Older Films Mistakenly called Christmas Films

These are films that are called Christmas movies when technically they are not because they either feature Christmas in a small portion of the film, or in a brief scene or not in the movie at all.
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1.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
2.
Meet John Doe (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
3.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
4.
Going My Way (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy... (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
5.
Boys Town (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
6.
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film... (120 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
7.
Penny Serenade (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. (119 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
8.
Holiday (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiance's eccentric sister and long suffering brother. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
9.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
10.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year before 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. (113 mins.)
 
11.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Musical remake of 1940 "Shop Around the Corner" by Lubitch. (102 mins.)
 
12.
Little Women (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
13.
Little Women (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s... (122 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
14.
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats... (99 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
15.
The Singing Nun (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican... (97 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
16.
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiance, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
17.
Come to the Stable (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two nuns from a French convent arrive in a small New England town with a plan to build a children's hospital... (94 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
18.
Period of Adjustment (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit"... (112 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
19.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty. (136 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
20.
On the Avenue (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer. (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
21.
Neptune's Daughter (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Buzzell
 
22.
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute. (86 mins.)
 
23.
Auntie Mame (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. (143 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
24.
The Thin Man (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
25.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s. (129 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
26.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid. (95 mins.)
 
27.
Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail. (93 mins.)