanes and tornadoes have become a real threat to all mankind. To protect civilization, scientists are building a network of satellites in orbit to control the climate. However, three years later, the well-established system begins to fail – a natural anomaly destroys a small settlement in Afghanistan , and the rest of the planet threatens the same fate. Now the heroes of the sci-fi thriller need to have time to detect and fix the problem before the geostorm destroys all life on Earth.

Original title:
Geostorm

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
16+


Swell (mini-series 2016)

Due to the strongest hurricane, the North Sea could burst its banks and destroy the settlements on the coast of Belgium and the Netherlands. The government is not ready for a natural disaster and does not have time to evacuate people. The colorful European drama with a high rating has become one of the most spectacular, beating American projects in this subject. The multi-part film about a storm and a hurricane will feature several storylines about people caught in the epicenter of dangerous events – from ordinary citizens to officials trying to solve the problem.

Original title:
Als de dijken breken

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Yanni Goslinga, Simone Milsdochter …

Country:
Netherlands, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
16+


Face the Storm (2014)

Powerful tornadoes hit the cities of Oklahoma one after another. Residents are forced to hide in shelters or flee. But there is a team of brave men who, on the contrary, rush towards a natural anomaly in order to test themselves and make a cool report. On a specially equipped car, “tornado hunters” set off in pursuit of destructive tornadoes, risking their lives.

Original title:
Into the Storm

Genre:
Adventure, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


Beating Time (2012)

An atypical American tornado disaster film focuses on the experiences of one hero who is forced to be alone not only with the elements, but also with his grief. At a time when the city is crushed by Hurricane Katrina, a man loses the closest person. The wife dies in childbirth, but the doctors save the baby. The father will have to fight for the life of his newborn daughter, because a real storm has unfolded outside the walls of the hospital.

Original title:
Hours

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, Nancy Neyv …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


A storm is coming (2011)

This time, the danger came from where they did not expect – a terrible storm is moving to Earth straight from Jupiter. A red tornado grows in the sky above a small town, everything gets dark, a thunderstorm breaks out with thunder. A huge red spot, consuming everything in its path, is able to turn the Earth into another uninhabited planet in just a few days. To prevent the tragedy, several teenagers , led by a strange professor, take up the case.

Original title:
Mega Cyclone

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
David Sutcliffe, Mitch Pileggi, Erica Serra …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.6, IMDb – 3.7

Age Limits :
16+


Shelter (2011)

Before you is a frightening thriller based not on tricks with special effects, but on a quiet invisible fear and an internal premonition of an imminent tragedy. Curtis lives in a provincial town with his wife and disabled daughter . And although they do not have enough money, they can consider themselves a happy family. Until one day, a man begins to have terrible dreams about the end of the world following the storm. Curtis sets about building a backyard hideout, and his strange behavior causes tension not only with his wife, but also with society.

Original title:
Take Shelter

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


In the power of the tiger (2010)

Next on our list of the best movies about whirlwinds, hurricanes and tornadoes is an unusual thriller set in an enclosed space . In the center of the plot is the girl Kelly. Recently, her mother died, and now the care of her younger brother , who is autistic, fell on her shoulders. One morning something terrible happens. The children were locked in a house that fell into the epicenter of the hurricane, and a man-eating tiger roams the rooms with boarded up windows . Kelly and his brother need to somehow outsmart the predator, so as not to become its victims.

Original title:
Burning Bright

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Garret Dillahunt, Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Ice Storm (2009)

Sci -fi novelist and former scientist Charlie Price is on a promotional tour of America where he meets old colleagues. The scientific team is engaged in an experiment – the development of methods for controlling the weather. However, nature will not tolerate unceremonious intervention, and a serious cold snap and a grandiose storm carrying pieces of ice are coming soon. Meteorologists should correct their mistake as soon as possible.

