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The Best Christmas Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Christmas Movies Of All-Time?” We looked at 232 of the top Christmas films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Everyone has different films that get them in the holiday spirit. Sometimes there are more universal choices (see the top-ranked in the list) and other times there are more eclectic or offbeat films (See some of the lower-ranked entries). There is no right or wrong choice for what movie puts you in a festive mood. Some of our personal favorites (none of which are very high ranking in this list) are: Phantom Thread, Go, Batman Returns, Carol, In Bruges, Tangerine, The Ref, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The top 47 films, all appearing on 7 or more “Best Christmas” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 47 Christmas Movies Ever



47 .) A Christmas Carol (1938) directed by Edwin L. Marin

 A Christmas Carol (1938)

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Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser’s miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.



46 .) A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson

 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

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Six years have elapsed since Guantanamo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.



45 .) Four Christmases (2008) directed by Seth Gordon

 Four Christmases (2008)

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Brad and Kate have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust — big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is embarrassed to see their ruse exposed to the world by an overzealous television reporter. Now, Brad and Kate are left with precious little choice other than to swallow their pride and suffer the rounds.



44 .) Holiday Affair (1949) directed by Don Hartman

 Holiday Affair (1949)

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Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, who’s actually a comparison shopper sent by another store. Steve lets her go, which gets him fired. They spend the afternoon together, which doesn’t sit well with Connie’s steady suitor, Carl, when he finds out, but delights her young son Timmy, who quickly takes to Steve.



43 .) Babes in Toyland (1934) directed by Charley Rogers

 Babes in Toyland (1934)

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Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep’s shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.



42 .) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) directed by Shane Black

 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who’s been training him for his upcoming role…



41 .) Krampus (2015) directed by Michael Dougherty

 Krampus (2015)

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A horror comedy based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.



40 .) Remember the Night’ (1940) directed by Mitchell Leisen

 Remember the Night’ (1940)

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An assistant D.A. takes a shoplifter home with him for Christmas.



39 .) The Apartment (1960) directed by Billy Wilder

 The Apartment (1960)

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Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he’s left with a major problem to solve.



38 .) Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) directed by Arnaud Desplechin

 Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

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When their regal matriarch falls ill, the troubled Vuillard family come together for a hesitant Christmastime reunion. Among them is rebellious ne’er-do-well Henri and the uptight Elizabeth. Together under the same roof for the first time in many years, their intricate, long denied resentments and yearnings emerge again.



37 .) Black Christmas (1974) directed by Bob Clark

 Black Christmas (1974)

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A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.



36 .) Lethal Weapon (1987) directed by Richard Donner

 Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who — distraught after his wife’s death — has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.



35 .) The Family Stone (2005) directed by Thomas Bezucha

 The Family Stone (2005)

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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.



34 .) The Snowman (1982) directed by Dianne Jackson

 The Snowman (1982)

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A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.



33 .) While You Were Sleeping (1995) directed by Jon Turteltaub

 While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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A love story built on a misunderstanding. A transit worker pulls commuter Peter off the tracks after he’s mugged. But while he’s in a coma, his family mistakenly thinks she’s Peter’s fiancée, and she doesn’t correct them. Things get more complicated when she falls for his brother, who’s not quite sure that she’s who she claims to be.



32 .) Christmas in Connecticut (1945) directed by Peter Godfrey

 Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

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Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country’s most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on her farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?



31 .) Joyeux Noël (2005) directed by Christian Carion

 Joyeux Noël (2005)

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In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.



30 .) The Best Man Holiday (2013) directed by Malcolm D. Lee

 The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.



29 .) The Bishop’s Wife (1947) directed by Henry Koster

 The Bishop's Wife (1947)

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An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family’s affections, as Christmas approaches.



28 .) Batman Returns (1992) directed by Tim Burton

 Batman Returns (1992)

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Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin – a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Selina Kyle, Max’s secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman – a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman.



27 .) Edward Scissorhands (1990) directed by Tim Burton

 Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.



26 .) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) directed by Larry Roemer

 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

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Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa’s sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea…



25 .) The Holiday (2006) directed by Nancy Meyers

 The Holiday (2006)

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Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.



24 .) The Shop Around the Corner (1940) directed by Ernst Lubitsch

 The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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



23 .) Trading Places (1983) directed by John Landis

 Trading Places (1983)

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A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.



22 .) A Christmas Carol (1951) directed by Brian Desmond Hurst

 A Christmas Carol (1951)

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Ebeneezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. The spirits show him how his behavior over the years has made him a lonely, bitter old man, and how his heart has grown colder. Using events from Scrooge’s idealistic past, dreary present and dismal future, the apparitions try their best to melt his steely soul. Tightfisted Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of the three spirits and, just in time for the holidays, manages to make everyone’s lives a little brighter, his included! (The Title has been changed to “A Christmas Carol”)



21 .) Jingle All The Way (1996) directed by Brian Levant

 Jingle All The Way (1996)

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Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son’s karate exposition, his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son’s television hero, he tries hard to to make it up to him. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man action figure.



20 .) How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) directed by Chuck Jones

 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

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Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of a nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he decides to raid the village to steal all the Christmas things.



19 .) Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) directed by Louis

 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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In the year before the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.



18 .) The Polar Express (2004) directed by Robert Zemeckis

 The Polar Express (2004)

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When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.



17 .) Arthur Christmas (2011) directed by Sarah Smith

 Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ‘acceptable’ to all but one – Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa’s misfit son who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get the last present half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning.



16 .) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) directed by Bill Melendez

 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but is a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the meaning of Christmas.



15 .) Bad Santa (2003) directed by Terry Zwigoff

 Bad Santa (2003)

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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, and the security boss discovers the plot.



14 .) Gremlins (1984) directed by Joe Dante

 Gremlins (1984)

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When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.



13 .) The Santa Clause (1994) directed by John Pasquin

 The Santa Clause (1994)

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Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed, Father Christmas.



12 .) Scrooged (1988) directed by Richard Donner

 Scrooged (1988)

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In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.



11 .) White Christmas (1954) directed by Michael Curtiz

 White Christmas (1954)

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Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.



10 .) Miracle on 34th Street (1947) directed by George Seaton

 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy’s following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others question his sanity.



9 .) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) directed by Brian Henson

 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.



8 .) A Christmas Story (1983) directed by Bob Clark

 A Christmas Story (1983)

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The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.



7 .) Die Hard (1988) directed by John McTiernan

 Die Hard (1988)

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NYPD cop John McClane’s plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.



6 .) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Detroit News
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Forbes
  • Heavy
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • iNews
  • Mental Floss 2
  • Merch Dope
  • Now To Love
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • Readers Digest
  • Real Buzz
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
  • Tech Advisor
  • The Muse
  • The Sun
  • The Work Print
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue

It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.



5 .) Love Actually (2003) directed by Richard Curtis

 Love Actually (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Detroit News
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Heavy
  • Hello Magazine
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Independent
  • Merch Dope
  • Mirror
  • Now To Love
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
  • Tech Advisor
  • The Muse
  • The Sun
  • The Work Print
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue
  • Vulture

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.



4 .) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) directed by Henry Selick

 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Forbes
  • Hello Magazine
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Mental Floss
  • Merch Dope
  • Mirror
  • Now To Love
  • Now To Love
  • Parenting
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • Readers Digest
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
  • Tech Advisor
  • The Sun
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue
  • Vulture

Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack’s rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.



3 .) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) directed by Frank Capra

 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Detroit News
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Heavy
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Independent
  • iNews
  • iNews
  • Mental Floss
  • Mental Floss 2
  • Merch Dope
  • Mirror
  • Now To Love
  • Parenting
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • Readers Digest
  • Real Buzz
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
  • Tech Advisor
  • The Sun
  • The Work Print
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue
  • Vulture

A holiday favourite for generations… George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business’s $8,000 is lost and George’s troubles begin.



2 .) Elf (2003) directed by Jon Favreau

 Elf (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Detroit News
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Forbes
  • Heavy
  • Hello Magazine
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB 2
  • Independent
  • iNews
  • Mental Floss
  • Mental Floss 2
  • Merch Dope
  • Mirror
  • Now To Love
  • Parenting
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • RD 2
  • Readers Digest
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
  • Tech Advisor
  • The Muse
  • The Sun
  • The Work Print
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue
  • Vulture

When young Buddy falls into Santa’s gift sack on Christmas Eve, he’s transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa’s helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can’t shake the nagging feeling that he doesn’t belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.



