22 Christmas Movie Classics

This is a list of must see movies during the Christmas season. These are not in any particular order so don't feel bad if your movie is not one of the first ones listed.
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1.
A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. (100 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ This one is my favorite adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic novel about a cold hearted man who learns the true meaning of Christmas. George C Scott makes this movie portraying the cruel and greedy Ebeneezer Scrooge, along with the clever and original direction of Clive Donner. A must see movie of the Christmas season. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
2.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ Again, a great example of what Christmas is truly about. Besides how can you go wrong with Snoopy. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
3.
A Christmas Story (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ This film is adapted from the Jean Shepherd novel "In God We Trust... All Others Pay Cash," but to me "A Christmas Story," is a much better title. This is one of my personal favorites because of it's originality, it's humorous and emotional scenes, and for Bob Clark's amazing eye to this master piece. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
4.
The Snowman (1982 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. (26 mins.)
“ I have a hard time watching this movie without crying like a little boy whose dog just died right before his very eyes, but I would still recomend it. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
5.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ Listen to the song "the 12 days of Christmas That's Such A Pain To Me!" because that is what this film is basically. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
6.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ If one is to make a list of greatest Christmas movies, one must have this Frank Cappera Classic. Although it was not a critical success of it's time, "It's A Wonderful Life" has stood the test of time and has since proved to still be a classic. Jim Stewart and Donna Reed both add to the films believablity, emotion, and the true spirit of Christmas. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
7.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Tim Burton= Awesome
Tim Burton + Danny Elfman = Super Awesome
Tim Burton + Danny Elfman + Halloween + Christmas - Thanksgiving = Christmas Classic!!! ” - gustafsoncarl
 
8.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ A Christmas movie but it can be watched any time of the year. It is that good! ” - gustafsoncarl
 
9.
The Nativity Story (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (101 mins.)
“ Cathrine Hardwick's best movie (so far) in my opinon. Although it can be dry and girly at parts, it is very realistic and it is what Christmas is truly about. Plus it is a great conversation started for Christian and non Christians alike. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
10.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Dr. Seuss + Ron Howard + Jim Carrey + Jim Horner (composer) + Rick Baker (make-up) x 106 = A really awesome Christmas movie! ” - gustafsoncarl
 
11.
The Little Drummer Boy (1968 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem. (25 mins.)
“ People of this day and age forget that Christmas is not about getting presents, it's about giving presents, and this film shows that, making it a must see on your list of Christmas movies to see. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
12.
The Santa Clause (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
“ Nothing beats the original, this was the movie that made people go "Oh so that's what Tim Allen would look like if he gained 500 pounds!" ” - gustafsoncarl
 
13.
Frosty the Snowman (1969 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. (25 mins.)
“ Hey! This was a great movie when I was a little kid! All though it is dated, it's still a great way to kep the little kids quiet. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
14.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
“ Everyone knows the story of the red nosed reindeer, but this is the best adaptation of the classic song! ” - gustafsoncarl
 
15.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Jon Favreau, you might have made "Cowboys and Aliens," which so far sounds like it's going to be very stupid (but might maybe good), if it flops I'll always have Elf and Ironman to remind myself that you can make an awesome movie. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
16.
The Polar Express (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ A story of faith, and belief, that is what Christmas is about (partly) and it is also what this movie is about. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
17.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree. (90 mins.)
“ "Truly original, and funny. Harold and Kumar are back in 3D." ” - gustafsoncarl
 
18.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
“ It's the Muppets! Need I say more? ” - gustafsoncarl
 
19.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ An intresting recreation of a Charles Dickens Classic, set in the present day. With the direction of Richard Donner and talents of Bill Murry how can you not enjoy this movie. In addition to the story itself, the make up and special effects deserved that oscar nomination. ” - gustafsoncarl
 
20.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor. (95 mins.)
Director: John Cherry
“ It's just so silly it's beautiful :) ” - gustafsoncarl
 
21.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind. (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Read my description of Home Alone 1 ” - gustafsoncarl
 
22.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Okay okay, I'll admit, it is not a "Christmas Movie," but it came out on December 25, 2009 so it counts! ” - gustafsoncarl
 
23.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing. (114 mins.)
Director: Les Mayfield
“ Bonus One: For this one is a hard one to Classify because there are some good parts and some bad parts to this movie. The movie is slow moving, it doesn't have any memorable scenes (except for Santa Claus getting arressted after punching someone in the face,) and the idea of Santa being sued because he believes he is the real Santa is as stupid as one could go as far a Christmas movies go. However the acting is descent and it does at least try to bring the true spirit of Christmas (but it's also a 90 minute Macy's commercial.) I also recommend the original 1947 film as well. ” - gustafsoncarl