Christmas Comedy of Modern Era

by mainemoviefanaticDaisy | created - 04 Sep 2011 | updated - 06 Dec 2011 | Public

Comedic Christmas Movies of the Modern Era. Be sure to check out my other Christmas lists.

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1. Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Three children and their father move from Los Angeles, California to Edmonton, Alberta. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall, they find counterfeit cash, inadvertently help catch crooks, and make a discovery about Santa.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Matthew Knight, Chris Kattan, Cameron Bright, Preston Lacy

Votes: 1,767 | Gross: $0.08M

Part of a Holiday 4 Film Collector's Set with 3 dramas. If you like this family adventure, check out Unaccompanied Minors.

2. Mr. St. Nick (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Fantasy

King Nicholas XX is ready to retire and pass the throne to his son, Nick St Nicholas. But Nick is a no-show, preferring his lavish seaside lifestyle and his sexy girlfriend. Only a miracle can save Christmas.

Director: Craig Zisk | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Elaine Hendrix, Brian Bedford, Ana Ortiz

Votes: 635

I really like this one.

3. Once Upon a Christmas (2000 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Santa is discouraged by a lack of Christmas spirit and wants to quit, but his daughter, Kristin, begs for one more chance to prove to him that there is hope for the world.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly-Haskell, Liz Torres

Votes: 706

4. Twice Upon a Christmas (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When the North Pole faces destruction at the hands of Santa Claus' malicious daughter, her long-lost sister must travel home and save Christmas.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly-Haskell, Wayne Thomas Yorke

Votes: 534

5. Call Me Claus (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Family

When Lucy Cullins, a successful but cranky producer at a home shopping network, hires an actor named Nick to play Santa Claus on the network she gets more than she bargained for. Nick ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victor Garber

Votes: 1,985

6. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.

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

Votes: 9,779 | Gross: $23.72M

7. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 77,417 | Gross: $144.83M

8. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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: 41,066 | Gross: $139.24M

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 115,909 | Gross: $19.29M

10. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Dyllan Christopher, Tyler James Williams, Gia Mantegna, Quinn Shephard

Votes: 9,216 | Gross: $16.65M

If you like this family adventure, check out Christmas in Wonderland.

11. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

56 Metascore

A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Montgomery | Stars: Timothy Vahle, Sam Vlahos, Mariana Tosca, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 602

Romantic Comedy based on mistaken identity.

12. Christmas Do-Over (2006 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Kevin tries to be involved with his son and ex-wife's family for Christmas. During dinner, he thought his Christmas *day* couldn't be more screwed; his son suddenly wishes it was Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Cyran | Stars: Jay Mohr, Daphne Zuniga, David Millbern, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 982

Christmas meets Groundhog Day.

13. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 3,710 | Gross: $14.81M

Family Adventure - children trying to get their parents back together.

14. Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nick's plan to let fate bring his wife to him must be altered, because he must replace his father as Santa Claus on December 26. Ernst, the right-hand man to several generations of Santas, ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Frost | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Crystal Bernard, Dominic Scott Kay, Thomas Calabro

Votes: 1,170

Double Feature with A Boyfriend for Christmas

15. A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

On Christmas Day, Santa brings two lonely people together. But can love overcome deception?

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning, Bruce Thomas

Votes: 2,526

Double Feature with Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus

16. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007 TV Movie)

86 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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: 5,004

Triple Feature with Snow/Snow 2

17. Snowglobe (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magical snowglobe.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Christina Milian, Erin Karpluk, Hilda Doherty, Jason Schombing

Votes: 1,787

Triple Feature with Santa Baby 2/Christmas in Boston

18. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 206,337 | Gross: $63.22M

Romantic Comedy at the holiday.

19. Unlikely Angel (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Dolly Parton portrayed a country music performer who meets an untimely demise, but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Dolly Parton, Roddy McDowall, Brian Kerwin, Allison Mack

Votes: 651

20. Eve's Christmas (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family

A wealthy and successful career woman gets a second chance in life when a magical wish transports her back in time eight years to when she walked away from her fiance to lead a business life in New York.

