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The Best Winter Movies

Updated January 9, 2020 9.0k votes 1.0k voters 95.2k 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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  • Home Alone1
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Die Hard2
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • It's a Wonderful Life3
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

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  • Elf4
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • Ice Age5
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation6
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • The Polar Express7
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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
  • Frozen8
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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  • Groundhog Day9
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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
  • A Christmas Story10
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

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  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York11
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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
  • The Day After Tomorrow12
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!13
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind14
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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
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas15
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • The Santa Clause16
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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  • Miracle on 34th Street17
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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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  • Love Actually18
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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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  • The Shining19
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Scrooged20
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • White Christmas21
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    White Christmas

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

    Released1954

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel22
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Bill Murray, Jude Law

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • The Lion in Winter23
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

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  • Better Off Dead24
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    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily

    Released1985

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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  • Sleepless in Seattle25
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by... more on Wikipedia