The Flix List: Memorable Waterfalls in the Movies

It’s been a memorable and truly blessed vacation, as we got to enjoy some quality time with family as well as take in the wonderful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. One of the places we visited was Multnomah Falls, less than an hour drive from our hotel in downtown Portland. I wasn’t all that familiar with this waterfall but upon seeing it, I immediately marveled at the massive height!According to this site, its cumulative height of 620ft is comprised of 541ft for the upper falls and 79ft for the lower falls. Along my hubby and my sister in-law, we walked about 1.25 miles to the top of the upper falls, it’s a pretty exhaustive hike but well worth it!
I only realized afterwards that this falls were featured in the first Twilight movie, in the baseball scene the falls are apparently visible in the background across the Columbia River. I guess Washington is the ‘Twilight state’ as the small town of Forks is where Bella and the Cullens live. No we didn’t go there even though my sis in-law is a self-professed Twi-hard 🙂
In any case, my trip got me thinking of memorable waterfalls in movies, so here are five to start with…
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings

    Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy is full of iconic images of Middle Earth, and this one is surely one of them. Falls of Rauros or Rauros were the great falls of River Anduin beneath Nen Hithoel, where Frodo and Sam paddled a boat from the west bank of the river to the east just above the falls and had to use all their strength to avoid being swept over the falls by the current (per LOTR Wiki). It also appears later when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli laid Boromir to rest inside one of the boats of Lórien, and sent him down the falls.

    The Anduin River itself is also memorable throughout the trilogy, especially in the awe-inspiring Argonath scene as the fellowship traveled by boats through the gates where two enormous pillars of Isildur and Anarion stand on either side.
  • The Last of the Mohicans
    This is such an emotional scene from this epic drama… and perhaps one of the most memorable for me. I haven’t got a chance to review this, I only mentioned it briefly on this weekend roundup. As I said in that post, Daniel Day-Lewis is nothing short of electrifying as Hawkeye and he had a pretty hot chemistry with the lovely Madeleine Stowe.

    You stay alive, no matter what occurs!
    I will find you.
    No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.

  • Avatar
    The world of Pandora is nothing short of breathtaking. From the first time it’s introduced on screen, and the first time the protagonist Jake sees the alien world, the audience were ooh-aahing together with the characters on screen. Those floating mountains have seemingly endless waterfalls cascading down from them, and when Neytiri gives Jake a tour around Pandora, especially at night where everything glows in neon-like glory, there are gorgeous waterfalls all around them.

    In the intense Banshee (or Ikran in Na’vi) scene where Jake first takes flight, there are also enormous waterfalls they have to pass through in order to get to those flying creatures.

  • Superman II

    Surely I can’t leave this scene out, I really can’t think of Niagara Falls without conjuring up images of both dorky Clark Kent AND the hunky & heroic Supes making an appearance with Lois 😀 I LOVE this whole scene from the time Lois & Clark arrived as honeymooners, all the way to the Supes professing his love to her after she discovered who he is. Too bad the last two Superman movies just can’t live up to the first two.

  • Jurassic Park

    I really should see this movie again in Blu-ray. I remember the first time I saw this movie on the big screen my jaw dropped several times like the first time I saw Avatar. This ‘helicopter landing’ scene is just impressive on so many levels, and like in Avatar, it’s the first time lead characters are introduced to the magnificent park by its owner John Hammond. The 360-foot high Manawaiopuna Falls in Kaui, Hawaii which is now dubbed as the Jurassic Park Waterfall, just keeps going on and on as the chopper descended. Even from above it looks massive and undoubtedly majestic!


Well, that’s five I can think of right now. If you think of other memorable waterfalls in the movies, do share them in the comment!