It happened at Xmas...

by Gonzalo_Garcia | created - 16 Sep 2012 | updated - 24 Jan 2016 | Public

List of movies whose events take place mostly during the Thanksgiving->Christmas->New Year period.

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1. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.0
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 45,880

2. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 163,130 | Gross: $148.17M

3. 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: 320,474 | Gross: $7.27M

4. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 665,245 | Gross: $83.01M

5. The Family Stone (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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56 Metascore

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton

Votes: 53,579 | Gross: $60.06M

6. 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: 77,948 | Gross: $60.57M

7. 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: 71,602 | Gross: $60.33M

8. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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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.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 7,577

9. The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas (2007)

PG | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.8
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Meeper and the Chubbchubbs go to the North Pole; when Santa Claus is injured and can't deliver his presents, he is replaced by Meeper.

Director: Cody Cameron | Stars: Cody Cameron, Mandy Freund, Zachary Gordon, Brad Simonsen

Votes: 350

10. Merry Madagascar (2009 TV Short)

28 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.8
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When Santa and his reindeer crash onto Madagascar it's up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melvin, and the penguins to save Christmas.

Director: David Soren | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 4,204

11. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011 TV Short)

TV-PG | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.5
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Sid, Eddie and Crash get in trouble with Santa and have to get their names off of the naughty list.

Director: Karen Disher | Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah

Votes: 8,524

12. 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: 10,664

13. What's Cooking? (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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57 Metascore

In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Victor Rivers

Votes: 2,347 | Gross: $1.04M

14. 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: 367,409 | Gross: $285.76M

15. Plácido (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez, Elvira Quintillá, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 1,992

16. Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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56 Metascore

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Charles Durning

Votes: 10,094 | Gross: $17.52M

17. El día de la bestia (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 14,350 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 358,253 | Gross: $59.70M

19. Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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19 Metascore

A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 19,461 | Gross: $11.66M

20. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 41,830 | Gross: $46.46M

21. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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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.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 39,350 | Gross: $27.28M

22. Stuck in Love (2012)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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49 Metascore

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff

Votes: 74,525 | Gross: $0.08M

23. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

7.8
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70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 24,210 | Gross: $1.05M

24. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 121,762 | Gross: $60.06M

25. New Year's Eve (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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22 Metascore

The lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 72,695 | Gross: $54.54M

26. 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: 84,518 | Gross: $137.86M

27. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 9,850

28. Deadfall (2012)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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52 Metascore

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 35,015 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 178,516 | Gross: $47.00M

30. Halloween (2007)

R | 109 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif

Votes: 95,284 | Gross: $58.27M

31. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.6
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40 Metascore

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

Votes: 57,942 | Gross: $25.53M

32. Halloween 5 (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

5.2
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31 Metascore

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr

Votes: 26,337 | Gross: $11.64M

33. Scrooge (1935)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Mary Glynne

Votes: 1,444

34. 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 BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

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

Votes: 115,536 | Gross: $19.29M

35. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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82 Metascore

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: 250,489 | Gross: $75.08M

36. 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: 76,909 | Gross: $144.83M

37. Four Christmases (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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41 Metascore

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

Votes: 54,282 | Gross: $120.15M

38. Merry Ex-Mas (2014)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

4.6
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During a blizzard at christmas, a man becomes snowbound with ex-wife, her wealthy suitor, his former mother in law, and his daughter.

Director: Brian Skiba | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Dean Cain, Lochlyn Munro, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Votes: 292

39. Turbulence (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

4.8
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After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 9,587 | Gross: $11.47M

40. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 294,750 | Gross: $117.54M

41. Getaway (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.4
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22 Metascore

To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman

Votes: 21,110 | Gross: $10.49M