Top 100 Best Christmas Movies To Watch In 2023

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 14, 2023

Christmas Movies


Christmas is a festival of giving, affection, understanding, and encouragement. The emotions that are attached to this global celebration go with the presents that people share, a plethora of X-Mas trees that are brought home, and the subsequent decorations and smiles that follow.


Therefore, “what did you get for Christmas?” is a ubiquitous query heard out of the mouths of everyone you meet around the much-awaited vacations.


So, if the department stores and shopping malls are crammed with both people and stuff for Christmas, why should our houses be left alone?


In addition to all the Christmas paraphernalia that surrounds us, there is yet another priceless tradition that has become a part of families across the globe during the holidays; a tradition that brings the entire household together for a remarkable movie experience.


So, let’s chalk out our plans to celebrate Christmas in the right spirit this year, and for all the years to come, going through this distinguished list of motion pictures that make the holidays truly feel blissful.


Here is a list of the top 100 Christmas feature films of all time. Some of these are the most remarkable mainstream Christmas-themed movies while others have won hearts through their screening on television.



100. Deck the Halls (2006)


Deck the Halls (2006)


Entity Detail
Title Deck the Halls
Release Year 2006
Watch time 93 min
Directors John Whitesell
Cast Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis
Domestic Box office $35.09M
IMDb Rating 5
Metascore 28
Writers Matt Corman
Music By George S. Clinton
Cinematography By Mark Irwin
Costume By Tedd Kuchera


Starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito in the lead, 'Deck the Halls' reveals some of its funniest scenes in the trailers itself, but it still has enough hilarious surprises for a Christmas Day viewing.


It starts great and does slide downhill just a bit, but an attempt to make a statement about the seriousness of Christmas is noticeable.


Although far from perfect, Deck the Halls is noteworthy and does its best to compliment the genre of Christmas-themed feature films well enough.


To conclude, it is an entertaining watch that gives you a decent number of laughs and works as a distraction for a good 90-minutes.



99. Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018)


Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018)


Over the years, Christmas feature films have turned themselves into a huge industry; and because there is a large number of them in the market, it is only obvious that they can look predictable and similar to each other.


Another Christmas-based film is 'Surviving Christmas with the Relatives'. It tracks the journey of an English family that hosts Christmas, which eventually goes poorly, and then everything ends perfectly because of course, it's the time of the holidays.


Not as silly or risk-taking as most of the movies in the genre, it is still a good flick to pass your time with during the X-Mas vacations.




98. Christmas Eve (2015)


Christmas Eve (2015)


Entity Detail
Title Christmas Eve
Release Year 2015
Watch time 95 min
Directors Mitch Davis
Cast Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday Rodriguez, Cheryl Hines
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5
Metascore 24
Writers Mitch Davis Tyler McKellar
Music By Christian Davis
Cinematography By Ty Arnold
Costume By Tatyana 'Tita' Sleptsova


This often dramatic and comedic tale of six distinct groups of New Yorkers who get stuck inside elevators overnight on Christmas Eve has been co-written and directed by Mitch Davis.


It is an amusing motion picture that thrives on its stimulating dialogues and a bunch of off-beat characters that keep the viewers engrossed through to the very end.


An under-appreciated feature, it stars Patrick Stewart in an essential role and is very different from the other Christmas films out there, courtesy of its cleverly penned script.


Also, watch out for the band and the mesmerizing rendition of Silent Night.




97. Holly Star (2018)


Holly Star (2018)


This Christmas-based feature film has been written and directed by Michael A. Nickles. The screenplay comprises decent performances by most of the cast members, each of whom seems to fit their respective parts perfectly.


This enjoyable comedy also has a tinge of romance to go with it. That said, elements of mystery, touches of personal history, some physical humor, and the expected joy of the Christmas holidays make this motion picture worth watching.


In addition, the puppet sequences add a surreal quality to the often-twisty screenplay. Also, those who have not seen this film have to beware of the fact that the climax can leave them befuddled.




96. A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)


A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)


Starring Laura Marano and Gregg Sulkin in the lead, this Christmas-themed teen comedy musical film is written and directed by Michelle Johnston. 'A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish' tells the story of a talented young girl who is discredited by her widowed stepmother and her wannabe-famous stepsisters on their hunt for money.


No matter how morbid the plot sounds, this is overall a cute motion picture in which the "evil" characters are just over the top evil.


However, a triumph over that which is evil is what adds to the Christmas cheer that this film ultimately promises.


That being said, the story here is enjoyable yet predictable, and another likeable addition to a plethora of Cinderella stories out there.




95. Surviving Christmas (2004)


Surviving Christmas (2004)


Entity Detail
Title Surviving Christmas
Release Year 2004
Watch time 91 min
Directors Mike Mitchell
Cast Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara
Domestic Box office $11.66M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 19
Writers Deborah Kaplan
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By Peter Lyons Collister
Costume By Lisa Fischer


'Surviving Christmas' tells the story of a young millionaire who hires a family to spend Christmas with.


The film stars Ben Affleck in the lead and is quite watchable and entertaining. Despite trying to be funny, it wishes to convey that the true spirit of Christmas is realized when people come together to celebrate it.


Therefore, this Christmas-themed motion picture is jolly and does not require a lot of brains to be seen or understood.


One has to just sit back, relax, and go with the flow to truly find it worth their time.


Furthermore, the film also states that one cannot use wealth to buy happiness or sympathy.




94. Mixed Nuts (1994)


Mixed Nuts (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Mixed Nuts
Release Year 1994
Watch time 97 min
Directors Nora Ephron
Cast Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Anthony LaPaglia
Domestic Box office $6.80M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 14
Writers Nora Ephron
Music By George Fenton
Cinematography By Sven Nykvist
Costume By George DeTitta Jr.


'Mixed Nuts' is a Christmas comedy that revolves around the lives of a group of static caricatures brought together for an awfully monotonous Christmas Eve.


This Nora Ephron-helmed project does not have a lot of meat in its storyline, but the characters are intriguing, and the script has heart and is often touching.


That said, even though some of its scenes are stupidly funny, the film can still help some viewers identify with at least some of its aspects.


This is precisely why this motion picture is for those who are not fully filled with the spirit of Christmas.


There's something for everyone here; more so if one is planning to watch this around Christmas time.



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93. Jack Frost (1998)


Jack Frost (1998)


Entity Detail
Title Jack Frost
Release Year 1998
Watch time 101 min
Directors Troy Miller
Cast Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy
Domestic Box office $34.55M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 40
Writers Mark Steven Johnson
Music By Trevor Rabin
Cinematography By László Kovács
Costume By Ronald R. Reiss


Starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston in the lead, 'Jack Frost' is a Christmas-themed fantasy drama based on a snowman.


The Troy Miller-directed film spotlighted the popular song, Frosty the Snowman, and traced the journey of a musician father who unexpectedly gets killed in a car accident only to come back in his son's life as a snowman.


This Christmas feature is a well-intentioned drama that has its heart in the right place.


It carries the message of hope and the importance of being around one's parents, especially during a festive season.


And, even though it can come across as predictable, admirers of Michael Keaton would perhaps like it better.




92. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)


Christmas with the Kranks (2004)


Entity Detail
Title Christmas with the Kranks
Release Year 2004
Watch time 99 min
Directors Joe Roth
Cast Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh
Domestic Box office $73.78M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 22
Writers John Grisham
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Karen O'Hara


This Joe Roth directorial venture is a Christmas-based family comedy that strives to promote the idea of conformity during the holidays.


Screenwriter Chris Columbus attempts to adapt John Grisham's novel "Skipping Christmas" for the screen with this one but is able to do so only marginally.


That said, this motion picture has some gleeful moments that work for the better part of the screenplay, barring the last thirty minutes or so.


Actors Tim Allen and Jaime Lee Curtis have been cast perfectly for each other and their chemistry makes this rather unusual plot watchable, if not memorable. 'Christmas with the Kranks' is certainly an entertaining holiday watch, even if it is not going to be lauded as the perfect family Christmas flick.




91. Christmas Mail (2010)


Christmas Mail (2010)


Entity Detail
Title Christmas Mail
Release Year 2010
Watch time 89 min
Directors John Murlowski
Cast Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Lochlyn Munro, Rolonda Watts
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore ---
Writers Lorene Lacey
Music By Justin Duval
Cinematography By Joy Zimmerman
Costume By Tom Shell


Directed by John Murlowski, 'Christmas Mail' is an amiable Christmas film that is rather light on-paper and should be seen in the spirit that it was filmed in.


The screenplay starts well but it relinquishes its oomph factor as it begins unfolding; primarily because there is no big, glitzy ending in place.


That said, the actors here are likeable, and the sets are attractive. For those who get a kick out of romance and want a holiday film to put them in the right mood, Christmas Mail can be a viable option; meaning, they shouldn't wait for long to order this film via mail this X-Mas.




90. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)


I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)


Entity Detail
Title I'll Be Home for Christmas
Release Year 1998
Watch time 86 min
Directors Arlene Sanford
Cast Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole
Domestic Box office $12.21M
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore ---
Writers Tom Nursall
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Hiro Narita
Costume By Lin MacDonald


This American Christmas family comedy stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel in prominent roles and has been directed by Arlene Sanford.


Like most Christmas-themed feature films, this one is also a watchable option for the holidays.


Sure, the storyline is a tad implausible, and the plot doesn't hold up much as it progresses, but it has moments of wit in abundance and its heart in the right place.


It is a zany road movie in which the obstacles faced by its lead character are more or less relatable.


The animations and the overall presentation here are first-rate and carry the required Christmas vibe.




89. The Preacher's Wife (1996)


The Preacher's Wife (1996)


Entity Detail
Title The Preacher's Wife
Release Year 1996
Watch time 123 min
Directors Penny Marshall
Cast Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines
Domestic Box office $48.10M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore ---
Writers Robert Nathan
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Miroslav Ondrícek
Costume By George DeTitta Jr.


This mainstream feature may be predictable, but it is a precious-looking drama starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in the lead.


The film tells the story of an angel who comes to Earth to help a preacher save his church and his family.


