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The 14 Best Thunders

Who knew angels moving furniture could inspire so many things?

Not only does thunder scare dogs and make swimming illegal at the community pool, it'a also the namesake for these wonderful items.

14. The Oklahoma City Thunder

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When the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma in 1998, they were wise enough to ditch the name and harness the raw power of electrical noise.

13. Tropic Thunder

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They just don’t make enough big budget, high concept, R-rated comedies. The Academy Award Nominated Tropic Thunder may have been overshadowed in recent years thanks to the likes of The Hangover and the hilarious Doubt, but it still makes us laugh...and think.

12. Ford Thunderbird

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Combine American automotive excellence with a mythical Native American god-creature and you have one hell of a car. And it’s a much better name than the Ford Mermaid.

11. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen

The Boss put it best when he sang, “Ooooh-oh-oh-oh Thunder Road...go to the pickles and murk them with a toad.” Classic.

10. Thor: God of Thunder

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One problem with The Avengers is that Thor gets beat up by Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America. Like that would ever happen. He’s Thor! He wins all fights. This is not open for debate.

9. Johnny Thunders

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Ask your hipster punk indie music roommate about him and prepare to be bored. Still, the New York Dolls made some great music. It’s not their fault that the music is enjoyed by assholes.

8. Days of Thunder

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“Rubbin’ is racin’” - Benjamin Franklin. The line was then used in this, the Citizen Kane of NASCAR movies.

7. Dr. Thunder (Walmart soda)

Don’t be too impressed. That PhD is in philosophy, not an actual science. It still tastes good.



This kids movie about farting stars Rupert “Turn Me Ron” Grint. We haven’t watched it, but an IMDB commenter put it best when they wrote: “The movie is not about flatulence but about growing up and reaching for your dreams and goals and overcoming your fears and problems.”

5. Thundercats

Only in the 1980s could someone walk into a pitch meeting and say, “So, they’re like people...but cat-people. And they fight with weapons. And his sword grows, which is kinda phallic, but in a family-friendly way. And he says, 'Ho!' all the time.”

4. Thunderdome

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Two men enter. One man leaves. It’s that simple. While Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a lesser Mad Max movie, the fighting cage is amazing and is the basis for 87% of music videos from the early ‘90s.


3. Thunder in Paradise

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Hulk Hogan drives a super boat and fights crime. Research is sketchy, but we’re pretty sure this TV show was based on actual events.

2. Thundarr the Barbaria

What happens when you combine Conan with Star Wars? You get a cartoon free of any copyright violations!

1. Thunderlips

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For those keeping score at home (and where else would you be keeping score) this is Hulk Hogan’s second appearance on this list. Rocky III is filled with memorable moments, but none as amazing as this mid-movie fight between wrestler Thunderlips and boxer Rocky Balboa. This is the best Thunder of them all.