Christmas Core

The increasingly tangential but nonetheless definitive and canon list of best 'Christmas' movies. New Year movies count too because I say they do. Will eat the soul of anyone who mentions Die Hard. I understand that's probably opened me up to a bunch of people mentioning Die Hard, but I feel like it had to be said anyway.

  • Greed
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Crowd
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Pandora's Box
  • Back Street
  • The Thin Man
  • Grand Illusion
  • Holiday
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Curse of the Cat People
  • Gaslight
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • 3 Godfathers
  • Christmas U.S.A
  • Young Man with a Horn
  • Scandal
  • Ikiru
  • Stalag 17
  • The Long Gray Line
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Bell, Book and Candle
  • The Apartment
  • Psycho
  • King of Kings
  • Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards!
  • Donovan's Reef
  • Black Sabbath
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes
  • White Christmas
  • Whistle and I'll Come to You
  • My Night at Maud's
  • The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • A Warning to the Curious
  • The Transgressor
  • Female Trouble
  • Black Christmas
  • Winter Solstice
  • Deep Red
  • Tommy
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • The Wishing Tree
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Life of Brian
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Death and Transfiguration
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Christine
  • Gremlins
  • Trancers
  • Hail Mary
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Dead
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • Scrooged
  • Decalogue III
  • Metropolitan
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • GoodFellas
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • The Last Boy Scout
  • A Tale of Winter
  • The Long Day Closes
  • Batman Returns
  • Bitter Moon
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Strange Days
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Il Mare
  • 'R Xmas
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Far from Heaven
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • 2046
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Black Christmas
  • Zodiac
  • Inside
  • Eastern Promises
  • A Christmas Tale
  • Step Brothers
  • The White Ribbon
  • Cafe Noir
  • The Box
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A Very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas