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50 Best Christmas Movies

List of 50 Best Christmas Movies:

#1 Elf (2003)

The film centers on Buddy, a human who was adopted by Santa’s elves. It stars Ed Asner, Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, James Caan, and Daniel Tay.

#2 Home Alone (1990)

The film follows Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who must defend his home from two burglars. It grossed more than $476 million at the box-office.

#3 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

The film is based on the book of the same name by Les Standiford, and it follows Charles Dickens as he writes ”A Christmas Carol.”

#4 The Grinch (2018)

It is a computer-animated Christmas fantasy comedy film based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.

#5 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

”How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carey, was the first book by Dr. Seuss to be adapted into a full-length feature film. It is narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

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#6 Holiday Affair (1949)

”Holiday Affair” is based on the story Christmas Gift by John D. Weaver.

#7 A Christmas Story (1983)

It is based on the books ”Night of Golden Memories and Other Disaster” and ”In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”

#8 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

”The Muppet Christmas Carol” is adapted from the 1843 novella ”A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

#9 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The film focuses on the effect of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. It stars Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, John Payne, and Maureen O’Hara.

#10 The Night Before (2015)

”The Night Before” follows three childhood friends who annually reunite on Christmas Eve in search of the best party in NYC.

#11 A Christmas Carol (1938)

It is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella of the same name.

#12 Arthur Christmas (2011)

The film stars the voices of Ashley Jensen, James McAvoy, Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, and Hugh Laurie.

#13 Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

It is a Christmas film directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring David Huddleston, John Lithgow, and Dudley Moore.

#14 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

”A Charlie Brown Christmas” is based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.

#15 The Santa Clause (1994)

”The Santa Clause” follows Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. 

#16 The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express is based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It stars Daryl Sabara and Tom Hanks.

#17 Jingle All the Way (1996)

In ”Jingle All the Way,” Myron Larabee (Sinbad) and Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger)  try to purchase a Turbo-Man action figure on a last-minute shopping spree on Christmas Eve.

#18 Gremlins (1984)

”Gremlins” tells the story of a young man who receives a creature called a mogwai as a pet.

#19 Babes in Toyland (1961)

It stars Ed Wynn as the Toymaker, Ray Bolger as Barnaby, Annette Funicello as Mary Contrary, and Tommy Sands as Tom Piper.

#20 Prancer (1989)

”Prancer” was written by Greg Taylor and directed by John Hancock.

#21 Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

It is a tragicomedy adventure anime film based on Peter B. Kyne’s novel Three Godfathers.

#22 Bad Santa (2003)

”Bad Santa” follows professional thieves Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) and Willie T. Soke (Billy Bob Thornton).

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#23 Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

”Eloise at Christmastime” is based on the book of the same name written by Kay Thompson.

#24 Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)

”A Christmas Carol” is a film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 story of the same name.

#25 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

”The Nightmare Before Christmas” is about Jack Skellington, who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town.

#26 White Reindeer (2013)

”White Reindeer” follows real estate agent Anna Margaret Hollyman who must deal with her husband’s death as the holidays approach.

#27 One Magic Christmas (1985)

In ”One Magic Christmas,” a Christmas angel is sent by Santa to help Ginny Grainger. The film stars Harry Dean Stanton and Mary Steenburgen.

#28 Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

”Christmas in Connecticut” tells the story of an unmarried city magazine writer who falls in love with one of her fans.

#29 Scrooged (1988)

”Scrooged” is based on the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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#30 Klaus (2019)

”Klaus” follows a postman stationed in an island town to the Far North who befriends a toymaker.

#31 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

”A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” tells the story of Kumar (Penn) and Harold (Cho) as they try to find a new Christmas tree.

#32 Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

”Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” details how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. 

#33 A Christmas Tale (2008)

It stars Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Melvil Poupaud, Anne Consigny, and Mathieu Amalric.

#34 8 Women (2002)

”8 Women” is a dark comedy musical film that follows eight women as they gather to celebrate Christmas in an isolated cottage.

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#35 Last Christmas (2019)

”Last Christmas” was written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings, and directed by Paul Feig.

#36 Office Christmas Party (2016)

The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Rob Corddry, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, and  T. J. Miller.

#37 Love Actually (2003)

The story of ”Love Actually” begins five weeks before Christmas.

#38 Almost Christmas (2016)

”Almost Christmas” presents a dysfunctional family that comes together for the holidays.

#39 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

”It’s a Wonderful Life” follows a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel.

#40 Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

”Christmas with the Kranks” follows a couple who decide to skip Christmas one year.

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#41 Mixed Nuts (1994)

Some of the stars in ”Mixed Nuts” include Liev Schreiber, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Madeline Kahn, Juliette Lewis, and Rita Wilson.

#42 Frosty the Snowman (1969)

It is an animated Christmas television special based on the Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins song of the same name.

#43 The Great Rupert (1950)

”The Great Rupert” is based on a story written by Ted Allan.

#44 The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

”The Christmas Chronicles” is the first installment in The Christmas Chronicles film series.

#45 The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

The screenplay of ”The Shop Around the Corner” was written by Samson Raphaelson.

#46 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

It stars Joan Carroll, Judy Garland, June Lockhart, Margaret O’Brien, Marjorie Main, Mary Astor, and Tom Drake.

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#47 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

”Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

#48 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

”National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is the third installment in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series.

#49 Four Christmases (2008)

The film follows a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents’ homes on Christmas Day.

#50 A Christmas Prince (2017)

”A Christmas Prince” was released on Netflix on November 17, 2017. It stars Tahirah Sharif, Rose McIver, Alice Krige, Ben Lamb, and Daniel Fathers.

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