The 16 Best Winter Movies, for All Your Cozy Purposes

Lia Beck
·4 mins read
Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

From Cosmopolitan

Gather 'round, everyone. The first cool breeze of the fall has finally arrived. And you know what that means? Winter is right around the corner. You've got your blanket, your mug of hot cocoa, your dog/cat/significant other/own damn self to cuddle with. Now you just need a good winter movie. But what is a winter movie? A movie set in winter? A movie about winter? A movie that makes you feel really cold even if it's not explicitly winter related? A movie where Chris Evans wears a chunky knit sweater?

It's all of the above! Whether you want to lean into the coldest season in a cozy way, a sci-fi way, a rom-com way, or an animated way, the following list will have something for you. Get ready to feel a bit more chilly, thanks to a magical princess, an iceberg, a remote French island, and more.

Frozen

Winter. Cold. Snow. Frozen. This movie could not be anymore about winter. The beloved animated film is about a princess, who has the power to create an endless winter.

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Little Women (1994)

Not all of Little Women is set during the winter, but some key parts take place around Christmas, and there are plenty of scenes with the four March sisters being cozy in their Massachusetts home.

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Little Women (2019)

Or, if you'd rather Saoirse Ronan be your Jo March instead of Winona Ryder, there's the 2019 Little Women, which features the sisters wearing all the layers.

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Snowpiercer

I know. The snow isn't there because it's winter, but because the world has been thrust into another ice age. This sci-fi film is definitely chilling in more ways than one.

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Love Actually


Not all winter movies are Christmas movies, but there are obviously some overlaps. Love Actually takes place in the lead-up to Christmas and is all about romance, family, friendship, and Alan Rickman daring to cheat on the wonderful Emma Thompson.

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The Holiday


Despite the name, The Holiday is more of a winter movie than a Christmas movie. Two women take a holiday by switching homes, with one experiencing the Santa Ana winds during a Los Angeles winter and one enjoying winter in the snowy, quaint English countryside. Plus, the movie ends on New Year's Eve.

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Fargo

If dark comedy crime movies are more your thing, there's Fargo. The 1996 Coen brothers film is set during a Minnesota winter, so expect over-the-top accents, gore, and a variety of very '90s outerwear.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is about Halloween and Christmas. Double the cold-weather references.

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The Sound of Music


The Sound of Music is not exactly a winter movie in its setting—in fact, much of it clearly takes place during warm weather—but the fact that it airs on TV every December has made it into one. There's also "My Favorite Things," which became an accidental Christmas song with its lyrics about snowflakes, mittens, "brown paper packages."

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is not about winter, but about a procedure that can erase all your memories of an ex. Yeah, it's kind of heavy. That said, the location of snowy Montauk, New York is significant. So, it's a winter movie! Just a winter movie that will screw with your mind for several days after seeing it.

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Knives Out


Three reasons Knives Out is a winter movie: Everyone's wearing coats, that big mansion is clearly freezing, and Chris Evans' cable knit sweater.

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When Harry Met Sally


New Year's Eve scenes! Crisp, cold weather! More sweaters!

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Bridget Jones's Diary


Bridget Jones's Diary starts and ends around New Year's Day, going from an embarrassing holiday sweater at a family party to a romantic kiss in the snow. Follow Bridget's lead and pair a viewing of the movie with a cozy glass of red wine.

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About Time


Yet another movie with a New Year's party, About Time is about a man who finds out he can time travel. At the beginning of the film, this means he can relive the same New Year's Eve party more than once, but as the movie goes on, he falls in love and starts a family, using his skill for other reasons.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire


The romance in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is hot with passion, but very, very cold with its windy coastal France location.

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Titanic


The Titanic sank in April 1912, so technically it's in the spring rather than the winter. But, one, this might be the coldest movie out there and, two, there's no bad time to watch Titanic... for the twentieth time.

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