When it’s cold outside, nothing beats curling up with a good movie on the couch. Movies set during the winter months have their distinct subgenre all their own. In contrast to Christmas movies, they don’t have to focus on the season. You’ll still want to watch them after the New Year if they’re about the holidays. They just need to include the months of November through March, which are the coldest. In addition to people who are stranded in their homes due to the winter weather, they also serve as a reminder of what the rest of the country is going through. There’s something for everyone on CinemaSins’ selection of the best Winter movies ever, from action-packed thrillers to heartwarming romances that will keep you warm this season.
1. White Christmas (1954)
The title of this masterpiece from the golden era of Hollywood musicals carries the promise of snow.
With their singing and dancing, Bing Crosby and his crew almost make a snowfall fall on top of their last scene.
2. Happy Feet (2006)
An adorable story of a penguin’s struggle to find his voice is featured here. The weakest singer of the penguins tries to find a lover by dancing in a society where everyone must have a song.
3. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
With a winter setting and numerous iconic snow and ice scenes, It’s A Wonderful Life is a timeless classic for any season. It’s a winter classic if a movie makes you crave a warm blanket.
4. Frozen (2013)
Relatable characters and appealing tunes made the Disney animated feature an instant sensation. The film was so successful that a sequel was made, and it remains one of Disney’s most beloved works to this day.
5. The Grey (2012)
Who will win between Liam Neeson and a pack of wolves? With Neeson leading a group of survivors through wolf country to a place where they may be saved, you’d put your money on the actor.
6. Snowpiercer (2014)
Only those who can fit on a single speeding train can survive, as the rest of humanity has perished. That’s a fantastic set-up. It’s a good thing that Snowpiercer the movie delivers on its promise of a unique and unforgettable experience.
7. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
A transit worker saves a man from impending death in Chicago’s windy winter. Everyone believes she’s his fiancée because of her deception while the man is unconscious and she lets the mistake go unchecked. Keep an eye out for Bill Pullman’s charisma, as well as the supporting ensemble of family members, in this romantic comedy.
8. The Revenant (2015)
He crawls over the frozen tundra in search of those who killed his son. Stay for the one-shot passages, whether you come for the natural light photography or Leonardo DiCaprio’s captivating and compelling performance.
9. Wind River (2017)
An skilled tracker discovers a dead body on a Wyoming Native American reservation. There are flashbacks and contradicting stories of the death, and then another body is found. It’s a gripping mystery set in the harsh winters of the American north.
10. The Cutting Edge (1992)
In couples figure skating, two Olympic hopefuls are vying for a medal. As a former hockey player, he dismisses figure skating as a waste of time because she is such a spoilt princess. You may be startled to find yourself falling for the couple as well, as they steadily fall in love.
11. Fargo (1996)
It’s cold and snowy outside, so a car salesman tries to hire some goons to abduct his wife and demand a ransom in exchange for their release. It takes a tenacious pregnant sheriff to get to the bottom of the nefarious plot.
12. A Simple Plan (1998)
In Sam Raimi’s blizzard thriller, a trio of bumbling farm community brothers discover a downed plane that contains a treasure trove of money. As the cover-up goes on, no one can be proclaimed the winner because of their efforts to keep the money.
13. The Edge (1997)
The Edge is a film for actors, with some of the best dialogue ever written by David Mamet for Sir Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. A plane crash in the remote tundra plays a key role in the plot, as do the harsh winter conditions.
14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
There are certain romantic movies that make you feel warm and cuddly, and there are others that make you feel cold and detached.
Both exhausting and inspiring, Eternal Sunshine is a picture that manages to accomplish both at once, and it succeeds.
15. Groundhog Day (1993)
One of the greatest comedies ever made, it parodies on the concept of repetition.
As a guy who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again, Bill Murray offers one of the greatest performances of all time. The repetitive dread of the main character is underscored by winter and snow, which serve as more than just a backdrop or setting.
16. Winter’s Bone (2010)
As a teenager caring for her mentally ill mother and her two younger siblings, Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar. Upon learning that if her father’s debts aren’t collected, they will fall to her and the rest of the family, she sets out to find him.
17. Cool Runnings (1993)
Four Jamaican athletes, one of whom has never even seen snow before, attempt to become the first bobsled team from their Caribbean island nation in this family film based on a true event. I guarantee that you’ll feel better after seeing this sports movie in the winter.
18. Miracle (2004)
Legend has already been written about the 1980 US men’s Olympic hockey team. An unexpected collection of amateur hockey players rises to the pinnacle of success during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
19. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
One of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon’s best-known works is Grumpy Old Men, a film about the Odd Couple living next door to each other in the upper Midwest.
20. Last Holiday (2006)
Actress Queen Latifah takes on the role of a woman who has been told she has terminal cancer yet this is far from the truth. In order to spend her savings, she decides to spend a few days in a luxury ski resort hotel in Europe doing things she’s always wanted to do. Will she be able to get a second opinion before she spends all of her savings? Will LL Cool J, her longtime fling, figure out where she’s been and why she’s disappeared? You won’t be disappointed if you give this film a chance.