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 rough chronological order. For brevity and clarity, I'm mostly ignoring 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, note that some of the films listed here may not take place entirely during the holiday season, but instead open around Christmastime, build to a Christmas ending, etc. (A few of them double as New Year's Eve movies, too.) Christmas must be part of the movie's in-universe plot and/or setting; having a Christmas release date doesn't count.

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

  • Jack Frost
  • Naked City: A Killer Christmas
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Crackers
  • Hi-Life
  • Gasman
  • Feeders 2: Slay Bells
  • Ebenezer
  • Season's Beatings
  • Cosy Dens
  • Zero Tolerance
  • Venus Beauty Institute
  • In Bed With Santa
  • Go
  • The Flint Street Nativity
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • American Psycho
  • Cabin Fever
  • 101 Reykjavik
  • Reindeer Games
  • A Diva's Christmas Carol
  • A Very Christmas Story
  • Christmas Nightmare
  • Christmas in the Clouds
  • Nutcracker: An American Nightmare
  • Mongoland
  • The Christmas Season Massacre
  • 'R Xmas
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • Bloody Christmas
  • 8 Women
  • Falling Sky
  • Morvern Callar
  • Psycho Santa
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Illusive Tracks
  • Dead End
  • Bad Santa
  • Millions
  • The Ordeal
  • Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys
  • Mysterious Skin
  • The Last Day
  • 2046
  • C.R.A.Z.Y.
  • The Ice Harvest
  • Rent
  • The Family Stone
  • Petit Pow Pow Noël
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • A Christmas Tale
  • The Proposition
  • Santa's Slay
  • Joyeux Noel
  • Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
  • The Toybox
  • Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride
  • Satan
  • Two Front Teeth
  • Natale a New York
  • Black Christmas
  • A Christmas Family Tragedy
  • Marcus
  • Mythbusters Holiday Special
  • Eastern Promises
  • Wind Chill
  • A Kitten For Hitler
  • Christmas Story
  • Inside
  • Black Santa's Revenge
  • Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular
  • P2
  • December Boys
  • Noelle
  • A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
  • Lymelife
  • The Truth About Christmas Carols
  • While She Was Out
  • Alien Raiders
  • Frozen River
  • Christmas on Mars
  • Lovely, Still
  • The Children
  • A Christmas Tale
  • December
  • Santa, the Fascist Years
  • In Bruges
  • Treevenge
  • Jeff Dunham: Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special
  • Cafe Noir
  • Silent Night, Zombie Night
  • The Blackout
  • A Child's Christmases in Wales
  • Deadly Little Christmas
  • Oscar and the Lady in Pink
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Submarine
  • The Santa Claus Gang
  • Saint
  • The Traveler