Films to keep you warm

As the winter draws in and temperatures drop, it’s time to put the heating on and think of all things warm and cosy. It’s also the perfect time to close the curtains and get together for a ‘heat’ themed movie.


This is a crime thriller released in 1995 that was written and directed by Michael Mann. The film stars Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Al Pacino. If you love gritty action, then this is a must-watch movie. De Niro is a career thief and Pacino plays a long-serving LAPD detective trying to catch De Niro’s crew of violent robbers. The story is based on the real-life experiences of a Chicago police officer during the 1960s. Make sure you keep the ‘heat’ in your own home with Forest of Dean Boiler Installation from

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The Big Heat

This is a film noir from 1953 directed by Fritz Lang and starring Lee Marvin and Glenn Ford. Another police movie, the story follows a cop who’s out to get a crime syndicate controlling the city. Again, loosely based on real events, The Big Heat was written by a former crime reporter and based on a novel of the same year. Such was the importance of the movie, it was chosen to be included in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.

Red Heat

Heat seems to have a lot of police association and Red Heat is another cop action movie. Directed by Walter Hill, big stars that appear include Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi. Schwarzenegger plays a narcotics officer from Moscow, while Belushi plays a Chicago detective. They are forced to team in an effort to catch a Soviet drug baron who previously murdered Schwarzenegger’s partner. Released in 1988, it was the first U.S movie to be given permission for filming in Red Square, Moscow.

Sunset Heat

A 1992 thriller starring Michael Pare, Dennis Hopper and the pop star Adam Ant. It has been deemed as not the best film Hopper ever appeared in but did feature an original score of music by Jan Hammer, of Miami Vice theme tune fame.

The Heat

Yes, another cop movie! This is a 2013 film written by Katie Dippold and stars female officers in the form of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The two team up to take down a mobster boss.

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Heat and Dust

Finally, a romance film from 1983 based on a novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. James Ivory produced the movie and also played tanpura for the music score. The film was released in a time when British film-making became preoccupied with India and the Empire as a big part of British cultural history. Other similar movies released at the same time include Gandhi, A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown.