Nights are getting colder, Michael Bublé is on the radio and the aromas from local Christmas markets are in the air. This can only mean one thing: December is upon us.
The colder and darker evenings are perfect for getting cosy on the sofa in front of a film with a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine. For those of you who are stuck for something new to watch, we have compiled a list of some of the best vintage and classic films that are sure to warm you up in the Winter months.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
This 1955 drama starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman will have you dreaming of being in a quaint little log cabin in the woods with that special someone. The thought of a warm fireplace on a snowy night, love overcoming all obstacles, and the beautiful final image of a deer walking through the snow. Could you ask for anything more?
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This classic musical starring Judy Garland has taught generations that ‘there’s no place like home’. A wonderful family film that brings everybody together, The Wizard of Oz is timeless.
Modern Times (1936)
Directed, written by and starring the iconic Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times is relevant to its pre-WWII era but remains identifiable to this day. The highly-rated silent movie presents a strong lead character getting through rough times in life and pulling through all of his struggles with love. The setting of the industrial revolution gives a ‘stick it to the man’ attitude that radiates a feel-good tone.
City Lights (1931)
Charlie Chaplin movies will never feel outdated, yet while City Lights can be watched any time of year, the warmth that Chaplin’s character presents and the love in his heart is sure to make you feel fuzzy like we all wish to feel in the coldest of months. This silent slapstick movie will also have you belly-laughing throughout.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
A rib-tickling comedy starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, a dinosaur and a leopard. I know what you’re thinking, but trust me, it works. Ridiculous and hilarious, if the laughs don’t warm you up, the endearing lead characters will.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
It may be slightly early to mention the ‘C word’ but Christmas will soon be here, and what better film to start with than It’s A Wonderful Life. This seasonal classic starring James Stewart is one that everyone should know. The celebration of family and togetherness during the cold months and through the holiday season makes it the perfect film to share with family and friends.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The story of Disney’s first princess, Snow White, is one that has been passed down for decades. A lovely film to share with young children or for older Disney fans to enjoy time and time again, Snow White is a quintessential Disney film, and even the name has a wintry ring to it.
Another classic Disney film (this time from 1940), this rendition of the story of Pinocchio has warmed hearts worldwide since its release. For years, this film has bestowed upon us the lasting message that family comes in all forms, and that it should be treasured.
Also known as ‘A Christmas Carol’, this is a classic adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel. This iconic story makes you appreciate the true value of everything in your life; helping you to see that there is good in everyone, and everyone can grow to see things differently.
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
Simply one of the very best musicals of all time.
The happy-go-lucky tone of the film is charming, and the characters are very lovable. The central plot surrounds the development of technicolor films so, for you film lovers, this is quite an interesting one! The recognisable songs such as ‘Good Morning’, ‘All I Do is Dream of You’ and of course, ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ will have you swinging around nearby lamp posts – though a staircase banister may suffice.
High Society (1956)
A classic 50’s film starring three of the biggest names in Hollywood: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. The soundtrack itself will be enough to warm you up on a chilly night, but the wholesome and lovely story should also help.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
As the title of this Marilyn Monroe picture suggests, Some Like It Hot is more of a Summer movie, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this brilliant comedy. The glamorous beach-side scenes will have you reminiscing about long Summer days. Fear not, they shall soon come around again.
White Christmas (1954)
This film is perfect for Christmas Day to assist with any post-Christmas-dinner bloat. This is another Bing Crosby classic that offers a picturesque snowy setting, and celebrates spending time with friends. White Christmas is an ideal watch during the holiday season that fills you with Christmas cheer!
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
The Bishop’s Wife is a simple yet magical Christmas movie that brings to light the things that matter to us most. This whimsical story is full of traditional Christmas spirit, and encourages everyone to live in the moment!
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins is a childhood favourite for many a generation and one that most people always go back to. The magical story of a brother and sister’s adventures with their nanny has enlightened people’s hearts since its release in 1964, along with the novels by P.L. Travers. Combine with a spoonful of sugar for best effect.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Keeping up with the Dick Van Dyke theme, Chitty is another film that you should always dig out on a cold, wintry day. The delightful family-feel of this film will make you feel warm and fuzzy, and will have you cuddling up with your own loved ones in front of the TV.
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
This film sensitively explores post-World War II Britain with an uplifting and poignant story. The comedy-drama begins with tension among a Norfolk family, but the spirit of Christmas and the unbreakable love between them brings them together in a final resolve at a Christmas church service. This moving story has a warm ending and humour throughout, making at a lovely film for Winter.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
For the animal lovers among us, this one is perfect. Offering Autumnal and Winter scenes, dog walks in the park in the heart of London; this is a perfect example of a warm, winter movie.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
If the thought of warm chocolate and heaps of sweets doesn’t get you in the mood for Winter then I don’t know what will. Gene Wilder plays a fantastic Willy Wonka in this Roald Dahl adaptation, presenting the weird and wonderful world he resides in with passion and innocence. You could even follow this with the 2006 remake for a full chocolate factory experience.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
This wonderful Christmas fairy tale is a must-watch in Winter. If you don’t believe in Santa Claus, you surely will after watching this. This all-time memorable film encourages people to believe, to trust, and to be kind to one another. “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”