The top 40 Christmas movies I've watched

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1. 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: 312,017 | Gross: $7.27M

2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.6
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49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 118,036 | Gross: $71.32M

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: 24,011 | Gross: $30.00M

4. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.3
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A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 26,984 | Gross: $34.55M

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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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.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 33,261 | Gross: $2.65M

6. The Family Man (2000)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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42 Metascore

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.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 91,342 | Gross: $75.79M

7. 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: 5,681

8. 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: 357,054 | Gross: $285.76M

9. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 350,147 | Gross: $59.70M

10. 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: 73,525 | Gross: $144.83M

11. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 16,326

12. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 200,567 | Gross: $63.22M

13. One Magic Christmas (1985)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy

6.7
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An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill

Votes: 2,403 | Gross: $13.68M

14. The Perfect Holiday (2007)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.4
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32 Metascore

A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.

Director: Lance Rivera | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Faizon Love

Votes: 2,609 | Gross: $5.81M

15. Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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No one celebrates the holidays like Emily Merkle - or Mrs. Miracle as she is known by some - who is back to ensure that this Christmas is the most magical and meaningful of all. When Mrs. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Doris Roberts, Jewel Staite, Eric Johnson, Quinn Lord

Votes: 1,330

16. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 165,505 | Gross: $173.40M

17. The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979 TV Movie)

104 min | Drama

6.5
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The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff, John Byner, Bert Convy

Votes: 227

18. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 8,613 | Gross: $28.20M

19. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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

Votes: 136,868 | Gross: $183.37M

20. 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: 1,136

21. 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: 69,043 | Gross: $60.33M

22. Deck the Halls (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family

4.9
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28 Metascore

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis

Votes: 18,035 | Gross: $35.09M

23. Silver Bells (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 95 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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Manhattanite Catherine O'Mara (Heche) bonds with a young man who has run away from his father. When the father returns to New York a year later to sell his Christmas trees, he and Catherine cross paths.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell, Courtney Jines

Votes: 707

24. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 11,029

25. Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

4.9
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Three kids and their Dad move from L.A to Edmonton. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall they find counterfeit cash. They inadvertently help catch the crooks, and later make a discovery about Santa.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Matthew Knight, Chris Kattan, Cameron Bright, Preston Lacy

Votes: 1,698 | Gross: $0.08M

26. 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: 1,969

27. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008 TV Movie)

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

7.4
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The overwhelming tasks that go along with Christmas have taken the joy out of the holidays for busy single mom Jennifer Cullen. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, Warren Christie, Connor Christopher Levins

Votes: 2,175

28. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 39,014 | Gross: $139.24M

29. The Great Rupert (1950)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Family

6.7
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A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake, Frank Orth

Votes: 694

30. Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

5.3
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23 Metascore

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.

Director: Seth Kearsley | Stars: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler, Austin Stout

Votes: 19,180 | Gross: $23.44M

31. The Gathering (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

8.1
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Dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Edward Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Rebecca Balding, Sarah Cunningham

Votes: 506

32. We're No Angels (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

Votes: 6,645

33. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986 TV Movie)

94 min | Fantasy, Music

7.3
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A country/western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains runs into a reclusive backwoodsman--and a witch.

Director: Henry Winkler | Stars: Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 820

34. A Nanny for Christmas (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

5.4
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Ally is a smart young career woman who needs a new job. Samantha is a busy Beverly Hills advertising executive/mom whose too-well-mannered kids need some fun in their lives. And Danny ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Richard Ruccolo, Cynthia Gibb

Votes: 1,307

35. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

5.2
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22 Metascore

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 31,909 | Gross: $73.78M

36. 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: 82,296 | Gross: $137.86M

37. 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: 1,570

38. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.5
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On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 3,011

39. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 158,643 | Gross: $260.04M

40. Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Family, Drama

7.0
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Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Kim Delaney, Zachary Ansley

Votes: 300