Greatest Christmas Specials

by forrestwrs | created - 11 Nov 2013 | updated - 01 Dec 2014 | Public

This is a list of the greatest Christmas specials of all-time! This includes feature-length films, short films, made-for-tv movies, tv episodes, and tv specials.

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1. 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

Christmas and youth depicted through the eyes of a man remembering his childhood, A Christmas Story is the greatest Christmas film of all-time and features everything that makes Christmas a wonderful time of year.

2. 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

Easily the most inspirational film of all time, It's A Wonderful Life is essential holiday viewing if only because the third act alone reminds us the joys of the holidays, family, and life, while the rest of the film reminds of the struggles to get there, thus making it all the more fulfilling by the final singing of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Auld Lang Syne."

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 24,466

Narrated by Burl Ives, this Christmas classic features great Christmas imagery, wonderful voice performances, great songs, and a profound sense of the Christmas magic.

4. 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

Clark Griswald's desire to have a fun old-fashioned family Christmas may just drive his family crazy, but it's certainly going to amuse and entertain the audience to a hysterical fit of laughter--and may even touch them with a good feeling of the true spirit of Christmas.

5. 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

Though not really about Christmas... Holiday Inn nevertheless is about the glorious feelings that the holidays deliver and introduces the world to "White Christmas."

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

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

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 29,668

A very simple animated tale starring Charlie Brown that relies on the music, characters, and simple story to get its meaningful message of the spirit of Christmas across.

7. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 11,264

With Mickey Rooney doing a great vocal performance as the titular Santa Claus, this Rankin/Bass retelling of the origins of Santa may be farfetched, but is nonetheless full of the Christmas spirit we would expect to get out of a Rankin/Bass Christmas production.

8. 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

Alastair Sim gives perhaps the greatest performances of Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1951 film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Full of subtlety most versions miss in the tale as well as the payoff of the ending, this is the best version of A Christmas Carol I have seen to date.

9. 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 great and touching film about a sweet old man claiming to be the one and only Santa Claus--and about the people he changes in the process.

10. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Episode: Death Takes a Holiday (1980)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Drama, War

While local orphans attend a Christmas party in the mess tent, Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret try to save the life of a critically injured solider so that his family won't think of Christmas as the day that their father died.

Director: Mike Farrell | Stars: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit

Votes: 330

My favorite episode of M*A*S*H because it demonstrates literally everything that made the show great. In this extremely touching episode, the doctors are determined to keep a soldier from dying on Christmas so his children won't remember the holiday as the day their daddy died. Meanwhile, seemingly Scrooge-ish Winchester attempts to keep up a special Christmas tradition, and learns a valuable lesson in the process. The performances are top notch in this episode and the ending is especially emotional.

11. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
Episode: Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

While Christmas shopping, Mr Bean purchases a bulky string of tree lights before making a shambles of a department store toy section. He later manages to acquire a free turkey and Christmas... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Matilda Ziegler, C.J. Allen, Owen Brenman

Votes: 1,724

Funny and touching, Mr. Bean celebrates the season in his own special way. Full of one clever sight gag after another, this special should be viewed by everyone--even if they haven't seen the show.

12. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

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, The Great Gonzo, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 45,488 | Gross: $27.28M

Michael Caine is Scrooge and the Muppets pick up the supporting roles in this unique retelling of the Dickens tale. Full of heart and great songs, this is a welcomed entry into both the Muppets' filmography and Christmas Carol adaptations.

13. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (1999)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Mr. Hankey hosts a collection of Christmas songs sung by South Park characters.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 1,736

A relatively simple episode where we just get a bunch of hilarious holiday songs sung by the characters of South Park. However, the ending is particularly touching as the cast sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" while giving tribute to a cast member of the show who had passed away earlier in the season.

14. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 26,526 | Gross: $1.05M

The audience really believes that peace is possible to accomplish in this highly underrated film about how three armies call a mutual ceasefire for the celebration of Christmas. Powerful and emotionally thought-provoking, this film is an essential Christmas viewing.

15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out 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: 47,989 | Gross: $46.46M

It’s definitely an atypical Christmas special, but it’s also very funny, quite adventurous, and works well at mixing the old with the new.

16. 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

The heart of a child and a performance by Macaulay Culkin before he became a marketing tool elevates this slapstick comedy to refreshing heights--complete with a wonderful message about being with family for the holidays.

17. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Night of the Meek (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Art Carney, John Fiedler, Robert P. Lieb, Val Avery

Votes: 2,078

When a mall Santa gets fired on Christmas Eve for being drunk, he finds a magic bag that always gives the correct gift. This touching episode of The Twilight Zone exhibits great writing and a lot of heart, praising those who give their hearts to the Christmas season.

18. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 11,594

George C. Scott’s performance as Scrooge is arguably one of the greatest portrayals of the character in history and his performance, as well as a great deal of the minor actors’ performances, help make this made-for-TV version of the story among the best, in spite of some mundane directorial efforts.

19. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Episode: Dear Sis (1978)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Drama, War

It's Christmas time in Korea, and everybody's depressed--especially Father Mulcahy, who is concerned that he isn't making a difference to anyone.

Director: Alan Alda | Stars: Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit

Votes: 292

When the M*A*S*H camp priest, Father Mulcahy, feels his lack of usefulness during during the holiday season, the rest of the camp ultimately show him how much they do need him. It's an uplifting and powerful episode, showing the strength of the show on full display.

20. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
Episode: 'Twas the Night Before Christening (1993)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Baby Nicky is being christened on Christmas Eve. Will tells everyone he is going to get the music group Boyz II Men to perform.

Director: Shelley Jensen | Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Daphne Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro

Votes: 308

Will promises that a hip band will sing at his cousin's christening and determines to see his promise through to the end. The episode is set at Christmas and features some great music, a good message, and one of the best endings to any Fresh Prince episode ever.

21. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Episode: Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas (1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The girls volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day and learn that Stan has been thrown out on the streets by his current wife.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 183

The message about the unfortunate during the holidays is a little heavy-handed, but this episode of The Golden Girls has more heart in it than most films and specials do. It's a wonderful episode about what the misfortunate go through during the holiday season.

22. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The town is forced to remove anything that either has anything to do with Christmas or is offensive in the least bit to anyone. And Kyle tries to convince everyone of the existence of "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo."

Directors: Matt Stone, Trey Parker | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Jennifer Howell, Jesse Brant Howell, Trey Parker

Votes: 2,270

The rare South Park episode that gives a straight Christmas moral rather than an anti-message. It's all about censoring aspects of Christmas based on religious and personal views instead of enjoying the lovable holiday for what it is--and by the end, they manage to do just that.

23. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

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: 42,600

Eh. I feel like I saw this too many times as a kid and it doesn't really hold up with multiple viewings. Even so.... its message, performances, imagery, and songs ooze of the holiday season and remind us what it's all about.

24. 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

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star in this Christmas classic as a pair of entertainers who must save the hotel of an old officer of theirs from their army days. There actually aren't a whole lot of events or songs that have to do with Christmas in this film, but the spirit of the holiday is what supports it.

25. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991)

TV-14 | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Joel and the Bots take on the infamous Christmas classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) in which a group of martians kidnap Santa Claus because they have no one on Mars to give ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 521

A typically hilarious episode of MST3K. The cast riffs on one of the worst Christmas films ever made, and the result is one heck of a good time. Also, the cast invents some special toys to be sent to The Island Of Misfit Toys.

26. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Episode: Dear Dad (1972)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Hawkeye writes his dad, describing the antics of the 4077th.

Director: Gene Reynolds | Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit

Votes: 442

M*A*S*H is my all-time favorite show and nothing shows why more-so than the Christmas episodes. In this one, Hawkeye writes home to his dad about different events that happen during Christmas at the M*A*S*H--including when he dresses up as Santa Claus to entertain children but must chopper in to help a wounded soldier.

27. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Episode: 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas (1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The girls all plan to visit their respective families for Christmas, but their plans are ruined when they are held hostage by a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Grief Counseling Center.

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 267

When a Santa Claus holds the girls hostage on Christmas Eve, it looks like Sofia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose might not be able to make it to their families for Christmas. It's a very funny episode and deserves a viewing for the holidays.

28. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Episode: Santa Claus (1993)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Mike and the bots watch Santa Claus mess around with a devil while trying to deliver gifts and then sing politically correct holiday songs.

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 454

The MST3K crew riffs a particularly horrible Christmas film, sent to us all the way from Mexico. The film is about a demon named Pitch who has a "battle" with Santa Claus Christmas Eve. The riffing is one of the best of the series, and the episode is a delight for its hilarious jokes.

29. 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

Can't really defend even to myself liking this film. It's poorly written, poorly photographed, poorly acted, misses pretty much all of its laughs, and even skews the message it's trying to send. But in spite of all that, there's something about the charm of this picture that keeps bringing me back. I acknowledge, however, that I'm probably alone in this.

30. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Red Sleigh Down (2002)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When an attempt to bring Christmas to Iraq turns disastrous, the boys head to Iraq with Jesus and Mr. Hankey to save Santa from terrorists.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 1,695

When Cartman realizes he has been too naughty to receive any Christmas presents, he convinces the other boys and Santa Claus to bring Christmas to the Middle East. Like Die Hard, this episode of South Park combines the spirit of Christmas with a certain level of bad-a**ery.

31. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, Adrien Beard

Votes: 3,317

Perhaps the only Christmas special to have Satan in a pivotal role, this is one episode that nails one laugh after another while keeping the audience guessing from start to finish.

32. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005)
Episode: The Ball (1996)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Ray is so shattered when he discovers that the autographed Mickey Mantle baseball his father gave him as a child is a fake, that he wants to tell Ally that there is no Santa Claus.

Director: Jeff Meyer | Stars: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweeten

Votes: 272

When Ray discovers an autographed baseball his father gave him when he was a kid is a fake, Ray vows to be completely honest about everything to his children--even with the truth about Santa Claus. With a subtle message about the morality of lying to children, this episode succeeds with the laughs and themes of the holiday season.

33. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 25,592 | Gross: $0.20M

James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan fall in love as pen pals, but don't realize that their real-life counterparts hate each other at the shop where they work. Most of the plot takes place at Christmas and culminates in a very spirited and touching getting together for the two leads.

34. The Night Before Christmas (1933)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A narrator sings the opening stanzas of the classic poem while we see the house at rest. Santa lands on the roof, comes down the chimney, and opens his bag. The toys march out and decorate ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Allan Watson, Kenny Baker

Votes: 646

This animated short by Wilfred Jackson is such a cute and cozy little special that it’s nearly impossible not to like. Santa visits a home on Christmas Eve and the toys come to life and have fun decorating the room and getting into place in this 1933 sequel to “Santa’s Workshop.”

35. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,835

Reginald Owen plays the coveted Scrooge character in this version of A Christmas Carol. It has plenty of heart and was one of the first versions of the tale to expand more on the themes behind the story.

36. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005)
Episode: The Toaster (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

When Ray gives his parents an engraved toaster for Christmas, they exchange it right away without even opening it.

Director: Steve Zuckerman | Stars: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweeten

Votes: 292

When Raymond's mom returns a toaster he got for her for Christmas, Raymond reveals that the toaster had a special inscription to her from him and the family. A typically funny Everybody Loves Raymond episode with all the cheer, laughter, and heart that can be expected from the show.

37. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 151,045 | Gross: $18.60M

Jack Lemmon stars as a young man who climbs the corporate ladder at work by lending his apartment out to his bosses for their affairs. All goes wrong when he finds one of his boss's suicidal mistress ODing in his bedroom on Christmas Eve and he falls in love with her. This film is uncompromisingly funny, romantic, sweet, and homey in spite of some very dark themes.

38. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

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

Votes: 206,540 | Gross: $173.40M

Will Ferrell gives probably his most charming and energetic performance in this film about a man who claims to be one of Santa's elves and also the long-lost son of a children's books publisher.

39. Santa's Workshop (1932)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Santa's little helpers must hurry to finish the toys before Christmas Day.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Allan Watson

Votes: 1,480

In 1932, Wilfred Jackson created this little animated short that shows a pretty inventive and cute look into the work of Santa and his elves as he gets ready for his sleigh ride on Christmas Eve.

40. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 13,278

This multi Oscar-nominated film stars Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven in a tale about an angel who helps out a bishop during the holiday season.

41. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 130,202 | Gross: $60.06M

A bleak, uncompromising, and hilarious bad-guy-during-Christmas story that both uplifts and downlifts at the same time with equal effect. May not be for the whole family, but the older kids will definitely enjoy its antiholiday charms.

42. South Park (1997– )
Episode: A Very Crappy Christmas (2000)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When everyone in South Park decides to forgo presents and celebrate a non-materialistic holiday season, the boys try to bring the spirit of commercialism back to Christmas by making an animated film.

Director: Adrien Beard | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 1,518

The commercialism is being sucked out of Christmas in favor of just peace and love in this hilarious South Park Christmas episode. The boys must make an animated special to put the commercialism back into Christmas to ensure that they get presents Christmas Day.

43. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 7,300

A magazine columnist who writes about country living and her lovely family must host a lonely soldier for Christmas at her country home. The problem: she's single and lives in an apartment in the city. Naturally, hijinks ensue as she must keep up the image of her country life while falling in love with the soldier.

44. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Dianne Jackson | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,837

The Snowman is a magical and silent tale about a boy who finds a snowman who comes to life and takes him to a place where there are even more live snowmen gathering. It's a very charming tale of Christmas magic.

45. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: A Very Sunny Christmas (2009)

Unrated | 43 min | Comedy

9.2