1 .) Home Alone (1990) directed by Chris Columbus

 Home Alone (1990)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Dot
  • Empire Online
  • Esquire
  • EW
  • Forbes
  • Heavy
  • Hello Magazine
  • Her
  • Hi Consumption
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Independent
  • Mental Floss
  • Mental Floss 2
  • Merch Dope
  • Mirror
  • Now To Love
  • Parenting
  • Pure Wow
  • RD
  • RD 2
  • Readers Digest
  • Real Buzz
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Simplemost
  • Start
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  • The Muse
  • The Sun
  • The Work Print
  • Thrillist
  • Time Out
  • Too Fab
  • USA Today
  • Vogue
  • Vulture

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin’s house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother attempts to race home before Christmas Day.




The 175+ Additional Best Movies To Watch At Christmas



#BooksAuthorsLists
48Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 
Cosmopolitan
Empire Online
Forbes
Independent
Start
Thrillist
49The Night Before (2015)Jonathan LevineEsquire
Forbes
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
Rotten Tomatoes
Thrillist
50The Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
Cosmopolitan
Forbes
Pure Wow
RD
Rotten Tomatoes
Thrillist
51About a Boy (2002) 
Cosmopolitan
Merch Dope
Pure Wow
Thrillist
Time Out
52Carol (2015) 
Independent
Merch Dope
Thrillist
Time Out
Vulture
53Frosty the Snowman (1969)Jules BassIMDB 2
Mental Floss
Merch Dope
Rotten Tomatoes
Start
54In Bruges (2008) 
Detroit News
Her
Merch Dope
Start
Time Out
55Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Her
Merch Dope
RD
Start
Time Out
56Serendipity (2001)Peter Chelsom
Cosmopolitan
Her
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
Start
57The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)Sidney LanfieldIMDB
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
Thrillist
Vulture
58The Ref (1994)Ted DemmeIMDB 2
Merch Dope
Rotten Tomatoes
The Work Print
Thrillist
59A Christmas Prince (2017) 
Cosmopolitan
Esquire
Mirror
RD
60Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Daily Dot
Her
Merch Dope
Time Out
61Eyes Wide Shut 
Detroit News
Esquire
Start
Thrillist
62Happy Christmas (2014) Esquire
Independent
RD
Rotten Tomatoes
63Holiday Inn Her
Hi Consumption
Start
Thrillist
64Holiday Inn (1942) IMDB
Mirror
Time Out
Too Fab
65How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 
Empire Online
Mirror
Start
Too Fab
66It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)Roy Del RuthIMDB 2
Merch Dope
Start
Vulture
67Just Friends (2005)Roger Kumble
Cosmopolitan
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
Thrillist
68Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) 
Empire Online
Rotten Tomatoes
Time Out
Vulture
69Mixed Nuts (1994)Nora EphronIMDB 2
Merch Dope
Start
Too Fab
70Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) 
Empire Online
Independent
Rotten Tomatoes
Thrillist
718 Women (2001) 
Merch Dope
Start
Time Out
72Almost Christmas (2016) 
Merch Dope
RD
Thrillist
73Christmas Vacation (1989)Jeremiah S. ChechikIMDB
IMDB 2
Mental Floss
74Christmas with the Kranks (2004)Joe RothForbes
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
75
Dr.Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
 Her
Now To Love
RD 2
76Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Heavy
Pure Wow
Thrillist
77Jack FrostTroy MillerHer
IMDB 2
RD
78Metropolitan (1990) Esquire
Merch Dope
Thrillist
79One Magic Christmas (1985)Phillip BorsosEsquire
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
80Santa Claus The Movie Her
iNews
Tech Advisor
81Shrek the Halls (2007)Gary TrousdaleIMDB 2
Merch Dope
Parenting
82Tangerine (2015) 
Merch Dope
Thrillist
Vulture
83The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)Jules BassEW
IMDB 2
Merch Dope
84Tokyo Godfathers (2003 
Rotten Tomatoes
Simplemost
Start
85We’re No Angels (1955) IMDB
Merch Dope
Thrillist
86A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)Kevin ConnorIMDB 2
Merch Dope
87A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)Harvey FrostIMDB 2
Merch Dope
88A Season for Miracles (1999)Michael PressmanIMDB 2
Merch Dope
89All I Want for Christmas (1991)Robert LiebermanIMDB 2
Merch Dope
90Beyond Tomorrow (1940)A. Edward SutherlandIMDB 2
Merch Dope
91Christmas Evil (1980) Thrillist
Time Out
92Christmas in Boston (2005)Neill FearnleyIMDB 2
Merch Dope
93Crown for Christmas (2015)Alex ZammIMDB 2
Merch Dope
94Deck the Halls (2006)John WhitesellIMDB 2
Mirror
95Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977) 
Mental Floss
Rotten Tomatoes
96Frozen (2013) 
Cosmopolitan
Mirror
97Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014)Tim HillIMDB 2
Merch Dope
98Help for the Holidays (2012)Bradford MayIMDB 2
Merch Dope
99Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)Tim JohnsonIMDB 2
Merch Dope
100Last Holiday (2006) Esquire
Mirror
101Lovely, Still (2008)Nicholas FacklerIMDB 2
Merch Dope
102Mean Girls 
Cosmopolitan
Her
103Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) 
Merch Dope
Time Out
104Mrs. Miracle (2009)Michael ScottIMDB 2
Merch Dope
105Nativity! (2009)Debbie IsittIMDB 2
Merch Dope
106Noel (2004)Chazz PalminteriIMDB 2
Merch Dope
107Nothing Like the HolidaysAlfredo Rodriguez de VillaIMDB 2
RD
108November Christmas (2010)Robert HarmonIMDB 2
Merch Dope
109Prancer (1989)John D. HancockIMDB 2
Merch Dope
110Rise of the Guardians Parenting
RD 2
111Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)Jules BassIMDB 2
Merch Dope
112Scrooge (1970) IMDB
Vulture
113Silent Night (2002)Rodney GibbonsIMDB 2
Merch Dope
114Snowglobe (2007)Ron LagomarsinoIMDB 2
Merch Dope
115The Christmas Card (2006)Stephen BridgewaterIMDB 2
Merch Dope
116The Christmas Shoes (2002)Andy WolkIMDB 2
Merch Dope
117
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
 Her
Time Out
118The Family Man (2000)Brett RatnerIMDB 2
Merch Dope
119The Great Rupert (1950) Start
Vulture
120The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)Paul BogartIMDB 2
Merch Dope
121The Ice Harvest (2005) USA Today
Vulture
122The Little Drummer Boy (1968)Jules BassIMDB 2
Merch Dope
123The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) 
Rotten Tomatoes
Start
124The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)Michael ScottIMDB 2
Merch Dope
125The Nativity StoryCatherine HardwickeForbes
IMDB 2
126The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)Stephen ChboskyIMDB 2
Merch Dope
127The Santa Suit (2010)Robert VaughnIMDB 2
Merch Dope
128Trapped in Paradise (1994)George GalloIMDB 2
Merch Dope
1293 Godfathers (1948) Start
Vulture
13012 Dates of ChristmasJames HaymanIMDB 2
131A Bad Moms Christmas RD
132A Christmas Carol (1999) 
Independent
133A Garfield Christmas Special’ (1987) Heavy
134All Is BrightPhil MorrisonIMDB 2
135Babes in Toyland (1961) Start
136Batman Her
137Ben Hur Her
138Bernie and the Genie iNews
139Better Watch Out (2017 
Rotten Tomatoes
140Black Nativity RD
141Brazil (1985) 
Empire Online
142
Charlie and Lola: How Many More Minutes Until Christmas?
 RD 2
143Chris Osterndorf Daily Dot
144Christmas EveMitch DavisIMDB 2
145Christmas MailJohn MurlowskiIMDB 2
146Christmas StoryJuha WuolijokiIMDB 2
147Christmas with the Joker RD 2
148Comfort and Joy (1984) Vulture
149Cool Runnings Her
150Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Parenting
151Donna Reed 
Now To Love
152Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure Parenting
153E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 
Tech Advisor
154Eight Crazy NightsSeth KearsleyIMDB 2
155Elmo’s Christmas Countdown Parenting
156Eloise at Christmastime Start
157Frank Capra 
Now To Love
158Fred Claus Forbes
159Friday After NextMarcus RaboyIMDB 2
160Ghostbusters II (1989) Time Out
161Go 
Detroit News
162Green Book 
Detroit News
163Harry Potter Her
164
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
 Time Out
165Holiday in HandcuffsRon UnderwoodIMDB 2
166Holiday Inn (1942 
Rotten Tomatoes
167Holiday Inn’ (1942) Heavy
168How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Pure Wow
169Hugh Grant 
Now To Love
170I’ll Be Home for ChristmasArlene SanfordIMDB 2
171James Bond Her
172James Stewart 
Now To Love
173Jean Shepherd 
Now To Love
174Joulutarina (2007) 
Merch Dope
175Kristin’s Christmas PastJim FallIMDB 2
176Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah Parenting
177Little Women RD 2
178Merry Christmas, Olivia Parenting
179Merry Madagascar RD 2
180Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999) 
Merch Dope
181Night of the Comet Daily Dot
182Office Christmas Party Esquire
183Olive, the Other Reindeer RD 2
184Original Christmas Classics Parenting
185Peace on Earth (1939) Vulture
186Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special Daily Dot
187Pete’s ChristmasNisha GanatraIMDB 2
188Polar Express (2004) Mirror
189Pretty Woman Her
190Reindeer GamesJohn FrankenheimerIMDB 2
191
Reve De Noel (The Christmas Dream) (1900)
 Vulture
192Rocky IV 
Detroit News
193Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1998) Mirror
194Santa Buddies Parenting
195Shalom Sesame: Chanukah Special Parenting
196Silent Night, Deadly Night Esquire
197Singin’ In The Rain Her
198Speed Her
199Surviving ChristmasMike MitchellIMDB 2
200The Bishop USA Today
201The Charlie Brown Christmas Special RD
202The Christmas Chronicles 
Hello Magazine
203The Christmas Prince 
Hello Magazine
204The Christmas SpiritJack AngeloIMDB 2
205The Christmas Toy 
Mental Floss
206The Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaTatsuya IshiharaIMDB 2
207The Dog Who Saved Christmas Parenting
208The Holiday Inn (1942) 
Merch Dope
209The Holiday’ Pure Wow
210The Holly and the Ivy (1952) IMDB
211The Insects’ Christmas (1913) Vulture
212The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) 
Merch Dope
213The Lord Of The Rings Her
214The Man Who Came to Dinner’ (1942) Simplemost
215The Merry Gentleman RD
216The Santa Clause 2 Forbes
217The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Forbes
218The Sound Of Music Her
219The Star Parenting
220The Ultimate Christmas PresentGreg BeemanIMDB 2
221The Wonderful World of DisneyWilliam DearIMDB 2
222This Christmas Forbes
223Titanic Her
224Toy Story Her
225Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas Forbes
226Uncle Buck Her
227White Reindeer Esquire
228Why Him? Her
229Will Ferrell. 
Now To Love
230Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Her
231Window WonderlandMichael ScottIMDB 2
232You’ve Got Mail (1998) Time Out



40 Best Movies Taking Place During The Holiday Season Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Bustle The 13 Best Christmas Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes
Cosmopolitan 25 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Daily Dot The Best Christmas Movies of All Time: 20 Must-See Holiday Movies
Detroit News From ‘Elf’ to ‘Die Hard,’ Christmas films for all types
Empire Online The 30 Best Christmas Movies
Esquire 40 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
EW These are the top 20 Christmas movies ever
Forbes The 25 Highest-Grossing Christmas Movies Of All Time At The U.S. …
Heavy 25 Best Christmas Movies of All Time: The Ultimate List (2018)
Hello Magazine The top 10 Christmas movies of all time
Her We ranked the best Christmas films from 53 to one and it’s guaranteed …
Hi Consumption The 25 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
IMDB Poll: Greatest Christmas Films of All-Time
IMDB 2 The Top 100 Christmas movies of all-time
Independent Best Christmas movies: The 20 greatest festive films ranked, from …
iNews Best Christmas movies of all time
Mental Floss The 20 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Mental Floss 2 The Original Reviews of 10 Classic Christmas Movies
Merch Dope The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Mirror Best Christmas movies: Top films to watch from Elf to Home Alone …
Now To Love The best Christmas movies of all time
Parenting 25 Best Christmas Movies for Kids
Pure Wow 25 Best Christmas Movies Ranked
RD Best Christmas Movies of All Time, Ranked
RD 2 The Best Kids’ Christmas Movies
Readers Digest 15 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Real Buzz Top 5 Christmas Movies Of All Time
Rotten Tomatoes The 50 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Simplemost Christmas Movies Everyone Should See Once
Start The 58 Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Tech Advisor 18 Best Christmas Movies EVER
The Muse The 5 Best Christmas Movies Ever
The Sun FESTIVE FILMS Here are the top 10 Christmas movies of all time and …
The Work Print The Workprint’s Top Ten Christmas Films of All-Time
Thrillist Best Christmas Movies of All Time, Ranked
Time Out 50 Best Christmas Movies Ranked From Naughty To Nice …
Too Fab 25 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time, Ranked
USA Today Ranked: 20 best Christmas movies ever (yes, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’)
Vogue Best Christmas Movies: 13 Favorites to Watch on Christmas Morning …
Vulture 40 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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