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21 Movies To Watch When It's Hot Out

Films to help you beat the heat.

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1. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou


Leave your sweaty apartment behind and join oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his eclectic crew aboard the Belafonte as they film his newest documentary. Hunt down a jaguar shark, enjoy Portuguese covers of classic David Bowie songs, and imagine that the ocean breeze is rippling through *your hair* (not Cate Blanchett's).

Chill Factor: πŸŒŠπŸ πŸŒŠβš“οΈ

2. Fargo

Working Title Films

The ultimate winter movie that isn't Christmas-themed, Fargo is filled with enough parkas, ice scrapers, breath clouds, and (blood-covered) piles of snow to help you pretend that the seasons have changed.

Chill Factor: ❄️ πŸ’° ❄️

3. True Grit

Like Fargo, True Grit is a film directed by the Coen Brothers set in a chilly landscape: this time, it's winter in Arkansas during the late 1800s. Travel along with Mattie Ross, LaBoeuf, and Rooster Cogburn as they hunt down the man who murdered Mattie's father.

Chill Factor:☁️ ❄️ 🐴 ❄️ ☁️

4. Splash


By the time this classic romantic comedy is over, you'll be ready to give up life as a human and join Madison (Daryl Hannah) in the surfβ€”after all, there's no such thing as sweat when you're a mermaid.

Chill Factor: 🌊 🏊 🌊

5. The Good Son

20th Century Fox

The idea of having a son as horrifyingly evil as Macaulay Culkin's character in The Good Son would send a chill down anyone's spine (even if you don't plan on having children).

Chill Factor: ❄️ 😠 ❄️

6. Frozen


🎢 And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast....🎢

The thought = "Why can't I have Elsa's powers?"

Chill Factor: ❄️❄️⛄️❄️❄️

7. Misery

Columbia Pictures

Paul Sheldon is a famous author who survives a horrible car accident on an icy roadβ€”great! Oh wait... it's not great. It's not great at all because his "savior" is a deranged fan whose caregiving tactics will make him wish he'd frozen to death back on that mountainous roadside.

Chill Factor: ❄️ 😱 ❄️

8. Dumb and Dumber

New Line Cinema

Like Harry and Lloyd, you could hop on a moped and head for Aspen. Unlike Harry and Lloyd, you'll know enough not to lick any metal. Right? Right.

Chill Factor: 😜 ❄️


Apparently Mr. Tumnus is as hot as you are right now: why else would he go out into the forest without a shirt in the middle of a snow flurry? Maybe the White Witch raided his closet after she covered Narnia with an everlasting winter.

Chill Factor: ❄️ βšͺ️ πŸ‘‘ βšͺ️ ❄️

10. The Others


Turn off all the lights and pull down every shade in your home to accurately set the mood for watching this spooky film starring Nicole Kidman. Her children in the movie have to live in such a setting because they suffer from photosensitivity... you're just fucking hot.

Chill Factor: β˜πŸ‘»πŸ˜¨πŸ’€β˜

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

If the Death Eaters or the stark fall and winter scenes set in the British countryside don't chill you, surely your tears will.

Chill Factor: β„οΈπŸ‚πŸ˜’πŸ‚β„οΈ

12. Edward Scissorhands

20th Century Fox

If you haven't seen Edward Scissorhands, there's a good chance that the only thing you know about it is that it's the movie where Johnny Depp has blades instead of fingers; what you probably don't realize is that it's actually a fairy tale: a fairy tale about why it snows in a small suburban town.

Chill Factor: βœ‚οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈ

13. Blades of Glory

Paramount Pictures

Is this movie about professional figure skaters silly? Of course it is. But if silliness is your thing, you'll laugh at all the on-ice antics (particularly at Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's routines).

Chill Factor: ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ ⬜️ (just to be clear, that's "ice")

14. Downhill Racer

Paramount Pictures

Prefer skiing to skating when it comes to winter sports? Want a film with a tone that's pretty much the opposite of Blades of Glory? Try Downhill Racer. The screenplay is written by James Salter and it stars Robert Redford at his peak (speaking of peaks, it also features many beautiful shots of mountainous ones).

Chill Factor: 🎿 ❄️ πŸ—»

15. Finding Nemo

Disney / Pixar

🎡 Darling it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me! 🎡

Yes, that lyric is from The Little Mermaid, but most of The Little Mermaid takes place on land: Ariel wants to get OUT of the water, but you want to get IN to the waterβ€”so, you watch Finding Nemo.

Chill Factor: 🌊 🐳 🌊 🐠

16. Hanna

Focus Features

There are three major settings in the movie Hanna and each of them will help you get through an overheated evening in a different way. The movie begins in Finland: frigid, snow-blanketed Finland. You'll watch Hanna's father train her to be an assassin and be glad that you're not gutting a reindeer atop an icy lake. The second portion of the movie takes place in Morocco: the parched, sandy landscape will make you feel *slightly* less hot in your balmy living room. The final scenes of the film take place in an abandoned amusement park in France: it's creepy as hell, but boy does it look nice and misty there.

Chill Factor: ❄️ 🌞 ☁️

17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Columbia Pictures

As you watch this movie you can try to decide what's colder: the reactions Mikael Blomkvist gets from the members of the Vanger family when he starts poking around through their past *or* the various glares and stares Lisbeth Salander gives everyone in her path. You be the judge.

Chill Factor: ❄️ 🏠 ❄️

18. The Grey

Open Road Films

When his plane crashes down into the Alaskan wilderness, John Ottway and his fellow survivors have to endure: endure freezing temperatures, endure injuries, and endure wolf attacks. Many, many wolf attacks.

Chill Factor: ❄️ 🐾 πŸ’€

19. Inception

Warner Bros.

Even if you haven't seen it, you probably know the gist of the movie Inception: Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), Eames (Tom Hardy), and the other "extractors" use shared dreaming to enter the subconscious of their victims. In order to wake up out of those shared dreams and return to reality, the characters must experience a "kick." The most popular kick? Being dunked into a tub of water. After watching the movie, go "kick" yourself just for...well... for kicks.

Chill Factor: πŸ’§πŸ’§πŸ’§ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

20. The Thing

Universal Pictures

It doesn't get much colder than Antarctica and it doesn't get much scarier than being trapped in Antarctica with a "thing"; a "thing" that can take on the appearance of any other living creature and would like nothing more than to kill you. Fun!

Chill Factor: ❄️ πŸ‘½ ❄️

21. The Shining

Warner Bros.

You know you're overheated when the idea of being locked up in a remote Coloradan hotel that's cut off from all civilization sounds appealing. Minus the ghosts. Minus the father who wants to kill you. But other than that, a winter at the Overlook sounds grand!

Chill Factor: 🌁 ❄️ πŸ›€ 😱 πŸ’€

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