The Best Christmas Films and Specials

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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.)
 
2.
Scrooge (1935)
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Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk... (78 mins.)
Director: Henry Edwards
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Elf (2003)
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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
 
8.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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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
 
9.
The Christmas Star (1986)
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A counterfeiter finds the true meaning of the holidays. (94 mins.)
Director: Alan Shapiro
 
10.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 Short Film)
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. (26 mins.)
Director: Burny Mattinson
 
11.
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
 
12.
Scrooged (1988)
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A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
13.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
 
14.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
 
15.
Frosty the Snowman (1969 Short Film)
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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. (25 mins.)
 
16.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
“ If you want to give your kids nightmares for Christmas. ” - jwoehr
 
19.
Bad Santa (2003)
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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ For adults, not kids!!! ” - jwoehr
 
20.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
21.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
24.
The Nativity Story (2006)
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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.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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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
 
27.
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
 
28.
Shrek the Halls (2007 Short Film)
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This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions. (21 mins.)
Director: Gary Trousdale
 
29.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 Short Film)
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Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma. (30 mins.)
 
30.
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
31.
Prancer (1989)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
 
32.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor. (95 mins.)
Director: John Cherry
 
33.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
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Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland. (77 mins.)
 
34.
The Ref (1994)
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve. (96 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
35.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 Short Film)
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When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind. (25 mins.)
 
36.
Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991 Short Film)
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When Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa and forgets to add what Pooh wanted for Christmas, Pooh tries to get the letter back, and subsequently redeliver the letter to the North Pole. (26 mins.)
Director: Jamie Mitchell
 
37.
A Flintstone Christmas (1977 TV Movie)
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When Santa has an accident at Fred's house on Christmas Eve, Fred and Barney have to continue his run for him. (60 mins.)
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
Yogi's First Christmas (1980 TV Movie)
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Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday. (98 mins.)
Director: Ray Patterson
 
40.
The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982 TV Movie)
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At Christmas, the Smurfs and Gargamel cross paths with two children and a stranger out to kidnap them. Can the magic of Christmas prevail? (24 mins.)
Director: Gerard Baldwin
 
41.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)
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A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus. (48 mins.)
 
42.
A Chipmunk Christmas (1981 TV Movie)
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Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile... (30 mins.)
Director: Phil Monroe
 
43.
The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)
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When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position... (50 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
 
44.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
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When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind. (51 mins.)
 
45.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ If you always wanted a noisy version with Jim Carrey voicing Scrooge, as well as most of the spirits. ” - jwoehr
 
46.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999 Video)
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A Christmas themed, three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas"... (66 mins.)
 
47.
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004 Video)
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Sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (68 mins.)
 
48.
One Magic Christmas (1985)
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An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about. (89 mins.)
Director: Phillip Borsos
 
49.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
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Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. (97 mins.)
 
50.
Fred Claus (2007)
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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. (116 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ It has it's moments. ” - jwoehr
 
51.
The Night They Saved Christmas (1984 TV Movie)
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An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village... (92 mins.)
Director: Jackie Cooper
 
52.
Prep & Landing (2009 Short Film)
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Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit. (22 mins.)
 
53.
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011 Short Film)
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Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology. (22 mins.)
 
54.
Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer: Operation: Secret Santa (2010 Short Film)
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Wayne and Lanny now partners, are called by Magee to meet with a secret contact Mrs. Claus who sends them on a new mission to retrieve a box from Santas secret workshop. (7 mins.)
 
55.
Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010 Short Film)
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Po is to host the annual winter holiday feast and he struggles to meet his friends' expectations. (21 mins.)
Director: Tim Johnson
 
56.
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005 Short Film)
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The penguins of the Central Park Zoo have an adventure in the city on Christmas Eve. (11 mins.)
Director: Gary Trousdale
 
57.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be. (45 mins.)
 
58.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
 
59.
Home Improvement (1991 TV Series)
Episode: Yule Better Watch Out (1991)
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On "Tool Time": Tim gives a Yuletime tip - never plug in a frayed wire - and grunts "Jingle Bells". He also demonstrates his great invention... (22 mins.)
Director: Andy Morris
 
60.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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When Homer receives no holiday bonus, he hopes to make extra money by becoming a Mall Santa, in an attempt to bring the family a happy holiday. (22 mins.)
 
61.
Eureka (2006 TV Series)
Episode: O Little Town... (2010)
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Sheriff Carter relates a Christmas story in which the defensive field malfunctions trapping everyone in town for the holiday. So Fargo throws a big party, unaware that the town is shrinking. All from a quest for the perfect fruitcake. (60 mins.)
 
62.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
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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.)
 
63.
A Flintstone Christmas (1977 TV Movie)
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When Santa has an accident at Fred's house on Christmas Eve, Fred and Barney have to continue his run for him. (60 mins.)