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A Guide to Must-Watch Movies For Cozy Winter Nights

by Lucy Frewin

As we head into December, the search for the perfect festive films begins. After all, it’s a well-known fact that getting sucked into good cinema is the best way to embrace the chilly season.


Whether you're drawn to the iconic fashion world drama of 'The Devil Wears Prada' or captivated by the enchanting wizardry of the 'Harry Potter' series, our curated lineup caters to all tastes.


With a promise of nostalgia, romance, and a sprinkle of magic, get ready to cosy up with your favourite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate as we embark on the ultimate winter movie marathon.

The Devil Wears Prada

An iconic 2006 film starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway, The Devil Wears Prada is set in the fashion world of New York City. 


Famous for its outfit sequence soundtracked by Madonna's Vogue, The Devil Wears Prada will have you excited to search your wardrobe for winter outfits.


Harry Potter Franchise


Winter wouldn't be winter without a rewatch of the Harry Potter series. 


The magical nostalgia of common room fireplaces and Great Hall candles make for the perfect watch, especially in those strange days between Christmas and New Years. A special mention for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which features the Yule Ball, this scene is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.



Bridget Jones’s Diary


The perfect Rom-Com, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a go to watch at the start of December.


Documenting the life of Bridget Jones, she navigates between a romance with Marketing Darcy (Colin Firth) or Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). 


Satirical focused on a 'lonely singleton', it’s easy to forget how cool Bridget Jones actually is. Working as a TV producer and reporter, living in a (what would now be totally unattainable and expensive) London flat, surrounded by great friends, and having two hotties fighting over her - sounds pretty good if you ask us. 


Winter features heavily, opening and ending on New Years Eve, with Bridget Jones now synonymous with the TikTok-coined 'Frazzled English-Woman' aesthetic, the films will get you in the mood for the cosy coat and scarf season.


Four Weddings and a Funeral


There is nothing like a good romcom for the cold winter months. And, on a similar theme to the previous, Four Weddings and a Funeral had to make the list. 


Again starring Hugh Grant, the 1994 film written by Richard Curtis depicts a group of friends navigating their way through wedding season - and a funeral. 


The 'will they won't they' romance plot between Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell's characters makes for a gripping watch that will have you both laughing and crying.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 


Based on the book by C.S Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a childhood classic guaranteed to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. 


The snowy scenes of Narnia experiencing a perpetual winter make the film a perfect watch to get you excited for snow. Best enjoyed next to a fire with a mug of hot choc.


Twilight


Perhaps a controversial choice, Twilight is a yearly winter rewatch staple for many. Its cool toned visuals make for an atmospheric watch best enjoyed during the winter time.


Whilst perhaps a little cringey (isn’t that the point, really?), Twilight is an easy-watching noughties movie ideal for getting cosy. With lines like “Bella, where the Hell have you been loca?", it’s a guaranteed laugh - even if that wasn’t necessarily the intention. 


As Clinique’s Black Honey is back on makeup wish lists this year, Twilight serves as the perfect inspo for those cool toned winter looks too.


Love Actually


Coming in at number one is Love Actually. Unable to escape Mr Grant this winter, this 2003 Christmas RomCom follows the lives of a web of connected characters in London during the build up to Christmas.


Aside from Grant, it’s an all star cast including Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman, guaranteed to get you invested in their festive season ups-and-downs. While hilarious, you might want to have some tissues handy too. Oh, and you’ll have Joni Mitchell on a loop for months after too. In between Christmas classics, of course. 


Edited by Emily Duff

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