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The Best Winter Movies

Updated January 9, 2020 8.6k votes 1.0k voters 94.2k views81 items

List RulesFilms 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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    Gremlins
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Sleepless in Seattle
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Trading Places
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Beautiful Girls
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    Beautiful Girls

    Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman

    Released1996

    Directed byTed Demme

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    Scrooge
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    Scrooge

    Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim

    Released1951

    Directed byBrian Desmond Hurst

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and... more on Wikipedia

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    Serendipity
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    Serendipity

    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

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    The Hateful Eight
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    The Hateful Eight

    Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell

    Released2015

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Little Women
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    Little Women

    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale

    Released1994

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

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    Wind River
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Let the Right One In
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Prancer
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    Prancer

    Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn D. Hancock

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    Dreamcatcher
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    Dreamcatcher

    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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    Whiteout
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    Whiteout

    Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin

    Released2009

    Directed byDominic Sena, Len Wiseman, Stuart Baird

    Whiteout is a 2009 thriller film based on the 1998 comic book of the same name by Greg Rucka... more on Wikipedia
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    The Grey
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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

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    A Christmas Carol
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    A Christmas Carol

    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Transsiberian
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    Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson

    Released2008

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    Miracle on 34th Street
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson

    Released1994

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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    Orphan
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    Orphan

    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard

    Released2009

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    Alive
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    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke

    Released1993

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    You've Got Mail
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    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Christmas with the Kranks
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    Christmas with the Kranks

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Roth

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    Wind Chill
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    Wind Chill

    Emily Blunt, Chelan Simmons

    Released2007

    Directed byGregory Jacobs

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    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
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    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Rinko Kikuchi, Nathan Zellner

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Zellner, Nathan Zellner

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    Snowball Express
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    Snowball Express

    Dick Van Patten, Keenan Wynn

    Released1972

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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