Favorite Christmas Films

by thisismeheather | created - 16 Feb 2012 | updated - 16 Feb 2012 | Public

A list of my favorite Christmas films.

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1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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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.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 33,313 | Gross: $2.65M

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 246,937 | Gross: $75.08M

3. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 357,567 | Gross: $285.76M

4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 231,124 | Gross: $173.59M

5. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 137,207 | Gross: $183.37M

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 158,997 | Gross: $260.04M

7. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 112,709 | Gross: $19.29M

8. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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57 Metascore

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 73,777 | Gross: $144.83M

9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 312,307 | Gross: $7.27M

10. Fred Claus (2007)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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42 Metascore

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.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 34,345 | Gross: $72.01M

11. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 165,899 | Gross: $173.40M

12. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.6
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49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 118,307 | Gross: $71.32M

13. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 69,203 | Gross: $60.33M

14. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.3
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A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 27,038 | Gross: $34.55M

15. A Dog Named Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond, Noel Fisher, Ken Pogue

Votes: 820

16. Snowglobe (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magical snowglobe.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Christina Milian, Erin Karpluk, Hilda Doherty, Jason Schombing

Votes: 1,734

17. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.8
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 82,434 | Gross: $137.86M

18. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole

Votes: 7,435 | Gross: $12.21M

19. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

5.5
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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.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 75,753 | Gross: $60.57M

20. Prancer (1989)

G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 3,574 | Gross: $18.59M

21. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 24,695

22. Shrek the Halls (2007 TV Short)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.5
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This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 10,492

23. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Unrated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 36,175

24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 19,880

25. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Santa Who? (2000)

92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.2
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Santa suffers a case of amnesia on the eve of his busiest season.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Steven Eckholdt, Robyn Lively, Max Morrow

Votes: 1,443