A remake of sorts of the popular classic 'The Bishop's Wife', it has been updated and given a fresh twist and its Christmas theme has been rightfully preserved by director Penny Marshall.


The music here is incomparable, courtesy of Whitney Houston's magical voice, and the Christmas cheer that this film promises to bring makes it a nice holiday watch for the entire family.



88. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)


A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)


Entity Detail
Title A Bad Moms Christmas
Release Year 2017
Watch time 104 min
Directors Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez
Domestic Box office $72.11M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 42
Writers Jon Lucas
Music By Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography By Mitchell Amundsen
Costume By Julia Caston


Written and directed by the duo of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, 'A Bad Moms Christmas' tells the story of three "Bad Moms" who are facing a stressful Christmas.


The chemistry between the three ladies is super fun to watch, even though they don't share a lot of screen time.


This Christmas-themed feature film stands out in the sense that it concentrates on each individual mother-daughter relationship and attempts to convey that Christmas is more about being around one's loved ones than about decorations.


Those who have seen 2016's 'Bad Moms' will enjoy the kind of humor presented in A Bad Moms Christmas.



87. Fred Claus (2007)


Fred Claus (2007)


Entity Detail
Title Fred Claus
Release Year 2007
Watch time 116 min
Directors David Dobkin
Cast Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
Domestic Box office $72.01M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 42
Writers Dan Fogelman
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Remi Adefarasin
Costume By Erin Boyd


Director David Dobkin's 'Fred Claus' stars Vince Vaughn in the lead and may not exactly be a Christmas cracker, but is decent, nevertheless.


Although predictable and slightly unevenly paced, it does look promising courtesy of its pretty cinematography and catchy soundtrack; both of which are enough to put you in the mood for the Christmas season.


That said, not all the gags work but there are some genuinely funny moments. In addition, Paul Giamatti's portrayal as the Santa Clause works in this motion picture succeeds in bringing a smile to the face of its viewers.


The feature comprises a unique idea of Santa having a brother and carries a message of giving even to those who are the most mischievous.



86. Jingle All the Way (1996)


Jingle All the Way (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Jingle All the Way
Release Year 1996
Watch time 89 min
Directors Brian Levant
Cast Arnold Schwarz, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson
Domestic Box office $60.57M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 34
Writers Randy Kornfield
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Victor J. Kemper
Costume By John H. Anderson


This Brian Levant directorial venture traces the journey of a father who is trying his best to get his son a difficult-to-get toy for the holiday season.


Headlined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this one is a light-hearted feature film that can get both real and cheesy at the same time.


That said, it is definitely a funny and entertaining watch that talks about one of the most important aspects of the Christmas holidays: getting gifts.


Add to that the fact that the screenplay also carries the message of the importance of family; an essential element for Christmas-themed motion pictures across the globe.



85. White Reindeer (2013)


White Reindeer (2013)


Entity Detail
Title White Reindeer
Release Year 2013
Watch time 82 min
Directors Zach Clark
Cast Nathan Williams, Kim Park, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lydia Hyslop
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 69
Writers Zach Clark
Music By Fritz Myers
Cinematography By Daryl Pittman
Costume By Josh Haslup


Written and directed by Zach Clark, 'White Reindeer' is not your typical family or Christmas movie.


In fact, it tries to portray a very different side of X-mas and goes all the way in doing so.


The story takes place around Christmas time and makes a remarkable statement about how Christmas is considered to just be a festival of prosperity, bright lights, and boundless celebrations.


Yet, it goes on to add that people are seldom what they appear to be and that is what forms the crux of its storyline.


Suzzane is a successful realtor who is happily living with her husband. Everythings seems to be fine until one day her husband is murdered and a mountain of despair arrives in her life. Unknown to her, she discovers about her husband affair with a stripper from a co-worker of her husband.


The screenplay is all about Suzanne Barrington's journey in realizing this lifelong lesson. Therefore, it is safe to say that this one is an independent Christmas feature that can perhaps be comprehended when seen alone, and not with the family.



84. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)


The Santa Clause 2 (2002)


Entity Detail
Title The Santa Clause 2
Release Year 2002
Watch time 104 min
Directors Michael Lembeck
Cast Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd
Domestic Box office $139.24M
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 48
Writers Don Rhymer
Music By George S. Clinton
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Peter Lando


The second vehicle of 'The Santa Clause' film franchise has been filmed eight years apart from the first.


Even though this Michael Lembeck directorial venture failed to match up to the overall endearment of its predecessor, it is still an enjoyable and charming little movie.


The soundtrack in this one is lovely to the ears and the look of the film is nice and appealing.


Also, one must watch out for and appreciate Tim Allen's dry ironic humor because he knows how to make adequate use of it.


No wonder then that he manages to retain the Christmas spirit with his antics in this one as well.



83. Four Christmases (2008)


Four Christmases (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Four Christmases
Release Year 2008
Watch time 88 min
Directors Seth Gordon
Cast Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall
Domestic Box office $120.15M
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 41
Writers Matt Allen
Music By Alex Wurman
Cinematography By Jeffrey L. Kimball
Costume By Jan Pascale


Even though not as popular as other mainstream features of Reese Witherspoon among critics, this Seth Gordon-helmed project talks a lot about searching for the real joys of life; joys that do not come through exotic holidays or presents, but through honest friendships and understanding.


As Brad and Kate, a couple ascertained that marriage isn't for them, Vince Vaughn and Witherspoon capture a believable dynamic that most relationships go through in the real world.


Having said that, the screenplay here follows a multiple Christmas concept that works; therefore, making 'Four Christmases' a nice medium to relive the fun and trauma of the family holidays.



82. Operation Christmas Drop (2020)


Operation Christmas Drop (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Operation Christmas Drop
Release Year 2020
Watch time 95 min
Directors Martin Wood
Cast Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig, Trezzo Mahoro, Bethany Brown
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 47
Writers Gregg Rossen
Music By Hamish Thomson
Cinematography By Michael C. Blundell
Costume By Glenne Campbell


This Martin Wood directorial venture is another addition to the long list of Christmas-based films that release each year.


Most of them look and feel the same but this is precisely what makes 'Operation Christmas Drop' watchable, if not exactly worthy of being repeated.


The screenplay rides on some cute leads who share decent chemistry among themselves and attempts to bring to light the supposed "good cause" to its viewers.


Apparently inspired by a real-life story, this feature film is appealing but at the cost of coming across as predictable.


Since this is a Christmas movie, it goes without saying that the ending would not be unpredictable.


Nevertheless, it could give its audience the warm glow they might need this X-Mas.



81. Reindeer Games (2000)


Reindeer Games (2000)


Entity Detail
Title Reindeer Games
Release Year 2000
Watch time 104 min
Directors John Frankenheimer
Cast Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain
Domestic Box office $23.36M
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 37
Writers Ehren Kruger
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Alan Caso
Costume By Elizabeth Wilcox


Directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron as main protagonists, 'Reindeer Games' is a rather under-represented Christmas-themed action thriller that can be revisited this X-mas.


The film may not exactly be revolutionary in the true sense of the word, but Frankenheimer's direction, some fine piece of acting, reasonable action, and few workable plot twists make it a decent one-time watch.


Add to that the fact it includes the right amount of wit, some tense junctures, and enough chaos that help it turn into a fun and fascinating thriller.


Overall, this isn't a must-see feature, but it is certainly worth watching if you are a fan of the genre.



80. A Christmas Prince (2017)


A Christmas Prince (2017)


Entity Detail
Title A Christmas Prince
Release Year 2017
Watch time 92 min
Directors Alex Zamm
Cast Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore ---
Writers Karen Schaler
Music By Zack Ryan
Cinematography By Viorel Sergovici
Costume By Alexandra Barladeanu


Directed by Alex Zamm, this Netflix original movie follows the tropes of a traditional Hallmark Christmas feature film and will be savored by those who have an affinity for Christmas-based flicks by Hallmark.


It tracks the journey of a determined journalist and a rogue prince in a country that isn’t even real.


Nevertheless, even though there is no specific plot in place, the screenplay rides high on the Christmas spirit and there is enough romance to be relished with a glass of red wine around; even more for those who don't mind watching a corny romantic comedy during the X-Mas holidays.



79. Friday After Next (2002)


Friday After Next (2002)


Entity Detail
Title Friday After Next
Release Year 2002
Watch time 85 min
Directors Marcus Raboy
Cast Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don 'D.C.' Curry
Domestic Box office $32.98M
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 35
Writers Ice Cube
Music By John Murphy
Cinematography By Glen MacPherson
Costume By Melissa M. Levander


This Marcus Raboy-helmed feature film is another "stoner" comedy to make it to this list.


Even though 'Friday After Next' fails to retain its constant flow of being funny, it still has sufficient laugh-out-loud moments to be considered a hilarious Christmas-themed movie.


That said, the screenplay comprises dialogues that can risk coming across as profane to a lot of many viewers.


However, this motion picture can be suggested to anyone who is looking to have a good time and who couldn't care less about its low ratings, especially not around the Christmas holidays.


Moreover, this will be a total delight to those who like to watch Ice Cube and Mike Epps together on the screen.



78. Love the Coopers (2015)


Love the Coopers (2015)


Entity Detail
Title Love the Coopers
Release Year 2015
Watch time 107 min
Directors Jessie Nelson
Cast Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms
Domestic Box office $26.28M
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 31
Writers Steven Rogers
Music By Nick Urata
Cinematography By Elliot Davis
Costume By Paul Cheponis


'Love the Coopers' can warm you up without ever being gooey. The humor in this Jessie Nelson-helmed project is sharp and observant and works like magic, courtesy of the entertaining performances by its top-notch ensemble cast.


The overall story features a whole lot of characters dealing with a wide range of issues.


That said, this Christmas-themed entertainer carries the general theme of love and respect for one's family members, especially in and around the Christmas holidays.


What compensates for it being predictable is the fact that this Christmas comedy is a poignantly bittersweet tear-jerker that will work for most of its viewers.



77. Christmas Eve (1947)


Christmas Eve (1947)


Based on the story by Richard H. Landau and starring George Raft, George Brent, and Randolph Scott in pivotal roles, 'Christmas Eve' is another pleasant holiday watch from the 1940s.


The screenplay doesn't encompass the true Christmassy vibe, but it can be seen for its curiosity factor and the assembled cast.


Although not as popular as its counterparts that were released during the same decade, this motion picture does have its charm with its climax wrapped in the spirit of Christmas, thus, making it a heartwarmingly fun flick to watch during the holidays.


That said, its script did have an original idea for a holiday film, but a not so enthusiastic execution reduces it into being a mere one-time watch.



76. Trapped in Paradise (1994)


Trapped in Paradise (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Trapped in Paradise
Release Year 1994
Watch time 111 min
Directors George Gallo
Cast Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Richard B. Shull
Domestic Box office $5.78M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore ---
Writers George Gallo
Music By Robert Folk
Cinematography By Jack N. Green
Costume By Gordon Sim


A forgotten Christmas-themed feature, 'Trapped in Paradise' stars Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey in prominent roles.


The movie tells the story of three brothers who decide to rob a bank in the small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve.


Although not a perfect holiday motion picture, it is still a light-hearted fare with the inimitable Cage taking charge of affairs to deliver to his viewers.


It's crucial to add that since Cage doesn’t make comedies like this anymore, his fans need to revisit this flick during the holidays to remember how good he could be in his screwball comedies.



75. Fatman (2020)


Fatman (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Fatman
Release Year 2020
Watch time 100 min
Directors Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Cast Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 40
Writers Ian Nelms
Music By Mondo Boys
Cinematography By Johnny Derango
Costume By Ian Greig


The Mel Gibson starrer 'Fatman' is a Christmas-themed comic thriller that blends the raw Christmastime spirit of 'Bad Santa' with the gravity of a Zack Snyder motion picture.


The screenplay portrays a world where the Christmas spirit has lost its meaning and Mel Gibson is Mad Chris Cringle; ready to bring back the zeal of the season.


Although the plot may come across as superficial on the surface, the film looks and sounds great and the execution is entertaining, if not remarkable.


That said, it is no doubt one of the better guilt-pleasure Christmas movies to have released in the recent past and because it stars Gibson in the lead, there is a whole lot of action to take pleasure in.



74. The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020)


The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020)


Entity Detail
Title The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
Release Year 2020
Watch time 112 min
Directors Chris Columbus
Cast Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Julian Dennison
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore 51
Writers Matt Lieberman
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Elizabeth Wilcox


Director Chris Columbus tries to recreate the magic of 'The Christmas Chronicles' with 'The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two'.


The film follows the story of Kate Pierce, who has now turned into a pessimistic teen, and who is abruptly reunited with Santa Clause when an enigmatic troublemaker threatens to eliminate the celebration of Christmas holidays for good.


Even though this one is a busy successor, it fails to match the charm of its predecessor and even takes a while to get going.


That said, Kurt Russell and his wife (both in real life and in the film) seem to have had a lot of fun shooting this feature and it truly shows on the screen, which is why watching it around Christmas time can help the viewers revive their Christmas spirit.



73. All I Want for Christmas (1991)


All I Want for Christmas (1991)


Entity Detail
Title All I Want for Christmas
Release Year 1991
Watch time 92 min
Directors Robert Lieberman
Cast Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon
Domestic Box office $14.81M
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore ---
Writers Thom Eberhardt
Music By Bruce Broughton
Cinematography By Robbie Greenberg
Costume By John M. Dwyer


This satisfying Christmas-themed motion picture might just be the film some of us would be waiting to watch this season.


The predictable plot of this feature doesn't take away the fact that it can be seen at least once with the whole family; this even though it does carry shades of being a comedy romance.


That said, the emphasis here is on the two children in the screenplay and their endearing efforts to get their divorced parents back together.


This mildly entertaining Christmas movie has a certain nostalgic feel to it and a lot of people who grew up in the 90s would love to revisit it for that very reason.



72. I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016)


I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016)


Aiming to thrive on its visual appeal, 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' comprises a truly charming opening sequence, music that gives you the vibe of the season, and actors who try too hard to please their viewers during Christmas time.


Even though the plot is predictable and full of clichés, the two performers try their best to make the whole thing look respectable on the screen.


That said, the trite finale does not mean that the journey of getting there is not fun.


This James Brolin-helmed venture is fairly entertaining and has a lot of stuff going on before finishing off for good.



71. Almost Christmas (2016)


Almost Christmas (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Almost Christmas
Release Year 2016
Watch time 111 min
Directors David E. Talbert
Cast Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Mo'Nique
Domestic Box office $41.72M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 55
Writers David E. Talbert
Music By John Paesano
Cinematography By Larry Blanford
Costume By Marthe Pineau


This David E. Talbert directorial venture tracks the story of a dysfunctional family that gathers together for their first Christmas since the death of their mother.


The screenplay is loaded with clichés and stereotypes but is yet somewhat enjoyable. This Christmas-themed feature might carry a theme similar to several family-oriented flicks, but it is the comedic aspect here that works like charm and brings the required Christmassy vibe to meet the expectations of its viewers.


Walter Meyers who has lost her wife recently invites his grown-up children for Christmas celebrations. He hopes to have a nice family union but all four children are going through their own problems thus making it difficult to enjoy.


That said, the drama tends to get intense from time to time and comprises a set of enjoyable characters to make an impression.


Even though not exactly lovable, it has enough fun for a one-time viewing experience.



70. The Princess Switch (2018)


The Princess Switch (2018)


Entity Detail
Title The Princess Switch
Release Year 2018
Watch time 101 min
Directors Mike Rohl
Cast Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Alexa Adeosun
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore ---
Writers Robin Bernheim
Music By Terry Frewer
Cinematography By Lulu de Hillerin Viorel Sergovici
Costume By Luminita Lungu


This adorable Christmas-themed motion picture stars Vanessa Hudgens as the main lead, who does a solid job in her dual roles.


The Mike Rohl-helmed feature film may be light-hearted, but it goes through a period of drama to get to the desired finale.


It is romantic and cheerful and will be adored by females who love princesses and fairy tales.


Needless to say, this feel-good film is the perfect roller coaster ride for a cheesy and cute Christmas watch.


In addition, the sappy X-mas vibe that tags along in the screenplay will be acknowledged by viewers who are easily moved by emotions.



69. A Very Country Christmas (2017)


A Very Country Christmas (2017)


'A Very Country Christmas' is one of those television films that has been on the watchlist of plenty of viewers in the recent past.


Greyston Holt is likable as the male lead and the music and songs are all very pleasant and nostalgic to the ears.


Furthermore, the setting is picturesque and even though the screenplay might come across as bland sometimes, it still is enjoyable enough for a holiday viewing.


Also, there's a sufficient warm feeling and laughs present to recommend this. This Greyston Holt and Bea Santos starrer truly talk about how people just want to go home and feel the love during the holidays.



68. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)


Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Nothing Like the Holidays
Release Year 2008
Watch time 98 min
Directors Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa
Cast John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodríguez, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina
Domestic Box office $7.50M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 50
Writers Alison Swan
Music By Paul Oakenfold
Cinematography By Scott Kevan
Costume By Susan Kaufmann


Helmed by Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa, 'Nothing Like the Holidays' casts light on the happiness and the heartache of a Puerto Rican family gathered to celebrate Christmas in Chicago.


This slice-of-life Christmas-themed drama is a refreshing holiday film majorly because it ceases to come across as clichéd or sappy.


A fair mix of drama and comedy, it deals with strong family ties, their dilemmas, their amusements, and sorrows in equal measure; thus, making it an able watch for families around Christmas time.


The best thing about this motion picture is the fact that its star cast helps the story seem believable through their decent performances.



67. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)


Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)


A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven around Christmas time in this John McPhail-helmed project.


Although not a classic Christmas fare, this movie is a lot of fun; especially for the fans of musicals and zombie-themed flicks.


The execution is energetic, and the entertainer never loses its pace and thrives on its likable characters and outrageous gore to make an impact.


In addition, there is a touch of slight humanity amid the wild carnage that ensues, making it a slightly unusual but amusing watch during the Christmas holidays.


Also, the enthusiastic cast makes this feature a delight to watch.



66. Noel (2004)


Noel (2004)


Entity Detail
Title Noel
Release Year 2004
Watch time 96 min
Directors Chazz Palminteri
Cast Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 29
Writers David Hubbard
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Russell Carpenter
Costume By Carol Spier


With a striking star cast and a story penned with intricate detail and magnificence, 'Noel' has the ability to make one fall deep into the spirit of Christmas; so much so that they would not want to retreat from it.


It is not surprising then that this mainstream feature brings out the essence of the holiday season with élan and connects well with its select audience even today.


Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams (in an uncredited role) perform well in this Christmas-themed drama and their respective portrayals are a reflection of the simple yet intense human conditions that prevail in the real world.



65. Krampus (2015)


Krampus (2015)


Entity Detail
Title Krampus
Release Year 2015
Watch time 98 min
Directors Michael Dougherty
Cast Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman
Domestic Box office $42.59M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 49
Writers Todd Casey
Music By Douglas Pipes
Cinematography By Jules O'Loughlin
Costume By Jules Cook


A Christmas comedy horror feature based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, 'Krampus' has been written and directed by Michael Dougherty and is one of the better motion pictures carrying "Krampus" in its title.


Despite a plethora of Krampus films in the market, this one is the one that can be called the most kid-friendly in the sense that there is no use of harsh language, bloody action, or explicit scenes.


That said, this high-spirited Christmas horror tale is a lot more fun than most Christmas-themed thrillers that seem to go down the predictable 'killer Santa Clause' route to make an impact.



64. Just Friends (2005)


Just Friends (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Just Friends
Release Year 2005
Watch time 96 min
Directors Roger Kumble
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein
Domestic Box office $32.62M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 47
Writers Adam 'Tex' Davis
Music By Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography By Anthony B. Richmond
Costume By Robb Wilson King


Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart play Jamie and Chris, old high school friends wrapped up in a trite but effective plot: Chris has fallen for Jamie who wishes to just be friends with him.


Ten years down the line, things start to change. Even though this Christmas-themed feature works for a decent holiday viewing, it is first and foremost a reasonable romantic comedy.


