best christmas movies of all timeby ruffcoaley | created - 13 Dec 2014 | updated - 16 May 2016 | Public
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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
2. A Christmas Carol (1951)
TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy
Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Votes: 37,582 | Gross: $2.65M
4. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 420,662 | Gross: $285.76M
5. The Santa Clause (1994)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
Votes: 87,775 | Gross: $144.83M
6. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 123,376 | Gross: $20.61M
9. Bad Santa (2003)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 128,751 | Gross: $60.06M
10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 272,989 | Gross: $173.59M
11. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
Votes: 30,272 | Gross: $84.50M
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 275,520 | Gross: $75.08M
13. Friday After Next (2002)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Two cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track the robber down.
Votes: 24,329 | Gross: $32.98M
14. Elf (2003)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.
Votes: 196,738 | Gross: $173.40M
16. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 46,294 | Gross: $139.24M
17. Jingle All the Way (1996)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 85,839 | Gross: $60.57M
18. A Christmas Carol (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 94,162 | Gross: $137.86M
19. Holiday Inn (1942)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
Votes: 12,050 | Gross: $8.18M
20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998)
G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
When Rudolph is born with a red nose he is bullied through out his younger years, but when Stormella closes her bridge of to the public and threaten to put Santa out of business for good ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,310 | Gross: $0.11M
21. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance ... See full summary »
24. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 159,755 | Gross: $183.37M
25. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Votes: 188,111 | Gross: $260.04M
26. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.
Votes: 86,034 | Gross: $81.06M
27. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family
With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
Votes: 38,478 | Gross: $73.78M
28. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.
29. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.
30. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)
TV-G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rudolph and Frosty are pitted against Winterbolt, an icy wizard who plots to make the North Pole his evil domain and enlist the help of Jack Frost and others to fight the Winterbolt.
32. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 183,559 | Gross: $148.17M
33. Christmas with the Dead (2012)
88 min | Horror
In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren't June, and the majority of the population, ... See full summary »
34. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 737,357 | Gross: $83.01M