Five Frozen Flicks to Keep You Warm This Winter

As you probably have noticed, it’s cold out there right now! But fear not, because your pals at MovieFanFare are about to heat things up by presenting this list of fantastic flicks in which snow is a supporting character. So what if the weather outside is frightful, these films will always be delightful…regardless of what the thermometer says!

Ice Station Zebra

This epic espionage adventure concerns a real Cold War at the North Pole, as a U.S. crew on a nuclear submarine confronts Soviet opponents in a search for a Russian capsule lodged in an ice cap that contains secrets that are beneficial to both sides. Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown, and Ernest Borgnine star in this thrilling adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s novel.

The Thing

Man is the warmest place to hide! John Carpenter’s harrowing remake of the ’50s classic centers on a snowbound research team in Antarctica that encounters a vicious, shape-shifting alien organism. Cut off from the rest of the world, paranoia and mistrust begin to set in as the men realize any one of them could be the creature. Features state-of-the-art (for their time) makeup effects and a haunting score from Ennio Morricone. Kurt Russell, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart, and Wilford Brimley star. A box office disaster upon its original release in 1982 — evil aliens weren’t in vogue during the year of E.T. — the film has gone on to become a cult sensation.


Oh yah? Joel and Ethan Coen’s alternately hilarious and shocking “true crime” drama follows a shady Minneapolis car dealer’s (William H. Macy) plan to have his wife kidnapped and then take part of the ransom from her wealthy father. When the crooks (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) hired to abduct the woman wind up killing a state trooper and two witnesses along a rural Minnesota highway, the very pregnant local police chief (Frances McDormand) begins her own investigation into the murder. And yes, the TV series is well worth your time as well.

The Empire Strikes Back

After battling Imperial forces on the ice world of Hoth, Han, Leia, Chewie, and C-3PO flee to Cloud City to seek help from the roguish Lando Calrissian, only to find themselves at the mercy of Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett. Meanwhile, Luke learns the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Yoda before joining his friends and facing Vader, who reveals a shocking link between them. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Frank Oz as Yoda; Irvin Kershner directs. (If the voice narrating the goofy above trailer sounds familiar to you, it’s because it belongs to none other than Ford himself).


Do you want to build a snowman? Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Disney’s epic computer-animated fantasy tale chronicles a young girl’s daring journey to protect her homeland. When the kingdom of Arendelle is frozen by Princess Elsa, her brave sister, Anna, recruits mountain man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and snowman Olaf for a perilous quest to save Arendelle from eternal winter. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Alan Tudyk supply voices.

What movies do you watch to keep you warm in the winter? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ellen Christy Snyder

    OMG – I love Fargo and want to watch it this weekend. You could also add “Frozen River”, “Winter’s Bone”, “The Shining” and “Grumpy Old Men” to name a few more movies that take place in the winter