Top 10 movies with snow

1. “Star Wars Episode V: The Emperor Strikes Back” (1980) (PG)
The fifth episode of the classic Star Wars saga finds Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and the rest of the Rebel Alliance chilling – literally – in a hidden base on the icy planet Hoth. The landscape is bleak – Hoth looks strikingly similar to the middle of Kansas during a blizzard, minus the corn – but it’s the perfect setting for the inevitable Rebellion vs. Empire showdown, featuring a Wampa, Luke and Han stumbling around in the snow, and the gross, but clever, use of a Tauntaun for heat. Good stuff.

2. “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) (PG-13)
“Sometimes, you can still catch me dancing in it,” an old woman says at the beginning of this strange yet heart-wrenching movie. She’s talking about snow, of course. And while the story itself isn’t entirely set in snow, who can forget that beautiful moment when Edward (Johnny Depp) is carving a magnificent ice sculpture in the backyard and Kim (Winona Ryder) is spinning in glorious slow motion under the falling ice shavings? At the end, the old woman tells her granddaughter that this icy snow still comes from a mansion at the edge of the village. Those who have seen this excellent movie know why.

3. “March of the Penguins” (2005) (G)
Forget Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp – the penguins in this great documentary are more charming than any Hollywood actor. Every year, after female Emperor penguins lay an egg, they roll it over to their mates and tuck it between their legs. For two months, male penguins huddle together in a group, facing snow, sleet and wind to keep their chicks warm while the mother penguins gather food. If it sounds boring, it’s not. These little penguins are funny, adorable and tough. They’re romantic, too – penguin couples mate for life, and mates grieve if they lose their better half. All together now: awwww.

4. “The Shining” (1980) (R)
Our list takes a turn for the horrific with this classic film about a man and his family who are trapped in their hotel by a snowstorm. Of course, this alone would make for an extremely boring movie, so naturally, he becomes possessed by ghosts of the hotel. In the thrilling final scene, a demented Jack Nicholson runs through a snowy maze after his son Danny. In a rare moment of five-year-old inspiration, Danny backtracks in his steps, dives into a bush, and leaves his father confused at his ending footsteps. Danny escapes with his mother via heavy machinery, and his father… well, let’s just say he’s left out in the cold.

5. “Ice Age” (2002) (PG)
Despite the fact that this animated movie got somewhat buried by the likes of “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles” and “Shrek,” this sweet little story of a mismatched group of ice age creatures trying to bring a baby back to its family never gets old. Between the charming Sid the sloth, loveable Manny the mammoth and the sly sabre-tooth tiger, Diego, there’s plenty of fun – and snow – to go around. It’s a fun blast to the past. (Plus, remember Scrat, the psychotic squirrel who’s forever trying to get that elusive acorn out of the ice?) There are two sequels to this movie, so if you wanted, you could turn this into an “Ice Age” marathon!

6. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (2005) (PG)
Another great family movie; this movie was based on the fantasy series by C.S. Lewis. (This is the first of a long film series; there have been two sequels so far and a third is in the works.) Four children, forced to stay with a relative in the midst of World War II, are playing hide-and-seek when they discover that an ordinary-looking wardrobe is a portal to Narnia. They tumble into a snowy forest and the adventure begins. Featuring spectacular special effects and the chillingly creepy Ice Queen (Tilda Swinton at her finest), this movie is both an escape and a fun snowpocalypse story.

7. “Happy Feet” (2006) (PG)
Kind of like “March of the Penguins”… only with more singing and dancing. (Just kidding.) Mumble is a peppy little Emperor penguin with a passion for dancing. Unfortunately, as cool as this fancy footwork may be, it won’t work in his community, where young penguins must sing to find a mate. This potentially bleak situation is no match for the overwhelming cuteness of fluffy penguins singing rhythm and blues (not to mention the chicks slipping and sliding their way around Antarctica). Before the movie ends, you’ll find your foot tapping along with Mumble as he searches for some penguin love.

8. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) (G)
Delightfully quirky monsters who make a living by jumping out of kids’ closets at night and turning their screams into energy? It sounds crazy, but “Monsters, Inc.” is the movie that makes our inner child grin ear to ear. From fuzzy, loveable Sully to his wisecracking buddy Mike Wazowski to the absolutely adorable Boo, this movie is a gem. One of the best scenes is when Sully and Mike are exiled into the Arctic for violating ‘Monstropolis code’… and then meet a giant Yeti monster who runs a snow-cone business. (Awesome Snowpocalypse idea? Yes.) Entertaining hijinks ensue.

9. Any of the “Harry Potter” movies
Okay, so number nine is actually seven movies. But the Harry Potter films never disappoint fans looking for some good snowy fun. There’s something about those sweeping views of Hogwarts in the wintertime, decked out in garland and covered in snow, that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, sometimes the snow action steps it up a notch: in the sixth movie, the gang is walking about in Hogsmeade in the snow when Katie Bell is possessed by an enchanted necklace because she had a tiny hole in her glove (the jewelry is cursed to the touch). It’s probably one of the top winter wardrobe malfunctions of all time.

10. “Inception” (2010) (PG-13)
Seriously, do we need to give you any more reasons to watch this movie? With its mind-bending plot, fantastic special effects and star-studded cast, it’s hard to say no. But to ignore the movie’s heart-racing final sequences – which take place in the third level of dreamland in a snowy mountain fortress – would be a crime. The inception team must make it to the inner sanctum of the fort in order to successfully plant an idea in their victim’s mind. And it’s pretty awesome. Because the only thing better than being in a trippy dreamland is being in a trippy dreamland while skiing down a crazy steep mountain with Leonardo DiCaprio right behind you.