30 Movies That Will Remind You What It Truly Means To Be Cold

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Look, it's the middle of January and the temperatures are dropping — at least here on the East Coast it is. All anyone wants to do is crawl under a blanket or two and hibernate their lives away until the flowers start blooming again. 

It's easy to watch beach flicks to try and remind yourself it's hot and sunny somewhere, but at some point you've got to face the facts: Watching the Olson twins' Holiday in the Sun will not warm you up. Rather than shun all movies, embrace winter by watching something set somewhere polar. Here are 30 cool ideas — and at least you've got a few blankets, hot chocolate, and/or Snuggies to keep you warm.
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The Day After Tomorrow

Where: The globe, but mainly New York City
Brief Summary: The apocalypse occurs and the world freezes over.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Everything — including the interiors — of New York City is coated in ice.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold!
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30 Days Of Night

Where: Barrow, Alaska
Brief Summary: The town experiences literally 30 days where the sun don't shine because of how far north it is. Vampires obviously come out to play.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow, frozen blood, visible breath — you know.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Die Another Day

Where: North Korea, but the chilly parts happen at an ice palace in Iceland.
Brief Summary: James Bond seeks revenge on an agent he believes betrayed him. Things get shaken and stirred.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Well, it has to be pretty chilly to keep an ice hotel from melting.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly.
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Dreamcatcher

Where: Maine
Brief Summary: Four telepathic friends encounter aliens while out on a hunting trip in the woods.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Blue tones, snow, and lots of parkas.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Eight Below

Where: Antarctica
Brief Summary: A guide embarks on a treacherous trek to find a meteorite with the help of sled dogs.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: It's in Antarctica.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold
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Fargo

Where: Fargo, North Dakota
Brief Summary: Pregnant police chief tries to solve "homespun murder mystery."
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow, snow, snow!
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Doctor Zhivago

Where: Russia
Brief Summary: Russian doctor/poet falls in love with politicians wife despite being married.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: It's Russia, man.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Christmas Vacation

Where: Suburbs of Chicago
Brief Summary: The good ol' American family Christmas celebration turns out to be one big ol' disaster.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: It's Christmas time outside the Windy City. Expect cold. Oh, and lots of sweaters.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly.
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Frozen

Where: Arendelle
Brief Summary: Princess with magical powers freezes an entire town with her hands.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: The name itself should be a dead giveaway, but you literally watch a town turn to ice.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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Alive

Where: The Andes
Brief Summary: Rugby team tries to stay alive after plane crashes in mountains.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow! Everywhere!
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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The Grey

Where: Alaska
Brief Summary: A wolf pack threatens a group of plane crash survivors being lead by a huntsman through Alaska.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Liam Neeson! Kidding. It's Alaska.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Home Alone

Where: Chicago
Brief Summary: Boy gets stranded at home by clueless family is forced to deal with burglars.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Again, it's Chicago in the winter.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly
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Iceman

Where: An Arctic base
Brief Summary: Arctic exploration discovers a Neanderthal in the ice and has to decide what to do when he's revived.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Well, the man was found in ice...
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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The Ice Storm

Where: Connecticut
Brief Summary: The trials and tribulations of a suburban, well-off family.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Long coats and frigid personalities
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly
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Happy Feet

Where: Antarctica
Brief Summary: In a world where soul mates are found through singing, one penguin is born without a singing voice.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Uh, Antarctica?
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

Where: Narnia
Brief Summary: Children discover a portal to the magical world of Narnia through their wardrobe and must help defeat the Ice Queen.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Lots of white and snow.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Serendipity

Where: New York City
Brief Summary: Former couple reunites after years of being apart from one another.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: There's snow and snow in New York means it's freakin' cold.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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March Of The Penguins

Where: Antarctica
Brief Summary: A documentary following penguins on their march to their breeding ground. Morgan Freeman narrates.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Again, it's Antarctica.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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Hanna

Where: Northern Europe
Brief Summary: Teenage assassin is on the run from an intelligence agency
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Boatloads of fur outfits and scarves.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Snowpiercer

Where: A permanently moving train in a snowy, dystopia
Brief Summary: The last remaining members of the human race are split into class groups on a train. The lower class challenges the system.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: The movie itself is pretty blue.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Mystery, Alaska

Where: Mystery, Alaska
Brief Summary: Small town gets a little too excited it was chosen to host a television event.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Um, Alaska...
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Wind Chill

Where: Pennsylvania to Delaware
Brief Summary: Ghosts of people who've died on a road haunt two college students on their way home.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Wintertime on the East Coast means chilly temps.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly.
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The Shining

Where: The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
Brief Summary: Family takes care of haunted hotel during winter. Man goes berserk.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Jack Nicholson's face freezes at one point.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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A Simple Plan

Where: Minnesota
Brief Summary: Working class friends stumble across a ton of money and try to hide it from the authorities.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Down jackets and beanies.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Snow Day

Where: Syracuse, New York
Brief Summary: School's canceled due to snow, kids play.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Having grown up in Syracuse, I can vouch how cold it becomes in the snow capitol of the Northeast.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's frigid.
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Star Wars – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Where: A galaxy far, far away
Brief Summary: The rebels have taken control of the Empire while Luke Skywalker trains with Yoda. Darth Vader's pursuit continues.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow, ice, and big, roomy spacesuits.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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The Thing

Where: Antarctica
Brief Summary: Scientists must deal with a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of each person it kills.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Ice, everywhere.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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Cold Mountain

Where: Cold Mountain in provincial North Carolina.
Brief Summary: Despite the name of the movie, this setting isn't the coldest one on the list. But, the people themselves have cold hearts.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow falls at some point, plus everyone has it out for one another. If only more snow fell to justify their bitterness.
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly.
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White Christmas

Where: Vermont
Brief Summary: A group of performers help a retired army general save his mountain hotel from a bleak season due to the lack of snow. (This is a wild card inclusion, we know.)
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Snow, snow, snow!
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's a lil' chilly
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Ice Age

Where: Somewhere during the Ice Age
Brief Summary: A group of animal buds try to return a lost baby to its tribe.
How You Can Tell It Is Cold: Um, it's the Ice Age. Of course it's cold!
Is It Cooler Than Cool?: It's ice cold.
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