THE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

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1. 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 B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

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

Votes: 112,517 | Gross: $19.29M

2. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 5,668

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3. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 23,959 | Gross: $30.00M

4. 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: 311,847 | Gross: $7.27M

5. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 136,713 | Gross: $183.37M

6. Christmas Do-Over (2006 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.8
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Kevin tries to be involved with his son and ex-wife's family for Christmas. During dinner, he thought his Christmas *day* couldn't be more screwed; his son suddenly wishes it was Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Cyran | Stars: Jay Mohr, Daphne Zuniga, David Millbern, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 956

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7. Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.8
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Santa's in the midst of a "late-life" crisis--he's tired of the responsibilities of the job and he's ready to let his business-minded daughter, Mary, take over. Mary feels torn between the ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Jenny McCarthy, Mig Macario, Dean McDermott, Lorette Clow

Votes: 807

8. Borrowed Hearts (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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Kathleen's a hard-working single mother, who's saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. Sam's a businessman who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Shawn Thompson, Janet Bailey

Votes: 1,569

9. All I Want for Christmas (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Family, Romance

5.8
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Anxious to help his struggling, widowed mom SARA, 10 year old JESSIE enters a national video contest. But Jessie's winning entry, "All I Want for Christmas is a Husband for my Mom," has ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Frost | Stars: Gail O'Grady, Greg Germann, Robert Mailhouse, Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak

Votes: 833

10. Three Days (2001 TV Movie)

120 min | Family, Fantasy

7.2
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Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew's a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Kristin Davis, Reed Diamond, Danielle Brett, Tim Meadows

Votes: 802

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11. All She Wants for Christmas (2006 TV Movie)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.0
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A young accountant tries to save a toy factory where she works from being closed down, while also pursuing a romance with the mysterious new factory worker who comes to her small town.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Monica Keena, Tobias Mehler, Steve Bacic, Ali Liebert

Votes: 608

12. Holiday Switch (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.7
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Paula and her family are struggling with bills a week before Christmas. She falls down a laundry chute which leads her to another life in which her husband is her wealthy ex-boyfriend. ... See full summary »

Director: Bert Kish | Stars: Nicole Eggert, Patricia Mayen-Salazar, Bret Anthony, Brett Le Bourveau

Votes: 478

13. The Road to Christmas (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.3
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It's a few days before Christmas. As they have always done, widowed schoolteacher Tom Pullman, his thirteen year old daughter Hilly Pullman and their pet dog Toby are driving from their ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jean | Stars: Jennifer Grey, Megan Park, Clark Gregg, Barbara Gordon

Votes: 983

14. Holiday Wishes (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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Danni Hartford, party planner to the King family, wants to find her sister. Britney, the Kings' spoiled 15-year-old daughter, wants a horse. On a nearby horse farm, Rachel is treated like a... See full summary »

Director: David Weaver | Stars: Amber Benson, Tygh Runyan, Britt McKillip, Katie Keating

Votes: 254

15. Will You Merry Me? (2008 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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Rebecca, from an upper class Los Angeles family, and Henry, from choir-singing, tradition-bound Midwestern roots, are in love. Henry pops the question just before Christmas and the kids ... See full summary »

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Wendie Malick, Cynthia Stevenson, Vikki Krinsky, Tommy Lioutas

Votes: 504

16. Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Comedy

6.6
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A newly appointed food critic finds her life turned upside down when her uninhibited mother arrives announced at Christmas. Desperate to offload her, she enlists the help of a young chef, with surprising results.

Director: Sheldon Larry | Stars: Christine Baranski, Carly Pope, Bobby Cannavale, Monica Parker

Votes: 745

17. All About Christmas Eve (2012 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 71 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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'Tis the Season for Evelyn Wright, literally, she is a party planner in NYC. At the last minute Eve finds out that one of her agency's top clients is throwing a HUGE Christmas event, in LA,... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Haylie Duff, Chris Carmack, Connie Sellecca, Patrick Muldoon

Votes: 763

18. Merry In-Laws (2012 TV Movie)

PG | 88 min | Family, Fantasy

6.3
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A recently engaged woman plans a get-together so her parents can meet her fiancé's family. It turns out that his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Director: Leslie Hope | Stars: George Wendt, Shelley Long, Lucas Bryant, Kassia Warshawski

Votes: 306

19. A Christmas Wedding Date (2012 TV Movie)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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After Rebecca is fired, she goes back home to see her mother for the holidays where she also attend a wedding on Christmas Eve.

Director: Fred Olen Ray | Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Chris Carmack, Catherine Hicks, George Wendt

Votes: 794

20. Secret Santa (2003 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Family

6.2
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Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a... See full summary »

Director: Ian Barry | Stars: Jennie Garth, Steven Eckholdt, Charles Robinson, Joel McKinnon Miller

Votes: 542

21. Annie Claus is Coming to Town (2011 TV Movie)

83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.4
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This year, Santa's daughter (Maria Thayer) takes her first trip away from the North Pole during the Christmas season hoping to find adventure and love in sunny California. While Santa ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Maria Thayer, Sam Page, Randy J. Goodwin, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 1,118

22. A Town Without Christmas (2001 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Family

6.4
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In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race begins to find him before he harms himself.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Patricia Heaton, Rick Roberts, Ernie Hudson, Isabella Fink

Votes: 630

23. The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

3.8
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Thoroughly disgruntled, Santa (Goodman) opts to take a year off from delivering presents, until a young man helps him rediscover the meaning of the holidays.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: John Goodman, Chris Kattan, Ethan Suplee, Dylan Minnette

Votes: 799

24. Naughty or Nice (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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Holiday humbug Krissy Kringle receives a special delivery intended for Santa Claus, the Naughty or Nice book he left behind while visiting a child, and uses the power of the book to expose ... See full summary »

Director: David Mackay | Stars: Hilarie Burton, Matt Dallas, Danneel Ackles, Gabriel Tigerman

Votes: 1,477

25. Matchmaker Santa (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 75 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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As a little girl, Melanie Hogan (Lacey Chabert) wished to find her own Prince Charming, just like her parents found true love. Now an adult, Melanie is running her own bakery and dating a ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Cass Sr. | Stars: Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson, John Ratzenberger, Lin Shaye

Votes: 1,484

26. A Christmas Wedding (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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Emily and Ben met on Christmas day now plan to marry on this Christmas day almost two years later. Then Emily must attend work, and leaves the wedding plans up to Ben. Problems arise when ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Zinberg | Stars: Sarah Paulson, Eric Mabius, Richard Blackburn, Dean Cain

Votes: 511

27. 12 Wishes of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.7
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A woman must set things right, when a mysterious lady named Noel grants her 12 wishes and they magically come true for Christmas.

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris, Fred Willard, David O'Donnell

Votes: 556

28. Snow (2004 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.

Director: Alex Zamm | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Patrick Fabian, Bobb'e J. Thompson

Votes: 1,213

29. Home by Christmas (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama, Family

6.4
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After a well-to-do woman divorces her cheating husband, she ends up homeless through a series of mishaps.

Director: Gail Harvey | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Rob Stewart, Brenda Crichlow, Garwin Sanford

Votes: 549

30. Christmas Song (2012 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Family, Music

5.6
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Romance blossoms between two music teachers who compete for the same job.

Director: Timothy Bond | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Gabriel Hogan, Amanda Thomson, Brittany Adams

Votes: 505

31. Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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Nick's plan to let fate bring his wife to him must be altered because he must replace his father as Santa Claus on December 26. Ernst, the right-hand man to several generations of Santas, ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Frost | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, Dominic Scott Kay, Thomas Calabro

Votes: 1,133

32. Help for the Holidays (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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Sara Vancamp ('Eva LaRue') is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the ... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Summer Glau, Eva LaRue, John Brotherton, Dan Gauthier

Votes: 1,460

33. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.9
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A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Max Morrow, Maria del Mar

Votes: 1,966

34. The Christmas Blessing (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.4
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A young doctor encounters romance and deals with his past when he returns to his hometown during the holidays.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, Angus T. Jones, Hugh Thompson

Votes: 931

35. Eve's Christmas (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family

6.2
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A wealthy and successful career woman gets a second chance in life when a magical wish transports her back in time eight years to when she walked away from her fiance to lead a business life in New York.

Director: Timothy Bond | Stars: Elisa Donovan, Sebastian Spence, Cheryl Ladd, Winston Rekert

Votes: 763

36. Mrs. Miracle (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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Overwhelmed widower Seth Webster is searching for a housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons. "Mrs. Miracle" mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend... and matchmaker.

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Erin Karpluk, Doris Roberts, Michael Strusievici

Votes: 1,981

37. The Town Christmas Forgot (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Family

5.8
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On his way to a luxury resort for the Christmas holiday, banker Charles Benson's car breaks down, so his family gets stuck in Nowhere, Colorado, a sleepy town which seems to be dying since ... See full summary »

Director: John Bradshaw | Stars: Lauren Holly, Rick Roberts, Azer Greco, Torri Webster

Votes: 518

38. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

6.4
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 24,765 | Gross: $17.19M

39. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 21,780 | Gross: $0.26M

40. A Christmas Tale (2008)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,821 | Gross: $1.06M