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The Best Tornado Movies

Updated August 15, 2019 2.6k votes 803 voters 68.8k views15 items

List RulesTornado-themed films only

Tornadoes can be terrifying. In movies, they can be even worse. Which tornado-themed films are the most enjoyable to watch? While the tornado is only a small scene in the film, the Wizard of Oz has to be one of the great tornado movies. However, films like Twister that actually feature full-blown tornados and the havoc they wreak are far more entertaining—and frightening. 

Check out the list of tornado movies below and vote up the ones you think are best. Feel free to add any others that are missing from the list.

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    Twister

    Jan de Bont

    ActorsHelen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton, Alexa Vega, Jami Gertz

    Released1996

    Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and...  more
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    Into the Storm

    Steven Quale

    ActorsRichard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh

    Released2014

    Into the Storm is a 2014 American found footage disaster film directed by Steven Quale, written by John Swetnam, and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey,...  more
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Roland Emmerich

    ActorsEmmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Sela Ward, Ian Holm

    Released2004

    The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and...  more
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    2012

    Roland Emmerich

    ActorsAmanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, John Cusack, Danny Glover

    Released2009

    2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny...  more
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    ActorsDevon Sawa, John Schneider, Laura Bertram, Dan Petronijevic, David Ferry

    Released1996

    Night of the Twisters is a 1996 television film directed by Timothy Bond, about a family's struggle to survive a night with a bizarre and terrible storm passing over their town. The TV movie is based...  more
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    The Perfect Storm

    Wolfgang Petersen

    ActorsGeorge Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released2000

    The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which...  more
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog

    ActorsJudy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger

    Released1939

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard...  more
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    ActorsRandy Quaid, Brian Dennehy, Dianne Wiest, Thomas Gibson, Chandra West

    Released2004

    Category 6: Day of Destruction is a 2004 four-hour miniseries that was broadcast in the United States on CBS in two parts, with the first part aired on November 14 and the second on November 17. It...  more
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    ActorsShannen Doherty, Gina Gershon, Randy Quaid, Robert Wagner, James Brolin

    Released2005

    Category 7: The End of the World is a 2005 four-hour television film miniseries that was broadcast in the United States on CBS in two parts, the first part aired on November 6 and the second on...  more
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    Tornado Warning

    Tibor Takács

    ActorsJoan Van Ark, Gerald McRaney, Thea Gill, Steve Braun, David Millbern

    Released2002

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    Tornado

    William Berke

    ActorsChester Morris, Nancy Kelly

    Released1943

    Tornado is a 1943 film starring Chester Morris and Nancy Kelly. The movie was directed by William A. Berke....  more
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    Sharknado

    Anthony C. Ferrante

    ActorsTara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Julie McCullough, Ian Ziering, John Heard

    Released2013

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    Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante....  more
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    Sharknado 2: The Second One

    Anthony C. Ferrante

    ActorsTara Reid, Kurt Angle, Vivica A. Fox, Kari Wührer, Mark McGrath

    Released2014

    Sharknado 2: The Second One is a 2014 American satirical disaster film comedy and a sequel to the 2013 television film Sharknado. It was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, with Tara Reid and Ian...  more
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    All Is Lost

    J. C. Chandor

    ActorsRobert Redford

    Released2013

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    All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few spoken...  more
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    ActorsJet Li, Chia Hui Liu, Louis Fan, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun

    Released2011

    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a 2011 wuxia film directed by Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Gwei Lun-mei, Louis Fan and Mavis Fan. The film is a remake of Dragon Gate...  more