MOVIES THAT ARE/SHOULD BE A MUST AT CHRISTMASTIME!

There are certain films (traditional and otherwise) that are and should be a must to watch at Christmastime. This list contains my personal selections for the Yuletide and are not in any particular order.
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1.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ Of all the Christmas must-sees, this one should be at the top of any list! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
2.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
“ The greatest, most famous and certainly most loved of all the Scrooge movies! No Christmas would be complete without it! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
3.
A Christmas Carol (1971 Short Film)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve. (28 mins.)
“ This is another ABSOLUTE MUST for Christmas time! Alistair Sim and Michael Hordern reprise their classic roles from the 1951 film and they haven't lost a step! This is a triumph for animating genius Chuck Jones and director Richard Williams. Dickens himself would love this animated version! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
4.
A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. (100 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ Next to the Alistair Sims version, this is the absolute best (and is my personal favorite of all the Christmas Carols)! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
5.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ A true Christmas classic! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
6.
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
“ While my opinion is that not many classics should be re-made or updated, this one stands on its own and hits the Christmas spot! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
7.
Ebbie (1995 TV Movie)
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In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her. (96 mins.)
“ The first and best of all the female Scrooges! And it stays true to its source! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
8.
A Different Kind of Christmas (1996 TV Movie)
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When you're the city attorney you don't need the kinds of problems that her father was giving her. After her mother died... (90 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
“ One of the better feel-good Christmas movies. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
9.
The Christmas Card (2006 TV Movie)
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US soldier visits the town from where an inspirational Christmas card was sent to him by a church group that mails cards out to servicemen as a goodwill effort. (84 mins.)
“ Although this film starts out with Gulf War situations, once the action relocates stateside there are lots of things to make you smile (although you can't help wondering why only the two romantic leads never really realize that Edward Asner's character is deliberately pushing them together). Another modern Christmas gem. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
10.
A Christmas Visitor (2002 TV Movie)
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A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The... (100 mins.)
“ A smallish cast and a well-written screenplay with a touching story make this one of the better modern Christmas TV movies, especially when you're dealing with the aftermath of modern war. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
11.
Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979 TV Movie)
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Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have... (100 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ A wonderful successor to the original LILIES OF THE FIELD (even though Billy Dee Williams plays the role of "Homer Smith" a little too hip for my taste) ... even directed by the original film's director! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
12.
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004 TV Movie)
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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... (96 mins.)
Director: Harvey Frost
“ There've been a number of Santa-offspring films made, but this one gets it more right than wrong. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
13.
Christmas Angel (2009)
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Ashley has been on her own all her life. She feels even more alone this Christmas as she searches fruitlessly for a job... (87 mins.)
Director: Brian Brough
“ Slight spoiler: sometimes a Christmas movie doesn't have to end with everyone happy to show the real spirit of Christmas. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
14.
The Night They Saved Christmas (1984 TV Movie)
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An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village... (92 mins.)
Director: Jackie Cooper
 
15.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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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
“ Not personally one of my favorites, but it's become another true Christmas classic and deserves respect. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
16.
The Road to Christmas (2006 TV Movie)
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It's a few days before Christmas. As they have always done, widowed schoolteacher Tom Pullman, his thirteen... (88 mins.)
Director: Mark Jean
“ A cute film, although the way Jennifer Gray's character comes across makes you want to give her a smack upside the head for her snooty attitude toward working-class people and situations. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
17.
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
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An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr... (53 mins.)
Director: Abe Levitow
“ Another must-see for Christmas! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
18.
One Magic Christmas (1985)
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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. (89 mins.)
Director: Phillip Borsos
 
19.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
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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. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
“ I've rarely seen Cary Grant so charming! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
20.
Christmas in Connecticut (1992 TV Movie)
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Elizabeth is the star of a successful cooking show and author of several cookbooks. But when her manager... (93 mins.)
“ Another feel-good Christmas movie and one of Kris Kristofferson's better performances. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
21.
White Christmas (1954)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Crosby and Kaye ... what more to say? ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
22.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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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
“ Another true Christmas classic, but over-shown on television around the Christmas season; should be used a bit more sparingly. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
23.
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
“ The best of all the "Replacement Santa" films. ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
24.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
“ The best and most-beloved (in my opinion) of all the Rankin-Bass animated TV films, if only for Burl Ives as the snowman narrator! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
25.
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.)
“ Absolutely NO Christmas would be complete without this classic! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
26.
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
“ I heard Jim Carrey suffered for this role, but it was worth it! Almost the equal of the classic it was based on! ” - Tony-Scheinman
 
27.
Scrooge (1970)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ Another must-see for Christmas! The songs (including "December the 25th", "I Like Life", "Thank You Very Much" and most particularly "You, You, You" performed by Albert Finney) and performances are wonderful! ” - Tony-Scheinman