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The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked

Updated September 3, 2020 1.2k votes 242 voters 24.5k views37 items

List RulesVote 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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    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Josh Hartnett, Melissa George

    Released2007

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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

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    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Directed byAdam Green

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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

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    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow

    Released1993

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Released2002

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

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    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

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    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke

    Released1993

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    Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough

    Released2018

    Directed byJeremy Saulnier

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    Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell

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    The Colony

    Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton

    Released2013

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  • A Simple Plan18
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    Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

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    Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

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    Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger

    Released2002

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    Whiteout

    Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin

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    The Last Winter

    Connie Britton, Ron Perlman

    Released2007

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    Released2009

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