Rainy Days and Nights

I love the rain.  Not a heavy downpour, of course.  No, I’m talking about when there’s a soft, steady rain and it’s kind of cool out and it’s possible to stay home and read or watch old movies and sip cocoa and listen to the rain on the roof and windows – well, what’s not to love?  Okay, I confess that I do tend to enjoy thunderstorms, too.  I even like to watch the lightning streak across the sky and hear the thunder – from safe inside and not too close, that is.

Naturally, rain has found its way into many of the most memorable scenes in movies.  As I was compiling this list, I realized that most of the scenes I could immediately recall are in romantic films.  And whether a couple is at the beginning of a love affair or at the end, it’s still a moment we remember.

But rain is used in other kinds of films.  Sometimes to set a mood of sadness.  Sometimes to foretell adventure or even danger.  Sometimes to suggest rebirth or freedom or just absolute joy. 

The films listed here all have great scenes of rainy days and nights – and often rain-soaked characters.  You’re sure to find some worth watching – whether for the first or the twentieth time.

Back to the Future II – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard
Cast Away – Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt
Dear John – Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried
Fools Rush In – Salma Hayek, Matthew Perry
Four Weddings and a Funeral – Andie McDowell, Hugh Grant
Inception – Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy
Jurassic Park – Wayne Knight
The Notebook – Rachel McAdams, Ryan Reynolds
Pleasantville – Tobey Maguire
Pride and Prejudice – Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen
The Quiet Man – Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne
Rebecca – Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson
Romancing the Stone – Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas
The Shawshank Redemption – Tim Robbins
Singin’ in the Rain – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds
Spider-Man – Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
Top Hat – Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
Two for the Road – Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney