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The Best Winter Movies 

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Updated January 9, 2020 7.1k votes 990 voters 93.1k 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

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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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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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...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

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more

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Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more

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Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Winter Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more

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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

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner

Released: 1951

Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst

Scrooge is a 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. ...more
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LastCubScout added Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2014

Directed by: Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by Anderson is from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It ...more

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both ...more

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more

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