’Tis the season for winter movies. Fa la la la la. Yes, that's a “real” category—just like horror, comedy, and drama—and not much is required to get in it. Basically, winter movies are anything that make you feel cozy: snow movies, holiday movies, anything involving a winter sport, be it skiing or snowboarding or ice dancing…you get the picture. If there's a snowman, a sweater, or mistletoe, yup, you're watching a winter movie. (And if you find yourself playfully tossing flour onto your longtime BFF while you make cupcakes together and suddenly realize you might have chemistry…you're in a winter movie.)
These snow day movies are best viewed during the winter months (duh) when we're more craving content that comforts us. The best are definitely of the rom-com variety, like The Holiday and Last Christmas, because they combine seasonal coziness with the universal warmth of love. Yes, I've thought a lot about what makes a good winter movie. This is how I spend my time, and I don't judge how you spend yours, now do I?
So are you ready to dive in? Below, check out our picks for the most essential movies about winter. They run the gamut in terms of genre and subject, but they have one common bond: cold weather. Ironically, they'll warm you right up. And no, Dr. Zhivago didn't make the list. I'm not a sadist.