The Top 200 Christmas Movies of All Time!

by davidbrennan974 | created - 04 Nov 2017 | updated - 08 Dec 2019 | Public

These are the movies for your Christmas Movie Marathon by the fire, for your Christmas Vacation sleepovers and for your simple nights in in November/December!

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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 417,702

2. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 501,966 | Gross: $285.76M

3. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 102,637 | Gross: $144.83M

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 220,036 | Gross: $260.04M

5. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

Raised as an over-sized elf, a human travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 236,056 | Gross: $173.40M

6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 164,304 | Gross: $71.32M

7. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

22 Metascore

With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 45,188 | Gross: $73.78M

8. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 319,202 | Gross: $173.59M

9. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 90,772 | Gross: $60.33M

10. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 23,812 | Gross: $11.44M

11. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 105,916 | Gross: $137.86M

12. Four Christmases (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

Votes: 67,234 | Gross: $120.15M

13. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 136 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 258,457 | Gross: $63.22M

14. The Family Stone (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton

Votes: 63,438 | Gross: $60.06M

15. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 33,434 | Gross: $17.19M

16. Fred Claus (2007)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 41,234 | Gross: $72.01M

17. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 8,839 | Gross: $49.12M

18. Deck the Halls (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family

28 Metascore

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis

Votes: 23,930 | Gross: $35.09M

19. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 95,541 | Gross: $60.57M

20. Nativity! (2009)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family

An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher's little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class' nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem.

Director: Debbie Isitt | Stars: Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 8,795

21. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 135,903 | Gross: $20.61M

22. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Dyllan Christopher, Tyler James Williams, Gia Mantegna, Quinn Shephard

Votes: 10,739 | Gross: $16.65M

23. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 54,008 | Gross: $46.46M

24. Kristin's Christmas Past (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Given the opportunity to visit her estranged family on Christmas Eve 1996, Kristin Cartwright hopes to change her past in order to improve her current life in 2013.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Shiri Appleby, Will Kemp, Courtney Henggeler, Esperanza America

Votes: 1,069

25. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 444,679 | Gross: $59.70M

26. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 52,530 | Gross: $139.24M

27. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is open only on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Directors: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 13,846 | Gross: $8.18M

28. The Family Man (2000)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

42 Metascore

A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 105,722 | Gross: $75.79M

29. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Comedy, Family

A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus, to make a snow day. The machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Hallee Hirsh, Spencer Breslin, Hallie Todd, Brenda Song

Votes: 1,613

30. Coming Home for Christmas (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Family

A young woman wants to reunite her estranged family for the holidays.

Director: Vanessa Parise | Stars: Benjamin Hollingsworth, Carly McKillip, Britt McKillip, Amy Jo Johnson

Votes: 641

31. The March Sisters at Christmas (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

To keep the family home from being sold, the four very modern March sisters tackle home improvements on their own. But their romantic entanglements involving the boy next door, an old flame, and a new acquaintance become a distraction.

Director: John Stimpson | Stars: Julie Berman, Kaitlin Doubleday, Melissa Farman, Molly Kunz

Votes: 579

32. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 306,753 | Gross: $75.08M

33. Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

19 Metascore

A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 23,518 | Gross: $11.66M

34. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole

Votes: 9,777 | Gross: $12.21M

35. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

32 Metascore

Santa, a.k.a. Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 34,434 | Gross: $84.50M

36. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 51,342 | Gross: $27.28M

37. Christmas Oranges (2012)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family

Experience the journey of Rose, an orphan who teaches the meaning of hope to all those around her. Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship in this poignant story based on a classic holiday tale.

Director: John Lyde | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Nancy Stafford, Bailee Michelle Johnson, Savanna Kylie Lewis

Votes: 494

38. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

62 Metascore

The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Kerry Bishé, Edward Burns, Heather Burns, Marsha Dietlein

Votes: 1,488 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms, Markie Post

Votes: 6,024

40. A Carol Christmas (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 92 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.

Director: Matthew Irmas | Stars: Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner, Gary Coleman

Votes: 1,114

41. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,631

42. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 137,290 | Gross: $60.06M

43. Almost Christmas (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

Director: David E. Talbert | Stars: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Mo'Nique

Votes: 6,326 | Gross: $41.72M

44. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

72 Metascore

An elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 6,613

45. A Christmas Wish (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family