It’s time to update our overview of the best snow movies.
Watching a snowy movie is like eating spicy food when it’s hot. It warms us up—a relief to know that however cold and miserable and snowed in we are, we’re not having as rough a time of it as those poor sods in that snowy movie.
MDK readers suggest the following:
Jeremiah Johnson. Robert Redford snow plus the dark scary wilderness.
Downhill Racer. Robert Redford snow plus ski racing.
Murder on the Orient Express. The 1974 one. Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, the whole gang!
Never Cry Wolf, based on the Farley Mowat book. Snow with wolves.
Here is our time-tested list of excellent snow movies—a batch for every possible taste. Links are to Amazon, where these can all be rented. Netflix streaming noted when available.
Dr. Zhivago. Epic doomed Russian revolution romantic snow. Filmed in the ’60s snow. Available on Netflix.
The Shining. Stanley Kubrick superscary snow. (On Netflix streaming, too.)
Fargo. Creepy Coen Brothers snow.
March of the Penguins. Morgan Freeman-narrated snow.
Encounters at the End of the World. Documentary snow. Werner Herzog goes to Antarctica to meet the people who are willing to live on the edge. (On Netflix streaming, too.)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Suspenseful Daniel Craig Swedish snow.
Finally, the best snow movie of all time:
Groundhog Day. Bill Murray living the same day over and over, trying to win over Andie MacDowell.
Would love to hear more snow movie ideas—this is a deep, snowy category.