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21 perfect movies for a snowy Colorado weekend

Grab the soda, popcorn and candy — it's time to hunker down by the fire for a weekend of winter movie-watching.

COLORADO, USA — What could be better than a snowy Colorado weekend with a roaring fire, a bowl of popcorn, a hot cup of cocoa and a wintry movie?

Here's a list of movies that are literally perfect for a snow day in Colorado: 

The Sound of Music

  • Release date: 1965
  • Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
  • A World War II-set movie masterpiece with snow-covered mountain peaks and thoughts of snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes.

Groundhog Day

  • Release date: 1993
  • Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell
  • A must-watch every Feb. 2 is also great anytime it snows.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • Release date: 1954
  • Starring: Howard Keel, Jane Powell
  • Singing and dancing plus kidnapping and barn-raising as seven couples are snowed-in a remote mountain cabin for the winter.

Happy Feet

  • Release date: 2006
  • Voices of: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
  • Penguins dancing in the snow will delight everyone in the family.

Ice Age

  • Release date: 2002
  • Voices of: Ray Romano, Denis Leary
  • A sabretooth tiger, sloth and wooly mammoth team for a family-friendly adventure.


  • Release date: 2013
  • Voices of: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell
  • A family-friendly Disney winter-musical classic.

Citizen Kane

  • Release date: 1941
  • Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
  • Black and white movie with snow, snow globes and a sled.


  • Release date: 1996
  • Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy
  • A frigid-looking movie with snow and murder throughout.

The Empire Strikes Back

  • Release date: 1980
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
  • All of the nine "Star Wars" installments are perfect for a snowy weekend, but "Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" is a must-watch due to its opening on the ice planet of Hoth.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • Release date: 2001
  • Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
  • Nearly every "Harry Potter" movie from "Sorcerer's Stone" to "Deathly Hallows" has wonderful Christmas and winter scenes.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • Release date: 2005
  • Starring: Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy
  • Children visit a magical land where it's always winter.

Home Alone

  • Release date: 1990
  • Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern 
  • "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"

Cool Runnings

  • Release date: 1993
  • Starring: John Candy, Doug E. Doug
  • Watching Olympic bobsledding doesn't have to just happen every four years.

Grumpy Old Men

  • Release date: 1993
  • Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
  • Life-long feuders feud in the snow.

The Revenant

  • Release date: 2015
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy 
  • Frontiersman Hugh Glass' story of survival got DiCaprio his long-overdue Oscar.

The Hateful Eight

  • Release date: 2015
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson
  • A frozen-in-a-cabin movie with plenty of snow, cold hearts and murder.

Where Eagles Dare

  • Release date: 1968
  • Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood
  • Screen legends Burton and Eastwood infiltrate a secret Nazi castle high in the snowy Bavarian Alps.

The Shining

  • Release date: 1980
  • Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall 
  • A winter storm hits an isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

The Day After Tomorrow

  • Release date: 2004
  • Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • After an ice age freezes most of the Northern Hemisphere, a cold front freezes an American flag mid-wave.


  • Release date: 1997
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
  • This three-hour romance-on-a-ship has a chilly conclusion.


  • Release date: 1942
  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
  • The best movie ever made has gambling, drinking, romance and at least five iconic movie lines. It's perfect anytime of the year.

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