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The Best Winter Movies

Updated January 9, 2020 7.9k votes 1.0k voters 93.8k 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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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... more on Wikipedia

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    National Lampoon's Christmas V is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas... more on Wikipedia
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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and... more on Wikipedia

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

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on Wikipedia
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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipedia
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    A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and... more on Wikipedia

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de... more on Wikipedia

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    Frozen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1947

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and... more on Wikipedia
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A... more on Wikipedia
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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    White Christmas

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

    Released1954

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Bill Murray, Jude Law

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Winter Movies
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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