A Guide to Alternative Christmas Movies

Because you can only watch It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street so many times.

In chronological order. Note that for brevity and clarity, this list excludes any sequels to films already featured, and mostly ignores cult favorites that - while bizarre - are still basically trite, family-oriented Christmas fare (e.g., Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, René Cardona's Santa Claus, Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny). Also, some of the films listed may not take place entirely during the holiday season, but instead open around Christmastime or build to a Christmas ending. (A few of them double as New Year's Eve movies, too.)

Documentaries excluded because they have no Letterboxd pages as of yet: Christmas With Dad, The Worst Christmas Jobs in History, Wood of Value, The Truth About Christmas Carols.

  • The Mistletoe Bough
  • Maciste in Hell
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Pandora's Box
  • The Christmas Party
  • The Thin Man
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Remember the Night
  • Beyond Tomorrow
  • My Favorite Wife
  • Who Killed Santa Claus?
  • Meet John Doe
  • The Incredible Stranger
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Christmas Holiday
  • The Curse of the Cat People
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • The Cheaters
  • Dead of Night
  • Lady on a Train
  • Kiss of Death
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • Christmas at Camp 119
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue
  • Christmas Eve
  • Lady in the Lake
  • They Live by Night
  • I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes
  • Holiday Affair
  • Scandal
  • O. Henry's Full House
  • Stalag 17
  • I, the Jury
  • Susan Slept Here
  • We're No Angels
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • The Days Before Christmas
  • The Apartment
  • Blast of Silence
  • Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka
  • Cash on Demand
  • Period of Adjustment
  • Christmas Cracker
  • Weihnacht
  • A Carol for Another Christmas
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The War Game
  • Timoshkina's Christmas Tree
  • Lights
  • Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Farewell, Friend
  • My Night at Maud's
  • Wake in Fright
  • Mon oncle Antoine
  • The French Connection
  • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
  • The Christmas Martian
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night
  • Home for the Holidays
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • Black Christmas
  • The Odessa File
  • Terror on the 40th Floor
  • Late Night Trains
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • A Cosmic Christmas
  • Rabid
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds
  • Blood Type: Blue
  • The Silent Partner
  • Kate Bush: Christmas TV Special
  • Christmas Evil
  • To All a Goodnight
  • Fanny & Alexander
  • Santa Claus Is a Stinker
  • Blood Beat
  • Trading Places
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
  • Sole Survivor
  • Don't Open Till Christmas
  • Night of the Comet
  • Gremlins
  • Comfort and Joy
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night
  • Invasion U.S.A.
  • Brazil
  • He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special
  • Cobra
  • Lethal Weapon
  • The Dead
  • Cold Steel
  • Less than Zero
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales
  • Scrooged
  • Christmas in Tattertown
  • Die Hard