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The Best Winter Movies 

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Updated January 9, 2020 7.2k votes 995 voters 93.4k views 81 items

List Rules Films about or set during the winter season. Vote up the best movies about winter.

Some of our favorite memories take place in winter. From the first winter holidays, to the first snow fall of the year, and all the way through Valentine’s Day we love the winter months! So it’s no wonder so many famous movies have taken place in winter! What are the best movies about winter? Vote up the best winter films below and see where your favorites rank.
 
The movies on this list all feature a winter setting in one way or another, whether the movie takes place in a winter climate or whether it features a winter holiday. These are some of the most heartwarming, inspirational stories in film, and many have become classics that will be remembered forever!
 
This list features the best movies about winter including, A Winter’s Tale, It’s A Wonderful Life, Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, and The Day After Tomorrow. Vote up the best winter movie below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

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Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner

Released: 1951

Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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