However, what makes 'Just Friends' more than just a rom-com or a Christmas movie is the fact that it is also a film about coming home in several ways.


Add to that the fact that its screenplay carries the warm and fuzzy feeling of the Christmas holidays that make it come across as endearing.



63. Noelle (2019)


Noelle (2019)


Entity Detail
Title Noelle
Release Year 2019
Watch time 100 min
Directors Marc Lawrence
Cast Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 48
Writers Marc Lawrence
Music By Cody Fitzgerald Clyde Lawrence
Cinematography By Russell Carpenter
Costume By Maher Ahmad


Directed by Marc Lawrence, 'Noelle' is an American Christmas movie that stars Anna Kendrick in the lead.


The storyline of the film revolves around the preparations for Christmas and the chaos that ensue about who will become Santa Clause after the death of the previous Santa.


This motion picture initially opened to mixed reviews and thrives on Anna Kendrick's superb performance.


It offers an endearing and light-hearted vibe of the Christmas spirit and does its best to break the stereotype that a woman cannot possibly become Santa Clause.


The photography here is sharp and doesn't look bleak to do justice to the necessary Christmas vibe.


Also, the soundtrack is striking and goes well with the sequences in the screenplay.



62. The Grinch (2018)


The Grinch (2018)


Entity Detail
Title The Grinch
Release Year 2018
Watch time 85 min
Directors Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Cast Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams
Domestic Box office $270.62M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 51
Writers Michael LeSieur
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Chris Cartagena
Costume By Kei Acedera


Another addition to the list of Christmas movies is this latest animated version of one of the world's most admired holiday stories.


This feature has Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the voice of the much sought-after green holiday grump.


A favorite among moms and kids due to its cute appearance and execution, 'The Grinch' looks magnificent on the screen and is truly worth seeing and amazingly heartwarming; especially at the end when the titular character is seen interacting with his dog and pet reindeer.


It can and should be watched by families looking for an animated flick to spend their Christmas holidays with.



61. This Christmas (2007)


This Christmas (2007)


Entity Detail
Title This Christmas
Release Year 2007
Watch time 117 min
Directors Preston A. Whitmore II
Cast Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba
Domestic Box office $49.12M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 63
Writers Preston A. Whitmore II
Music By Marcus Miller
Cinematography By Alexander Gruszynski
Costume By Dawn Snyder


This Christmas-themed drama shows the coming together of a family for the much-awaited Christmas holidays.


It tries to cast light on what makes a family a family while trying to reflect on the issues that make most of the large families stay away from each other after everyone goes their separate ways.


Even though this Christmas film doesn't have a lot of refreshing ideas to offer, it is still an interesting seasonal offering with a strong cast lead by Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, and Regina King among others.


That said, 'This Christmas' is a bit more adult than your typical Christmas movie and it retains its spirit, charisma, and warmth intact throughout its runtime.



60. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)


A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)


Entity Detail
Title A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Release Year 2011
Watch time 90 min
Directors Todd Strauss-Schulson
Cast Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt
Domestic Box office $35.03M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 61
Writers Jon Hurwitz
Music By William Ross
Cinematography By Michael Barrett
Costume By Rusty Smith


Directed by Todd-Strauss Schulson and starring Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris in prominent roles, 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas' is one of the most enjoyable "stoner" comedies to have hit the screens.


Set around Christmas time and riding high on jokes that are as relevant as they are unapologetic, the screenplay of this feature film also comprises an underlying theme about babies and family.


That said, the script comes across as pretty random and unpredictable and is a sappy lesson in male bonding; something that one's friends might be looking forward to during Christmas.


This energetic comedy is good, pre-holiday fun, and will be enjoyed by one and all, but especially by the fans of the 'Harold & Kumar' franchise.



59. Prancer (1989)


Prancer (1989)


Entity Detail
Title Prancer
Release Year 1989
Watch time 103 min
Directors John D. Hancock
Cast Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda
Domestic Box office $18.59M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore ---
Writers Greg Taylor
Music By Maurice Jarre
Cinematography By Misha Suslov
Costume By Chester Kaczenski


In director John D. Hancock's 'Prancer', a girl named Jessica Riggs discovers a bruised reindeer in the woods.


She soon starts believing that the reindeer might be magical. As far-fetched as the plot sounds, this film touches upon some class and domestic grief issues and talks about the importance of keeping faith in the face of an adversary, love withstanding hard luck, and dauntlessly facing loss and learning to deal with it.


The magic of the Christmas holidays is felt throughout the film's screenplay and strives to bring joy to both the viewers as well as the pessimistic characters that Jessica encounters in her journey.



58. The Night Before (2015)


The Night Before (2015)


Entity Detail
Title The Night Before
Release Year 2015
Watch time 101 min
Directors Jonathan Levine
Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan
Domestic Box office $43.04M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 58
Writers Jonathan Levine
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Brandon Trost
Costume By Annie Spitz


Thriving on a cast that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell, and Lizzy Caplan in significant roles, 'The Night Before' is an outrageous Christmas watch that may not promise you logic, but it does promise you a whole lot of entertainment.


This is a fun group of characters, and one is certain to like hanging out with them for a good hundred minutes, especially around Christmas time.


The actors are good individually and share solid chemistry among themselves. This Christmas-themed motion picture may not be a classic, but it is a run-of-the-mill comedy that is adequate for a single viewing.



57. Nativity! (2009)


Nativity! (2009)


Writer-Director Debbie Isitt's 'Nativity!' is another Christmas-themed motion picture that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.


This is a funny film full of interesting characters and the much-needed uplifting Christmas spirit.


This jolly British comedy may not be perfect but the whole point of this film being made in the first place is to tell its viewers that nothing is perfect and that one should take things for what they are.


This festive charmer has a piece of very catchy music that gives a genuine sense of Christmas.


Add to that the fact that the story imperfections of this feature carry a lot of energy and it reflects on its execution.



56. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)


Beyond Tomorrow (1940)


Entity Detail
Title Beyond Tomorrow
Release Year 1940
Watch time 84 min
Directors A. Edward Sutherland
Cast Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore ---
Writers Adele Comandini
Music By Frank Tours
Cinematography By Lester White
Costume By Stephen Goosson


This American fantasy film has been directed by A. Edward Sutherland and tells the story of three ghosts and how they try to help two young lovers whom they knew when they were alive.


George Melton, Allan Chadwick, and Michael O'Brien are three partners of a firm and they are good friends too. While the holiday season is near the corner, they work hard to complete a design. During a trip, their airplane crashes killing all three.


Now, the ghosts of these men look into the lives of people close to them and try to guide them.


Set during the time of Christmas, the screenplay rides on a few interesting turns to make an impact and the touching finale sends out a message that each one of us has a purpose in our life, and that sometimes, one must go through darkness to see the light.


That said, even though it is not the perfect Christmas classic, the spiritual themes that its plot encompass are more than applicable to the holiday season.



55. One Magic Christmas (1985)


One Magic Christmas (1985)


Entity Detail
Title One Magic Christmas
Release Year 1985
Watch time 89 min
Directors Phillip Borsos
Cast Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill
Domestic Box office $13.68M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore ---
Writers Thomas Meehan
Music By Michael Conway Baker
Cinematography By Frank Tidy
Costume By Bill Brodie


'One Magic Christmas' was a success on television following its theatrical outing in the mid-1980s.


This amusing Phillip Borsos directorial venture is one of those Christmas-themed movies that can be seen with your whole family, and one can be certain that everyone will end up appreciating it.


Although slightly uneven, it is a reasonably entertaining mainstream feature that shows how an angel shows a mother the true meaning of Christmas that goes beyond its obvious commercial aspects.


This one strives to remind its viewers to always appreciate what they have and to never take anything that they admire for granted, all while asking them to believe in the power of miracles.



54. Better Watch Out (2016)


Better Watch Out (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Better Watch Out
Release Year 2016
Watch time 89 min
Directors Chris Peckover
Cast Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic
Domestic Box office $0.02M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 67
Writers Zack Kahn
Music By Brian Cachia
Cinematography By Carl Robertson
Costume By Richard Hobbs


This Chris Peckover-helmed project is a home-invasion horror film about a pre-teen lad named Luke, who is in love with his babysitter Ashley, and who supposes that the holidays are the time to tell her about his feelings.


Primarily a black comedy with a few jump-scares, its premise is set around Christmas, and it has been filmed with the pleasant glow of a traditional holiday classic.


This motion picture can be recommended to those who like to enjoy a tinge of horror during their Christmas vacations because it succeeds in doing what it initially set out to do.


Also, a sublime homage is paid to the unrivaled Christmas classic 'Home Alone' in this one.



53. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)


Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Release Year 2020
Watch time 122 min
Directors David E. Talbert
Cast Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 69
Writers David E. Talbert
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Remi Adefarasin
Costume By Gavin Bocquet


Written and directed by David E. Talbert, 'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey' is Netflix's foray into the Christmas musical market.


This fantasy musical Christmas feature film is a fine combination of digital animation and live-action.


It is a highly colorful mainstream flick that does its best to not let the kids down with an uninspiring message.


Although not the best Christmas-themed motion picture out there, it still can be checked out courtesy of its effervescent and children-pleasing execution.


In addition, the special effects and long and well-choreographed dance numbers are a plus point each.


That said, its runtime could have been trimmed a bit to not come across as lengthy.



52. The Santa Clause (1994)


The Santa Clause (1994)


Entity Detail
Title The Santa Clause
Release Year 1994
Watch time 97 min
Directors John Pasquin
Cast Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd
Domestic Box office $144.83M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 57
Writers Leo Benvenuti
Music By Michael Convertino
Cinematography By Walt Lloyd
Costume By Carol Spier


The best way to celebrate December 25 is to gather around the fireplace and watch a heartwarming, amusing, or romantic Christmas-themed movie.


Some of them could also constitute an "accidental" yet entertaining premise. Nowhere is this more visible than in director John Pasquin's 'The Santa Clause'; a film which shows Tim Allen portrays a fussy divorcee who accidentally turns himself into Santa.


