Into the Storm tells the tale of people struggling to survive the biggest tornado of all time. The film was directed by Steven Quale, who knows a thing or two about effects-driven blockbusters, as he worked on James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar. (Check out THR's review here.)
'The Wizard of Oz'
The most iconic tornado film of all time brought a splash of color to theaters in 1939.
While a storm bookends 1943's Tornado,the bulk of the film actually takes place in a flashback beginning one year before the tornado hits. There's love, strife and death in a mining town in that year leading up to the storm. The film used 1939 newsreel footage of an actual storm in Texas.
'Night of the Twisters'
One night. One family. Lots of twisters. That's the premise of the 1996 TV film, which challenged a family to survive a very tough night.
While 1996 saw the revolutionary Twister hit the big screen, it also gave the world the Bruce Campbell TV movie Tornado! Oddly enough, the plots of both projects were similar, with Campbell starring as a storm chaser fighting for his new storm-predicting technology to see the light of day. For the record, Tornado! aired several days before Twister hit theaters.
The 1996 film got major points for its visual effects and went on to earn nearly $500 million worldwide. Starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, Twister scored Oscar nominations for visual effects and sound editing.
Not even Zack Morris could stop Atomic Twister. Mark-Paul Gosselaar played a police officer in the 2002 TV movie exploring what happens when tornados hit a nuclear power plant. Hint: It's not a good thing. NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence also starred.
'The Day After Tomorrow'
2004's TheDay After Tomorrow certainly had tornados — but that was just the start of the problems for the stars of Roland Emmerich's climate-change disaster movie.
Before there was Sharknado, there was 2012's Tornado Warning, which saw aliens using tornados to invade the Earth. Seriously — it was their weapon. A group of people figured this out, and predictably nobody believed them.
'Oz the Great and Powerful'
Dorothy isn't the only one who likes to travel by tornado. Oz (James Franco) also made his way to the Land of Oz that way in the 2013 film.
A very unusual (and deadly) storm hit Los Angeles in 2013, when Syfy unleashed Sharknado. It was something TV viewers didn't know they wanted, but they sunk their teeth right in.
'Where Was God?'
The documentary explored the aftermath of a 2013 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., as survivors asked the question on many people's minds: "Where was God?"