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Dating the Movies: December

A selection of films featuring dates (and events that take place on dates) that fall in the month of December—a film for each day of the month. Be sure to read the notes for further details. Add your favorite dates-in-movies in the comments!

Dating the Movies is a series of lists curated for Letterboxd by Laura E. Hall, who writes about her passion for calendaring on Journal.

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  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    Date: December 1
    Year: 1929

    Nick Carraway recounts the summer of 1922, when he spent time with Jay Gatsby at Carraway’s first consultation at The Perkins Sanitarium, where he is receiving treatment for alcoholism, fits of anger and insomnia.

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    Date: December 2
    Year: 1972

    Surveillance expert Harry Caul and his colleagues complete a complicated job, discreetly recording a conversation between two people walking through a busy, crowded public square.

  • Pleasantville

    Pleasantville

    Date: December 3
    Year: 1950s

    Pleasantville soda fountain owner Bill Johnson traditionally paints Christmas decorations in the shop window, a task that he looks forward to all year.

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    Date: December 4
    Year: 1974

    The doors of rock palace ‘The Paradise’ open to the public.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    Date: December 5
    Year: 2104

    The colonization vessel Covenant is seven years, four months away from planet Origae-6, with 2,000 colonists and 1,140 human embryos in cold storage, fifteen crew members in stasis, and one android, Walter.

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    Date: December 6
    Year: 1940s

    In Budapest, Hugo Matuschek has a private detective follow his wife, whom he suspects is having an affair with Alfred Kralik, his employee of nine years. Kralik is actually carrying on a correspondence with an anonymous penpal.

  • Glass

    Glass

    Date: December 7
    Year: 2010s

    Elijah Price, known as “Mr. Glass”, sees The Osaka Tower's opening, the tallest building in Philadelphia, as an opportunity to show the world that superheroes and supervillains do actually exist.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    Date: December 8
    Year: 2010s

    Teenager Billy Batson, as newly-appointed “Champion of Eternity” Shazam, discovers that he is bulletproof while stopping a convenience store robbery.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Date: December 9
    Year: 1868

    Professor Pierre Aronnax, his assistant Conseil, and harpooner Ned Land go aboard Captain Nemo's submarine “Nautilus” in pursuit of a creature that is sinking ships.

  • A Beautiful Mind

    A Beautiful Mind

    Date: December 10
    Year: 1994

    Mathematician John Nash receives the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in game theory.

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    Date: December 11
    Year: 1960s

    In Phoenix, Arizona, secretary Marion Crane is asked by her boss to make a deposit of $40,000 at the bank.

  • Boys Town

    Boys Town

    Date: December 12
    Year: 1917

    Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as an orphanage for boys, using a loan of $90 to rent a home in Omaha, Nebraska, to care for five boys.

  • Twelve Monkeys

    Twelve Monkeys

    Date: December 13
    Year: 1996

    The presumed date that a virologist in Philadelphia releases an airborne pathogen that will eventually go on to wipe out most of humanity and drive its remnants underground.

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    Date: December 14
    Year: 1990s

    Truman Burbank, the unwitting lifelong star of a reality television show, finally begins to test the boundaries of the reality that has been presented to him, only to find that the constructed world pushes back.

  • The Glenn Miller Story

    The Glenn Miller Story

    The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Date: December 15
    Year: 1944

    Popular band leader Glenn Miller boards a small private plane to Paris. The plane disappears and Miller is never heard from again.

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    Date: December 16
    Year: 1994

    The agreed-upon date for Jesse from America and Céline from Paris to reconnect in Vienna. They chose this date because it is six months after their first chance meeting, when they wandered the city, deep in conversation.

  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Date: December 17
    Year: 1833

    Kaspar Hauser, the foundling of Nuremberg, dies after being stabbed by an unknown assailant.

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    Date: December 18
    Year: 2000s

    American Amanda and British Iris, two women looking to temporarily escape their normal lives, travel to each others’ homes for a two-week swap.

  • A Bad Moms Christmas

    A Bad Moms Christmas

    Date: December 19
    Year: 2010s

    Harried mother Amy’s own mom comes to stay for the holidays. The first thing she does is point out that Amy doesn’t have a Christmas tree yet.

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    Date: December 20
    Year: 1987

    Wealthy investment banking executive Patrick Bateman describes the artistic merits of the song “Hip To Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News to his colleague, Paul Allen.

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Date: December 21
    Year: 1980s

    Food scientist Clark Griswold finishes up his last day at work before the holidays. He’s worried because he put down a $7,500 deposit on a new pool, but hasn’t yet gotten his Christmas bonus check.

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    Date: December 22
    Year: 1990s

    Kevin McAllister wakes up in the third-floor bedroom, where he was sent for being disruptive during a family dinner. He finds that he is alone in the house, having wished the night before that his family would disappear.

  • Scrooged

    Scrooged

    Date: December 23
    Year: 1980s

    President of IBC Television Frank Cross reads about his production of A Christmas Carol, “Scrooge Live Worldwide” in the morning after a visit from the ghost of his mentor Lew Hayward, who warned him that three spirits would come to visit.

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Date: December 24
    Year: 1840s

    Moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a number of ghosts who teach him about the perils of hoarding money, raising rents and abusing employees.

  • The Lion in Winter

    The Lion in Winter

    Date: December 25
    Year: 1183

    King of England Henry II’s family plot against him as he plans to name his successor.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    Date: December 26
    Year: 1970s

    Sentient toy Duke Caboom gets his own kid, Rejean. When Rejean realizes that Duke, who is based on Canada’s greatest daredevil and stuntman, couldn’t perform the stunts promised in the commercial, Rejean discards him.

  • The Thing from Another World

    The Thing from Another World

    Date: December 27
    Year: 1949

    The Department of Defense issues a bulletin that the Air Force has discontinued investigating and evaluating reported flying saucers on the basis that there is no evidence.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Date: December 28
    Year: 2010s

    The date of the last game of the season and the Benjamin Franklin Pairs Open Freestyle Dance Competition.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    Date: December 29
    Year: 1386

    Norman knight Jean de Carrouges duels squire Jacques Le Gris in trial by combat.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    Date: December 30
    Year: 1968

    Army intelligence captures a recording of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, a Special Forces soldier who has gone rogue in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    The Poseidon Adventure

    Date: December 31
    Year: 1972

    On New Year’s Eve, the S.S. Poseidon is capsized by a tsunami wave in the Mediterranean, forcing the survivors to escape the overturned vessel.