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Top 15 Cool Movies to Beat the Heat

Whether it’s snowflakes, frigid temperatures or icy streets, these movies take place in settings that will cool you off in no time. 

Looking for something to do on these hot summer days that doesn’t involve sweat? How about a movie night – complete with popcorn, snacks and nice, cool air-conditioning. But what movies will help you escape the heat?  Whether it’s snowflakes, frigid temperatures or icy streets, these movies take place in settings that will cool you off in no time … if only in your dreams.

The Cool Runnings – When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. In the freezing weather of Calgary, the team spirit and a healthy self-confidence leads to a few surprises in the Winter Games.

Dumb And Dumber – The story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, two good-natured but dimwitted friends from Providence, Rhode Island, who set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado. The point? To return a briefcase full of money to its owner, only to be pursued by a group of criminals who are after the briefcase.

Everest – Based on a true story, two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest in 1996, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. The teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

Fargo – a 1996 dark comedy that involves a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a struggling car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his wife in order to extort a heft ransom from his wealth father-in-law.

Frozen – this popular animated film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. As they work together in the investigation, the two uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

The Grey – In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group.

Groundhog Day – A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the next day, he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again.

Happy Feet – This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing.

The Holiday – This romantic comedy has Cameron Diaz trading her Los Angeles mansion for Kate Winslet’s charming England cottage so that each can take a December vacation from their various, standard rom-com problems. Romance, conflict and heart-warming scenes ensue.

Ice Age – Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes.

Serendipity – No one will ever look as perfect while ice skating as John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity. It’s hopelessly romantic and takes place in a New York where snow falls at exactly the right moment and you can meet your soulmate while shopping for gloves at Bloomingdale’s.

The Shining – This classic starring Jack Nicholson follows a family who heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

The Spy Who Loved Me – James Bond’s mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappears while on patrol. Bond must track down the location of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired, encountering bad guys along the way.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.