Best 12 Christmas Films

The best films about Christmas worth watching Christmas after Christmas.
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1.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
“ Scrooge's story is the best modern Christmas story and the 1951 British film is the best. Alastair Sim will always be the best Scrooge. We believe he is a mean old miser each and every time and then we believe he really changes each and every time. We tear up at his vulnerability when he goes to his nephew's party and needs the encouragement of a maid to find his courage. I doubt any other film comes close to being the number one Christmas film, well except maybe number two. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
2.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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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. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ This is the reverse Scrooge, a story of a good man who needs as much redemption at Christmas as anyone and gets it. Is that a bell ringing? How many of us have imagined what Clarence gave George Bailey, whether our lives have really made a difference or not. Maybe the real saints are hidden away and little deeds have great consequences? ” - SweetHotAngel
 
3.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Christmas is for kids and this great tale takes us back to the wonder and terror of being a kid at Christmas. Don't shoot your eye out now. Do I really have to wear that bunny suit? Double Dog Dare. Are Chinese restaurants really open on Christmas Day? ” - SweetHotAngel
 
4.
White Christmas (1954)
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A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Even if this hodge podge of a story didn't have wonderful songs and Danny Kaye and Rosemarie Clooney and lots of sentimental good feelings, it would still have to be on the list just for Bing Crosby singing White Christmas in a Santa Suit with snow falling. The movie named after the biggest selling Christmas song of all time has to be on the list! ” - SweetHotAngel
 
5.
Meet John Doe (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ This is the sleeper. It's another Frank Capra film, but it's more dark than It's A Wonderful Life. There's no great redemption here except one man finding he's not totally alone. Maybe the bad guys do win and subvert the things we try to do for good for greed and profit. But we don't have to die for it, someone else already has. Plus on a lighter note we have Walter Brenan explaining about the Helots (pronounced Heel Lots.) ” - SweetHotAngel
 
6.
The Polar Express (2004)
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A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ This film is sublime in its beauty. It's picture of the North Pole is glorious and haunting at the same time. Tom Hanks did so many roles in this film we can think of it as his gift to us. It's too bad they don't show this in the theaters every year, it's gorgeous enough to deserve that. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
7.
Gremlins (1984)
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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ This crazy and weird horror film, if you don't recall, is set at Christmas time. I'm convinced it's really a satirical commentary on the frenzy of consumerism. It's much better than Jingle All the Way or other films like that in showing us how consuming too much is a kind of illness devoutly to be avoided. Plus it has Gremlins in santa caps. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
8.
The Santa Clause (1994)
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When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
“ I think this film has edged out Miracle on 34th Street as the best Santa film ever. In listing this one I also intend to include the sequels with it. Together they give us a friend at the North Pole who is like us. Plus it has that cute guy from Numbers as the head elf. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
9.
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
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When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced... (91 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
“ This film is pretty obscure now. But it is where that other great secular Christmas Carol, Silver Bells, came from. Bob Hope is a pretend charity Santa trying to get some extra money and ends up developing a heart. Bad Santa is like a modern, darker version. But I like the hokey version better and did I say it has Silver Bells in it? Well it does! ” - SweetHotAngel
 
10.
Home Alone (1990)
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An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Again, like The Santa Clause I want to include the sequel. These films are really about family and hearth and home and how important they are. Also in the story of a little boy alone at Christmas making his way like an adult we find something that speaks to us adults who still have a little child inside us no matter how much we make our way through the holidays like an adult. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
11.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ It's like Die Hard but at Christmas time. Wait, both the first two were at Christmas time. What better gift to give your estranged wife than to save her from terrorists? The Christmas spirit here is never give up and make jokes as you refuse to give up. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
12.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Maybe this film is no longer the greatest Santa film of all time, but it's still the greatest story of the entire Christmas season and of why we do believe in Santa. I don't need to have the Yes, Virginia letter reprinted every year. This film does it so much better. My list started with a mean miser who gets redeemed then went to a struggling hidden saint who gets redeemed. It ends with a cynical modern woman who also gets redeemed by the hope of Christmas. ” - SweetHotAngel