This one is both warm and humorous and is the right watch for the holiday season, making it one of the better feature films for the entire family to relish together during Christmas.


So, it's best to just turn off your brain, sit back, and enjoy this amiable X-Mas flick.



51. Last Christmas (2019)


Last Christmas (2019)


Entity Detail
Title Last Christmas
Release Year 2019
Watch time 103 min
Directors Paul Feig
Cast Madison Ingoldsby, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Lucy Miller
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 50
Writers George Michael
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By John Schwartzman
Costume By Gary Freeman


'Last Christmas', starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding as the main protagonists, is one of those Christmas-themed features that has evoked a wide range of opinions among the critics and the viewers alike.


The film has been picturized in such a manner that the lovely locations go well with the trademark festive appeal to create the required Christmassy impact.


One can argue that the movie is based on the popular Christmas anthem, "Last Christmas", and might come across as predictable as is the case with most Christmas feature films.


Be that as it may, Emilia's cuteness and the story's friendliness make this a watchable Christmas fare.



50. A Royal Christmas (2014)


A Royal Christmas (2014)


Another Alex Zamm directorial venture to make it to this list is 'A Royal Christmas'; a film that stars Lacey Chabert and Stephen Hagan as the main protagonists.


The formulaic plot that shows a girl falling in love with a guy who turns out to be a prince works, courtesy of its sweet execution and watchable lead performances.


The playful script ascertains that the dialogues do not flow awkwardly, and while the story is unbelievably familiar, it is not too sentimental and often charming.


In addition, a few minor sub-plots are ingrained in the screenplay to enhance its viewing experience as a Christmas-based movie.



49. The Polar Express (2004)


The Polar Express (2004)


Entity Detail
Title The Polar Express
Release Year 2004
Watch time 100 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis
Domestic Box office $183.37M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 61
Writers Chris Van Allsburg
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Karen O'Hara


Director Robert Zemeckis brings to life author Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” with the sound of a train whistle in a snowy town on a magical Christmas Eve.


The screenplay of this motion picture that commands a cult following emphasizes the struggle to find Santa’s existence, all while using the fantastic background score and an awe-inspiring ending to leave the audiences worldwide in total awe.


Tom Hanks voices several personalities in this Christmas tale, including that of the Santa, the train ghost, the conductor, and the main character when he matures.


It is not surprising then that The Polar Express continues to be one of the best Christmas movies for all age groups and continues to be unparalleled when compared to other live-action and animated Christmas motion pictures.



48. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)


Miracle on 34th Street (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Miracle on 34th Street
Release Year 1994
Watch time 114 min
Directors Les Mayfield
Cast Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh
Domestic Box office $17.19M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore ---
Writers Valentine Davies
Music By Bruce Broughton
Cinematography By Julio Macat
Costume By Steve Arnold


A remake of the 1947 classic of the same name, 'Miracle on 34th Street' is one of the better remakes of any Christmas-themed film out there.


Although lacking the magic and sparkle of the original, it is still a beautifully filmed motion picture that thrives on its sweet score and promising direction.


The great Richard Attenborough and the cute little Mara Wilson do their best to win the hearts of their audience.


Having said that, despite being a remake, this Christmas feature film does encompass new sequences and imagery and introduces the viewers to newer sides of the previously known characters.



47. Happiest Season (2020)


Happiest Season (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Happiest Season
Release Year 2020
Watch time 102 min
Directors Clea DuVall
Cast Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 69
Writers Clea DuVall
Music By Amie Doherty
Cinematography By John Guleserian
Costume By Theresa Guleserian


Touted to be the first LGBTQ+ Christmas feature from a leading Hollywood studio, Clea DuVall's 'Happiest Season' is a refreshingly charming drama that unifies the complicated world of coming out with the complicated world of being afraid to do so.


The film is headlined by a cast that features actors like Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Levy, and Aubrey Plaza in prominent roles and serves as a moving love letter to queer people courtesy of its brave premise and praiseworthy depiction of an aspirational world that most queer people would wish for.


Needless to say, this one is a contemporary classic that is certain to age like a fine wine.



46. While You Were Sleeping (1995)


While You Were Sleeping (1995)


Entity Detail
Title While You Were Sleeping
Release Year 1995
Watch time 103 min
Directors Jon Turteltaub
Cast Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle
Domestic Box office $81.06M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 67
Writers Daniel G. Sullivan
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By Phedon Papamichael
Costume By Garreth Stover


Directed by Jon Turteltaub, 'While You Were Sleeping' stars Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman in significant roles and is one of the most unexpected Christmas movies.


Its plot, which opens right before Christmas and ends a day or two after New Year’s Eve, is constructed entirely from familiar elements, but with commendable efficiency.


This feel-good film is about a lonely girl who lives with her pretty little pet cat.


The underrated screenplay connects with its viewers courtesy of Sandra Bullock's believable role-play and its understated message that talks about being around one's family and love around the holidays, especially during the time of Christmas.



45. Let It Snow (2013)


Let It Snow (2013)


This Hallmark Channel seasonal romantic comedy stars Candace Cameron Bure as the main lead who is as likable and pretty here as she is in most of her films; especially the ones that are centered around Christmas time.


The lovely camerawork shows the snow-drenched landscape near Vancouver quite effectively and exudes the vibe of a holiday rom-com with grace.


Even though the script can be predicted, it is still humorous, romantic, and heartwarmingly familiar in equal measure.


This Harvey Frost-helmed venture is a better-than-average Christmas TV feature film that has the potential to make its audience smile, especially the romantics.



44. The Nativity Story (2006)


The Nativity Story (2006)


Entity Detail
Title The Nativity Story
Release Year 2006
Watch time 101 min
Directors Catherine Hardwicke
Cast Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass
Domestic Box office $37.63M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 52
Writers Mike Rich
Music By Mychael Danna
Cinematography By Elliot Davis
Costume By Stefano Maria Ortolani


Even though Christmas holidays exist to commemorate the birth of Christ, there appears to be a surprisingly small percentage of Christmas-themed movies that attempt to showcase the inception of one of the most important global festivals.


Having said that, director Catherine Hardwicke's 'The Nativity Story' attempts to put forth its own version of the birth of Christ.


While there might not be anything extraordinarily novel about this feature, it is loyal to the Scriptural events and is certainly a reasonable starting point for anyone who wishes to watch a satisfactory Nativity film.


This beautifully crafted motion picture is a touching treatment of the Bible's Christmas Story which also makes it an educative title to watch during X-Mas vacations.



43. The Family Man (2000)


The Family Man (2000)


Entity Detail
Title The Family Man
Release Year 2000
Watch time 125 min
Directors Brett Ratner
Cast Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven
Domestic Box office $75.79M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 42
Writers David Diamond
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Dante Spinotti
Costume By Kristi Zea


Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni's starrer 'The Family Man' works wonderfully courtesy of the optimism and happiness that its storyline carries.


These are two elements that defined the era of the 1990s and early 2000s; something that was reflected in the movies produced at that time.


A fair Christmas-themed drama, it is certain to make the viewers contemplate about what it is that they value the most in their lives.


The Brett Ratner-themed project also attempts to convey that having a special person to share a life with is much more important than where we live and what career it is that we have.



42. Crown for Christmas (2015)


Crown for Christmas (2015)


This Alex Zamm-helmed feature is satisfying and is meant to be taken just as it is; soft and romantic.


It tries to present Hallmark Channel's modern version of Cinderella and stars Danica McKellar alongside Rupert Penry-Jones and Ellie Botterill.


While it may not be a spotless Christmas-themed TV movie and may have a thin storyline, it is one of those rare Christmas ventures by Hallmark that strives to rise above its concept, even though it does lack originality.


Having said that, this 'Cinderella' and 'Sound of Music' assortment tale is fairly done and the dance in it is charming.


Also, how things work out romantically, in the end, is practical without coming across as irritating.



41. A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)


A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)


This Christmas-based TV motion picture does not come without its flaws. A typical Hallmark holiday film, this Jonathan Wright directorial venture is so predictable that its plot tropes can be sighted from a mile away for being used continually in Christmas films.


Even though in dire need of freshness and often too reliant on coincidence to leave an impact, 'A Very Merry Mix-Up' can be seen once courtesy of the charm that makes some of its sequences come across as poignant.


That said, the climax is foreseeable but is sweet, nevertheless. The pace of the feature isn't too rushed or tedious which, ultimately, helps it appear even more watchable.



40. The Ref (1994)


The Ref (1994)


Entity Detail
Title The Ref
Release Year 1994
Watch time 96 min
Directors Ted Demme
Cast Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.
Domestic Box office $11.44M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore ---
Writers Marie Weiss
Music By David A. Stewart
Cinematography By Adam Kimmel
Costume By Dan Davis


'The Ref' is another underappreciated Christmas movie that is effortlessly cynical and vicious. Having said that, this Ted Demme directorial venture is also among the most honest entries into the genre.


This motion picture is unique in the sense that it captures the nastiness that comes with spending a day with people you don’t like during the holidays Since this is something that a lot of people can relate to, it makes the screenplay appear even more relatable, especially during Christmas.


This tough little film may not exactly be appropriate for family Christmas viewing, but it carries its unusual essence of celebrating the festival.



39. Serendipity (2001)


Serendipity (2001)


Entity Detail
Title Serendipity
Release Year 2001
Watch time 90 min
Directors Peter Chelsom
Cast John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan
Domestic Box office $50.29M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 52
Writers Marc Klein
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By John de Borman
Costume By Caroline Hanania


Helmed by Peter Chelsom and headlined by Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack, 'Serendipity' is arguably the most underrated Christmas-themed movie of the 21st century.


The screenplay of this feature film has enough meat that tries to revive the faith of the viewers in humanity and make them believe in the power of magic; even if only for a good 90 minutes.


It is a modern-day classic of the romantic genre and the best part about it is that it is Christmassy enough, without ever overdoing it.


Having said that, just like Christmas, Serendipity talks a lot about destiny and everything else people want to believe in during Christmastime each year.



38. A Little Christmas Charm (2020)


A Little Christmas Charm (2020)


Starring Twilight-fame Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny as the lead protagonists, this Rich Newey directorial venture are based on the novel, The Charm Bracelet, by Melissa Hill.


The good performances by its charming set of actors can make this story enjoyable, despite their characters resorting to implausible actions sometimes.


This romantic holiday mystery feature film thrives on its decent plot, good acting, eye-catchy cinematography, and holiday decor.


So, the viewers should gear up to follow Ashley Greene and Brendan Penny on their intriguing journey to track down the owner of a detailed charm bracelet this Christmas; mainly because the investigative trail is interesting enough to hold the story together.



37. Journey Back to Christmas (2016)


Journey Back to Christmas (2016)


Helmed by Mel Damski, this motion picture is nothing short of a Christmas present for those who savor time-travel stories.


It tracks the journey of a nurse from the 1940s who finds herself magically transported in time to 2016.


Candace Cameron Bure does a good job as the main lead here and is ably assisted by some lovely locations and a light-hearted script that is not as sappy as other Christmas-based flicks.


The makers of this film do their best to ensure that the screenplay does not come across as convoluted.


Furthermore, the script has to be given due credit for trying to project something different, thus, making itself a decent viewing alternative for the Christmas holidays.



36. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)


The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)


Helmed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer in prominent roles, 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' tells the story of how Charles Dickens came to write his classic, "A Christmas Carol".


One of the most creative Christmas-themed feature films of all time, it is a total delight for those who are familiar with A Christmas Carol in particular, and with Dickens in general.


This motion picture has been wonderfully shot and the set-pieces and costumes look elegant and provide it with a definitive touch.


That said, the film also tries to cast light on how Christmas would have been celebrated before Dickens penned his classic.



35. Scrooged (1988)


Scrooged (1988)


Entity Detail
Title Scrooged
Release Year 1988
Watch time 101 min
Directors Richard Donner
Cast Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover
Domestic Box office $60.33M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 38
Writers Mitch Glazer
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Michael Chapman
Costume By J. Michael Riva


Starring Bill Murray as the central protagonist, 'Scrooged' is arguably the oddest of all Christmas movies, but it is as engaging as it is polarizing.


This Richard Donner directorial venture has got a decent set-up and comprises one of the better performances of Murray's esteemed career.


Murray, who portrays a mean and disgruntled TV executive who only recognizes Christmas as a commercial opportunity to get the best possible ratings, ensures that this late 20th-century makeover of Charles Dickens's classic Christmas tale connects with its niche audience.


Overall, this is a decent Christmas fare that provides the viewers with a little festive glow but also has enough cynical edge to it.



34. The Christmas Chronicles (2008)


The Christmas Chronicles (2008)


This Kurt Russell starrer has to be one of the finest Christmas-themed feature films to have been released in the 21st century.


The film traces the journey of two siblings who vow to discover Santa and the subsequent adventures that follow.


Kurt Russell plays Santa with elan and seems to have had more fun playing this part than he may have ever had before.


Having said that, even though 'The Christmas Chronicles' comes across as a kid's movie on the surface, it can also be enjoyed by adults who are willing to find their inner child after all these years.


This is precisely why this Clay Kaytis-helmed project can be a fun-loving ride to cherish during X-Mas.



33. Bad Santa (2003)


Bad Santa (2003)


Entity Detail
Title Bad Santa
Release Year 2003
Watch time 92 min
Directors Terry Zwigoff
Cast Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter
Domestic Box office $60.06M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 70
Writers Glenn Ficarra
Music By David Kitay
Cinematography By Jamie Anderson
Costume By Sharon Seymour


When we think of a Santa Claus in the world of cinema, we think of jovial men prancing about in their red suits and winning hearts with their generosity.


However, Billy Bob Thornton's Santa Claus in director Terry Zwigoff's 'Bad Santa' is not the one who gives, but rather the one who robs.


This black comedy gem is one of the funniest interpretations of a "Bad Santa" on celluloid and will be enjoyed more by its adult audience than by children.


To be honest, Bad Santa might often come across as objectionable and the complete opposite of what Christmas flicks should feel like, but that is precisely what makes it such a fun movie to get a kick out of, especially during the time of Christmas.


The box office success of this feature even inspired a sequel.



32. Batman Returns (1992)


Batman Returns (1992)


Entity Detail
Title Batman Returns
Release Year 1992
Watch time 126 min
Directors Tim Burton
Cast Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken
Domestic Box office $162.83M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 68
Writers Bob Kane
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Stefan Czapsky
Costume By Bo Welch


The cinematic universe of Batman might come across as shady, gritty, and without any festive flavor attached to it, but it has also churned out one of the most enchanting and unique Christmas movies of all time.


While most Christmas-themed feature films follow a conventional light-hearted recipe that talks about individual growth and acknowledgment, 'Batman Returns' takes the road less taken and uses the trappings of the season to debase our expectations of what to expect from a traditional Christmas classic.


Having said that, this Tim Burton-helmed cult title does not only encompass the delicate touches of the season, but the movie’s outstanding sets and characters are also festive and Christmassy.



31. Shazam! (2019)


Shazam! (2019)


Entity Detail
Title Shazam!
Release Year 2019
Watch time 132 min
Directors David F. Sandberg
Cast Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer
Domestic Box office $140.37M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 71
Writers Henry Gayden
Music By Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematography By Maxime Alexandre
Costume By Jennifer Spence


This superhero film, which is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, might just be the perfect motion picture to watch during the Christmas vacations.


The David F. Sandberg-helmed project stars Zachary Levi as the titular character and its plot happens to take place during the Christmas season, thus, making everything come across as even more fun.


The Christmassy setting and the seasonal touch that tags along also lends an additional flavor to this superhero feature, which also strives to underscore the importance of having a family; a theme that can be found in countless Christmas movies across the globe.



30. Elf (2003)


Elf (2003)


Entity Detail
Title Elf
Release Year 2003
Watch time 97 min
Directors Jon Favreau
Cast Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel
Domestic Box office $173.40M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers David Berenbaum
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Greg Gardiner
Costume By Rusty Smith


In this Jon Favreau directorial venture, the inimitable Will Ferrell plays a goofy orphan who is raised by Santa and his elves in the North Pole, and who voyages to New York City to search for his biological father; a pessimistic book publisher.


Even though the plot of this motion picture can come across as absurd, its fantastical elements make it a surprisingly sweet Christmas watch.


One of the most popular Christmas-themed feature films across the world, 'Elf' is considered a modern-day classic by many and has brought enough Christmas cheer to many a household while being screened during the vacations.



29. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)


The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)


Entity Detail
Title The Lemon Drop Kid
Release Year 1951
Watch time 91 min
Directors Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin
Cast Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore ---
Writers Edmund Beloin
Music By Victor Young
Cinematography By Daniel L. Fapp
Costume By Sam Comer Ross Dowd


Although not entirely a Christmas-themed feature, it does have the potential to double the effect of the much-awaited Christmas holidays when watched during that time.


Helmed by Sidney Lanfield and headlined by Bob Hope, this motion picture comprises one of the most enduring Christmas songs of all time, titled "Silver Bells", which was penned exclusively for this popular screwball Christmas comedy.


This film is a must-watch for the holiday season courtesy of its timeless charm that is sure to make its viewers feel good about the true spirit of the Christmas holidays.


Needless to mention, it takes you back to a time that was wrapped in simplicity and when Christmas was celebrated with utmost clarity.



28. Lovely, Still (2008)


Lovely, Still (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Lovely, Still
Release Year 2008
Watch time 92 min
Directors Nicholas Fackler
Cast Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott
Domestic Box office $0.12M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 57
Writers Nicholas Fackler
Music By Mike Mogis
Cinematography By Sean Kirby
Costume By Stephen Altman


The young and reckless may not necessarily understand the importance of sticking to each other through thick and thin, but the elderly have enough experience and wisdom to understand how painful it is to be lonely and let go. 'Lovely, Still' fares well as an emotional holiday fare and traces the journey of a secluded old man and an equally forlorn older woman who find faith and love in each other's warm company just in time for Christmas.


Veteran stars Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn inject life into this Nik Fackler-helmed project which is set at Christmas time and comprises a soundtrack that features many traditional Christmas numbers.


The actor duo delivers one of the most endearing on-screen performances of all time in any Christmas-themed feature.



27. Holiday Affair (1949)


Holiday Affair (1949)


Entity Detail
Title Holiday Affair
Release Year 1949
Watch time 87 min
Directors Don Hartman
Cast Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 63
Writers Isobel Lennart
Music By Roy Webb
Cinematography By Milton R. Krasner
Costume By Darrell Silvera


A massively underrated holiday motion picture, 'Holiday Affair' is a classic Christmas romantic comedy that stars Janet Leigh as a poor young widow who is torn between a boring but successful businessman and a romantic but irresponsible individual.


This delightful Don Hartman project also stars Robert Mitchum and Wendall Corey alongside Leigh and is set around Christmas time.


However, this classic rom-com has remained relatively undiscovered in comparison to the many holiday movies that we are bombarded with every Christmas.


This charming yet whimsical feature that centers around X-mas is one of the best representations of the magical films that Hollywood was capable of churning out in the 1940s.



26. Arthur Christmas (2011)


Arthur Christmas (2011)


Entity Detail
Title Arthur Christmas
Release Year 2011
Watch time 97 min
Directors Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Cast James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie
Domestic Box office $46.46M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 69
Writers Peter Baynham
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Jericca Cleland
Costume By Evgeni Tomov


Often called one of the finest Christmas movies to have been released in over ten years, 'Arthur Christmas' thrives on its well-developed plot and incredible voice work from actors like James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, and Bill Nighy to connect with the viewers.


From sleigh and reindeers to a flying ship, this mainstream feature has its fair share of craziness and adventures to go along with a powerful, heartwarming twist.


It's a fantastic Christmas-themed film in which the third act majorly focuses on the true heart and cheer of the holidays.


This Sarah Smith and Barry Cook directorial venture is certain to be remembered for years to come, especially during the time of the Christmas vacations.



25. Black Christmas (1974)


Black Christmas (1974)


Even though it initially opened to mixed reviews, 'Black Christmas' has managed to obtain a cult status over the years with many fans and film historians lauding it for being one of the earliest slasher films.


A classic of both the Christmas and the horror genres, this Bob Clark-helmed project is also praised for its influence on John Carpenter's 'Halloween'.


The screenplay of this cult classic exhibits how a maniac terrorizes girls at a sorority house and manages to give enough chills to fans of the slasher genre who wish for a tinge of terror and amazement to elevate the joy of the Christmas holidays.



24. Gremlins (1984)


Gremlins (1984)


Entity Detail
Title Gremlins
Release Year 1984
Watch time 106 min
Directors Joe Dante
Cast Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie
Domestic Box office $148.17M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 70
Writers Chris Columbus
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By John Hora
Costume By James H. Spencer


Deemed a Christmas film by many despite its summer release in the United States, 'Gremlins' follows the story of a struggling inventor who purchases an uncommon creature as a Christmas gift for his son.


The opening sequence of the motion picture shows the whole town draped in Christmas lights and decor for the holidays.


However, even though its premise is set around Christmas, Gremlins can even be called a morbid take on holiday gift-giving and takes a jibe at those who give or receive presents, hoping to win the affection of the concerned individual.


Therefore, this 1980s horror classic talks more about the threats of commercialism than that of horror in the conventional sense of the word.



23. Metropolitan (1990)


Metropolitan (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Metropolitan
Release Year 1990
Watch time 98 min
Directors Whit Stillman
Cast Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols
Domestic Box office $2.94M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 77
Writers Whit Stillman
Music By Tom Judson Mark Suozzo
Cinematography By John Thomas
Costume By Susan Dexter


Writer-Director Whit Stillman's debut feature is not only among the rarest but also among the most stylish Christmas-themed feature films of all time.


The storyline follows a group of youngsters who indulge in conversations that are mostly intellectual.


The premise of 'Metropolitan' is set around the holiday season but it is as much a Christmas movie as it is an after-Christmas film.


This remarkable motion picture is one of the most underrated independent indie projects of the 1990s.


Although not the most cheerful holiday movie out there, it has something to please the viewers who have an affinity for niche storytelling.



22. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)


Christmas in Connecticut (1945)


Entity Detail
Title Christmas in Connecticut
Release Year 1945
Watch time 101 min
Directors Peter Godfrey
Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore ---
Writers Lionel Houser
Music By Friedrich Hollaender
Cinematography By Carl E. Guthrie
Costume By Casey Roberts


This Peter Godfrey directorial venture stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet in the lead roles and works as a decent viewing experience during Christmas time.


The film provides easygoing entertainment with some simple but encouraging themes induced in its storytelling.


A cute comedy that also has doses of romance to go along with its decent performances, 'Christmas in Connecticut' is a worthy addition to the annual holiday film lineup, and is, indeed, a must-see for the Christmas period.


It is a reasonably good holiday feature that also brings the Christmas spirit out to the surface and pairs up well with another Barbara Stanwyck country Christmas motion picture titled 'Remember the Night'.



21. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Release Year 2005
Watch time 103 min
Directors Shane Black
Cast Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen
Domestic Box office $4.24M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 72
Writers Brett Halliday
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Michael Barrett
Costume By Aaron Osborne


Directed by Shane Black, 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' pursues the trend of many of his movies in creating a cycle of daredevil adventures, each of which takes place in or around Christmas.


Even though it is not a conventional X-mas story, it does carry Christmassy ingredients that can be felt in passing as the screenplay proceeds.


The motion picture shows traditional Christmas decorations throughout Tinsel Town and the festive lights can be seen strung everywhere.


Not only that but the viewers can also see Christmas movies being played on the television.


However, despite these obvious tropes, one can argue that this black-comedy crime caper can be seen throughout the year just as it can be watched during vacations.



20. Trading Places (1983)


Trading Places (1983)


Entity Detail
Title Trading Places
Release Year 1983
Watch time 116 min
Directors John Landis
Cast Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche
Domestic Box office $90.40M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 69
Writers Timothy Harris
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By Robert Paynter
Costume By Gene Rudolf


Directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in prominent roles, 'Trading Places' is not exactly a traditional Christmas fare, but it has several trappings of the holiday season injected into its screenplay.


The film's story, which takes place over several weeks leading up to and after Christmas, makes it a Christmas-themed comedy.


Often seen as an amalgamation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper and The Million Pound Bank Note, this mainstream film also casts light on insider trading and the culture of poverty in America; thus, making this Christmas comedy both entertaining and informative at the same time.



19. Lethal Weapon (1987)


Lethal Weapon (1987)


Entity Detail
Title Lethal Weapon
Release Year 1987
Watch time 109 min
Directors Richard Donner
Cast Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan
Domestic Box office $65.21M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 68
Writers Shane Black
Music By Eric Clapton Michael Kamen
Cinematography By Stephen Goldblatt
Costume By J. Michael Riva


Another cult action movie to make it to this list is the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starrer 'Lethal Weapon'.


This motion picture opens with the usage of “Jingle Bell Rock" and comprises an action set piece arranged in the middle of a Christmas tree lot.


The story traces the journey of Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs who undergoes a transformation that helps him become a better man just in time for Christmas.


Aside from the fact that the screenplay is set around Christmas time and is full of Christmas melody and scenery, themes of sacrifice, salvation, and family bonding also bring out the Christmas cheer of this film to the surface.



18. Remember the Night (1940)


Remember the Night (1940)


Entity Detail
Title Remember the Night
Release Year 1940
Watch time 94 min
Directors Mitchell Leisen
Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson
Domestic Box office $0.17M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 78
Writers Preston Sturges
Music By Friedrich Hollaender
Cinematography By Ted Tetzlaff
Costume By Edith Head


An American romantic comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in the lead roles, 'Remember the Night' may not be remembered as much but it is certainly one of the finest Christmas films to have hit the screens during the 1940s.


It doesn't shy away from emphasizing the power of love and its capacity to soften even the coldest of hearts, especially during Christmas time.


If love is a sentiment one treasures in their holiday viewing, it is necessary to revisit this film every Christmas to keep the hope in love alive.


At the heart of the story is a message that states that Christmas is a festival that is not only about providing for your loved ones but also about giving to strangers as well.



17. It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)


It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)


Directed by Roy Del Ruth, 'It Happened on 5th Avenue' traces the journey of two homeless men who move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.


This motion picture features three or more Christmas songs, is centered around that time of the year, and one of its final scenes takes place during the awaited Christmas Eve.


The screenplay, which strives to tell that a man without friends is the poorest of them all, tugs at your heartstrings and sends a loud and clear message that continues to be as relevant today as it was then.


This feature film is as touching as it is wacky, and even though the plot seems far-fetched, it works well because it has been presented sweetly.



16. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)


Entity Detail
Title National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Release Year 1989
Watch time 97 min
Directors Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cast Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki
Domestic Box office $71.32M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 49
Writers John Hughes
Music By Angelo Badalamenti
Cinematography By Thomas E. Ackerman
Costume By Stephen Marsh


One of the finest winter classics, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' continues to be a trendsetter in many ways for the commercially driven genre of Christmas-themed movies.


A simplistic story that revolves around a relatable family of the American suburbs, this motion picture is an excellent film to revisit with your family during the Christmas holidays.


The Jeremiah S. Chechik directorial venture is a fine blend of cynical humor and Hollywood mushiness; each of which is detectable around Christmas time in one form or another.


In addition, it works as an escapist movie courtesy of its constant visual gags and slapstick comedy delivered by its comically sound star cast.



15. Love Actually (2003)


Love Actually (2003)


Entity Detail
Title Love Actually
Release Year 2003
Watch time 135 min
Directors Richard Curtis
Cast Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney
Domestic Box office $59.70M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 55
Writers Richard Curtis
Music By Craig Armstrong
Cinematography By Michael Coulter
Costume By Jim Clay


This contemporary Christmas romantic drama comprises a spectacular ensemble cast headlined by actors like Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and a young Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Helmed by Richard Curtis, 'Love Actually' uses Christmas as its backdrop and desires to convey that it is arguably the most romantic of all festivals.


The film is sappy and often clichéd, yet it continues to justify its strong fan base courtesy of its charming X-Mas theme which is smartly interwoven with a bunch of popular actors in its screenplay; thus, making it easier for the audience to connect with the nine different storylines.


That said, this feature film also works as an escapist cinema for its dreamiest of viewers, especially around Christmas time.



14. The Bishop's Wife (1947)


The Bishop's Wife (1947)


Entity Detail
Title The Bishop's Wife
Release Year 1947
Watch time 109 min
Directors Henry Koster
Cast Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 72
Writers Robert E. Sherwood
Music By Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography By Gregg Toland
Costume By Julia Heron


Starring Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young in the lead, 'The Bishop’s Wife' tells the story of a young bishop struggling to raise four million dollars to build an elegant cathedral in an anonymous city.


This holiday-themed motion picture, through superb performances of its star cast, does its best to cast light on human imperfection, deterred ambitions, and modest rewards.


This is one of those rarest features centered around Christmas in which none of the characters get what they want.


However, this is what adds a sense of calm genuineness to its screenplay; something that is often lacking in holiday films.



13. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)


Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)


Entity Detail
Title Meet Me in St. Louis
Release Year 1944
Watch time 113 min
Directors Vincente Minnelli
Cast Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer
Domestic Box office $7.57M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 94
Writers Irving Brecher
Music By Roger Edens
Cinematography By George J. Folsey
Costume By Edwin B. Willis


Starring Judy Garland in the lead and helmed by Vincente Minnelli, 'Meet Me in St.


Louis' not only left a massive impact on movie fans and music enthusiasts but also influenced future filmmakers like Woody Allen and John Carpenter.


Even though only half an hour of the film's runtime revolves around Christmas, it surely is one of the best holiday sequences in the history of American feature films.


What adds to its beauty is that Garland demonstrates every single time that she truly is the expressive singer of “Merry Little Christmas.” Needless to say, Meet Me in St.Louis continues to be as alluring today as it was when it first hit the screens.


It is the perfect throwback to those who wish to relish the golden age of Hollywood, good music, and a Christmassy feel in equal measure.



12. White Christmas (1954)


White Christmas (1954)


Entity Detail
Title White Christmas
Release Year 1954
Watch time 120 min
Directors Michael Curtiz
Cast Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
Domestic Box office $30.00M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 56
Writers Norman Krasna
Music By Gus Levene
Cinematography By Loyal Griggs
Costume By Sam Comer Grace Gregory


Thriving on romance, wit, and Christmas glee, this Michael Curtiz-helmed project is a family-friendly Christmas musical classic that has continued to hold its significance even after more than six decades of its theatrical release.


This feel-good Christmas motion picture has a good production value, a plot that doesn't get in the way of all the glamour and wonderful music, and actors who are obviously having a gala time on-screen.


These elements come together to make 'White Christmas' fun to watch and give it a tremendous repeat value.


In addition, the songs and musical score here by Irving Berlin are exceptional; especially the title song of the film which can be easily classified as one of the finest Christmas songs in a Christmas-themed movie.



11. Home Alone (1990)


Home Alone (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Home Alone
Release Year 1990
Watch time 103 min
Directors Chris Columbus
Cast Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard
Domestic Box office $285.76M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 63
Writers John Hughes
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Julio Macat
Costume By John Muto


This blockbuster Christmas classic is arguably the most popular Christmas-themed movie across the globe. The film tracks the story of Macaulay Culkin's Kevin who is left behind by his family and is forced to battle a couple of dimwit burglars around Christmas.


Directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes, this endearing holiday movie provides the best family-friendly entertainment for the festive season and illustrates the virtues of the sacred holiday; all while underscoring the importance of self-reliance and being around your loved ones during Christmas time.


In addition, the frames in this motion picture incorporate the Christmassy colors of red and green and plenty of snow is visible throughout its runtime to bring out its festive appeal.



10. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


Entity Detail
Title The Muppet Christmas Carol
Release Year 1992
Watch time 85 min
Directors Brian Henson
Cast Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson
Domestic Box office $27.28M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 64
Writers Charles Dickens
Music By Miles Goodman
Cinematography By John Fenner
Costume By Val Strazovec


One of the most definitive Christmas motion pictures of all time, 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' is arguably the finest on-screen adaptation of any Charles Dickens novel.


It’s a wonderfully constructed film with a cheerful script and magical set-pieces. Michael Caine plays Scrooge to perfection and his transformation from an awful old miser to Captain Christmas is flawless, to say the least.


This Christmas classic has its heart in the right place and does its best to entertain children, all while trying to convey that being kind to people is the best way to celebrate the holidays.


The soundtrack reminds the viewers so potently of being a child that it is certain to bring their childhood to life once again.



9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


Entity Detail
Title Miracle on 34th Street
Release Year 1947
Watch time 96 min
Directors George Seaton
Cast Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart
Domestic Box office $2.65M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 88
Writers George Seaton
Music By Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography By Lloyd Ahern Sr.
Costume By Ernest Lansing


Although this feature film was released in the summer of 1947, it managed to stay in the theatres until Christmas.


Soon, it established itself as one of the most admired family favorites to be seen during the time of Christmas.


This motion picture owes its popularity to the performances of Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood.


Having said that, what makes it even more relatable is the fact that it brings out something that all of us as kids went through - believing or not believing if Santa Claus was truly real!


That said, this magical and highly imaginative title has something to say about the true meaning of Christmas, which is why it continues to be relished during the holidays even today.



8. A Christmas Story (1983)


A Christmas Story (1983)


Entity Detail
Title A Christmas Story
Release Year 1983
Watch time 93 min
Directors Bob Clark
Cast Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz
Domestic Box office $20.61M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 77
Writers Jean Shepherd
Music By Paul Zaza Carl Zittrer
Cinematography By Reginald H. Morris
Costume By Reuben Freed


Following its release more than three decades ago, 'A Christmas Story' rejuvenated the genre of holiday movies.


One of the first Christmas-themed classics to have ever understood and taken pleasure in the commercialization of Christmas, it was a film ahead of its time in its attempt to define the merry season.


This Bob Clark-helmed project also focused on the dissatisfactions, the hurt sentiments, and harsh luck that are also often associated with Christmas.


Its nostalgic approach of trying to remind its viewers of what real Christmas is like in real families is what gives this motion picture a distinctive touch and makes it a Christmas classic for the ages.



7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)


Edward Scissorhands (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Edward Scissorhands
Release Year 1990
Watch time 105 min
Directors Tim Burton
Cast Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall
Domestic Box office $56.36M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 74
Writers Tim Burton
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Stefan Czapsky
Costume By Bo Welch


Christmas is a festival that brings our loved ones closer to us. Therefore, it is safe to ascertain that family and love are two themes one will find in any conventional Christmas movie.


That said, another important theme often found in Christmas-themed feature films is that of kindness; especially towards outsiders and those who are less fortunate.


This Tim Burton classic uses this idea to capture the magic of the holidays while disseminating classic Christmas themes; especially in the second half of the screenplay.


Headlined by Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, this dark fairy tale is more fun to watch around Christmas courtesy of its unusual tone and exquisite treatment.



6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Entity Detail
Title The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release Year 1993
Watch time 76 min
Directors Henry Selick
Cast Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
Domestic Box office $75.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 82
Writers Tim Burton
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Pete Kozachik
Costume By Allison Abbate


There is no denying the fact that 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is one of the finest holiday movies of all time.


However, fans of this iconic festival film have often discussed if it is more of a Halloween-themed movie or one that is closer to the spirit of Christmas.


Having said that, it is noticeable that the characters in this motion picture are deeply moved by the mood of Christmas and that it is primarily set around Christmas time.


Similarly, the plot talks about how Halloween creatures would rejoice Christmas and the stirring finale even goes down to Christmas Eve.


No wonder then that this Tim Burton directorial venture plays into Christmas themes and carries the essential elements of being a decent Christmas watch.



5. The Apartment (1960)


The Apartment (1960)


Entity Detail
Title The Apartment
Release Year 1960
Watch time 125 min
Directors Billy Wilder
Cast Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston
Domestic Box office $18.60M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 94
Writers Billy Wilder
Music By Adolph Deutsch
Cinematography By Joseph LaShelle
Costume By Edward G. Boyle


Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment' may not exactly be your traditional Christmas-based drama, but it carries the essence of the holidays as vibrantly as any straightforward Christmas classic.


The film stars iconic screen actors Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in the lead and attempts to remind its audience of the genuine spirit of Christmas - togetherness and wish for the future.


The film stands out in aspiring to show that one can also feel lonely during a time of the year when the world focuses on nothing but gratitude.


Therefore, Christmas, despite all its glitz and glamour, lives in the quietest sequences of The Apartment.



4. A Christmas Carol (1951)


A Christmas Carol (1951)


An on-screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, this motion picture tells the story of Scrooge and revolves around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Through its inspiring screenplay, the film uses ideas of benevolence and tenderness that the festival is associated with to emphasize the transition of its central character.


The viewers get a glimpse of how Scrooge changes from a despicable man to someone full of joy, thus, inviting his viewers to let go of the malice in their respective hearts and celebrate the spirit of Christmas with exhilaration.


One of the most special versions of Charles Dickens's classic tale, this one has Alastair Sim playing Scrooge who does his very best to do justice to his role-play.



3. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)


The Shop Around the Corner (1940)


Entity Detail
Title The Shop Around the Corner
Release Year 1940
Watch time 99 min
Directors Ernst Lubitsch
Cast Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut
Domestic Box office $0.20M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 96
Writers Samson Raphaelson
Music By Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography By William H. Daniels
Costume By Edwin B. Willis


'It’s a Wonderful Life' is not the only Christmas-themed motion picture that featured James Stewart in the lead.


In Ernst Lubitsch’s 'The Shop Around the Corner', Stewart plays Alfred Kralik: a young employee working in a shop who wants more out of his individual and romantic life.


The film stars Margaret Sullivan as Jimmy's lady love and is a sweet Christmas movie in the sense that it culminates on the day of record pre-Christmas sales for the store.


Therefore, it is safe to say that the heartwarming finale, memorable performances, and bittersweet romance bring Christmas cheer to this film.


In addition, the shop, its employees, and the onset of the holidays help this seasonal romantic comedy transform into quite possibly the warmest Christmas-themed classic to have ever been released.



2. Die Hard (1988)


Die Hard (1988)


Entity Detail
Title Die Hard
Release Year 1988
Watch time 132 min
Directors John McTiernan
Cast Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
Domestic Box office $83.01M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 72
Writers Roderick Thorp
Music By Michael Kamen
Cinematography By Jan de Bont
Costume By Philip Leonard


A cult classic of the action genre, director John McTiernan's 'Die Hard' is credited with making Bruce Willis one of the top action stars of America.


The film follows Willis' working-class cop who goes hammer and tongs to foil a terrorist plot that is planned to be executed during a Christmas party in Los Angeles.


The film has been the subject of many heated debates with viewers arguing if it can be called a conventional Christmas movie.


Even though not your traditional Christmas fare, Die Hard does promise a lot of action that is set around Christmas time.


Furthermore, its soundtrack is full of celebratory Christmas tunes that make an appearance in one form or another throughout the screenplay.


Also, the fact that various press releases throughout the years have shown that millions of Americans continue to revisit this actioner during Christmas makes it the perfect popcorn entertainer for the holidays.



1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


Entity Detail
Title It's a Wonderful Life
Release Year 1946
Watch time 130 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 89
Writers Frances Goodrich
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Joseph F. Biroc
Costume By Emile Kuri


Director Frank Capra's 'It's A Wonderful Life' is lauded as the definition of your classic Christmas feature film.


The story revolves around George Bailey, played by the legendary James Stewart, who feels sorry about himself and is on the verge of committing suicide.


However, an angel sent by the Almighty shows him an alternate reality of what life could have been like if he were never born, and the events that follow change his perception about living for good.


Also starring Donna Reed alongside Stewart, the screenplay incorporated uplifting messages necessary to help the viewers cope with loss post the Second World War.


The story has the right amount of humor and despair to go with its timeless message that asks one to value life and their loved ones.


It’s a Wonderful Life is a movie that evokes a lot many emotions and continues to be a part of Christmas celebrations across the globe even today.




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