Merry Christmas !

My 50 favorite Christmas movies, TV specials and episodes, in chronological order.
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1.
Big Business (1929 Short Film)
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Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner. (19 mins.)
“ Laurel and Hardy were born to make talkies, but this
silent short is just perfect. ” - CarolineTweety
 
2.
Below Zero (1930 Short Film)
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In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood... (20 mins.)
Director: James Parrott
“ The two most lovable comedians of all time as street musicians on a very snowy day. ” - CarolineTweety
 
3.
Laughing Gravy (1930 Short Film)
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Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy. (21 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
“ Those two guys were so sweet. I just want to hug them. ” - CarolineTweety
 
4.
The Night Before Christmas (1941 Short Film)
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Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up. (9 mins.)
“ So cute. ” - CarolineTweety
 
5.
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
“ Not only the greatest christmas movie, but one of the
greatest movies of all time. ” - CarolineTweety
 
6.
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
“ This would have made a great David E. Kelley episode (did he
ever do this story ?). As a movie it's a little long, but very
sweet and Natalie Wood is adorable. ” - CarolineTweety
 
7.
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.)
“ This is probably the best version of "A Christmas Carol". Alastair Sim was awesome. ” - CarolineTweety
 
8.
Corn Chips (1951 Short Film)
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Donald is shoveling the snow off his walk; Chip 'n' Dale are shoveling their branch. Donald tricks them into shoveling his walk... (7 mins.)
Director: Jack Hannah
“ Donald's Snow Fight is much more famous,
but I love this charming little movie about
Donald and Chip 'n' Dale on a snowy winter's day. ” - CarolineTweety
 
9.
Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952 Short Film)
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Pluto comes bounding outside to help Mickey get a Christmas tree. Chip 'n Dale see him and make fun of him... (7 mins.)
Director: Jack Hannah
“ Mickey's Christmas Carol is pretty good,
but there are much better adaptations
of that classic.
Pluto's Christmas Tree is cute and... short. ” - CarolineTweety
 
10.
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
“ In 1954 Michael Curtiz made White Christmas. The next year he made this underrated classic, which I love much more. ” - CarolineTweety
 
11.
The Honeymooners (1955 TV Series)
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Ralph sells his bowling ball to get a last-minute Christmas present for Alice. (30 mins.)
“ Great episode of a great sitcom. ” - CarolineTweety
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
“ My favorite TV Christmas special and my favorite Charlie Brown movie. ” - CarolineTweety
 
14.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 Short Film)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ I think Ron Howard's shoes were too tight. How can you
make a long, depressing movie out of this delightful little
story? The great Chuck Jones made this fast-paced,
cheerful, perfect movie. ” - CarolineTweety
 
15.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)
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Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm. (47 mins.)
Director: Peter Harris
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Married with Children (1987 TV Series)
Episode: You Better Watch Out (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Bundys' Christmas is rudely interrupted when a parachuting mall Santa crash-lands into their backyard, attracting the neighborhood kids. (22 mins.)
“ This is not the more famous "It's a Bundyful Life" with
Sam Kinison. I like this one much better. ” - CarolineTweety
 
21.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
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A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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.)
“ John Hughes made my favorite Thanksgiving movie
(Planes, Trains and Automobiles) and he also wrote
this perfect Xmas comedy. ” - CarolineTweety
 
25.
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.)
“ This is probably the sweetest story in Simpsons history. ” - CarolineTweety
 
26.
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
“ Another John Hughes holiday classic. ” - CarolineTweety
 
27.
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
“ This is probably my favorite version. Especially if you
know the Alastair Sim movie well, this is just wonderful. ” - CarolineTweety
 
28.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Mr. Plow (1992)
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Homer buys a truck with an attached snow plow after he destroys his car, and to pay for it, he starts a snow shoveling business... (22 mins.)
 