Original title:
Ice Twisters

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Mark Moses, Camille Sullivan, Kaj-Erik Eriksen …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Superstorm (mini-series 2007)

Fantastic disaster film about the fight against tornadoes and typhoons in the format of a mini-series . An ethical dilemma looms over a group of scientists working on cyclone management research: they are tasked with diverting a hurricane from rich coastal areas to less prosperous ones. The scientists refuse and the project is frozen. However, they soon discover that someone has hacked into the system and taken control of the weather, sending a natural disaster to New York City.

Original title:
Superstorm

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Nicola Stevenson, Tom Sizemore, Chris Potter …

Country:
UK, USA, Germany, France, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
0+


Tornado (2006)

The hero of the German film, meteorologist Jan Berger, lived in America for a long time and studied hurricanes. Already at home, in Germany, he has a suspicion that extreme weather conditions in the country carry the danger of a huge tornado. However, the head of the Berlin weather service does not believe him. When a tornado gathers a little later in the Berlin area, a deadly threat looms over the capital.

Original title:
Tornado – Der Zorn des Himmels

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Matthias Keberlin, Mina Tander, Sasha Göpel …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Disaster Day (2004)

Our top movie about tornadoes and tornadoes will continue – a thriller that effectively shows how natural disasters are trying to destroy the United States, and people are trying to resist the elements. North America is littered with debris, lightning flashes in the sky, trees are uprooted by hurricane winds, and the southern states languish under an abnormally scorching sun. On top of these disasters, Americans are left without communications and electricity due to accidents. The heroes of a fantastic drama must somehow stop the raging nature in order to save the lives of millions of people.

Original title:
Category 6: Day of Destruction

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Thomas Gibson, Nancy McKeon, Chandra West…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
12+


Devil’s Wind (2003)

The action-adventure follows Pete, a former hurricane hunter and meteorologist. A man returns to Oklahoma for his daughter’s graduation – to the very place where his wife once died due to a sudden whirlwind. However, the strongest wind threatens to overshadow his return, as well as destroy the local laboratory where deadly viruses and toxins are stored.

Original title:
Devil Winds

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Joe Lando, Nicole Eggert, Erica Durance …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 4.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Nuclear tornado (2002)

The film is based on real events that happened in 1998 at a nuclear power plant in Ohio. The strongest tornado damages the cooling system at the station, which threatens a terrible disaster for the inhabitants of the town. Workers and firefighters are working tirelessly, because if they fail to start a spare pump, the walls of the reactor could melt. But this is not the only trouble – several more new tornadoes are moving towards the city.

Original title:
Atomic Twister

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Sharon Lawrence, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Carl Lewis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 4.1

Age Limits :
16+


Tornado (1996)

This epic film turned out to be one of the highest grossing projects of its release year and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and Sound. The film follows a group of meteorologists and hurricane hunters. Unusual vortex catchers take risks in chasing tornadoes raging around Oklahoma. Their goal is to study a natural phenomenon in order to avoid dire consequences in the future.

Original title:
Twister

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Tornado (1996)

Dr. Branson has developed a machine to help predict where a tornado will appear. The invention of the scientist will save people and prevent destruction. With the help of the device, several hurricane hunters try to get into the zone of its occurrence. The purpose of the hazardous event is to install a sensor in the center of the tornado that will transmit data to specialists. However, this is not so easy to do.

Original Title :
Tornado!

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Bruce Campbell, Shannon Sturges, Ernie Hudson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Tornado Night (1996)

Based on a true story and filled with real-life tornado footage, this family film lets you see the destructive power of nature through the eyes of one family. Tornadoes are approaching a small town in Nebraska, but so far, unsuspecting people are living an ordinary life. The heroes of the film will have to try to survive this night and escape in the raging chaos, where electric wires and gas lines are torn, and fragments of objects and stones fly everywhere.

Original title:
Night of the Twisters

Genre:
Action, drama, family

Actors:
Devon Sawa, Amos Crowley, John Schneider …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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