My Favorite 'Holiday Movies'

these are my favorite Holiday Movies of all time...
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1.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ oh my; how many things occur in this movie that are 'so true' around the Holidays? almost everything... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
2.
Bad Santa (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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 movie is becoming 'a Christmas-Time tradition'
for almost everyone.
*a 'must-see' uncut... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
3.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ again, John Hughes comes thru with another pre-teen classic.
*a Christmastime favorite for all... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
4.
Four Christmases (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. (88 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ this Holiday pleaser is extremely funny throughout... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
5.
The Family Man (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ this movie has alot more meaning to me now;
a life of what-if's and 'could-be's... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
6.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ not your average 'Holiday classic';
but none-the-less a great movie... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
7.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ an uptight professional verses an unemployed sponge... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
8.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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
“ I've only seen this movie once in it's entirety;
40yrs ago with my grandmother... enough said. ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
9.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ you have got to love the 'Grinch'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
10.
Santa Claws (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  
A B-horror movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan bent on claiming her for himself. (83 mins.)
Director: John Russo
“ not 'exactly' a Holiday classic, but still worth the view... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
11.
The Santa Clause (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
“ talk about gaining weight while you sleep! jeesh... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
12.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ a rare 'classic' sequel... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
13.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus. (48 mins.)
“ another 'timeless classic' from my childhood... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
14.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
“ sometimes. the older the movie, the better the movie... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
15.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ an 'adult' provocative Holiday story... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
16.
3 Godfathers (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child. (106 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ a western themed 'Christmas Story'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
17.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. (81 mins.)
“ yes. even this 'cult classic' B-Hit deserves to be on this list... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
18.
A Christmas Tale (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas. (150 mins.)
“ the epitome of a 'Holiday Family Gathering' is on full display... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
19.
The Ref (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve. (96 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ "Santa can't drink no more milk.
Santa has a lactose intolerance,
and it gives him horrible gas pains.
Do you want to see Santa farting down everybody's chimney?"
*isn't this exactly what every kid wants to hear from Santa? ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
20.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
“ the 'island of misfit toys' is a symbol for everything
that is wrong with the world.
*just because something doesn't work right,
doesn't mean it can't be perfect... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
21.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ an adorable Mogwai transforms into a hideous creature after consuming food past midnight,
and jumping into a swimming pool.
*how many 'marriages' is this movie based on... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
22.
Fred Claus (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ to be the brother of Santa?,
I'd love to deliver gifts (or a sack of coal),
to a selected few.
*hmmm. I can do that!!! ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
23.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ once again, 'the dog' steals the show... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
24.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ actually. this same title could be used to describe the 'moment' your 'in-laws' enter your house to share the holiday... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
25.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
“ the definitive version... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
26.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ "Put a little love in your heart"
*a comedy set to the 'Holiday Classic'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
27.
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ a Christmas Holiday Horror... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
28.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ Classic... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
29.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ a re-boot of 'the Classic'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
30.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ a very 'romantic' comedy Holiday classic... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
31.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ although this movie is set during Christmas time,
the action/banter really 'steals the show'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
32.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ again. Christmas is the scene during a delightful comedy... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
33.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ very, very well done... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
34.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ who hasn't 'done a kindness' for a friend in need,
during the Holiday season??? ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
35.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ this movie is really worth a view...
*sure to liven-up your Holiday viewing... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
36.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. (84 mins.)
“ this 'Classic' may not be kid friendly
*just saying... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
37.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. (91 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
“ who wouldn't want to go back to their childhood home,
spend the Holiday with complete strangers,
and make changes for the best?
*trust me, it's a cute movie... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
38.
Reindeer Games (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist. (104 mins.)
“ an ex con, a beautiful woman,
and a surprising twist makes for a very
entertaining Holiday movie... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
39.
Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Davey Stone, an alcoholic with a criminal record, is sentenced to community service under the supervision of an elderly referee. Davey is then faced with trying to reform and abandon his bad habits. (76 mins.)
Director: Seth Kearsley
“ an interesting story,
by Adam Sandler (of course)... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
40.
The Hebrew Hammer (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son. (85 mins.)
“ sometimes. even the 'non-ordinary',
is quite entertaining... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
41.
Scrooge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Classic... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
42.
Scrooge (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk... (78 mins.)
Director: Henry Edwards
“ Classic... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
43.
The Holiday (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. (138 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ gives a new meaning to
'swapping' lives... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
44.
Prancer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ very, very cute.
*highly recommend for young-ones... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
45.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
“ I love this movie... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
46.
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ a romantic ' magical' comedy set during
the holidays in New York City... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
47.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ a typical 'Will Ferrell' vehicle.
w/a Holiday plot... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
48.
The Snowman (1982 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. (26 mins.)
“ an 'animated short story' that is without words, but not without the true meaning of the Holidays... *Classic ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
49.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)
“ the story begins with 'Lady' arriving on Christmas Day,
and continues until the following Christmas... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
50.
A Christmas Story (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ this is everyone's 'all time favorite'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
 
51.
Frosty the Snowman (1969 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. (25 mins.)