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The best rain scenes in film history

Rain on the silver screen

While rain can feel like nothing but an inconvenience in real life, in film it can completely change the tone and meaning of a scene. Used well, rain can create an overwhelming sense of emotion; used badly and your stars just have terrible hair.

Sometimes rain does more than just enhance a scene - it completely changes it, turning the scene from just another moment into the most memorable part of the film. These scenes become ingrained upon our cultural psyche and make us completely change the way we think about weather. Keep reading and you'll recognise some of the scenes we're talking about and how much better wetter can be.

Spiderman 2002

Despite the newest reboot of the Spiderman franchise being huge in terms of special effects, this original scene in the 2002 edition is the one which has had a lasting cultural impact. The beginning of the scene is tense yet distinctly comic-book inspired, made more dramatic with the heavy use of rain.

The rain then helps to hide the true identity of our hero from Mary Jane and washes away the terror she experienced. It then transforms once more into a sensual addition to this famous kiss which has been mimicked in several other franchises ever since, including The OC and Shrek.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

This battle scene in the second instalment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy is considered by many to be one of the best in cinematic history. The sheer scale of the scene is almost unbelievable and the tension is almost palpable despite the huge number of characters on screen.

The storm on the screen works initially to highlight the approaching enemy with a flash of lightning, allowing the audience to realise the challenge ahead at the same moment as the characters. Meanwhile, the pounding rain thrums against the weapons and armoury, appearing to represent the many ways in which the characters are drowning in the overwhelming task they're facing as they attempt to hold Helm's Deep.

The Matrix: Revolutions 2003


The Matrix trilogy is renowned for pushing the limits of filmmaking and special effects and this scene summarises the stylisation of the film perfectly. Surrounded by the indenti-kit Agent Smiths, Neo must battle against the system which is oppressing humanity completely without their knowledge. The rain here serves as an example of the kind of brilliant special effects which can be achieved. The water becomes part of the fight itself and accentuates the moves pulled by the characters on screen for added dramatic effect.

The Shawshank Redemption 1994

One of the most iconic scenes in movie history from one of the greatest films ever made, this scene in The Shawshank Redemption epitomises the entire premise and theme of the film. Lead character Andy Dufresne has made a miraculous escape from prison after being jailed for a crime he didn't commit.

The rain in this scene couldn't be more symbolic, as Andy is given a baptism freeing him of his past and the 20 years he spent behind bars. It also serves as a timely wash as he's just crawled through the sewers.

Sense and Sensibility 1995

This adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel was expertly written by Emma Thomas and directed by Ang Lee. However, it is Kate Winslet as Marianne who steals the latter part of the film with her portrayal of obsessive love and heartache.

The looming clouds are dense and dark, opening as Marianne openly expresses her grief in poetry. This is the turning point of Marianne's narrative as she is rescued and eventually falls in love with Col. Brandon; so while the rain here is heavy with depression, it is also healing and comforting as Marianne becomes detached from Willoughby.

The Notebook 2004

So popular is this scene that the image of the embrace in the rain is used as the main promotional material and is known to even those who have not seen the film. The scene begins in complete tranquillity as the characters row into a lake surrounded by swans.

As the mood changes, so does the weather - dramatically. The sky darkens as Allie confronts Noah venting her frustration. This quickly turns to intense passion as the characters embrace and realise their love for one another has not lessened despite their absence.

Singin' in the Rain 1952


No rain scene list is complete without this classic number from Singing' in the Rain. One of the most iconic scenes of all time featuring one of the most iconic performers of all time, this is a rain scene drastically different from the others as it is incredibly happy!

The fact that Gene Kelly was painfully ill while performing this upbeat number makes the feat even more impressive. The rain allows our hero to carry out his childish joy, jumping in puddles, so overwhelmed by love that he no longer requires an umbrella.

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