Burney's favorite Christmas films (or films with key Christmas scenes)

by burneyfan88 | created - 21 Dec 2012 | updated - 21 Dec 2012 | Public

Some of these films are obviously Christmas movies. Others have only one key act or scene set during the season, but those scenes are memorable to me. Many of these "one-scene" films are also tied thematically to key concepts in the Christmas season -- the power of birth and children, flight and shelter of the innocent (including the Herod portion of the story), and the value of peace and fellowship. That's why I rank films like Night of the Hunter, Frozen River, and 3 Godfathers here, not just because the films have scenes that occur during the season.

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1. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 22,096

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: 5,692

3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,464 | Gross: $7.57M

4. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 3,331

5. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.1
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100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 46,936 | Gross: $4.97M

6. 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: 312,142 | Gross: $7.27M

7. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 70,080

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 246,830 | Gross: $75.08M

9. Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.4
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Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Mel Blanc, The Hollywood Choir Boys

Votes: 1,074

10. Meet John Doe (1941)

Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 10,017

11. They Live by Night (1948)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

7.6
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 5,216

12. Tillsammans (2000)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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84 Metascore

It is the 70s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members sister, Elisabeth needs a new place to stay with her children after having had ... See full summary »

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist, Emma Samuelsson, Sam Kessel

Votes: 18,575 | Gross: $1.07M

13. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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82 Metascore

Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 22,656 | Gross: $2.51M

14. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 11,933 | Gross: $2.31M

15. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 654,626 | Gross: $83.01M

16. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 24,676

17. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis

Votes: 5,495

18. 3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 6,730

19. 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: 112,632 | Gross: $19.29M

20. The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth, Paula Prentiss

Votes: 2,712

21. Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.2
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Partly based on a true story, a little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Jim Backus, Susan Silo, Courtney Lemmon, Billy Green

Votes: 134

22. 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: 696