Best A Christmas Carol Adaptations

by rjmills | created - 17 Dec 2021 | updated - 23 Dec 2021 | Public

Best adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic according to IMDb rating. No vote limit, no series episodes. Features, TV movies, TV specials, mini-series, shorts.

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1. Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa: Carols from Coventry Cathedral (1995 TV Special)

90 min | Music

Kiri te Kanawa, Michael George, and a choir sing Christmas music, and in between selections, David Frost narrates a history of the Christmas carol.

Director: Robin Lough | Stars: Kiri Te Kanawa, Michael George, Jouko Harjanne, Timothy Norris

Votes: 12

2. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1989 TV Movie)

Drama, Family, Fantasy

Actor Patrick Macnee presents and comments a TV screening of the colorized version of the movie A Christmas Carol (1951)

Director: David McKenzie | Stars: Patrick Macnee, Hermione Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 198

3. A Christmas Carol (1951)

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

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

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

Votes: 24,126

4. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Movie)

43 min | Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 13,432

5. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A bitter old 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: 16,570

6. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppets present their own touching rendition of Charles Dickens' classic tale.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 63,577 | Gross: $27.28M

7. Bah, Humbug!: The Story of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1994 TV Movie)

58 min | Family

An abridged dramatic reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", performed live at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, and based on Dickens's own adaptation for his dramatic readings.

Director: Derek Bailey | Stars: James Earl Jones, Martin Sheen, Robert MacNeil

Votes: 53

8. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)

Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

This musical adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens stars Magoo as the cold-hearted old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,036

9. Dollywood's a Christmas Carol (2013)

45 min | Musical

This is a live musical staged presentation of Dickens' classic tale. All of the ghosts appear on stage as holograms, Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and, of course, doing a musical number.

Director: Curt Wollan | Stars: Nathan Forshey, Aaron Hunt, Dolly Parton, Ryan Roets

Votes: 33

10. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 10,115

11. A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (2017 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 49 min | Comedy

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society hijack a BBC production of A Christmas Carol.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Dave Hearn, Chris Leask

Votes: 752

12. A Christmas Carol (2019)

TV-MA | 173 min | Drama, Fantasy

In Steven Knight's gothic adaptation of Charles Dickens' iconic ghost story, Ebenezer Scrooge experiences a dark night of the soul - past, present and future.

Stars: Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 11,478

13. Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol (1985 TV Movie)

29 min | Comedy

Kenny gives us his rendition of Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol, "with apologies to C. Dickens, Esquire"

Director: John Bishop | Stars: Kenny Everett, John Humphrys, B.A. Robertson, Rory Bremner

Votes: 19

14. A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994 TV Movie)

G | 69 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Fred is cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage adaption of the story, but is acting a bit stingy in real-life.

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

Votes: 1,484

16. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 11,676 | Gross: $3.70M

17. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 107,620 | Gross: $60.33M

18. Scrooge (1935)

78 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scrooge is mean old miser who wants nothing to do with Christmas. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future appear to Scrooge, taking him on a journey into the very spirit and magic of Christmas itself.

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Mary Glynne

Votes: 2,435

19. Scrooge (1978 TV Movie)

70 min | Drama, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: John Blanchard | Stars: Drew Borland, Nicole Evans, Crystal Fleuty, Colin Graves

Votes: 40

21. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Director: Burny Mattinson | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 13,878 | Gross: $21.00M

22. A Christmas Carol (1971 TV Short)

28 min | Animation, Short, Drama

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams | Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Melvyn Hayes, Michael Hordern

Votes: 1,769

23. A Christmas Carol (I) (2018)

81 min | Drama

Ebeneezer Scrooge, the miserly owner of an old counting house, is visited by the ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve. Marley warns Scrooge he is doomed in the... See full summary »

Director: Tom Cairns | Star: Simon Callow

Votes: 144

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