Research Reveals The Greatest Ever Winter Movie Scenes
A new nationwide poll has revealed a top 20 list of the best winter movie moments, with the scene where the train sets off 2004's The Polar Express coming up trumps, with 18 percent of the vote.
The computer animated film, starring Tom Hanks, tells the story of a young boy, Billy, who sees a mysterious train setting off for the North Pole on Christmas Eve magically appear outside his window and is invited aboard by the conductor.
The boy joins other children on the enchanted train as they embark on a journey to visit Santa preparing for Christmas.
The film was nominated for a clutch of Oscars and Bafta Awards, and its soundtrack won a Grammy in 2006.
Runner-up in the poll by Club Med, the luxury all-inclusive ski experts, was Will Ferrell’s classic snowball fight in Elf (with 15 percent). Ferrell, playing Buddy the elf in the 2003 festive blockbuster sees off a group of kids by launching snowballs across a snowy Central Park.
In joint second place (also with 15 percent) was the frosty scene where Elsa is heroically saved by her sister Anna in the hugely popular Disney musical Frozen.
Movie buffs also voted for Harry Potter's snowball fight against his archrival Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in fourth place (14 percent), and the moment in the 2005 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when all the Pevensie children arrive in Narnia (14 percent).
Another winter film scene that remains a favorite of Britons is when Johnny Depp’s character Edward Scissorhands in the film of the same name makes it magically snow (13 percent).
The hilarious moment the Jamaican bobsleigh team first emerge in the freezing temperatures in the hit 90’s flick Cool Runnings also featured (13 percent), as did Cameron Diaz’s arrival at Rosehill Cottage in the romcom The Holiday where she starred as Amanda, Jude Law’s love interest (13 percent).
Also, to make the list was Bridget Jones’ and Mark Darcey’s kiss in the snow at the very end of the chick flick Bridget Jones’ Diary, after Renee Zellweger runs after Colin Firth in the street dressed only in her animal print knickers (13 percent).
Estelle Girardeau, Managing Director, Club Med UK and Northern Europe said: “We know the great British public has missed being able to get out in the snow over the past two years and what better way to ready yourselves for the return to the slopes than re-watching a few of our most-loved snow scenes in classic movies.”
The study also found that more than one in ten film lovers (12 percent) voted for the dance finale at the end of penguin movie Happy Feet, while also featuring in the list was the moment the snow fell at the end of Bruce Willis’ blockbuster Die Hard (12 percent).
Another Bridget Jones’ moment came when she is seen trying but failing to ski in the sequel The Edge of Reason (11 percent).
The famous James Bond’s ski chase at the start of The Spy Who Loved Me had 11 percent of the vote making it thirteenth in the poll. Despite the setting being Austria, the scene was actually filmed in St Moritz nearly 50 years ago, but the resort remains a firm favorite with the Brits. Nearly one in six (16 percent) of the Brits polled in Club Med’s annual ski report say they have either already booked or are considering booking at the Swiss destination this year.
And the side-achingly funny scene in Dumb and Dumber where Harry gets his tongue stuck to the ski lift also made the top 20 winter movie scenes.
Completing the top 20 film scenes was the chase through the maze in classic Jack Nicholson horror film, The Shining.
When it comes to watching classic winter films, half of Brits polled admitted it makes them feel cozy, while 39 percent feel nostalgic about winter and the Christmas holidays.
Almost a quarter (23 percent) admit it makes them want to enjoy winter sports and playing in the snow.
Even non-skiers are keen to get their snow fix according to Club Med’s annual ski report, with 81 percent of first-time skiers choosing a winter sports holiday because their usual type of holiday isn't feasible due to Covid-19.
This is further backed up by Club Med data, with a 100% year-on-year increase in new customers for the upcoming winter sports season. Given the open-air surroundings of a winter sports holiday, it is perhaps unsurprising that this is an attractive holiday proposition to many in the current climate.
THE 20 GREATEST MOVIE WINTER SCENES, ACCORDING TO THE NATION
The train sets off (The Polar Express, 2004) - 18%
Elf’s snowball fight (Elf, 2003) - 15%
Elsa is saved by Anna (Frozen, 2013) - 15%
Harry’s snowball fight (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004) - 14%
Journey to the new land (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005) - 14%
Edward makes it snow (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) - 13%
The team come out in the cold for the first time (Cool Runnings, 1993) - 13%
Amanda arrives at Rosehill Cottage (The Holiday, 2006) - 13%
Bridget’s kisses Mark Darcey in the snow wearing her knickers (Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001)
Snow falls at the end of the film (It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946) - 12%
Snow falls at the end of the film (Die Hard, 1988) - 12%
Bridget skis (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, 2004) - 11%
The ski chase start (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977) - 11%
The Battle of Hot on Ice Planet (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980) - 11%
The ski lift scene (Dumb and Dumber, 1994) - 11%
Santa rides off with the kids in his sleigh (The Christmas Chronicles, 2018) - 11%
The apocalypse arrives (The Day After Tomorrow, 2004) - 10%
Jack Skellington visits Christmas Town for the first time (The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993) - 10%
The snowball fight (Groundhog Day, 1993) - 9%
The chase through the maze (The Shining, 1980) - 8%