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6 Cold-Weather Movies to Watch During the Polar Vortex

If you happen to find yourself in one of a dozen or so states this week, then you're "lucky" to be dealing with (yet another) polar vortex. Meteorologists have been capturing our attention, reminding us that some parts of the U.S. are actually colder than the Arctic right now. Minnesota recorded a shocking temperature of -77 degrees, and Chicago was a balmy -23.

Many schools have been closed and people have been avoiding going outdoors at all costs. So what do you do when you're stuck inside for fear of freezing to the bone in an Arctic chill? Don't let cabin fever get the best of you. One way to handle the situation is to get some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and watch other people battle the cold.

We have rounded up a few great (ok, maybe they're not all "great," but the ones that aren't are at least fun) movies that remind us of how lucky we are to be able to stay indoors. These movies are all about the cold.

6. The Day After Tomorrow

Essentially, we have Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal running away from cold weather. Of course, it's more involved than that: a big storm system turns into three separate superstorms that cause things to flash-freeze at temperatures of -150 degrees. But really, it's just the actors running a lot, with things freezing right behind them. How lucky they are to be able to stay just steps in front of the deadly storm! While this particular movie would probably never be categorized as "great," it's definitely a lot of fun, especially when you don't have to be outside running away from the cold weather in your own neighborhood.

5. Alive

Based on the book by Piers Paul Read, this story follows a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes mountains. After being stranded for some time and nearly freezing and starving to death, the survivors of the crash take to eating their dead, frozen friends. If this film should do anything, it should make you happy that you don't have to eat your loved ones during this polar vortex.

4. Frozen

If you have small children, this might be the movie that you inevitably turn to in the frigid weather. You can all decide why Elsa decided to use her powers to make outside utterly unbearable this week. And you can slowly lose your mind as everyone sings "Let It Go" over and over and over again.