Five Disaster Movies to Get You Through Hurricane Irene

By: / August 26, 2011

By now you’ve probably heard that Hurricane Irene is set to pummel its way up the East Coast this weekend, putting major metropolitan cities like New York and Boston in rare and serious danger. Reports indicate that over 55 million people could be affected by the storm, which makes it sound like we’re about to experience some type of apocalypse seen only in the movies.

Will that actually happen? Hopefully not. But if you’re in or near any of the affected areas, you may be huddled inside for a few days and will thus need to find ways to pass the time. What better way to do that than by watching a bunch of disaster movies? Below, check out a few classic disaster movies to help you weather the storm.

Independence Day, 1996

In which Will Smith prevents aliens from destroying the entire world. Sure, it’s not a weather movie, but it’s still great … No wonder he and Jada were able to survive those pesky divorce rumors.

Twister, 1996

If you thought Hurricane Irene looked bad, try dealing with an F-5 tornado – or, even worse, Helen Hunt.

Titanic, 1997

Sure, it’s corny, but what better way to watch a ship go down than with a little romance? Plus, we’ll admit that Celine Dion song is still pretty good.

Armageddon, 1998

It’s Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis and Aerosmith to the rescue when an asteroid the size of Texas targets Planet Earth.

The Day After Tomorrow, 2004

In a sign that we’ll never be as awesome as Jake Gyllenhaal, the hunky actor takes on a storm that pretty much destroys all of Manhattan — and lives to tell the tale.