Christmas (Some) Favorites

Little known or forgotten movies with some of the best Christmas plots/stories/scenes ever.
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1.
Come to the Stable (1949)
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Two nuns from a French convent arrive in a small Connecticut town with a plan to build a children's hospital... (94 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
2.
Going My Way (1944)
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Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
3.
Christmas Eve (1947)
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To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reid must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion. (90 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
“ Three adopted sons (George Raft, Randolph Scott, & George Brent)must come home before midnight on Christmas Eve in order to save their mother's (Ann Harding) home from her greedy natural (Reginal Denny) nephew. ” - S L
 
4.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
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A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners. (116 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
5.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. (112 mins.)
 
6.
The Little Princess (1939)
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A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
7.
A Christmas Carol (1938)
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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner... (69 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
 
8.
Heidi (1937)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl. (88 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
9.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
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Flavia's been told that her Aunt Susan's fianc, Steve, has been on a trip around the world, but in truth he's finished his prison term... (74 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
10.
The Great Rupert (1950)
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A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles. (87 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
11.
Holiday (1938)
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiance's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ More a New Year's Eve movie but still joyous (and what a party!). ” - S L
 
12.
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
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The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together. (84 mins.)
“ Original title 'Beyond Tomorrow' ” - S L
 
13.
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
“ Introduces the song 'Silver Bells' ” - S L
 
14.
We're No Angels (1955)
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Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises. (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
15.
Lady for a Day (1933)
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A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ (re-made as 'Pocket Full Of Miracles' [1961]) ” - S L
 
16.
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
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A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas. (92 mins.)
 
17.
This Christmas (2007)
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A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years. (117 mins.)
 
18.
Life with Mikey (1993)
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Michael Chapman was once a child TV star. But when he grew up, he couldn't get work. So he and his brother... (91 mins.)
Director: James Lapine
 
19.
Christmas Eve (1986 TV Movie)
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Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children... (93 mins.)
Director: Stuart Cooper
“ A last Christmas Eve wish by dying Grandmother Loretta Young - reuniting her son with his estranged children. ” - S L
 
20.
Last Holiday (2006)
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Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
21.
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film. (117 mins.)
“ Five of O. Henry's best are in 'Full House' (with a stewpot of Hollywood stars) including these seasonal favorites:

"The Gift of the Magi"
"The Last Leaf"
"The Cop and the Anthem" ” - S L
 
22.
The Ultimate Gift (2006)
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A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be. (114 mins.)
“ Sweet, tender movie, with favorites James Garner, Bill Cobbs and Brian Denehy. Has a sequel/prequel that I have not yet seen. ” - S L
 
23.
Star in the Night (1945 Short Film)
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It's Christmas Eve. Three cowboys have just bought out a store of items as Christmas presents, despite not having anyone to give the presents to... (22 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ with J. Carrol Naish - This modern version of the Christmas story adds elements of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." On Christmas eve somewhere in the US southwest, three cowboys are riding through the desert night with items they purchased at a general store. They see a bright light just above the horizon and decide to find out where the it is coming from. ” - S L
 
24.
Christmas Angel (2012 TV Movie)
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Christmas wishes made before a long-abandoned house that start coming true lead an elementary schoolgirl to discover a reclusive woman living inside. (88 mins.)
“ 'Make a wish, throw a rock, break a window, and your wish will come true.' Not really, but you can see what happens if you just believe. ” - S L
 
25.
The Christmas Choir (2008 TV Movie)
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Nineteen days before Christmas, accountant Peter Brockman is dumped by his fiance, Jill, because of... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Svatek
 
26.
Call Me Claus (2001 TV Movie)
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When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Werner
 
27.
Scrooge (1970)
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A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (113 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. ” - S L
 
28.
The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002 TV Movie)
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A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name. (100 mins.)
 
29.
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964 TV Movie)
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Presented without commercial interruptions, this "United Nations Special" was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation... (84 mins.)
“ Wasn't so sure about this one except that the one thing it had going for it was Rod Serling and his work is quality.

Whenever I really want hope for today's world, I inevitably wind up watching this.

Prophetic! ” - S L