Favourite Christmas Movies And Shorts

by crimefightingchicken | created - 03 Sep 2019 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

It's goes from favourite to still a must watch around Christmas. (After thirteen, the placement doesn't matter)

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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: 423,513

No other movie captures that warm and happy feeling you get around Christmas time like this one does. I watch it every Christmas Eve and have never gotten tired of it. It's a timeless classic with better acting in it than you'll see in most movies today, in my opinion.

2. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 21,115

This really is the greatest Christmas Carol movie out there.

3. 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: 509,617 | Gross: $285.76M

Perhaps the funnest Christmas movie for all ages, I think. The Iconic John Williams score is great, one of my favourites of his.

4. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 107,393 | Gross: $137.86M

While not the best Christmas Carol adaptation, probably the one that will keep most audiences entertained, with it's fantastic, colourful looking backgrounds and fun characters.

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: 239,432 | Gross: $173.40M

Will Ferrell at his best, a must watch. If Home Alone is the funnest Christmas movie for all ages, this is a strong second.

6. 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: 104,099 | Gross: $144.83M

Nostalgia may have had an interference with it's placement on my list, but it's still a lot of fun to watch at Christmas.

7. 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: 166,188 | Gross: $71.32M

The humor just doesn't get old in this one. For me personally, this isn't higher on the list because it doesn't give me that cozy feeling I think a Christmas movie should give. That may just be me though.

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: 324,125 | Gross: $173.59M

The only good Home alone sequel, and still a really enjoyable time at that.

9. 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: 137,081 | Gross: $20.61M

This is slightly lower on my list, but I think it's exactly where it should be. I am on the same boat as people who think this film is overrated, but unlike some of them I still like it a lot.

10. 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: 41,624 | Gross: $72.01M

Stupid holiday fun with great humor. I actually think this one is a bit underrated.

11. 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: 96,488 | Gross: $60.57M

To me this movie lacks a bit in that warm Christmas feeling you get with a lot of other films. I think this movie can still be a lot of mindless fun to watch though.

12. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 188,048 | Gross: $183.37M

I try to sit through this movie every second year or so. It has great visuals and is buried in that sweet Christmas cinematography, and that's why it's on this list. The story itself isn't that great though.

13. 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: 45,722 | Gross: $73.78M

Guilty pleasure, but I really do think it's an enjoyable Christmas movie. You have to be in the mood for this one.

14. 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: 52,007 | Gross: $27.28M

Easily the coziest Christmas Carol adaptation.

15. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 208,525 | Gross: $148.17M

A horror movie-ALSO a Christmas movie? Sign me up.

16. 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: 222,920 | Gross: $260.04M

You know what? I like this movie. It's underrated, I think. Some of the jokes are decent, and the makeup for the Grinch is impressive. Not for everyone, I do get that.

17. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 8,813

It's an enjoyable adaptation of A Christmas Carol, better than some, worse than others.

18. 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: 54,667 | Gross: $46.46M

Hey, it's a pretty good film. It always gets me in the mood for Christmas, and it's got some neat ideas in it.

19. The Small One (1978)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Family

Ordered by his father to sell his old, small donkey, named Small One, a Hebrew boy in ancient Israel takes the donkey to the Jerusalem market. Finding no buyers there, the boy is about to give up when he meets a kind man named Joseph.

Directors: Don Bluth, Jack Cutting, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith

Votes: 1,527

My favourite Christmas short ever.

20. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 34,201

21. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 46,958

22. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 11,392 | Gross: $21.00M

Good, but just too short for my liking of this tale.



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