Don’t let the cold and bitter winter freeze your heart, Elsa. Let those wintertime blues go by snuggling up on the couch with someone special and watching some heartwarming movies. Warm your soul this winter with these classic movies that will fill you with an inner warmth.
The cast alone should make you want to see this holiday classic that doesn’t have to be watched only at Christmas. Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Andrew Lincoln, Martin Freeman, Billy Nighy and Mr. Bean all star in Love Actually, a film about people from all walks of life finding love, no matter the circumstances. Love Actually is hilarious, crude, heartbreaking and a genius piece of holiday filmmaking with one of the most real (while simultaneously fictitious) endings of a holiday movie, ever. It’s so good it can be watched at Christmas or not, because it’s about Love, Actually, and will warm your heart.
It’s only been two years since comedy’s greatest duo first graced the silver screen. What could’ve ended up being a flop ended up being the funniest flick of the year. Based on the long running British TV series of the same name, Absolutely Fabulous stars show writer and creator Jennifer Saunders and actress/model/former Bond girl Joanna Lumley as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone: two London-based wanna be socialites forever chasing a dream of partying being fabulous, darling! Kate Moss, Chris Colfer, Mo Gaffney, Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, Stella McCartney, Emma Bunton, Graham Norton, and Joan Collins. Absolutely Fabulous is best with some besties and a bottle of Stoli.
The Cutting Edge
Before Will Farrell slayed us with the best ice skating movie ever, Blades of Glory, there was a romantic comedy that remains one of the favorites flicks of the 90s. Moira Kelly is a former Olympic figure skater who hungers for gold while running off partner after partner with her arrogance and attitude. D.B. Sweeney is a leading professional hockey star who suffers an injury and is forbidden to play hockey again. After noticing how well he ice skates, Kelly’s coach comes up with the idea to pair she and Sweeney up to send to the olympics in pairs skating. His womanizing, wild child antics and her blatant bitchiness create several hilarious scenes between the feuding figure skaters forced to work with each other in a last stitch effort to save their careers. The Cutting Edge is ice skating romantic comedy gold. Toe pick!
March of the Penguins
Want a movie that will make you glad you’re on your couch in front of the television versus out in the freezing cold? March of the Penguins will warm your spirit this winter. It’s the Academy Award winner for best documentary film for 2005 and it chronicles the mating and tribe like societies of Antarctica’s emperor penguins. March of the Penguins is brilliantly filmed and documents one of the most majestic creature’s lives as never seen before. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.
What could possibly go wrong when a disgraced coach looking for his last break tries to turn some Jamaican runners who have never even seen snow into Winter Olympic athletes? Pure comedy is this 90s classic based on a true story. Cool Runnings is a hilarious look at what happens when you take people out of their natural habit. The legendary John Candy stars in this tale of perseverance and athletic pride involving the most unlikely four man team to try for Winter Olympic bobsled gold.
Bonus: Home Alone
Sure, watching an 11 year old kid terrorize the two burglars who are breaking into his house while he is Home Alone at Christmas for the later half of an entire movie mightn’t sound enticing. But Home Alone is an American Christmas comedy classic. Macaulay Culkin became a household name and kids (and the inner child of adults) everywhere cheered on this under dog boy who had to defend himself and the family home from invaders. Catharine O’Hare became a cult lore favorite with her portrayal of Culkin’s fanatic mother while Joe Pesci and Daniel Strathern co-starred as the bumbling burglars. Winter time is always a good time for a laugh.
What’s your favorite movie to cuddle up on the couch with a blanket on a cold winter day? Leave your suggestions in the comments box below.