Best Christmas Movies

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1. 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: 117,909 | Gross: $71.32M

2. 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: 73,409 | Gross: $144.83M

3. 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: 38,959 | Gross: $139.24M

4. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 9,395 | Gross: $23.72M

5. Christmas Mail (2010)

TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.8
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In this holiday romantic comedy, a mysterious woman who works at the post office answering Santa's mail captures the heart of a disillusioned postal carrier

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Lochlyn Munro, Rolonda Watts

Votes: 1,013

6. A Golden Christmas 3 (2012 TV Movie)

88 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.1
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Heather is a charming, free spirit and Bobby is a naval officer home from serving overseas. Thanks to a fun-filled theater production of "A Christmas Carol," these two unlucky and unlikely people end up falling in love at Christmas.

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Shantel VanSanten, Rob Mayes, Orson Bean, Nikki Deloach

Votes: 387

7. A Star for Christmas (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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The only thing that is working in Cassie's world is her small town business. Her Christmas Cupcakery is a huge success, but her love life is a mess. Cassie's whole universe is turned upside... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Briana Evigan, Corey Sevier, Karissa Vacker, Jeremy Howard

Votes: 567

8. 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: 24,637

9. 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: 11,167

10. 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: 19,801

11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 158,462 | Gross: $260.04M

12. 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: 36,097

13. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 5,708

14. Four Christmases (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.6
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41 Metascore

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

Votes: 52,909 | Gross: $120.15M

15. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 23,970 | Gross: $30.00M

16. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 40,125 | Gross: $46.46M

17. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Short)

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

7.4
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When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 1,917

18. 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: 112,523 | Gross: $19.29M

19. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 165,278 | Gross: $173.40M

20. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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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.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 37,667 | Gross: $27.28M

21. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 7,100 | Gross: $49.12M

22. 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: 356,801 | Gross: $285.76M

23. 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: 230,759 | Gross: $173.59M

24. 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: 311,857 | Gross: $7.27M

25. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 136,718 | Gross: $183.37M

26. 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: 69,003 | Gross: $60.33M

27. Fred Claus (2007)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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42 Metascore

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 34,270 | Gross: $72.01M

28. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 160,065 | Gross: $148.17M

29. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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A 6-year-old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva, Kenneth Welsh, Debra Monk

Votes: 1,793

30. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007 TV Movie)

86 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.4
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A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms, Markie Post

Votes: 4,855