7 Great Movies That Take Place in Freezing Weather

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While we’re just getting underway with summer,  for some reason I’m in a winter kind of mood today.  And it’s not like I’m even looking forward to the cold weather or those insane weather reports where the staff is traipsing through the murky waters and snow drifts.  It’s just that for whatever reason I’m thinking of the cold.

While we might not be at the fireplace nights and roasting marshmallows stage of our climate, why not curl up and watch a movie that takes place in the kind of weather we’re all protecting ourselves from a few months from now?

Here are seven solid movies that take place in freezing weather….

The Ice Storm


Set during Thanksgiving weekend, 1973, in New Canaan, Connecticut, “The Ice Storm” concerns two archetypal, suburban families who appear to be living an idyllic lifestyle. Under the surface, however, deep-rooted malcontent is festering. It’s not that the movie is about cold weather or is really supposed to be in the cold, I just think the cold made for a much more interesting setting.

Mystery Alaska


Fun story of an ice ridden town in Alaska whose only solace is to watch the “Saturday Game,” a pond hockey game played by select members of the community. Their lives become interesting when they get a visit from the New York Rangers. Well told story and just a cute movie overall.

Fargo


This Academy-Award winner is one of the best from the Coen Brothers — a snowbound noir set in the frozen mid-west. Just the crunch of snow under boots is enough to make you want to sip a cup of cocoa and double up on scarves! And how about that chase scene? Ugh. The cold just bites you!

Doctor Zhivago


This classic epic about the Russian Revolution from Davide Lean is winter on steroids — frozen lakes, fur coats, and a palace encrusted in ice. This movie also features Obi-Wan Kenobi and one of cinema’s finest mustaches. You really can’t argue with that.

The Shining


This horror classic based on the best-selling Stephen King novel takes place in the picturesque mountains of Colorado, which would make for an ideal locale for vacationing skiers, but the infamous Overlook Hotel can’t operate during the winter months because the snow-covered roads thwart access to the resort. And let’s just assume you guys know the rest.

Alive


This true story about a Uruguayan rugby team who survived a plane crash in the Andes is a heart-rending account of the human will to survive, including infamous scenes involving cannibalism. But it’s also a movie about freezing to death, which is preferable to being char-broiled.

The Empire Strikes Back


The first third of this beloved sequel takes place on the Ice Planet Hoth. Downsides: rampaging snow monsters, spy droids, giant woolly kangaroos that “smell bad on the outside.” Upsides: there are no heatwaves on Hoth.


  • looka

    umm…. the thing?

  • BenMac

    YAA! The Thing!!

  • Kaeyne

    No “Groundhog Day”? xD

  • Uncoolaidman

    May I repeat.. The Thing?

  • Insomnia should be on here, too. Though the coldness isn’t really touched upon

  • Ty

    Regardless of the quality of the film. “Whiteout” must certainly qualify.

  • deafpony

    The Way Back? Can’t get much colder than Siberia , at least for the first third of it

  • sAFETY

    How the hell does this list not include “The Sweet Hereafter”?

  • pattie

    Winter’s Bone, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (Swedish)

  • Maria

    Home Alone!

  • Nick Howes

    Ahemm….Stephen King’s Dreamcacther.

  • ganung

    Out Cold
    Dead Snow

  • Snow Walker definitely qualifies here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337721/

  • Kev

    The Thing… cold was an integral part of the story.

  • Jack Baxter

    Huh, I always thought that picture from The Shining was a picture of Jim Carrey.