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.)

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

  • The Christmas Dream
  • The Christmas Angel
  • The Mistletoe Bough
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • A Little Girl Who Did Not Believe in Santa Claus
  • A Trap for Santa Claus
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • The Insects' Christmas
  • The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus
  • Maciste in Hell
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Pandora's Box
  • Dangerous Nan McGrew
  • The Christmas Party
  • Turkey Time
  • The Thin Man
  • Things to Come
  • Holiday
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Tante Pose
  • 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
  • A Christmas Dream
  • Lady in the Lake
  • Devil and the Angel
  • Bush Christmas
  • Kiss of Death
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • Christmas at Camp 119
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue
  • Christmas Eve
  • They Live by Night
  • I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes
  • Holiday Affair
  • Cover Up
  • The Great Rupert
  • Scandal
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • O. Henry's Full House
  • Stalag 17
  • It's Never Too Late
  • I, the Jury
  • Susan Slept Here
  • We're No Angels
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • The Days Before Christmas
  • Bell, Book and Candle
  • The Apartment
  • Todo el año es Navidad
  • Blast of Silence
  • Placido
  • Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka
  • Cash on Demand
  • Ach, du fröhliche
  • Period of Adjustment
  • Le monte-charge
  • Gorath
  • Donovan's Reef
  • Christmas Cracker
  • Weihnacht
  • A Carol for Another Christmas
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The War Game
  • A Pistol for Ringo
  • Little Timo's Christmas Tree
  • Lights
  • Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes
  • A Christmas Memory
  • The Christmas Tree
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Asalto en la ciudad
  • Farewell, Friend
  • Trilogy
  • The Christmas Tree
  • My Night at Maud's
  • Mon oncle Antoine
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The French Connection
  • Wake in Fright
  • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
  • The Christmas Martian
  • Un Flic
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night
  • Home for the Holidays
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe