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The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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Updated May 18, 2020 900 votes 207 voters 20.9k views 35 items

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

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Slade

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The Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Kane Hodder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Adam Green

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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Released: 2017

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

Released: 1993

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

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Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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The Lodge Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh

Released: 2019

Directed by: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

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The Thing from Another W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby

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Released: 2003

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Jeff Renfroe

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The Last Winter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Larry Fessenden

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Eye See You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

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Blood and Money is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Released: 2020

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Zacharias Kunuk

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