Remember a time when the weather was chilly? No? Let these frosty little masterpieces jog your memory
Fargo (1996): Arguably the Coens’ greatest film, this snowbound story about odious car dealer Jerry Lundegaard (played to snivelling perfection by William H Macy) arranging for his own wife to be kidnapped is lent a certain chill by its white backdrop – especially effective when Steve Buscemi takes to the woodchipper.
Alive (1993): This terrifying true-life tale of a rugby team stranded in the snow-strewn Andes after a plane crash is a compelling – if gruesome – testament to the human survival instinct.
Misery (1990): This sends shivers down the spine – and not just because it’s set in a blizzard. Kathy Bates is suitably unhinged as the superfan keeping James Caan’s famous writer captive.
The Ice Storm (1997): Though it grossed US$8 million on a budget of US$18 million, Ang Lee’s witty melodrama enjoyed delayed success on DVD. Dysfunctional families spill secrets during the winter of 1973 in Connecticut.
The Shining (1980): Snowed in at a hotel built on an old Indian burial ground (obviously), Jack Nicholson’s winter caretaker goes doolally and turns on his family.
Edward Scissorhands (1990): Whenever snow falls on Winona’s neighbourhood, she knows it’s Edward crafting his ice sculptures. Sniff.
March of the Penguins (2005): You may need a little light relief if you’re this far down the list. This astonishing documentary about the peculiar mating ritual of Antarctica’s emperor penguins should do the trick.
A Simple Plan (1998): Schlock horror maestro Sam Raimi directs and Billy Bob Thornton stars in this wintry Oscar-nominated tale of three friends torn apart by a suitcase of cash.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004): North America freezes over in this CGI-spectacular disaster movie. Things are looking bad ’til Dennis Quaid straps on his snow shoes…
Dumd and Dumber (1994): On a cold break in Aspen, Jeff Daniels teaches a lesson best remembered in Ski Dubai: under no circumstances should you ever lick a ski lift.