Christmas/Thanksgiving Movies/Shows Must Watch

by eman2136 | created - 25 Dec 2012 | updated - 25 Dec 2012 | Public

TV shows and movies that I watch every year during Thanksgiving/Christmas time

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1. 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: 24,711

Charlie Brown can't stand the commercialism of Christmas. From his dog Snoopy to even his kid-sister Sally.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Unrated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.4
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 36,203

If anyone has a worse attitude about Christmas other than Scrooge, it's the Grinch. The Who-people of Whoville, all they do is "feast on the 'roastbeast' " And "all the noise, noise, noise". Maybe the Grinch can make sense of it all when he completes evil plan.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 19,892

Yes, a story about outsiders. An elf who wants to be a dentist, a reindeer who just wants to fit in, and a prospector searching for silver!! or is it gold? The must face finding a new place to live or hoping to be accepted among their peers, with a Abominable Snowman in their way.

4. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

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

7.4
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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 11,227

A talking snowman? Magic really does exist! Karen and her schoolmates happen to find a magic hat and bring a snowman to life.

5. 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: 112,758 | Gross: $19.29M

Of course it's pretty hard to miss this movie, unless you don't have cable or satellite. A young boy's tale in Midwestern Indiana leading upto Christmas and his expectation of the ultimate gift.

6. 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: 118,434 | Gross: $71.32M

It's not Christmas without chaos. Thousands of lights, a 8 foot cramped Christmas tree, the family and of course Cousin Eddie.

7. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 119,669 | Gross: $60.06M

Not for the faint-hearted, or yong children. He's vile, rude, vulgar and down right a criminal. Knocking over malls during Christmas time, that's just what Willie does. Featuring John Ritter's last movie role, a vulgar holiday classic.

8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy

7.6
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72 Metascore

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean

Votes: 100,650 | Gross: $49.53M

"Those aren't pillows!!" Without a doubt, even though there's no turkey, probably one of the best Thanksgiving movies.

9. 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: 357,767 | Gross: $285.76M

10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 231,243 | Gross: $173.59M

11. 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: 73,892 | Gross: $144.83M

12. 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: 39,162 | Gross: $139.24M

13. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

4.7
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32 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 24,997 | Gross: $84.50M

14. 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: 312,469 | Gross: $7.27M

The "must watch" Christmas movie. I try to never miss this movie, watch it every year.

15. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 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: 33,343 | Gross: $2.65M

A definite classic, need I say more?

16. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

6.4
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 24,915 | Gross: $17.19M

Modern remake of a classic. With some bumps in the road this movie is still worth watching.

17. 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: 69,254 | Gross: $60.33M

A modern update of "A Christmas Carol". Only the plot remains similar, all other names are changed and Scrooge has a brother?

18. Dutch (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 10,174 | Gross: $4.60M

Very similar to "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" because that was also written by John Hughes. This one also is a "road trip" type movie. Where a son (Ethan Embry) and his mom's (JoBeth Williams) boyfriend (Ed O'Neil) has to pickup her son to bring home for the holidays.

19. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 6,472

Hey Chuck, that's actually Charlie Brown to the rest of us. Peppermint Patty and some friends would like some Thanksgiving dinner and we're all invited. But wait, where's the food?

20. The Ref (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

Votes: 20,796 | Gross: $11.44M

Nothing's better than being held hostage during the holidays. Guess it looks bad when the hostages aren't as well-adjusted as their captor. All at home on Christmas Eve. Mainly suitable for adults.

21. Trapped in Paradise (1994)

PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Richard B. Shull

Votes: 10,723 | Gross: $5.78M

So there's a million bucks filled in a small town bank on Christmas Eve with a disconnected security camera and sleeping security guard, perfect scenario for a robbery, right? If only they could get out of town, maybe it's a sign?

22. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 33,366 | Gross: $23.36M

So knocking off a casino on Christmas Eve does sound festive? A bit of blackmail when an ex-con is forced to work with criminals to pull off a heist. Not for the younger audience.