Best Christmas Movies of All-Time


A Christmas Story (1983) - The film relates the tale of Ralphie Parker, who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and will go to any lengths to get it despite the numerous adult admonitions of "you'll shoot your eye out." Over the course of the film, Ralphie hides a Red Ryder advertisement in his mother's magazine, fibs about the spotting of a dangerous animal in the neighborhood, blurts his desire outright, writes an essay on the subject, and asks an impatient Santa just as the department store closes. Ultimately, Ralphie's "Old Man" gives Ralphie his BB gun for Christmas, stating that he had one himself at an earlier age.  Amazon


Its A Wonderful Life(1946) - The film takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls shortly after World War II and stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose attempted suicide on Christmas Eve gains the attention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody  who is sent to help him in his hour of need. Most of the film is told through flashbacks spanning George's entire life and narrated by Franklin and Joseph, unseen Angels who are preparing Clarence for his mission to save George. Through these flashbacks we see all the people whose lives have been touched by George and the difference he has made to the community in which he lives.



Miracle on 34th Street(1947) - Kris Kringle is indignant to find that the person assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Percy Helton) is intoxicated. When he complains to the event's director, Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), she persuades Kris to replace him. He does such a fine job that he is hired to be the Santa for Macy's flagship New York City store on 34th Street at Herald Square. Amazon


Christmas Vacation (1989) - This is the one Christmas movie that I don't anyone can ever get tired of. Chevy Chase returns in the third installment of the Vacation series as Clarke W. Griswold as he tries desperately to maintain his sanity during the holidays with all of his relatives coming to stay under his roof and enduring all the mishaps along the way.  Amazon


Love Actually(2003) - A romantic comedy first released in cinemas in October and November 2003. The film was the directorial debut of successful English screen-writer Richard Curtis and features an ensemble cast of predominantly British actors. The film weaves a number of love stories together, linking many characters together in the process. Below are summaries of each vignette, with crossovers pointed out appropriately. The film begins five weeks before Christmas. Amazon


Home Alone (1990) - A comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to France for a Christmas vacation. While initially relishing his time alone, he is later threatened with two house burglars, whom he outwits by rigging the house with booby traps. Amazon


The Santa Clause (1994) - It's an original '90s style Christmas story that tugs at your heart strings, and reminds you that we were all kids once. It reminds you of those days when you dreamt of Santa... when you stood in line waiting to sit on the jolly elf's lap... your knees shaking... as you tried to memorize what you were going to ask Santa. Anyone who isn't touched by this movie should look for the little boy or girl inside, and remember the Christmas Eves when you listened for the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof.  Amazon


Elf (2003) - As a baby, Buddy(Will Ferrell) crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father(James Caan). But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world. Amazon


Scrooged(1988) - Francis "Frank" Xavier Cross is a selfish, cynical television programming executive whose concentration on his lucrative, fast climbing career cost him his true love, Claire Phillips, alienated him from his family and obliterated any chance of having a happy and fulfilling life. Essentially, Frank has become nothing but an expensive black suit who barks orders and overworks his assistant Grace Cooley, forcing her to constantly break plans with her family. Amazon



The Family Man(2000) - A 2000 Brett Ratner film starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni, about a man who is given a glimpse at what could have been, if he had made a different decision 13 years ago. It is similar to It's a Wonderful Life, in that it starts on Christmas Eve with a life and death situation involving an angel who tries to get the main character (Campbell) to take a long, earnest look at his life. In the end, the protagonists in both movies conclude that a quiet family life is preferrable to achieving huge success and wealth at work, although each movie's protagonist approaches the issue from opposite places initially.  Amazon


Honorable Mention

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 

A Christmas Carol, George C. Scott (1984) 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 

The Polar Express

Christmas in Connecticut

White Christmas (1954) 


Top Ten Antimated Christmas TV Shows 

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  2. Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer

  3. Charlie Brown Christmas

  4. Santa Clause is coming to town

  5. The Little Drummer Boy

  6. Frosty the Snowman

  7. Rocky Mountain Christmas

  8. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

  9. Emmett Otter

  10. The Year Without a Santa Claus