Thrillers The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the top thrillers set in the cold, snowy winter.

Frigid temperatures and icy conditions add to the intensity of great thrillers set in the winter. The best snowy thriller movies feature characters fighting the elements as they attempt to save their own lives. This is a list of the top thrillers set in winter, including everything from The Day After Tomorrow to 30 Days of Night to Snowpiercer.

What films will you find on this list of wintery action movies? The nerve-rattling finale of The Shining, set in snow in the middle of a labyrinth, is an unforgettable icy sequence. Fargo is another great movie set in the winter, when the snow can't quite cover up the traces of murder. The Thing is one of the most suspenseful films ever produced, thanks in part to its desolate, frozen setting in an Antarctic research base. Other movies featured on this best snowy thriller films list include The Grey, Hanna, and Murder on the Orient Express.

Do you have a favorite thriller set in the snow? Bundle up and get ready to vote your personal picks up towards the top of the list.

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Kane Hodder Frozen is a 2010 American thriller written and directed by Adam Green and starring Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore and Kevin Zegers.

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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson and directed by Bong Joon-ho.

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Alive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team who ...more

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall Murder on the Orient Express is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient ...more

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. Stallone, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a mountain climber ...more

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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel Dead Snow is a 2009 Norwegian zombie splatter film directed by Tommy Wirkola, starring Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jenny ...more

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The Grey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney. It is based on the short story ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Insomnia is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan Alien vs. Predator is a 2004 American science fiction action film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen. It is the first installment of the Alien vs. ...more

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Hold the Dark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Bloor Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, based on the novel by William Giraldi. After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell ...more

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more

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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis Dreamcatcher is a 2003 science fiction horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and co-written by Kasdan and screenwriter William ...more

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Vertical Limit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Chris O'Donnell Vertical Limit is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell starring, among others, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn. The film was ...more

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Whiteout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin, Gabriel Macht Whiteout is a 2009 thriller film based on the 1998 comic book of the same name by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber. Directed by Dominic Sena, with uncredited reshoots by Stuart Baird and Len Wiseman, ...more

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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová Stalingrad is a 1993 war drama film directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. The movie follows a platoon of World War II German Army soldiers transferred to Russia, where they ultimately find themselves ...more

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Transsiberian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley Transsiberian is a 2008 Spanish-German-British-Lithuanian thriller film, set on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in which an American couple's journey from China to Russia becomes a nightmare after ...more

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Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Julia Ormond Smilla's Sense of Snow is a 1997 Danish thriller film directed by Bille August and starring Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Richard Harris. Based on the 1992 novel Miss Smilla's Feeling for ...more