To thank April for its annual showers and celebrate this, the wettest day of the year that will bring us a whole month’s worth of rain, we thought it only fitting to bring you the top ten rain scenes in film.
Here’s a taste of what’s to come to whet – or wet – your appetite. We’ve got Gene Kelly swinging round lampposts declaring the obvious; the slightly creepy upside-down kiss between Kirsten Dunst and a man who shoots webs out of his hands; and the torrential downpour at the end of Shawshank Redemption’s dramatic escape scene that gave Tim Robbins a much-needed, post-sewer, wash.
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But for now (with a big thanks to LOVEFILM for compiling the most-popular poll), here's, arguably, the top ten. So put the kettle on, slip on the old slipper socks, stay out of the wet and take at look...
Over the course of five social occasions, committed bachelor Charles (Hugh Grant) must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. "Is it still raining?" asks Carrie (Andie McDowell), after being drenched while locked in a passionate embrace. "I hadn't noticed." Sure you hadn't.
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst lock lips in this acrobatic - and wet - embrace.
In the final scene of this legendary film, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) frantically looks for her cat before being locked in a passionate embrace. Look closely and you can see the squashed cat in between the couple. Poor thing.
Of course, which rain scene rundown would be complete without The Notebook? Neither seemed to notice the rain as Allie (Rachel McAdams) realises Noah (Ryan Gosling) has been writing to her all this time - "you wrote me?" - and that her father has been intercepting the letters. Passion ensues.
"We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain . and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath." - the loveable Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) gives us a rundown of the many types of rain to punctuate his time in Vietnam.
The Neo vs. Agent Smith fight scene takes place in a fierce storm with lightning and pelting rain which emphasises the sense of impending doom as the film draws to a close.
Kelly's performance here has long been considered as one of the ultimate rain scenes, and was apparently filmed in just one take.
The image of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) raising his arms triumphantly as the rain pours down on his smiling face and he experiences freedom is one that we won't be forgetting any time soon.
The moving scene in Blade Runner goes something like this: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those ... moments will be lost in time, like tears...in rain."
The battle for Helm's Deep is the ultimate rain scene. It marks the clash of 10,000 Uruk-hai against a mere 300 Rohirrim from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.