christmas movies

Most of us have Christmas favorites, here are some of mine, in no particular order. Merry Christmas to you, too.
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1.
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.)
“ Beautiful film about the true Christmas Story, handsomely cast and filmed with a solid Middle Eastern/Jewish flavor, and the best Three Wise Men I've ever seen. The incidental music incorporates well-known Christmas Carols throughout. A must-see movie for everyone. ” - daisybtoes
 
2.
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
“ Without a doubt, one of the most magnificent tellings of the beloved Dickens classic. Jim Carrey carries the show as Scrooge, Marley, and all three Christmas Spirits, but the real kudos go to the character of Bob Crachit as voiced by Gary Oldman. He's the definative Crachitt in my opinion. The film is a feast for the eye, the ear and the imagination, bring to sharp relief many of the points Dickens made in his story. A sublime joy with a lot of humor thrown in for effect. ” - daisybtoes
 
3.
The Snowman (1982 Short Film)
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On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Clause. (26 mins.)
“ The animated version of the famous children's story is depicted with a dreamlike beauty and wonderous good humor that has made it a great favorite of mine for many years. ” - daisybtoes
 
4.
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.)
“ Alistair Cooke is everybody's idea of what Ebeneezer Scrooge looks like. A thought-provoking on the rise of the Industrial Revolution, which made Scrooge and Marley into the corporate pirates they became, it explores Scrooge's past, present and future in greater depth than even Dickens did, and we soon come to see the cynical Scrooge as just a lonely, bitter, haunted old man who is angry with himself more than anyone. This very popular film tweaks the original story a little to add its own speculations, and many of them have since appeared in numerous other versions. ” - daisybtoes
 
5.
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
“ One of the most amazing and magical Christmas movies of all time! It is about a boy who has reached the age of doubt concerning Santa Claus, only to find he has a ticket to ride a mysterious train all the way to the North Pole. Very entertaining. ” - daisybtoes
 
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
“ I am actually listing not only the Santa Clause, but to save space I am also including the second and third movies in this wonderful trilogy. Let's face it, Tim Allen really IS Santa Claus, and you too will be convinced by the time it is all over. The second and third films are not quite as good as the first, but they all form a delightful whole that is hard to resist. And yes, the age-old question is finally answered about how does Santa get into all those houses that don't have chimneys. Brilliant! ” - daisybtoes
 
7.
A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)
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An adaptation of the famous novel by Charles Dickens. (95 mins.)
Director: David Jones
“ Patrick Stewart plays Scrooge in a thought-provoking way as a lonely cynic who learns to find joy in his life once again, especially concerning Christmas. Beautifully filmed, beautifully acted. ” - daisybtoes
 
8.
A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
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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
“ George C. Scott makes a wonderfully crusty old Scrooge in this fine British production where he is the only American actor. It borrows a lot from the Alastair Sim classic, and has a great supporting cast as well as a wonderful musical score. ” - daisybtoes
 
9.
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
“ Probably the most popular Christmas movie of all time, almost everyone knows Ralphie Parker, his brother Randy, his parents, his buddies Flick & Schwartz, and a dozen amazingly funny and familiar scenes involving an ugly lamp, a school theme, a frozen pole, a couple of bullies, and the unlikely "chinese turkey". Extremely satisfying story. ” - daisybtoes
 
10.
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
“ A man jaded by years of career climbing, he is no longer the kind man he once was, but a bitter cynic who cares for no one. Bill Murray is a perfect actor to play the Scrooge character because he is so adept at playing unpleasant, self-centered little man who turns out to be a pretty nice guy after all. It also shows the power the media might have of spreading love and goodness instead of cynicism. Nice movie. ” - daisybtoes
 
11.
Biography (1987 TV Series)
Episode: Santa Claus (1994)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
“ This delightful "biography" is all about how St.Nicholas developed over the centuries into the much-loved gift bringer known around the world. You'll learn some interesting little tidbits. ” - daisybtoes
 
12.
A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987 TV Movie)
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It's Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he's also disappointed because it's raining instead of snowing... (55 mins.)
Director: Don McBrearty
“ Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas, this is the account of an early 20th century boy and one glorious Christmas when he was surrounded by friends, family, and a holiday to remember. Lovely period film. ” - daisybtoes
 
13.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Next Doctor (2008)
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The Doctor arrives in London on Christmas Eve in 1851 where he encounters the Cybermen and a man who claims he's a Time Lord called the Doctor. (45 mins.)
“ The Doctor lands in Dickensian London in the midst of a perfect Christmas season. However, he meets a gentleman whom he thinks at first might be his future self. A fun story ” - daisybtoes
 
14.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
Episode: A Christmas Carol (2010)
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A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet... (45 mins.)
“ It was inevitable with its themes of Past, Present and Future that the Doctor would find himself in a Charles Dickens story. This, of course, has its own twists and turns, taking place on a distant planet, and the Scrooge character played by Michael Gambon. You'll almost believe that the Doctor is Santa Claus. ” - daisybtoes
 
15.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor. (95 mins.)
Director: John Cherry
“ The only Jim Varney movie I've ever enjoyed. In this one, Ernest is a Florida cab driver who unknowingly picks up Santa Claus at the airport, and the adventure begins. An underrated Christmas comedy, it is one that all ages will be sure to enjoy and treasure. ” - daisybtoes
 
16.
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
“ A Christmas Carol told with all the familiar gang of Disney characters, and starring Scrooge McDuck in his first film appearance as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Funny, touching, and clever, you'll be watching this every Christmas. ” - daisybtoes
 
17.
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 time, the Scrooge is Michael Caine. The whole Muppet gang is there, and the familiar story is adapted to fit the Muppets. One curious twist: Scrooge's counting house seems well staffed with fuzzy workers while Cratchit (Kermit the frog) is a kind of supervisor. Full of the usual sight gags and in-jokes, it is great fun. ” - daisybtoes
 
18.
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
“ Silly and surprisingly pleasant, Buddy is a human raised by elves at the North Pole, but as an adult wants to learn about his human birth-parents. For his efforts, he gets a mom and dad, a kid brother, and a job writing books for kids. The North Pole denizens look surprisingly like those in the well-loved Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer stop-action cartoon. Oh yeah...his adopted elf father is played by Bob Newhart! Very funny film. ” - daisybtoes
 
19.
The Small One (1978 Short Film)
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A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does. (26 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ A less-well known Christmas treasure, this is the story of a Jewish boy who must sell the family donkey because it is too old to be a beast of burden. He meets with one disappointment after another until a kind-faced man makes him an offer. The young man has to travel to Bethlehem with his pregnant wife, and...well you can figure it out. Very heartwarming and sweet. ” - daisybtoes