Best Christmas Movies & Specials

The movies I watch every December to put me in the Christmas spirit. One for everyday and in no particular order.
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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
“ Classic. It always makes you appreciate what you have when the commercialism of the season asks us to think more about what we want. ” - jjoyg86
 
2.
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.)
“ Hilarity ensues whenever you try to fit too many people into your own dream of what Christmas should be like. I relate to this a lot. ” - jjoyg86
 
3.
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
“ Makes me want to see the world through child-like wonder again, and let's face it, it's hilarious. ” - jjoyg86
 
4.
Love Actually (2003)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ I like the various portrayals of relationships and what brings people together. ” - jjoyg86
 
5.
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
“ This is the most unique and hysterical take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol ever. ” - jjoyg86
 
6.
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
“ A great balance of comedy and drama in this rendition of A Christmas Carol. Plus, Michael Caine rocks. ” - jjoyg86
 
7.
A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)
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Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay! Special Guest Stars: The California Raisins! (24 mins.)
Director: Will Vinton
“ This special is hosted by dinosaurs, features the California Raisins, and includes secular and religious Christmas carols. Not many people have seen this, but it came on annually on TV when I was a kid, so I am nostalgic. Beautiful art work, clever, festive, and engaging. ” - jjoyg86
 
8.
A Walt Disney Christmas (1982 Video)
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This collection of six short films is an animated Christmas card from Disney. (46 mins.)
“ This is also a wonderful TV Christmas special. It is a compilation of scenes from classic Disney movies, and cartoons specially drawn for the holidays, including the cartoon of Chip and Dale in Mickey's tree. ” - jjoyg86
 
9.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 Short Film)
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. (26 mins.)
Director: Burny Mattinson
“ A heartfelt and sweet portrayal of A Christmas Carol. ” - jjoyg86
 
10.
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
“ A kid's dream come to life... having the house to yourself. ” - jjoyg86
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
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
“ I feel like this movie represents iconic America. ” - jjoyg86
 
13.
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
“ Classic actors and classic songs. ” - jjoyg86
 
14.
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
“ A dreamworld come to life. ” - jjoyg86
 
15.
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
“ I know many people prefer the original, but I grew up watching this one. Both are good, but I like this one more. ” - jjoyg86
 
16.
The Family Man (2000)
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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 is like the opposite of It's a Wonderful Life. On Christmas, a man finds out what his life could have been like, and he sees what his life has been missing. ” - jjoyg86
 
17.
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
 
18.
Santa Claus (1985)
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
19.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)
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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
 
20.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 Short Film)
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Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma. (30 mins.)
 
21.
The Nativity Story (2006)
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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (101 mins.)
 
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.
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
 
24.
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
“ Bruce Willis saves Christmas. ” - jjoyg86
 
25.
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