Classic Winter Movies To Watch Today

Everyone has their favourite winter movie. They may fall into any category. While some may prefer the family-oriented seasonal winter movies, others are enthralled in ones where adventure, mystery, or even murder play a major role. It is impossible to provide all the great and “classic” snow movies in a single list. Moreover, it is also virtually impossible to include everyone’s favorite. Someone always bemoans the lack of inclusion of their own special snow movie.

Classic Snow Movies to Watch on a Snowy Day

For those who know snow is truly an amazing and primitive element capable of bestirring diverse and even primitive feelings within us all – just like many films, including those listed below, do.

Black Christmas (1974): 

A classic teen slasher movie that paved the way for weaker copies of this genre. Macabre but with Margot Kidder doing an acerbic and witty turn.

The Day After Tomorrow (2007): 

With the current situation of the world’s climate, this is apocryphal in forecasting the impact people have had on the climate. The story combines dire warnings with a father-son tie and teenage love. Values such as teamwork and ingenuity are stressed as important factors in survival.

Die Hard 2 (1990): 

Sometimes considered a Christmas movie, Die Hard 2 takes place at an airport and includes good guys, bad guys, snowmobile chases, and the usual Bruce Willis ironic humor.

Doctor Zhivago (1965): 

One of the all-time classic love stories, it takes place in Russia classic tale against the background of World War I and the October Revolution. Stars the ever-fascinating and talented Omar Sharif.


For those who like quirky snow movies, Fargo fits the bill. It features downright chilling weather as well as an Oscar-winning performance by Frances McDormand.

Frozen (2013): 

If you have children, this animated Disney Movie is already a classic favorite. With the release of Frozen 2 (2019), you may now have to put the adventures of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf on a continuous loop.

The Grey (2011): 

When a plane crashes, the survivors must fight off a pack of hungry wolves under the guidance of experienced hunter Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, the wolves do not win this one.

Groundhog Day (1993): 

A classic with Bill Murray at his comedic best that happens to take place on Groundhog Day.

Happy Feet (2006): 

If you love Penguins, but do not want to get caught up in reality, then you should enjoy this animated film about dancing penguins. If you prefer the real thing, watch the documentary March of the Penguins (2005) instead.

Ice Age (2002):  

Another look – this time animated, at climate change. This time it is a look at Earth’s past.In it, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth try to return a human infant they discover to its family.

Joyeux Noël (2005): 

Based on a true event – a truce that broke out for Christmas Day during WWI, resulting in both sides sharing stories and food.

Last Holiday (2006): 

Queen Latifah discovers she has only months to live, so she spends all her money on a final expensive holiday. As is to be expected, not everything is as it seems.


A well-acted chilling thriller from the pen of Stephen King. A writer’s Number 1 Fan holds him hostage in a wintery, bleak setting. Need I say more?

The Revenant (2015): 

Leonardo di Caprio, a bear, and some faithless hunters. The time is winter and snow abounds even within the hearts of humans.

The Shining (1980):

 If you like the rug-eating antics of Jack Nicholson over the actual book from which the movie is derived, you should like this movie.

The Snowman (2017):

 A missing woman’s scarf is found wrapped around a snowman. Detective Harry Hole must find out what happened.Loosely based on the series of best-selling novels written by Jo Nesbø.

Stalingrad (1993)

Bleak but riveting, the film tells the story of Russia’s fight against the Germans during the siege of Stalingrad.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980):

How could you have a top snow movie list without including something from Star Wars – although the same could also be said for the Harry Potter movies where winter plays a partial role in several of the films. The natural choice is this one because it takes place on the snow-bound planet of Hoth.

The Thing (1982): 

A classic cult horror movie based in the Antarctic where people are up against an alien lifeform determined to destroy life as we know it.

Winter’s Bone (2010): 

This focuses on a young teen growing up in the Ozarks who is trying to locate her criminal father to prevent eviction from their home.

Snow Movies

When the snow flies and you would rather curl up inside with a book or a movie, consider the above as a few films that may suit everybody’s taste. In romantic classic to comedies to thrillers, films use snow for any of several reasons. It is symbolic at times, threatening at others, but it can also provide the perfect setting for a steamy or tender kiss. Whatever your preference of movie type, park yourself in front of the screen, use Edenapp or other third-party services to take care of the actual snow building up outside, and enjoy life inside where it is warm and cozy.