25 August 2011 2:02 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

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 »


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