What is it about the snow and ice that inspires such drama? Is it the impending doom of never leaving your house again (though for those of us on the interwebs, is that really a problem?) or is it the idea of being stranded in some strange place? Whatever it is, many, many movies have used snow to build some serious drama and propel their plots. From horror movies to comedies, from animation to sports movies, everybody loves a lot of snow. So today, we're going to take a look back at some tense snowy scenes from our favorite movies!
10. The Thing
It's the first week of winter and the snow is coming down hard. Suddenly, people start dropping like flies and those still alive can no longer be trusted. There's a monster who can morph into anything, even your dog. That is exactly the premise of The Thing, starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter, which became an instant fan favorite. Though the movie might be about the monster, without the blizzard the researchers could easily escape their lab and run away, but the snow makes them trapped living bait for a bloodthirsty creature.
9. The Day After Tomorrow
Who doesn't love a good disaster movie? By most standards, The Day After Tomorrow is one of the better disaster flicks out there, and for good reason, too: Snow is man's worst enemy. And New York City always seems to bear the brunt of it, whether its a planet of apes taking over or its being completely destroyed by the white stuff. Nope, Manhattan is not a good place to be when the world is coming to an end.
Fargo is perhaps one of the best crime dramas of all time. Garnering a whopping 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, it keeps you on the edge of your seat from go to whoa. The plot? When a man falls on hard times, he hires thugs to kidnap his wife. But things start to go south when the winter storm whirls all around, and then the unimaginable happens: A state trooper gets murdered in cold blood. It's hard to imagine Fargo without the wintry conditions and blowing snow that have become synonymous with the harsh climate of Minnesota.
7. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Breaking away from our streak of dramas, horrors and disaster movies comes a fantastic comedy starring legends Steve Martin and John Candy (who will appear again on this list). Another "Certifiably Fresh" pick, Planes, Trains & Automobiles is the hilarious journey of two men stuck in a snow storm together. A struggling family man and a curtain salesman are forced to work together if they want to make it to their respective homes in time for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately for these two, the snow is proving quite the hassle as they try every means of transportation available.
6. Unaccompanied Minors
Though perhaps not as critically acclaimed as the other movies on this list, Unaccompanied Minors is a fun family film sprinkled with plenty of giggles. Trying to make it home for the holidays is hard enough without the snow involving itself (seriously, snow — go home. Nobody wants you here). After a blizzard strikes, all flights are canceled and a bunch of minors, who happen to be unaccompanied, wreak havoc throughout the airport as they desperately await their return home. This movie is actually based on a true story told by radio personality Susan Burton on her show This American Life.
Maybe Chris Evans just really enjoys winter-related movies. Captain America gets frozen in a block of ice, his best friend is the Winter Soldier and he's the lead in Snowpiercer. Whatever the case, at least he's made some major dough off of the snow. In this movie, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Evans is the only hope for humanity after he finds out the people running the Snowpiercer train are corrupt. In the hopes of saving the very last people on Earth, he leads a revolt, risking everything he has.
4. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
This entire movie is about trying to get rid of the snow! Snow = Evil. Plain and simple. You have the wicked White Witch and the great Aslan the Lion. One is the bringer of all that is cold and desolate, the other the bringer of spring and hope. If this movie doesn't make you think snow is evil, then you must be Jack Frost. After years of being trapped in an eternal winter, the four prophesied children are in need of some warmth. Are they able to defeat the witch to bring spring to Narnia?
You really thought I could make a list about snow and not include Frozen? Seriously, just let it go. Frozen quickly became a modern classic, and for good reason, too. It features amazing songs, unique and quirky characters, and plenty of suspense created by the awful snow! Why does the snow have to ruin everything? Can't we have nice dry things? No. No, we cannot.
2. Cool Runnings
If the Kingdom of Arendelle was confused about seeing snow, think how hard it was for a group of Jamaican wannabe athletes to become the single most memorable bobsled team in history. (Remember when I said John Candy would make another appearance? Well, here he is!) If this movie doesn't inspire you, then I don't know what will, except maybe...
1. Eddie The Eagle
Easily the most inspirational movie in years, Eddie The Eagle is one enjoyable ride. And if you're paying attention, you might even catch the nod to Cool Runnings in this film. From beginning to end, you'll find yourself laughing, crying, cheering and everything in between. Starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, this Sundance winner is a must-see. Eddie's only dream in life was to become an Olympic athlete, yet everyone was telling him it couldn't be done. He strives to be a competitor in the Winter Olympics after deciding on the dangerous ski jumping category. With the chance of severe injury and the ever-looming possibility of death, Eddie The Eagle will have you holding your breath every time the titular character leaps off that hill. This true story of the ultimate underdog is a movie you definitely want to see. And once again, it's filled with snow!
So there you have it! Ten movies in which snow places a crucial role. Perhaps we learned something today: Snow makes everything harder. But hey! There's no business like snow business!