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Not every film set in winter is about Christmas, and not everyone wants to see a Christmas movie during the winter. We’re not about to knock Hallmark Christmas movies (because we love those, too), but sometimes you just want to stream a movie that isn’t focused on holiday romances or singing Christmas carols during snow-laden wintry montages. That’s where these non-holiday winter movies come in, from Idris Elba and Kate Winslet fighting a blizzard (and their feelings) in The Mountain Between Us to a penguin documentary we can’t get through without crying.
No matter what your favorite genre is, there are so many films available for streaming that will give you all the snow with none of the ho-ho-ho. This list of recommended viewing is perfect if you’re looking for a winter-set movie with approximately zero jingling bells, candy canes, snowmen or dudes in red suits with big white beards — in other words, totally Grinch-approved! And if you’re an extreme weather fan, we must say these wintry films deliver.
From indie darlings like Winter’s Bone to fairy tale re-imaginings like Snow White and the Huntsman, you can pick your own winter wonderland to match the dreary weather outside even if you’re feeling far from merry. These movies will keep you warm long after the holiday cheer has gone, when puddles of snow are still melting outside come February. Somehow, we think watching Liam Neeson wrestle with a pack of timber wolves will make you feel warm and cuddly right where you are.
Gather your snacks and your comfiest blanket and hunker down — it’s movie time.
A version of this article was originally published December 2018.