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12 Snow-Themed Movies and Shows to Stream

By Margaret Kelly | January 27, 2015 7:33am
 Each of these wintry films is available to watch indoors, right now. 
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NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers have been advised to "try with everything you have" to avoid going out during the 2015 snowpocalypse. To keep you entertained while you're stuck indoors during the blizzard, DNAinfo New York has compiled a list of snow-related classics that you can stream online. 

For the whole family:

"White Fang"
Rent it on Amazon for $2.99.

A young Ethan Hawke stars in this Disney adaptation of the Jack London novel about a prospector who befriends a wolf-dog. Watch it with the whole family and be grateful you don't live in Alaska.

"Anastasia" (1997)
Revisit it on Netflix. 

Meg Ryan voices the main role in this animated musical about the grown-up daughter of the last tsar of Russia. The princess wanders and wonders about her past in a Disney-fied Russia setting, replete with falling snow, ornery townspeople and wintry woodland creatures.

"Ice Age" (2002)
Rent it for $2.99 on Amazon.

No matter how frightful the weather gets outside, at least it won't get as cold as this. A woolly mammoth and a goofy sloth join forces to save a human baby in this computer-animated prehistoric family feature.

"Cool Runnings" (1993)
Available on Netflix.

Those who long for warmer climates will cheer on this movie's heroes: a Jamaican bobsled team competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Based on a true story, this Disney family comedy shows you what it's like to be really cold for the very first time.

For adults only:

"Snowpiercer" (2014)
Watch on Netflix. 

Set in a not-so-distant future, this action-thriller imagines a world in which most life has frozen to death in a climate change doomsday, leaving a small number of people fighting for resources on a high-speed train. Whatever snacks you managed to scavenge before the storm, they're better than what these survivors are subsisting on.

"Fargo" (2014)
Track it down on Netflix. 

FX's TV series adaptation of the Coen brothers' film tells a new "true crime" story set in the same snowy Minnesota winter. Contemplate whether the Midwest would drive you to murder as you binge-watch this 10-episode limited series. 

"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987)
Queue it up on Netflix. 

John Hughes directed this '80s comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy as two guys facing nightmare weather, diverted flights and other calamities on their quest home for the holidays. Commiserate from your couch and be grateful you're not driving. 

"Winter's Bone" (2010)
Watch it for free on Hulu.

If shoveling snow off your front stoop tested the limits of your endurance, learn a lesson or two from Jennifer Lawrence's breakthrough role as a teenage girl struggling to save her home. Somehow winter seems even colder in the Ozarks.  

"Anna Karenina" (1948)
Available on Hulu Plus. 

Vivien Leigh stars in this black-and-white adaptation of Tolstoy's classic novel, in which the harsh Russian winter mirrors the heroine's despair. 

"The Shining" (1980)
Rent it on Amazon for $2.99.

If you're stranded at home, just be grateful you're not snowbound at the Overlook Hotel. Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film about a family isolated at a closed-down hotel is just as chilly on the small screen. 

"Ethan Frome" (1993)
Pay it a visit on Netflix. 

Rural New England provides a stark, snowy setting for Edith Wharton's tragic story of a farmer who falls in love with his wife's cousin. Patricia Arquette and Liam Neeson star as the two lovers in this wintry period piece.

"Fireplace for Your Home"
Strike it up on Netflix. 

If you don't have any kindling handy, at least you can pretend to have a fireplace. Switch on Netflix, stream some flames, and cozy up with your loved ones next to the warm glow of your computer screen. Three hours of fireplace viewing will be there for you at your coldest hour.