Point Break (1991): Kathryn Bigelow's yarn about an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) who lets a bank robber/extreme surfer (Patrick Swayze) choose between arrest or one last wave during a tsunami.
Hereafter (2010): Clint Eastwood's film about a tsunami survivor (Cécile de France) determined to find out why she survived when so many others did not.
There is hard rain as a symbol of moral baptism and rebirth:
The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Frank Darabont's film has a famous sequence involving Tim Robbins.
Rashomon (1950): Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece uses driving rain and the clearing afterward to suggest the moral confusion of a priest and woodcutter who have taken shelter from the storm and their moral actions after the rain stops.
There is rain as happy tears that bring divided lovers together:
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): Blake Edwards' romance with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, and a cat named Cat in Manhattan.
Chasing Amy (1997): Kevin Smith's romance with Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams crying and hugging on a New Jersey thoroughfare.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994): Mike Newell's charmer with Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in the London rain and fog.
The Notebook (2004): Nick Cassavetes' tale starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as the pair who reunite on a rain- and wind-swept beach in the Carolinas.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Wes Anderson's fable with Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as young lovers finding shelter from the storm during a hurricane in Maine.
And there are forces of nature that remind us that we must accept that which we cannot control:
Cast Away (2000): Robert Zemeckis' allegory starring Tom Hanks as a plane crash survivor who learns to respect, rather than fight, the elements.
Forces of Nature (1999): Bronwen Hughes' comedy with Ben Affleck as a groom on his way to his Georgia wedding to Maura Tierney, waylaid by both the weather and that life force Sandra Bullock.
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945): The Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger tale of a determined gold digger (Wendy Hiller) on her way to wed an industrialist in Scotland's Hebrides islands, waylaid by the weather and an islander (Roger Livesey).
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