Christmas Movies In Which No One Falls In Love and No One Saves Christmas

Tired of the icky-sweet stuff? Try these.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin
3 min readDec 22, 2021


I like Christmas movies, but not the ones that focus on children or thin white people realizing they’ve found the love of their lives. Here are 10 movies I’ve enjoyed that have Christmas as a central part of the plot, but that don’t feature any of that stuff. In chronological order of release.

  1. Black Christmas (1974)

A cult classic starring Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder and a profoundly disturbed serial killer. Even if you don’t watch the movie, you’ve got to see this trailer. It lasts over four minutes and gives a very good idea of how creepy this movie is, ringing hall phone and all. Its tag line was, “If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight.”

2. Trading Places (1983)

Starring Eddie Murphy at his most hilarious, Dan Ackroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis. A Christmas comedy that comes down on the anti-racist side of nurture over nature.

3. Die Hard (1988)


4. Dead End (2003)

A family is driving to a celebration on Christmas Eve and takes a shortcut. Bad idea. I’d call this a quirky comedy-horror movie. It’s not the best of this bunch, but it stars character actress Lin Shaye as the mom, who is great.



Regina Rodríguez-Martin

Mexican American. Chicagoan. Generation X. Relishes questions of human behavior. Nobody’s mother and nobody’s wife. Blog: