Christmas FEEL GOOD Movies - You Have To See These Films!

by Ed-Shullivan | created - 27 Jan 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of Christmas themed films that enable a new film genre titled "FEEL GOOD" movies because they are all heartwarming stories that relate to the human kindness and love for family, friends and/or complete strangers. Which of these films is your favorite FEEL GOOD film?

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1. 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: 40,237 | Gross: $73.78M

A FEEL GOOD comedy Christmas classic film. Seeing what happens to Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) after they decide to visit a tanning salon was worth the price of admission alone.

2. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

TV-PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

Director: Clay Kaytis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Oliver Hudson

Votes: 41,655

A FEEL GOOD Christmas classic film Both inspirational and heart warming. Best Christmas present ever!!

Please read my full review dated December 25th, 2019

3. Up on the Wooftop (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Family

Toby is a smaller than average dog who dreams of leading Santa's sleigh. After sneaking on to his sleigh one night, he's accidentally left behind and finds himself joining forces with two kids to find his way back to the North Pole.

Director: Joe Clarke | Stars: Brandon Baker, Adam Hicks, Dennis Haskins, Ben Easter

Votes: 51

A FEEL GOOD film

4. 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: 4,230 | Gross: $14.81M

A FEEL GOOD Christmas film

5. Almost Christmas (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

Director: David E. Talbert | Stars: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Mo'Nique

Votes: 5,602 | Gross: $41.72M

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film

6. A Bramble House Christmas (2017 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why his father left a nurse, named Willa $100,000, and goes undercover to investigate. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep her from ever trusting him again?

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Liam Hughes, Teryl Rothery

Votes: 1,529

There truly are family tragedies that end up generating some goodwill during theChristmas season

Please read my full review dated December 18th, 2018

7. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | 126 min | Drama

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.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan

Votes: 6,674 | Gross: $21.30M

A FEEL GOOD classic film

8. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 11,038 | Gross: $5.68M

Many men and women may have wrote but Charles Dickens stirred emotions that last a lifetime

Please read my full review dated December 15th, 2018

9. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof 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: 90,352 | Gross: $144.83M

A FEEL GOOD Christmas film

10. The Christmas Train (2017 TV Movie)

TV-G | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack

Votes: 1,362

I keep telling Mrs. Shullivan we have to take a train trip sometime soon

Please read my full review dated December 25th, 2018

11. Magic Stocking (2015 TV Movie)

120 min | Family

A young widow's daughter was given a tattered old Christmas stocking at a holiday craft sale, but her mother is skeptical of its magic when it seems to create small trinkets on its own.

Director: David Winning | Stars: Bridget Regan, Victor Webster, Iris Quinn, Imogen Tear

Votes: 1,039

A FEEL GOOD romantic Christmas film.

Please read my full review dated January 03rd, 2018

12. Charming Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama, Romance

When a young businesswoman plays Mrs Claus at her family's department store over Christmas, her life begins to take some unexpected turns.

Director: Craig Pryce | Stars: Julie Benz, David Sutcliffe, Bruce Gray, Catherine McNally

Votes: 1,434

A very tasty Christmas treat to leave every Christmas connoisseur's palate more than satisfied

Please read my full review dated December 25th, 2018

13. A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993 TV Short)

Not Rated | 23 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Fred and Wilma try to teach a wayward boy about values.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Frank Welker, B.J. Ward

Votes: 239

A FEEL GOOD Christmas film

14. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 94 min | Fantasy, Music

A country and western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains runs into a reclusive backwoodsman, and a witch.

Director: Henry Winkler | Stars: Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 968

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film

15. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

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: 38,416 | Gross: $2.65M

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film. This is Mrs. Shullivan's favorite Christmas film.

Pure Magical Genius

Please read my full review dated December 25th, 2019

16. Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama, Family

An unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly's father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his wife the wedding ring he ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Kelli Berglund, Dolly Parton, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 709

A FEEL GOOD Christmas film

Please read my full review dated February 09th, 2017

17. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 19,005

A FEEL GOOD classic film. To this day actor Alistair Sim's portrayal of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is frightful and despicable but oh so good when he redeems himself after visits by the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Please read my full review dated October 25th, 2018

18. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)

91 min | Family

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Clark | Stars: Tom Berenger, Sarah Wildor, Thomas Briggs, Joely Richardson

Votes: 906

A FEEL GOOD film

19. A Very Murray Christmas (2015 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snowstorm in New York City.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, George Clooney

Votes: 13,335

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film

20. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 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: 374,754

A FEEL GOOD classic film. Who can forget that classic line at the end of the film voiced by little Karolyn Grimes who played George Bailey's (played by Jimmy Stewart) daughter Zuzu when she said "Daddy teacher says every time you hear a bell rings an angel gets his wings!"

21. 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: 145,949 | Gross: $71.32M

A FEEL GOOD comedy Christmas classic film

22. The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock (1996 Video)

30 min | Short, Animation

A caveless kid comes to live with the Flintstones on Christmas and ends up geting himself and Fred stuck in prison right before Fred is going to play Santa Claus in the Bedrock parade.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Hamilton Camp, Christine Cavanaugh, Didi Conn

Votes: 136

A FEEL GOOD Christmas film

23. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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: 30,827 | Gross: $30.00M

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film. This is one of my all time favorite CHRISTMAS films. ....."We'll follow the old man wherever he wants to go!"

The perfect Christmas themed film to warm everyone's heart and soul.

Please read my full review dated November 12th, 2018.

24. Home for Christmas (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Family

An old thief befriends a young child.

Director: Peter McCubbin | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Simon Richards, Lesley Kelly, Chantellese Kent

Votes: 163

A FEEL GOOD film. Mickey Rooney is such a great actor.

25. 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: 2,799 | Gross: $5.81M

A FEEL GOOD film

26. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A shoplifter and her prosecutor fall in love, creating tensions for his career and family.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 4,252 | Gross: $0.17M

A FEEL GOOD film

27. 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: 439,018 | Gross: $285.76M

A FEEL GOOD classic Christmas film

28. Going My Way (1944)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Father Charles O'Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

Votes: 9,744 | Gross: $16.30M

A FEEL GOOD classic film. Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald simply made magic on the screen together. Such a warm and loving film.

29. Noel (2004)

PG | 96 min | Drama

29 Metascore

Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

Director: Chazz Palminteri | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin

Votes: 8,733

A FEEL GOOD film

30. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

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

Votes: 163,372 | Gross: $183.37M

A FEEL GOOD film

31. Christmas Lodge (2011 TV Movie)

G | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Mary Tobin has wonderful memories of family gatherings at the Christmas Lodge. When she arrives for a weekend vacation, she quickly realizes that the lodge that she loves has fallen into ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Ingram | Stars: Erin Karpluk, Michael Shanks, Rukiya Bernard, Rebecca Toolan

Votes: 1,730

A FEEL GOOD film

32. A Gift Wrapped Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Personal shopper Gwen's newest client, Charlie, is a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son, Owen, during a package drop, she is saddened to see just ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Friedlander | Stars: Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne, Anna Van Hooft, Anthony Bolognese

Votes: 1,157

A FEEL GOOD film

33. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Directors: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 12,410 | Gross: $8.18M

A FEEL GOOD film

34. The Great Rupert (1950)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Family

A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake, Frank Orth

Votes: 894

A FEEL GOOD film

35. Love, Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 406,791 | Gross: $59.70M

A FEEL GOOD classic romantic film

36. 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: 126,447 | Gross: $20.61M

A FEEL GOOD classic comedy film

37. Midnight Clear (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

On Christmas Eve, Lefty is a homeless and unemployed alcoholic loser that will lose the right to see his son. In despair, he trades a gun and is ready to heist a convenience store and ... See full summary »

Director: Dallas Jenkins | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, K Callan, Kirk B.R. Woller, Mary Thornton

Votes: 719

A FEEL GOOD film

38. Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

19 Metascore

A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 21,611 | Gross: $11.66M

A FEEL GOOD film

39. The Andy Williams Christmas Show (1971 TV Special)

78 min | Music

The Williams brothers perform a medley of Christmas tunes then harmonize with the Osmond siblings. Andy croons "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." The Osmonds ice skate. Andy solos "... See full summary »

Director: Alan Handley | Stars: The Lennon Sisters, Claudine Longet, Lorrie Morgan, Alan Osmond

Votes: 21

A FEEL GOOD film. Actually, Andy Williams hosted many Christmas specials during the 1970's but this one I felt was especially memorable.

40. A Christmas Visitor (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Leitch | Stars: William Devane, Meredith Baxter, Dean McDermott, Reagan Pasternak

Votes: 930

A FEEL GOOD film

41. A Christmas Wish (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in... See full summary »

Director: Craig Clyde | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Edward Herrmann, K.C. Clyde, Tess Harper

Votes: 1,393

A FEEL GOOD film

42. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Family

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: 2,246

A FEEL GOOD film

43. 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: 1,064

A FEEL GOOD film