Other Christmas Movies – off-beat, under-seen, non-traditional, obscure, forgotten and alternative Christmas movies

Come September of every year and kid-friendly Christmas movies began to dominate the airwaves. Movies with muppets and toys and Frosty and Santa and Rudolph. Movies like Babes in Toyland (1961), Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978), A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), A Flintstone Christmas (1977), Frosty the Snowman (1969), Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976), Home Alone (1 and 2), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 and the live action “reboot”), It’s a Wonderful Life, Jack Frost (1998), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), Miracle on 34th Street (1947 and its re-make), Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), A Muppet Family Christmas (1987), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Nutcracker, The Polar Express (2004), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976), Santa Claus (1985), The Santa Clause (1 and 2), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982), and Yogi’s First Christmas (1980)… to mention some of the better known ones. Although not all of them are completely insufferable for anyone over the age of seven, none are exactly adult-friendly.

These here are the other Christmas films, guaranteed to get one in the Christmas spirit, whilst not including (re)incarnated snowmen (except when they’re killers), flying reindeer, elves, Scrooge, members of the Claus family, kid friendly fare (unless no kid would want to watch it), Christmas specials or the birthday boy, Christ Jesus!* A few of them have sequels (e.g. Jack Frost and Gingerdead Man) which I didn’t list but you can track down if you please. (For the truly adventurous or fatigued, try a silent Christmas film.)

All Mine to Give Bad Santa Batman Returns

Beyond Tomorrow (entire film)
Bells of St. Mary's El dia de la bestia movie poster 1995 Better Off Dead

The Bishop’s Wife (entire film)
 Beyond Tomorrow The Bishop's WifeBlack Christmas

Blood Beat (entire film)
BloodbeatBoys Town Bush Christmas movie poster

Christmas Eve (entire film)

The Castaway Christmas Eve

Christmas Evil (entire film)
 Christmas Evil A Christmas Family Tragedy Christmas in Connecticut


Don’t Open Till Christmas (entire film)


The Devil Makes Three  Die Hard

A Dream for Christmas (entire film)

Die Hard 2 Don't Open Till Christmas A Dream For Christmas

Home for the Holidays (entire film)

Edward Scissorhands 8 femmes Eyes Wide Shut

I’ll Be Seeing You (entire film)

Falling in Love The Family Man The Family Stone

It Happened on 5th Avenue (entire film)

  Fanny och Alexander poster First Blood Ghostbusters 2

Jack Frost (entire film)

The Gingerdead Man Gremlins Hardware film poster

Kid Blue (entire film)

The Holiday Holiday Affair Holiday Inn movie poster

The Man Who Came to Dinner (entire film)


The Holly & the Ivy Home for the Holidays 100 briques et des tuiles
A Midnight Clear (entire film)

Kiss Kiss Bang BangLast Holiday Leathal Weapon

Remember the Night (entire film)

Less Than Zero The Lion in WinterLittle Women

Santa Claus (entire film — no English subtitles)

The Long Kiss Goodnight   Look Who's Talking Now Love, Actually

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (entire film)

   Make the Yuletide Gay  The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) poster  March of the Wooden Soldiers

Santa’s Slay (entire film)

A Matter of Principle Mixed Nuts Ma nuit chez Maud

Satan Claus (entire film)
Meet Me in St. Louis Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Metropolitan Poster

Silent Night, Bloody Night (entire film)

A Midnight Clear movie poster The Night of the Hunter The Preacher's Wife 

Tales from the Crypt (entire film)


Psycho Santa movie poster P2 Rare Exports Poster

To All a Good Night (entire film)

Reckless movie poster The Ref Reindeer Games

Tokyo Godfathers (entire film — no English subtitles)

 Remember the Night Santa Claus 1959 movie poster

Where There’s a Will (entire film)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Santa Claws movie poster 1996 Santa's Slay

 Satan Claus Movie Poster Scrooged (1988) movie poster The Shop Around the Corner

Silent Night, Bloody Night Silent Night, Deadly Night Silent Night, Lonely Night


Smoke movie poster Swiss Family Robinson Susan Slept Here

Tales from the Crypt movie poster 1972  The Thin Man To All a Goodnight movie poster 1980

Tokyo Godfathers Trading Places Trapped in Paradise

Turbulence 24 Nights movie poster L'Ultimo Treno della notted movie poster 1975A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas Movie Poster Visions of Sugarplums movie poster We're No Angels

Where There's a Will White Christmas movie poster  The Wild Affair


Christmas Holiday
*with one or two exceptions – the Christmas Miracle clause


Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, writer, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities — or salaried work. He is not interested in writing advertorials, clickbait, listicles, or other 21st century variations of spam. Brightwell’s written work has appeared in AmoeblogdiaCRITICS, and KCET Departures. His work has been featured by the American Institute of Architects, the Architecture & Design Museum, the Craft & Folk Art MuseumForm Follows FunctionLos Angeles County StoreSkid Row Housing Trust, and 1650 Gallery. Brightwell has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesHuffington PostLos Angeles MagazineLAistEastsider LABoing BoingLos Angeles, I’m Yours, and on Notebook on Cities and Culture. He has been a guest speaker on KCRW‘s Which Way, LA? and at Emerson College. Art prints of his maps are available from 1650 Gallery and on other products from Cal31. He is currently writing a book about Los Angeles and you can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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