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 7.1/10 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 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. (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 Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner. (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, Massachusetts 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  
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora 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 8.1/10 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  
A couple who have been married for three years are horrified to learn that their marriage is not legally 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.)