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Best Christmas Films

Top 30 Films

  1. Elf (2003)
    Will Ferrell as Buddy, the title character, a human raised by Santa's elves. Buddy heads to New York City to meet his biological father played by James Caan.

  2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    Director: Frank Capra. On Christmas Eve 1945, in Bedford Falls, the angel Clarence Odbody is sent from Heaven to help a suicidal businessman by showing him how much worse life would have been if he had never existed. Starring James Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as his wife.

  3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    The Griswold family spend Christmas vacation at home. Chevy Chase plays Clark W. "Sparky" Griswold, and Beverly D'Angelo is the mother and wife.

  4. Home Alone (1990)
    Directed by Chris Columbus. Stars Macaulay Culkin as 8-year-old Kevin McCallister. Joe Pesci as Harry and Daniel Stern as Marv. The family's vacation is in Paris. John Candy plays Gus Polinski, The Polka King of the Midwest.

  5. White Christmas (1954)
    Stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. Set in Pine Tree, Vermont. Features the songs of Irving Berlin.

  6. Scrooged (1988)
    Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical TV executive in this modern-day version of 'A Christmas Carol'. Directed by Richard Donner.

  7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Natalie Wood plays the little girl, Susan Walker.

  8. A Christmas Story (1983)
    Ralphie wanted only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

  9. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    Macy's department store in New York City declined any involvement with this remake, stating: "we feel the original stands on its own and could not be improved upon." Richard Attenborough is Kris Kringle.

  10. Love Actually (2003)
    Directed by Richard Curtis. Star-studded film about different aspects of love involving a wide variety of people. Set in London in the weeks leading to Christmas.
    Alan Rickman as Harry, Emma Thompson as Karen, Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister, Keira Knightley as Juliet, and Bill Nighy as Billy Mack.

  11. Little Women (1949 film)
    Set in Concord, Massachusetts, during the Civil War. Featuring the March sisters, with Meg played by Janet Leigh and Amy by Elizabeth Taylor.

  12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    Jim Carrey plays the big green Grinch who lives in a cave on nearby Mount Crumpit, north of Whoville. Directed by Ron Howard. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

  13. Bad Santa (2003)
    Billy Bob Thornton is a criminal who dresses up as Santa Claus in order to rob shopping malls.

  14. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    Stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Kermit the Frog is Bob Cratchit. Narrated by Charles Dickens, played by The Great Gonzo.

  15. Die Hard (1988)
    Bruce Willis is John McClane; Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. Terrorists takeover the Nakatomi tower.

  16. The Polar Express (2004)
    Director: Robert Zemeckis. On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on an adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. With Tom Hanks.

  17. A Christmas Carol (1951)
    Film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 novella. Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, George Cole as Young Ebenezer Scrooge, and Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit.

  18. A Christmas Carol (1984)
    Stars George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. Susannah York as Mrs. Cratchit. Filmed in the historic town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

  19. Die Hard II (1990)
    John McClane is waiting for his wife on Christmas Eve to land at Washington Dulles International Airport.

  20. Holiday Inn (1942)
    Irving Berlin won an Oscar for the song "White Christmas" from this movie.

  21. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    The story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who stumbles upon Christmas Town. Produced and conceived by Tim Burton.

  22. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    American Christmas musical film starring Judy Garland as Esther Smith.

  23. Jingle All the Way (1996)
    Arnold Schwartzenegger plays a busy businessman who promises his son the much sought Turbo-Man action figure for Christmas.

  24. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
    Animated TV movie based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.

  25. The Holiday (2006)
    Two women, one in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz) and one in London (Kate Winslet) swap homes over the Christmas holiday period. Also stars Jude Law and Jack Black.

  26. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1988)
    American animated Christmas film with voices of John Goodman as Santa Claus, Eric Idle as Slyly the Arctic fox, and Whoopi Goldberg as Stormella.

  27. The Snowman (1982)
    British animated film based on Raymond Briggs' 1978 picture book. Wordless except for the song "Walking in the Air", performed by Peter Auty.

  28. Arthur Christmas (2011)
    Set on Christmas Eve, the computer-animated film centres on Arthur Claus, the clumsy son of Santa Claus. Voices of Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.

  29. Four Christmases (2008)
    Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play a couple who have to do a Christmas tour of all four of their divorced parents’ homes.

  30. Gremlins (1984)
    Inventor Randall Peltzer buys a small, furry creature called a mogwai as a pet for his son's Christmas present.