Knit to This: Snow Movies We Love

Dear everybody,

Season’s greetings to you! Whatever your day brings today, we hope you have time for a bit of rest. To that end, we humbly submit the following ideas for something to watch.

No matter where we are, this new winter season makes us crave 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 shivery we are, we’re not having as rough a time of it as those poor sods in that snowy movie.

Reader Faves

MDK readers suggest the following. (Links are to Amazon, where these can all be rented. At this point, there are so many platforms that your best bet is to search the movie name, then go with whatever platform makes sense for you! Or just yell it into the air and it will show up on your phone, or something.)

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.

The Thing from Another World (the 1951 version) or the newer John Carpenter version, The Thing. Antarctic snow plus monster.

Our Shortlist

Here is our time-tested list of excellent snow movies—a batch for every possible taste.

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Dr. Zhivago. Epic doomed Russian revolution romantic snow. Filmed-in-the-’60s 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.



The Shining. Stanley Kubrick superscary snow.



March of the Penguins. Morgan Freeman-narrated snow.



Fargo. Creepy Coen Brothers snow.



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.

Sending all our love for a quiet, peaceful day for you,

Ann and Kay

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