’Tis the season – to watch movies

’Tis the season – to watch movies

Make those long nights fly by with a season of classic films. Here’s our guide to the top ten winter flicks.

There’s nothing better than curling up with a classic movie on a cold winter’s night, or cheering yourself up with a film when you’re feeling under the weather. In fact, probably best way to enjoy the beauty of the chilliest months is from the comfort and warmth of your own living room. Take inspiration from our list of the top ten seasonal movies, from vintage gems to new favourites.

THE GOLD RUSH (1942)
– A lone prospector hunts for gold in the wintry Sierra Nevada. Charlie Chaplin’s comic genius draws laughs even from bitter cold and starvation.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
– The Frank Capra classic is perhaps the ultimate Christmas movie, as down-on-his-luck George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learns how he’s touched the lives of everyone in sleepy Bedford Falls.

THE PINK PANTHER (1963)
– The hapless pursuit by Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) of a jew-el thief takes place in the exclusive Alpine ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

THE LION IN WINTER (1968)
– This Oscar-winning movie tells the story of the power struggle in Christmas 1183 between Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, over the succession to the crown.

THE SHINING (1980)
– Stanley Kubrick’s classic chiller features Jack Nicholson as a writer taking a winter caretaker job at the isolated Overlook Hotel, who descends into madness and murder.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
– The 12th James Bond movie features Roger Moore keeping military secrets out of Russian hands, and cinema’s most notable ski chase.

A HEART IN WINTER (1992)
– The chills are more emotional than meteorological in this drama about a musician (Emmanuelle Béart) and the cold-hearted violin maker (Daniel Auteuil) with whom she falls in love.

FARGO (1996)
– This cult favourite from the Coen brothers is set in snowy Minnesota and North Dakota. The landscape may be pure white, but the humour and the plot are as dark as they come.

ICE AGE (2002)
– Follow the dazzling and hilarious animated journey of prehistoric animals – in-cluding a sabre-toothed rat – as they migrate south to escape the advancing ice sheets.

FROZEN (2013)
– Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, the Snow Queen, Disney’s tale of sisterly love against the odds has become an instant classic.
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