The Best Winter Movies
Whenever it is cold outside, sometimes all we want to do is cuddle up with our favorite blanket and stay on the couch all day. In fact, sometimes that is all we can do with the snowstorms raging outside. To keep you entertained during upcoming snow days or maybe even just during your next Netflix binge, here is a list of the best movies to watch in cold weather.
Pro-tip: these three films are best enjoyed with a hot bowl of soup or a steaming cup of hot chocolate — with a healthy supply of marshmallows!
This movie is perfect for those looking for a bit of a thrill. Set in the freezing state of Minnesota, this 1996 black comedy film is sure to catch your attention. Without giving away too much of the plot, a pregnant police chief, played by the incredible Frances McDermond, investigates a string of roadside homicides that happen after a cars salesman, portrayed by the incomparable William H. Macy, hires two criminals to kidnap his wife to get ransom money from his father in law. The two comical criminals are played by legends Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare. One interesting fact about this film is that it was produced by production companies in both the United States and the United Kingdom. After the film was released, it was nominated for a grand total of seven Academy Awards, and Frances McDermond took home the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Chronicles of Narnia
This list would not be complete without this movie, based on the popular novel by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. If you are one of the few people on this planet that hasn’t seen this movie, here’s a taste of the plot. World War II has broken out in England, and the Pevensie family has been evacuated to the English countryside, away from their life in London. While playing one day, the children in the family discover a magical wardrobe that leads them to the magical world of Narnia. Once in Narnia, the kids help a lion named Asian save the land from the White Witch, who has ruled over Narnia for years — keeping the fantasy world in a state of everlasting winter with no Christmas. The gorgeous shots of Narnia in the winter will keep you enthralled and amazed for the entirety of the movie.
If you’re a history buff, this film is for you. This 1993 historical drama film recounts the story of German soldiers during World War II that have been shipped to Stalingrad in Russia, which you can guess is very, very cold. This film is a great way to learn more about Russia’s involvement in World War II, a topic that is often not as highlighted in most history classes. Plus, watching it will make you give thanks that you aren’t experiencing the cold, bleak winter of Stalingrad, no matter how cold you are.