29.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
Episode: Christmas with the Joker (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, Joker broadcasts a pirate Christmas special on television. Batman and Robin have until... (23 mins.)
“ Mark Hamill as the Joker is almost as good as
Heath Ledger. Especially in this episode he's
a lot of fun. ” - CarolineTweety
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
Mixed Nuts (1994)
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The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays. (97 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
33.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
Episode: The Race (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A grade school acquaintance puts pressure on Jerry to finally settle an old score in the form of a race; Elaine is blacklisted from a Chinese restaurant. (22 mins.)
“ All 4 storylines are great and very funny.
Also:the writers of Bad Santa obviously saw this. ” - CarolineTweety
 
34.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Marge Be Not Proud (1995)
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Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when he is caught shoplifting before Christmas. (22 mins.)
“ Lawrence Tierney is very funny in this. Even when he's
animated he's just as intimidating as in the Seinfeld
episode and Reservoir Dogs. ” - CarolineTweety
 
35.
Beavis and Butt-Head (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Beavis and Butt-head spend Christmas watching music videos, reading letters from viewers and spoof popular Christmas movies into their own hilarious shorts, like: "Huh Huh Humbug" and "It's a Miserable Life". (15 mins.)
 
36.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
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The town is forced to remove anything that either has anything to do with Christmas or is offensive in the least bit to anyone. And Kyle tries to convince everyone of the existence of "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo." (22 mins.)
“ This is the most offensive Christmas story ever told
and probably will be for a long, long time (it's the
exact opposite of Frosty the Snowman). It's also
one of the smartest and most complex stories about
"the holidays". Still:really, really disgusting. ” - CarolineTweety
 
37.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
Episode: The Strike (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Jerry goes out with a woman who is beautiful one day and ugly the next. Kramer goes back to work at H&H Bagels. George makes up a charity. Elaine gives a fake number to a man. (22 mins.)
“ The Festivus ! ” - CarolineTweety
 
38.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human interest story, the entire town donates gifts and cash to the Simpsons for their "misfortune." Eventually, Bart admits the truth, angering his clueless family but angering the town even more (when Brockman finds out the truth). The family is made into outcasts, and Marge's attempt to win the needed funds on "Jeopardy!" (to pay everybody back) fails miserably. Eventually, the townspeople loot the Simpsons' home ... save for a dust rag. (22 mins.)
 
39.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
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Stan, Kyle and Kenny go to Nebraska to spend Christmas with Eric's family. Meanwhile, Charlie Manson escapes from prison with Eric's uncle, and the boys help teach him the true meaning of Christmas. (22 mins.)
 
40.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin are great in this. ” - CarolineTweety
 
41.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Grift of the Magi (1999)
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A toy company purchases Springfield Elementary and uses the student body as a focus group for their new Christmas toy Funzo. (22 mins.)
 
42.
Futurama (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Xmas Story (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fry learns how Christmas has changed and remained the same over the last 1000 years when a Robot Santa terrorizes New New York. (22 mins.)
 
43.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Skinner's Sense of Snow (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A snowstorm traps the kids and Principal Skinner in the school for Christmas vacation. (22 mins.)
 
44.
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
“ This is probably the only great Christmas movie of
the last 15 years and one of my favorite movies of
all time. ” - CarolineTweety
 
45.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist. (22 mins.)
“ Woodland Critter Christmas is almost as great as
Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo. ” - CarolineTweety
 
46.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Afternoon Delight (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
While Buster looks for ways to get out of serving in Iraq, Lindsay's quest to score a date at the Bluth... (22 mins.)
 
47.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
Episode: A Very Sunny Christmas (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season when he buys gifts for himself, Dennis... (22 mins.)
 
48.
Community (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Comparative Religion (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Shirley throws a Christmas party for the gang and much to her surprise learns her classmates come from various religious backgrounds. Meanwhile, Jeff is challenged by the school bully and faces the reality that he may fail Spanish 101. (22 mins.)
 
49.
Community (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
When Abed wakes up to discover that everything is in stop motion animation, Professor Duncan and the study group help him try to discover the true meaning of Christmas. (22 mins.)
 
50.
Community (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Regional Holiday Music (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A holiday-themed parody of "Glee" in which Abed tries to persuade each member of the Study Group to join the glee club so that they can qualify for regionals. (22 mins.)
 
51.
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.)
 
52.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Last Christmas (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus! (45 mins.)