Favourite Christmas Movies And Shortsby 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
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.
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.
This really is the greatest Christmas Carol movie out there.
3. 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: 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
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: 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
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.
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
When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
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
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
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
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: 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
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: 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
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.
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
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: 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
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: 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
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.
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
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 52,007 | Gross: $27.28M
Easily the coziest Christmas Carol adaptation.
15. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
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
On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
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.
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
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.
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.
My favourite Christmas short ever.
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.
Votes: 11,392 | Gross: $21.00M
Good, but just too short for my liking of this tale.