The 12 Most Romantic Snow Scenes To Help You Cool Off

In the dog days of summer, it's next to impossible to imagine a time when snow felt like permafrost on the streets, and we longed for the mercury to rise. That's why we have movies, people. We apologize, however, if our attempt to cool you off with some of our favorite cinematic snow scenes actually causes your temperature to rise.

Unlike their close cousins, romantic rain scenes, depictions of lovers in snow vary dramatically. Sometimes, soft snowflakes add a magical touch to a declaration of love, caressing a couple's hair as they gaze into each other's eyes. Or, those flakes are seen falling outside a window as two sweethearts snuggle safely indoors. Snow can be the perfect plaything for young paramours, who turn into little kids as they toss snowballs at each other, wrestle in piles of the stuff, or ski down powder-covered slopes. It's also a great way to show how passion can sometimes make people temporarily impervious to cold weather — witness Bridget Jones chasing after Mark Darcy in her underwear. We only hope most of those scenes were shot with man-made frosty stuff, because brrrr, we can't have our favorite stars getting frostbite just for the sake of our viewing pleasure.

Turn up the AC, grab a cup of iced cocoa, and escape to these swoon-worthy winter wonderlands. And if we missed your favorites, be sure to let us know.
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Holiday Inn (1942)
The clip we have here actually combines the two times Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds sing Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in the movie, making it an almost instant classic. (Actually, Reynolds' voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, but anyway.) In the movie, Crosby is a semi-retired performer who's decided to run the eponymous inn, only open on holidays for themed variety shows, and Reynolds is an aspiring actress. The first time they sing, her clothes have been soaked by their fall into a snowdrift, which is why all she's wearing is that cozy robe. At the end, she's making a movie set in the Holiday Inn, and the snow that's falling is the Hollywood kind — which doesn't make it any less romantic when Crosby realizes she's just as nostalgic as he is about those early days.

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Love Story (1970)
As a whole, this is a terrible, sappy movie with a terrible, sappy ending. This scene, however, is perfection. Rich Harvard student Oliver (Ryan O'Neal) and working class Radcliffe student Jenny (Ali MacGraw) are in the early stages of true love — which is made very obvious by the fact that they can frolic in the snow for this long without becoming sodden, miserable, freezing messes. We disagree with the movie's famous quote, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," but it does mean having this much fun together.

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Better Off Dead (1985)
John Cusack's Lane is suicidal after a devastating breakup, but charming-as-hell French exchange student Monique (Diane Franklin) helps him snap out of it — and train for a big ski race against his rival. Though most of this montage is probably done by stunt doubles, it's enough to make you long for a romance on the slopes, just so you can execute synchronized turns like that.

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Moonstruck (1987)
Loretta (Cher) is just supposed to be convincing Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to come to her wedding to his brother Johnny (Danny Aiello). Instead, she falls in love with him in just a couple of days, thanks to a full moon and Puccini. All Ronny needs to make his declaration of love in the middle of a Brooklyn street even more dramatic is — oh, wait, there it is! — the delicate punctuation of snowfall on Cher's magnificent mane. Sorry, Johnny, you don't stand a chance.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Though momentarily adored for his hedge- and hair-cutting skills, orphaned magical creature Edward (Johnny Depp) is mostly outcast by the folks in his suburban town. One December night, he goes outside and surprises Kim (Winona Ryder), the teenage daughter of the woman who's adopted him, with a giant sculpture of an angel that looks like her. The shavings from his sculpture fall all around Kim, and she's captivated by his adoration and artistry. Though a specific setting is never mentioned, this movie was filmed in central Florida, so ice shavings are the closest Kim would ever get to seeing snow in her hometown, making it all the more enchanting.

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Groundhog Day (1993)
After repeating the same day thousands of times (calculations vary), meteorologist Phil (Bill Murray) shouldn't be surprised by the weather. And yet, after he and Rita (Andie MacDowell) kiss, and soft snowflakes begin to fall around them, you can tell he's a little stunned. They're like bits of fairy dust that might just grant his wish to move on to February 3, with Rita at his side.

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Bridget Jones' s Diary (2001)
Bridget (Renée Zellweger) has given up on Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) once and for all, and is about to take off with her friends on a nice trip to Paris, when he shows up on her doorstep. The snow falling all around them would make for an ideal first kiss, if it weren't for the friends in the car honking at them. Just like Jane Austen would have written! Fast-forward a bit for an even more romantic/less Austenian snow scene in which Bridget finds herself on the street in her tiger-print underwear. It shouldn't be swoon-worthy, but it is.

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Serendipity (2001)
If you live in New York City, you do not frequent the tween girl dessert mecca Serendipity, nor do you go ice-skating in Central Park (unless you are toting around actual tween girls). But if you are Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in a romantic comedy, you can get away with not one, but two gorgeous snow scenes at Wollman Rink. Snowfall in Central Park really is a magical occurrence that might make you think fate is on your side, as long as you don't return two weeks later when that snow looks like a brown-yellow mountain.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
When you think of "snow" and Eternal Sunshine, you probably first think of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) cavorting on a frozen lake (where there's not really any snow) before everything goes wrong and ends in heartbreak. But there's a second, less famous, much snowier scene toward the end of the movie. The two are playing in the snow and sand on a beach, wrestling each other much the way Jenny and Oliver do in Love Story. Their playfulness in the cold makes us want to root for them to get back together and return to this moment before it's too late.

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Let the Right One In (2008)
Adolescents have a very different approach to what we'd call "romance." Here, Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) discuss birthdays and a Rubik's Cube in an empty playground at night, and their every word is so tender, we can feel a close bond forming between the boy and the vampire. Oskar may already be so enraptured that he doesn't realize Eli can stand frigid Swedish temperatures in a short-sleeve shirt.

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Norwegian Wood (2012)
Based on the Haruki Murakami novel, this is one of those beautifully tragic love stories you just know can't end with a happily ever after for everyone. Toru (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) and Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi) are drawn together after the suicide of her boyfriend, his best friend. She goes off to live in a sanatorium in the woods, where he visits her during this picturesque snowstorm. Turns out, snow is a great backdrop for tortured conversations about sexual inhibition and for blow jobs in the middle of a field. Use that bit of knowledge as you will.

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Frozen (2013)
Last, but not least, we have the Disney-movie version of snowy romance. This scene doesn't entail kissing or declarations of love — rather, it's Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff's (Jonathan Groff) dangerous escape from a pack of angry wolves. This is how young love begins though, isn't it? There's no way Anna's demonstrations of strength, bravery, and cunning could not make her traveling companion fall head over snow boots for her.

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