Director: Timothy Bond | Stars: Elisa Donovan, Sebastian Spence, Cheryl Ladd, Winston Rekert

Votes: 789

21. A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007 Video)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Dennis Christmas is a Dennis The Menace version of A Christmas Carol where Mr. Wilson plays his own version of Scrooge. While Dennis has problems of his own with the neighborhood bully, he ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Maxwell Perry Cotton, Robert Wagner, Louise Fletcher, Isaac Durnford

Votes: 1,517

22. The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)

G | 102 min | Family

A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Jordan-Claire Green, Tom Kemp, Susan Wood, Adam Hicks

Votes: 738

23. Deck the Halls (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family

28 Metascore

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis

Votes: 18,967 | Gross: $35.09M

24. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

22 Metascore

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 33,537 | Gross: $73.78M

25. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 78,401 | Gross: $60.57M

26. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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: 172,886 | Gross: $173.40M

27. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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: 165,513 | Gross: $260.04M

28. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

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: 123,025 | Gross: $71.32M

It's part of the Vacation Collection 4 pack.

29. Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 83 min | Comedy

A holiday to the South Pacific turns awry, when Cousin Eddie's family and a tour guide are shipwrecked on an island.

Director: Nick Marck | Stars: Kate Simmons, Jake Thomas, Randy Quaid, Fred Willard

Votes: 2,779

30. His and Her Christmas (2005 TV Movie)

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

Tom Lane is the star columnist for the media conglomerate owned San Francisco Sun newspaper. The company is thinking about increasing Tom's exposure by producing a new television show ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Dina Meyer, David Sutcliffe, April Telek, Kyle Cassie

Votes: 427

Double Feature with Will You Merry Me?

31. Will You Merry Me? (2008 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

Rebecca, from an upper class Los Angeles family, and Henry, from choir-singing, tradition-bound Midwestern roots, are in love. Henry pops the question just before Christmas and the kids ... See full summary »

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Wendie Malick, Cynthia Stevenson, Vikki Krinsky, Tommy Lioutas

Votes: 533

Double Feature with His & Her Christmas

32. Snijeg (2008)

100 min | Drama

Post traumatic life of the Bosnian Muslim widows and daughters after their husbands and fathers were murdered by Bosnian Serb Army. Plot is set in post war eastern Bosnian village near town of Zvornik.

Director: Aida Begic | Stars: Zana Marjanovic, Jasna Beri, Sadzida Setic, Vesna Masic

Votes: 835

Triple Feature with Snow 2/Holiday in Handcuffs

33. Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008 TV Movie)

84 min | Family, Fantasy

It's three days before Christmas, and Nick Snowden forgets about spending early Christmas with his wife, Sandy due to pressure at work. After a fight, Nick walks through a magical mirror ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Lynley Hall, Janelle Cooper

Votes: 731

Triple Feature with Snow/Holiday in Handcuffs

34. Santa Baby (2006 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Mary Class is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Jenny McCarthy, Ivan Sergei, George Wendt, Kandyse McClure

Votes: 1,404

35. Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Santa's in the midst of a "late-life" crisis--he's tired of the responsibilities of the job and he's ready to let his business-minded daughter, Mary, take over. Mary feels torn between the ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Jenny McCarthy, Mig Macario, Dean McDermott, Lorette Clow

Votes: 836

Triple Feature with Christmas in Boston/Snowglobe

36. Christmas in Boston (2005 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Patrick J. Adams, Lindy Booth, Jonathan Cherry

Votes: 1,905

Triple Feature with Santa Baby 2/Snowglobe

37. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Santa Who? (2000)

92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Santa suffers a case of amnesia on the eve of his busiest season.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Steven Eckholdt, Robyn Lively, Max Morrow

Votes: 1,483

Double Feature with A Chance of Snow

38. A Chance of Snow (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

After signing her divorce papers, a woman heads out to her Minnesota airport with her sister and daughters for a flight to her mother's home. At the airport, her sportswriter husband shows ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Michael Ontkean, Barbara Barrie, Dey Young

Votes: 192

Double Feature with Santa Who?

39. If You Believe (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Drama

Bah! Humbug! Susan Stone is definitely what you'd call a modern-day scrooge. She is a young, jaded book editor who is consumed with self-doubt and has lost the passion and drive that ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metzger | Stars: Ally Walker, Tom Amandes, Hayden Panettiere, Meredith McGeachie

Votes: 514

Double Feature with A Different Kind of Christmas

40. A Different Kind of Christmas (1996 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When you're the city attorney you don't need the kinds of problems that her father was giving her. After her mother died, her father began doing his "Santa Schick," as she called it, much ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Shelley Long, Barry Bostwick, Nathan Lawrence, Nancy McLoughlin

Votes: 272

Double Feature with If You Believe