Winter Movie Guide

Winter is all about cozying up with books, movies, treats, and hot drinks. Here's ten of my movie picks to get you through the season.

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
For me, this is the quintessential winter film. It has everything---blush pink, pastries, yodeling, snow, a mountaintop monastery, priceless works of art, dark mansions, jailbreaks, and Ralph Fiennes.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The classic precursor to You've Got Mail, this movie stars my fave Jimmy Stewart and follows two employees of a shop in Budapest who fall in love through letter correspondence without realizing who is on the other end.

Gosford Park (2001)
A beautifully shot, cozy murder mystery set in an English country house. The sets are luxurious and the cast is incredible, including Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon who you'll notice are included in another film on this list.

Metropolitan (1990)
My favorite Whit Stillman film follows a group of young affluent adults who have just attended a winter debutante ball. The dialogue is witty and has a certain air to it that is hard to describe but is what Gossip Girl should have been.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
Any of the Harry Potter movies work for a winter day, but I especially like Half Blood Prince for this because of the abundant snow scenes and ones that take place at The Three Broomsticks or Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop. Also, Ralph Fiennes in an entirely different capacity.

Anna Karenina (2012)
The most recent film adaptation is rich and beautifully staged as if it were a play rather than a movie. The costumes and settings feel warm and extravagant. The story is dramatic, which is perfect for a cold day.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005)
Another wonderfully cozy choice, this movie has magical snow scenes and cozy manors in England. The entire film has a warm vibe that makes it great for all ages.

The Holiday (2006)
If I must include a fluffy romantic comedy, it has to be this one simply because of Jude Law, a cozy English cottage, and Cameron Diaz bundled up in a rickety old bed.

Anastasia (1997)
With another tale set in Russia (and Paris), you will be sure to get a season's worth of beautiful snow scenes and elaborate costumes. This animated film is much lighter than Anna Karenina, so it's a great swap if you're in a lighter mood. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
It may not necessarily be set during winter, but this film has a cozy quality to it that always makes you feel warmer. Whether it's the costumes, the quirky dialogue, or the fabulous party scene, there's always something to admire.