best christmas movies

by ableeker1991 | created - 04 Nov 2011 | updated - 04 Nov 2011 | Public

A list, just in time, that includes my all-time favs of christmas movies

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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

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: 328,821 | Gross: $7.27M

2. 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: 2,534

3. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 85,384 | Gross: $137.86M

4. 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: 116,076 | Gross: $19.29M

5. Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998 Video)

G | 84 min | Comedy, Family

After getting blamed for spoiling Christmas, the richest kid in the world wishes he'd never been born. Unfortunately, a wishing machine, invented by professor Keenbean, picked up the wish ... See full summary »

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: David Gallagher, Eugene Levy, Keene Curtis, Jake Richardson

Votes: 1,735

6. 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: 1,986

7. The Christmas List (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Perfume saleslady Melody Parris feels like her life is in neutral. Her stick-in-the mud boyfriend won't commit and she gets passed over for a promotion at the store where she works. She ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Mimi Rogers, Rob Stewart, Stella Stevens, Bill Switzer

Votes: 1,068

8. 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: 77,588 | Gross: $144.83M

9. The Christmas Blessing (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A young doctor encounters romance and deals with his past when he returns to his hometown during the holidays.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, Angus T. Jones, Hugh Thompson

Votes: 954

10. The Last Holiday (2009)

50 min | Crime

The story of a family's holiday from hell The were just on a short camping trip when they were witnesses to a terrible shooting. What was supposed to be a peaceful break, turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Callum | Stars: Mark Callum, Claire Walker, Lauren Baldwin, Tom Stevenson

Votes: 36

11. The Perfect Holiday (2007)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

32 Metascore

A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.

Director: Lance Rivera | Stars: Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Faizon Love

Votes: 2,648 | Gross: $5.81M

12. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Max Morrow, Maria del Mar

Votes: 2,027

13. Christmas in Canaan (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Drama, Family

DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between ... See full summary »

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Heaton, Jaishon Fisher, Zak Ludwig

Votes: 433

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

89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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: 1,863

15. 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: 655

16. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

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

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: 11,777

17. 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: 165,864 | Gross: $260.04M

18. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 28,031 | Gross: $34.55M

19. Prancer (1989)

G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 3,707 | Gross: $18.59M

20. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

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: 372,326 | Gross: $285.76M

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

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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: 240,973 | Gross: $173.59M

22. Home Alone 3 (1997)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

Votes: 87,925 | Gross: $30.88M

23. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 34,561 | Gross: $2.65M

24. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

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

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: 25,764

25. Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008 TV Special)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy

The multi-platinum selling comedian performs his first holiday-themed stand-up special with his friends.

Director: Michael Simon | Stars: Jeff Dunham, Brian Haner

Votes: 2,505

26. Borrowed Hearts (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Kathleen's a hard-working single mother, who's saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. Sam's a businessman who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Shawn Thompson, Janet Bailey

Votes: 1,638

27. 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: 5,010

28. The Christmas Card (2006 TV Movie)

84 min | Family, Romance

US soldier visits the town from where an inspirational Christmas card was sent to him by a church group that mails cards out to servicemen as a goodwill effort.

Director: Stephen Bridgewater | Stars: Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 2,857