Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up indoors and put on a movie. Not only will you be safe from all the freezing chaos outside, but you'll get to sit comfortably under a blanket, drink hot chocolate and live vicariously through the characters. Here are some of the best winter movies you should add to your list. A Blockbuster promotion code can get you 50 percent off your first month!
1. The Polar Express. This movie, which is based on the classic book, features a young boy on Christmas Eve who ventures out on a magical train ride to the North Pole. He has an enchanting adventure and even meets Santa Claus, coming home to find a special surprise. It's the perfect movie to watch with the kids, especially once it gets closer to Christmas!
2. Little Women. This literary classic was made into a great film with plenty of A-listers like Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit by watching a close-knit family embody the generosity of the holiday.
3. Out Cold. If you feel like having a laugh, this movie is sure to tickle your fancy. It follows a group of prankster snowboarders who are trying to take back their beloved mountain. It's full of great characters, played by the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Jason London.
4. Fargo. Set in Minnesota in the freezing cold depths of winter, this film is totally original and super cold all around. Just make sure you have plenty of warm clothing and blankets on hand, as the ice, snow and crime will leave you chilly!
5. Groundhog Day. One of Bill Murray's classics, this feel-good comedy is sure to give you plenty of laughs. The romance between Murray's character and Andie MacDowell's character will warm your heart.
6. Gremlins. This film will remind you not to give your kids live gifts on Christmas - as you never know when it could all turn bad! Just be sure not to feed your pets after midnight, otherwise you could wake up to a surprise!
7. March of the Penguins. This heartbreaking and cute insight into the frozen world of the Antarctic's penguins will make you grateful that you're indoors and don't have to make long treks to get meals.
8. Tokyo Godfathers. In this animated film, three humbug homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo go on a journey to return an orphan to her parents on Christmas Eve. The movie has subtitles, so it might not be great for small children - but teens will love it!
9. Encounters at the End of the World. This documentary is about daily life down at the McMurdo Base in Antarctica. It's full of profound observations of an isolated culture that will move you and make you happy that you're not down at the South Pole.
10. Never Cry Wolf. This movie is based on a book by Farley Mowat, a famous naturalist. It follows a scientist who is sent to study wolves in the Arctic who were being blamed for reduced numbers of caribou. It's got plenty of frigid scenes that will make your teeth chatter.
11. The Lion in Winter. This Middle Age drama features a dysfunctional family that has a meltdown on Christmas Eve. It's full of exciting sword fights and memorable characters, played by actors like Anthony Hopkins and Katharine Hepburn.
12. Orca. This film is set on the northern coasts of Canada, so you know there is plenty of freezing scenery to look at! The characters actually get into the water despite the fact that there's a killer whale that's bent on getting revenge. Brrr!
13. Ghostbusters 2. Set in New York City around Christmas time, this movie is filled with gorgeously romantic scenes...except for all those ghosts! The film has plenty of laughs and will keep you and your kids entertained for an evening in.
14. The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The wintery land of Narnia will captivate your family's imaginations as you follow the characters in their quest to end the White Witch's 100-year winter!
15. Trapped in Paradise. This comedy features three criminal-minded brothers who change their ways at the hands of their town's citizens on Christmas Eve. It's perfect for older children and teens.
16. Ice Age. This animated family film is sure to have your youngsters laughing and imagining what it would be like to live in the Ice Age. The fun characters will keep them entertained and they'll want to watch the rest of the series!
17. The Holiday. This romantic comedy with Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz will warm your heart this winter and leave you wanting to spend the holidays on a European vacation!
18. The Muppet Christmas Carol. This film is a must-see for children who are familiar with the Muppets. It follows the classic storyline and is full of funny moments that will entertain your family and leave you all with the Christmas spirit.
19. The Santa Clause. Tim Allen's hilarious portrayal of Santa Claus will make the whole family laugh this holiday season and leave your kids wondering if their dad could ever become Santa!
20. Bad Santa. If you're more into black comedy, you may want to watch this film feautring Billy Bob Thornton, in which he develops a plan to pose as Santa Claus to rob stores on Christmas Eve.
21. The Preacher's Wife. This feel-good movie takes place at the height of the season and features a Reverend who gets a little help from God as he learns to practice what he preaches.
22. Die Hard. It's not exactly a traditional holiday film, but you'll enjoy watching all the action as Bruce Willis' character tries to take down a bunch of terrorists on Christmas Eve!
23. Edward Scissorhands. This creepy, wintery fairy tale features Johnny Depp, who you and your kids can both appreciate. Just don't let him put any ice-carving ideas into your children's heads!
24. The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is a classic Tim Burton film which is perfect for that time right in between Halloween and Christmas. Jack Skellington's plan to take over Christmas is creepy yet kind of sweet at the same time!
25. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase fans will love this holiday comedy which pokes a bit of fun at family traditions on Christmas. Your family will be laughing out loud throughout!
26. Home Alone. There's no movie as iconic as this winter classic. It's filled with plenty of action, laughs and even feel-good Christmas spirit. It's a must-see for your kids.
27. Elf. Will Ferrell is hilarious in this holiday classic that will crack you up for its entire duration. It's perfect for everyone in the family to enjoy - just don't let your kids get any ideas from Buddy's eating habits!
28. Scrooged. Another Bill Murray classic, this film is a contemporary take on the classic Christmas Carol tale. It's an offbeat, fun movie for the whole family to enjoy.
29. A Christmas Story. This nostalgic film about Christmas in America will bring back memories of your childhood and give your family plenty of jokes to laugh about.
30. It's a Wonderful Life. This black and white classic is filled with financial troubles and almost-suicide, but nevertheless it manages to be a great holiday movie that ends on a good note and will fill you up with the Christmas spirit.
31. Miracle on 34th Street. This touching classic features a Macy's Santa Claus who thinks he's the real thing. While not many people believe him at first, it soon becomes evident that there's something special about him. It'll turn your kids into believers!
32. A Charlie Brown Christmas. This short film is perfect for the holidays and great for kids. The soundtrack is a classic in itself, so don't be surprised if you catch yourself humming it!
33. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. This classic Steven Spielberg film is perfect for kids who haven't yet experienced the heartwarming friendship it exemplifies.
34. Happy Feet. This cute animated film is great for kids who love to dance and sing. They'll be enchanted by the fun characters and don't be surprised if they want to head over to the zoo or aquarium to see some penguins afterward!
35. Frosty the Snowman. This is a classic movie that your kids will love to watch, as it will spark their imaginations and give them something to do once it snows outside! Make sure you have plenty of snowman materials on hand so they can be creative!
No matter which movies you choose to watch this winter, you can get great deals on rentals with a Netflix promotion code or even go out and see a few new films with a Movietickets.com promotion code!
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