Best Holiday Movies of All Times (as well as some rare finds)by egarbi | created - 28 Jun 2013 | updated - 21 Nov 2016 | Public
These are the best, but the list includes some weird finds that are worth listing although may not be worth watching -- I'll note those cases.
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1. The Night Before (II) (2015)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Votes: 59,139 | Gross: $43.04M
2. Arthur Christmas (2011)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 45,712 | Gross: $46.46M
3. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.
Votes: 62,499 | Gross: $35.03M
4. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Votes: 24,040 | Gross: $0.26M
What a weird movie this is! I do not recommend it, especially not for children. The whole thing gave me nightmares... Gotta list it, though, because it is really a "rare" find.
5. A Christmas Carol (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 92,559 | Gross: $137.86M
6. Four Christmases (2008)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.
Votes: 58,558 | Gross: $120.15M
It gets better with time, I think. Found it funnier last Christmas...
7. Fred Claus (2007)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 37,324 | Gross: $72.01M
This is a really funny movie. I'll give it a B+, why not.
9. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Three musical chipmunks are discovered by an aspiring songwriter and wants to become famous by using their amazing singing abilities.
Votes: 70,234 | Gross: $217.33M
11. Deck the Halls (2006)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family
Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
Votes: 20,648 | Gross: $35.09M
Hmmm... Not my favorite.
12. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
Votes: 29,611 | Gross: $84.50M
13. Stalking Santa (2006)
PG | 82 min | Comedy
Millions of people believe in him. Thousands claim to have seen him. But only one man is foolish enough to try to prove his existence. Self-proclaimed "Santologist" Dr. Lloyd Darrow will ... See full summary »
Okay, love the narrator (who doesn't) but the movie's not that good. Worth listing it, though, as it is a rare find.
14. The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Votes: 56,863 | Gross: $60.06M
15. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 37,180 | Gross: $73.78M
16. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 156,845 | Gross: $183.37M
17. Surviving Christmas (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
Votes: 20,870 | Gross: $11.66M
Oh, Ben. Who would've thought.
18. Elf (2003)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 192,883 | Gross: $173.40M
An A in its category. Maybe an A- to be fair. The third act deflates a bit too much for my taste...
19. Love Actually (2003)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 388,573 | Gross: $59.70M
A+ and I don't care what critics say!
20. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 45,383 | Gross: $139.24M
21. Serendipity (2001)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.
Votes: 98,556 | Gross: $50.29M
Oh, well, I dig it. Love this movie still...
22. Call Me Claus (2001 TV Movie)
90 min | Comedy, Family
Lucy's a producer on a home shopping channel. She hires the real Santa as Santa. He has to find his replacement as the real Santa in 4 weeks. Lucy is unknowingly the only candidate left.
23. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Votes: 184,853 | Gross: $260.04M
24. The Family Man (2000)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.
Votes: 97,570 | Gross: $75.79M
25. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family
A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.
Votes: 8,232 | Gross: $12.21M
26. 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.
Votes: 30,293 | Gross: $34.55M
27. 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.
Votes: 84,287 | Gross: $60.57M
28. Home for the Holidays (1995)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.
Votes: 10,835 | Gross: $17.52M
29. The Santa Clause (1994)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
Votes: 85,894 | Gross: $144.83M
30. Mixed Nuts (1994)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.
Votes: 9,436 | Gross: $6.80M
It's nuts. But not funny enough...
31. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 270,424 | Gross: $75.08M
32. Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
The dogs talk at a family of 4, where mom loses her job the same day dad gets a job as pilot for a cute, single boss.
Votes: 26,019 | Gross: $10.34M
33. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 43,035 | Gross: $27.28M
35. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 410,391 | Gross: $285.76M
36. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 134,840 | Gross: $71.32M
This one gets an A+ from me!
38. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 727,447 | Gross: $83.01M
39. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
R | 93 min | Comedy
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
Votes: 111,207 | Gross: $49.53M
40. 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.
Votes: 10,582 | Gross: $23.72M
41. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 179,737 | Gross: $148.17M
42. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 122,375 | Gross: $20.61M
As a classic it gets an A, and has a lot of funny moments but the whole BB gun thing always freaks me out.
43. Scrooge (1970)
G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
46. 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.
Votes: 28,548 | Gross: $30.00M
47. 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.
Votes: 37,081 | Gross: $2.65M
48. 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.
49. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy