Christmas Movies

Looking for something to watch around the holidays or any old time you feel like some holiday spirit?

Here are some of our favorite - and not-so-favorite - movies that include Christmas themes. Some have a lot, some have a little, but they all have some Christmas flavor.
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1.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
2.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
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The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. (81 mins.)
 
3.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
 
4.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
5.
Gremlins (1984)
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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
 
6.
Rocky IV (1985)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
 
7.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
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A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having 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
 
8.
Die Hard (1988)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
11.
Home Alone (1990)
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An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
12.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
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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
 
13.
Batman Returns (1992)
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When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
16.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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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
 
17.
The Ref (1994)
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
18.
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
 
19.
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
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Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve. (111 mins.)
Director: George Gallo
 
20.
Jumanji (1995)
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When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. (104 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
21.
The American President (1995)
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Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
22.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
 
23.
Boogie Nights (1997)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
 
24.
Jack Frost (1998)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Troy Miller
 
25.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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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
 
26.
American Psycho (2000)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
27.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
28.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
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A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him. (106 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
29.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
 
30.
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
 
31.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
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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. (99 mins.)
Director: Joe Roth
 
32.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
33.
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
 
34.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
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A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. (91 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
 
35.
Meet the Santas (2005 TV Movie)
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Because she is marrying the man who assumed the mantle of Santa Claus last December 26, Beth's postponed wedding has to be rescheduled for Xmas eve... (96 mins.)
Director: Harvey Frost
 
36.
Black Christmas (2006)
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An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. (84 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan
 
37.
Deck the Halls (2006)
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Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space. (93 mins.)
Director: John Whitesell
 
38.
Last Holiday (2006)
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Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
39.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
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Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
 
40.
American Pastime (2007)
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The dramatic impact W.W.II had in the home-front as U.S. Japanese families were uprooted from their daily lives and placed in internment camps in western States in the early 1940s. (105 mins.)
Director: Desmond Nakano
 
41.
Fred Claus (2007)
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Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. (116 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
 
42.
Sick Girl (2007)
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Seriously messed-up young gal Izzy isn't having an easy time of it: Both her parents are dead, her older brother Rusty is fighting overseas in Iraq... (83 mins.)
Director: Eben McGarr
 
43.
Four Christmases (2008)
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A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. (88 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
44.
The Box (2009)
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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
45.
The Company Men (2010)
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The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. (104 mins.)
Director: John Wells
 
46.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
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Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. (97 mins.)
 
47.
Finding Mrs. Claus (2012 TV Movie)
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When Mrs. Claus (Mira Sorvino) feels neglected by her less than attentive husband (Will Sasso), she... (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Jean
 
48.
Getaway (2013)
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To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man. (90 mins.)
 
49.
Run All Night (2015)
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Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son. (114 mins.)
 
50.
Sisters (2015)
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Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. (118 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
 
51.
Krampus (2015)
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A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home. (98 mins.)
 
52.
Love the Coopers (2015)
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When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a... (107 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
 
53.
Survivor (2015)
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A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit. (96 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
54.
The Night Before (2015)
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On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine