Top 100 Best Christmas Movies To Watch In 2024

top 100 best christmas movies to watch in 2024

 

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 holidays. 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 can make our holidays even more happening.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

3. Klaus (2019)

 

klaus (2019)

 

‘Klaus’ is a Spanish-American animated feature that strives to tell a tale of kindness. Set in a frozen, faraway place, it tells the story of a postman named Jesper who ends up befriending a toymaker named Klaus.

 

As the story progresses, we witness their gifts melting an age-old feud and populating the town with long-lost holiday traditions. This film offers an alternative origin story for Santa Claus and, therefore, ends up providing an amusing twist to an age-old tale.

 

The critically acclaimed animated feature thrives on its message about kindness and a clever plot. Add to that the fact that it comprises interesting characters.

 

 

 

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

 

a charlie brown christmas (1965)

 

Arguably the most popular made-for-TV holiday film of all time, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is an incredibly short feature, but is worth finding a spot in our story. 

 

The project received a thunderous response on television and is said to have been seen by nearly half of Americans watching TV on the night of its premiere.

 

Needless to say, its legacy grew with the passage of time and the short feature has been streamed every year since its big debut in 1965 on television.

 

It owes its impressive market share to its endearing storytelling and able vocal performances. Ask most fans who have grown up watching this film and they’ll tell you that there hasn’t been a better made-for-TV Xmas special ever.

 

 

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

 

rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (1964)

 

This Larry Roemer directorial venture introduces us to the young reindeer Rudolph who lives at the North Pole. His father happens to be one of Santa’s most special reindeer and it is expected that he will succeed him to be the same. However, his unusually red nose proves to be a deterrent in his very pursuit. 

 

This ultimate TV Christmas classic is one for the ages. Its titular character, Rudolph, is sure to bring back the warmest of memories among adults who may have seen this feature as children. The Xmas atmosphere created by this project is tough to beat and is, therefore, a must-see during the holiday season.

 

Add to that the fact that the stop-motion claymation effects are great and hold up to this very day.

 

 

6. 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.

 

 

7. 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.

 

 

8. 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.

 

 

9. 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. Scrooge (1951)

 

scrooge (1951)

 

Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, 1951’s ‘Scrooge’ tells the ever-so-familiar classic tale of a miserly and cranky businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge who thinks of Xmas as a waste of time.

 

However, his perception of the beloved holiday alters for good when he is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Needless to say, he learns everything great about the holiday and understands what a true Xmas carol is supposed to feel like.

 

Like most Christmas movies in our story, this feature also aims to fetch blissful excitement to its viewers. Even though the film was released over seven decades ago, it still is crisp and enjoyable.

 

 

11. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

 

emmet otter's jug-band christmas (1977)

 

This delightful holiday special introduces us to a poor Otter family that is ready to risk everything hoping to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

 

What works for this amazing family feature is the fact that it is populated with characters with great personalities. Not only that but its one-liners also managed to strike a chord with Generation X.

 

A go-to Xmas film for many adults who may have grown up during the ’80s and ’90s, this film can be seen for its musical score and morals. 

 

 

12. Little Women (2019)

 

little women (2019)

 

Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, ‘Little Women’ is a coming-of-age period drama based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, the film attempts to portray both the collective and individual stories of the four March sisters: the temperamental and ambitious Josephine, the immature but adorable Amy, the shy and quiet Beth, and the well-mannered and sensitive Meg.

 

Played to close perfection by the quartet of stars like Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen and Emma Watson respectively, the characters manage to draw the viewer deep into the story, which aims to cast a light on the domestic struggles and joys of the March family as they come of age in the 19th century America.

 

‘Lady Bird’ director Greta Gerwig manages to better her previous work with great panache and successfully presents one of the finest period dramas from the bygone decade to her audience. While her confident direction is on display here, the sets, the locations, the lighting, and the clothing are an added advantage for each.

 

Peppered with both light and emotional moments and thriving on its appealing product design, ‘Little Women’ also serves as your trademark Christmas flick.

 

 

13. The Holdovers (2023)

 

the holdovers (2023)

 

Director Alexander Payne’s ‘The Holdovers’ is a delightful comedy-drama that tells the story of a cranky history teacher at a remote school who is forced to stay on campus during the holidays. His only companion is a troubled student who doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go.

 

One of the better Christmas full-length features to have hit the screens in recent years, this motion picture thrives on its excellent performances. The story unfolds steadily and the twists and turns are unveiled rather superbly.

 

It is lighthearted, comedic, and also has a touch of emotion and darkness to it. 

 

 

14. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

 

tokyo godfathers (2003)

 

Written and directed by Satoshi Kon, ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ is a wonderful Xmas flick that needs to be seen by people who love to stream movies during the holidays.

 

In the story, we are introduced to three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo, who stumble upon a baby among the trash. Together, they decide to search for the child’s parents.

 

This well-intentioned motion picture may have a very basic plot, but it derives its strength from its heartfelt storytelling. Backed by a good musical score and able vocal performances, ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ is an artistic and beautifully made animated film from Japan.

 

 

15. 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.

 

 

16. 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.

 

 

17. 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.

 

 

18. 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.

 

 

19. 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.

 

 

20. Joyeux Noel (2005)

 

joyeux noel (2005)

 

Writer-director Christian Carion brought a different and special Christmas story in 2005 with ‘Joyeux Noel’. The film is set in December 1914 and shows us how an unofficial Xmas truce on the Western Front during the First World allowed soldiers on both sides of the border to get familiar with each other’s way of life.

 

This remarkable and timely motion picture managed to carve a niche for itself in a market that is populated with trite Christmas-themed features. We firmly believe that its story is going to stand the test of time, for it wonderfully captures how humanity and hope attempt to triumph amid the horrors of war.

 

 

21. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

 

santa claus is comin' to town (1970)

 

Released directly on television, this Christmas feature has been narrated by the charismatic Fred Astaire. It introduces us to a mailman who reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

 

As expected, this Xmas special touches upon the inception of a lot many Xmas traditions that came to be. A true-blue classic among animated holiday classics, this cartoon is truly special. 

 

It thrives on its solid storytelling and never has a dull moment. Needless to say, it’s worth seeing the unedited original version if you’re truly looking forward to giving it a try.

 

 

22. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

 

the year without a santa claus (1974)

 

In this animated holiday feature, we are introduced to a discouraged Santa Claus who doesn’t wish to go on his Xmas run one particular year. Since Mrs. Claus and his elves realize the importance of his yearly run, they set out to change his mind.

 

Trust this short and simple Xmas flick to bring you immense joy every single time you sit through it. It keeps the spirit of Xmas alive and creates a detailed and enchanting atmosphere.

 

While the stop-motion animation is certainly good here, what truly works in the favour of this made-for-TV project are its amazing characters.

 

 

23. 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.

 

 

24. 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.

 

 

25. 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.

 

 

26. 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.

 

 

27. 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.

 

 

28. 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.

 

 

29. 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.

 

 

30. Holiday Inn (1942)

 

holiday inn (1942)

 

Headlined by Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, ‘Holiday Inn’ does a great job of transporting you to the ’40s. It tells the story of an inn which is open only during the holiday season. There, a crooner and a hoofer do everything they can to win the affection of a gorgeous performer.

 

Aside from the fabulous musical score and dance numbers, what works for the film is the spellbinding chemistry between its leading duo. It is imperative to mention that this motion picture was released at a time when the United States needed to distract itself with cinema.

 

Indeed, the uplifting drama helped make one forget their troubles and brought a smile to the faces of its viewers. 

 

 

31. 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.

 

 

32. 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.

 

 

33. 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.

 

 

34. 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’.

 

 

35. 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.

 

 

36. 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.

 

 

37. 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.

 

 

38. 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.

 

 

39. 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.

 

 

40. 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.

 

 

41. 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.

 

 

42. 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.

 

 

43. 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.

 

 

44. 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.

 

 

45. 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.

 

 

46. 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.

 

 

47. 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.

 

 

48. 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.

 

 

49. 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.

 

 

50. 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.

 

 

51. 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.

 

 

52. A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)

 

a christmas story christmas (2022)

 

Director Clay Kaytis brings together a slew of intriguing characters to tell the story of Ralphie, who returns to the house on Cleveland Street hoping to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a kid.

 

As the story progresses, we also catch him reconnecting with his childhood pals and making peace with the passing of his Old Man. As you’d have guessed, this long-due new instalment of the story is well-drawn and performed. 

 

This full-length feature carries the essence of the original and strives to do justice to it. Suffice it to say that it succeeds to a great extent with its heart in the right place.

 

 

53. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

 

a boy called christmas (2021)

 

Netflix brings this amazing origin story on Father Christmas in which we catch an ordinary young boy going on an extraordinary adventure to find his beloved father.

 

On his journey, he is chaperoned by his loyal pet mouse and a reindeer. The father, on the other hand, is on a quest to discover the fabled village of Elfhelm.

 

This undeniably good Xmas film has been toplined by the acclaimed Maggie Smith who, as we all know, can barely ever go wrong. This wise and whimsical story has the Xmas cheer to it and is worth taking the time to sit down and watch.

 

 

54. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

 

the little drummer boy (1968)

 

In the 1968 television movie ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, we are introduced to an orphan drummer boy who despises humanity. However, his life changes for the good once he stumbles upon three wise men while on his way to Bethlehem.

 

This delightfully amusing movie tells a story that will manage to connect with most people who decide to sit through it during the holidays. It ends up telling a thing or two about the birth of Jesus while stressing the power of forgiveness and moving ahead in life.

 

Needless to say, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ comes with a message that will manage to stand the test of time.

 

 

55. 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.

 

 

56. 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

 

8-bit christmas (2021)

 

Michael Dowse’s uniquely titled ‘8-Bit Christmas’ is set in 1980s Chicago, where a 10-year-old sets out on a quest to get a great Christmas gift in the form of the latest video game system.

 

This lighthearted family movie is suitable for kids with younger children who wish to have something for themselves during the holiday season. 

 

While it certainly does have a familiar story to follow, it is filled with elements of Christmas to bring you the cheer. Indeed, it is a cute flick with a moving finale. 

 

 

57. Spirited (2022)

 

spirited (2022)

 

Written and directed by Sean Anders, ‘Spirited’ stars actors Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds in the lead. It is the musical version of Charles Dicken’s classic story about a miserly misanthrope who is taken on a magical journey.

 

Thriving on its neat special effects, foot-tapping dance numbers, and comedic take on love, it is a fun watch that manages to work during the Xmas holidays.

 

Indeed, this motion picture is going to surprise you pleasantly since it also comprises a relevant message for kids and teenagers. So, if you’re looking for something Christmassy and fancy musicals, this could be the film for you.

 

 

58. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

 

jingle jangle: a christmas journey (2020)

 

In director David E. Talbert’s ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ we see an imaginary story of an eccentric toymaker coming to life. In it, we catch how a magical invention has the power to change his and his adventurous granddaughter’s lives forever.

 

Toplined by Forest Whitaker, this well-produced film thrives on its marvellous costume design, stunning production value, and an uplifting soundtrack. In addition, the film carries that touch of magic which is most needed during the holiday season each year.

 

Needless to say, the aforementioned factors make this movie a must-see during Christmas.

 

 

59. Violent Night (2022)

 

violent night (2022)

 

We all know that violence is against the spirit of Xmas but in Tommy Wirkola’s ‘Violent Night’, that is precisely what the characters resort to hoping the make your Christmas even merrier.

 

David Harbour’s Saint Nick takes the route less taken in this action-packed holiday feature to keep the essence of the holidays alive. Since the film is filled with a ton of violent characters, our Santa has no option but to go all guns blazing on them.

 

In the story, we catch an elite team of mercenaries breaking into a family compound on Christmas Eve. Little do they know that they’ll be left fighting for their lives themselves.

 

Set in a snow-clad landscape, this bizarre entertainer is for the fans who may want to watch an action flick during the holidays.

 

 

60. Rare Exports (2010)

 

rare exports (2010)

 

Written and helmed by Jalmari Helander, ‘Rare Exports’ is set in the most beautiful time of the year and, yet, has an unconventionally entertaining tale to tell.

 

The story takes us to the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, where a closely guarded Xmas secret is kept.

 

Things spiral out of control as the time to unearth the secret finally comes.

 

An antidote of sorts to the usual Xmas claptrap, this motion picture thrives on its dark humour to make an impact. Not only that but it also has a theme that tries to play with your very ideas of horror.

 

Needless to say, ‘Rare Exports’ makes for an enjoyable watch during the holiday season. 

 

 

61. 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.

 

 

62. 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.

 

 

63. 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.

 

 

64. 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.

 

 

65. 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.

 

 

66. 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.

 

 

67. 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.

 

 

68. 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.

 

 

69. 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.

 

 

70. 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.

 

 

71. 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.

 

 

72. 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.

 

 

73. 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.

 

 

74. 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.

 

 

75. 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.

 

 

76. 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.

 

 

77. 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.

 

 

78. 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.

 

 

79. 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.

 

 

80. 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.

 

 

81. 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.

 

 

82. 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.

 

 

83. 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.

 

 

84. Love Hard (2021)

 

love hard (2021)

 

Toplined by Nina Dobrev, ‘Love Hard’ introduces us to an unlucky Los Angeles lady who falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app. Sooner than later, she decides to surprise him during the holidays.

 

However, she is shocked beyond her wits to discover that she’s been catfished. Directed by Hernán Jiménez, this entertaining romantic comedy thrives on the performances of Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang. 

 

While it certainly is silly at times, it is also equally humourous without coming off as offensive. 

 

 

85. Get Santa (2014)

 

get santa (2014)

 

In Christopher Smith’s ‘Get Santa’, we catch Santa Claus getting arrested and jailed. This pushes a recently paroled prisoner and his young son to save Xmas by releasing Saint Nick before it’s too late.

 

Thriving on its dry humour and the performance of Jim Broadbent, this snarky Xmas tale is, at heart, a simple story about father-son bonding.

 

Heartwarming and convincing enough to make it to our story, ‘Get Santa’ is a refreshingly British flick that promises you non-stop entertainment and delivers on that front.

 

 

86. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

 

the lego star wars holiday special (2020)

 

Director Ken Cunningham tells the story of Ray, who leaves her friends to prepare for Life Day as she aims to gain deeper knowledge about the Force.

 

However, during her journey, she visits a mysterious temple and is consequently hurled into a cross-timeline adventure. Now, the girl has only one aim: To make it back in time for Life Day.

 

This animated movie serves as an enjoyable ride into the vast Star Wars universe. It is populated with many references to the franchise and is, therefore, a must-watch for its fans. 

 

That said, expect quality animation from this one since it obviously is a Lego movie.

 

 

87. Holidate (2020)

 

holidate (2020)

 

Headlined by Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, ‘Holidate’ introduces us to two seemingly forlorn strangers who agree to be each other’s plus-ones all year long. However, they soon end up developing feelings for each other.

 

This John Whitesell may not be among the finest holiday flicks to make it to our story but it certainly has a personality. It manages to get you in the mood for the holidays and thrives on the chemistry between its leading duo.

 

Roberts drives this feature with the right attitude and ensures that you don’t end up disliking the film altogether. 

 

 

88. 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.

 

 

89. Alien Xmas (2020)

 

alien xmas (2020)

 

Director Stephen Chiodo’s ‘Alien Xmas’ is a stop-motion animation feature that showcases a group of extraterrestrials striving to steal Earth’s gravity. Enter Alien X, who has the power to save the planet.

 

This lovely off-beat animated feature works for its target audience of children. It isn’t too lengthy and is peppered with the right amount of humour and energy to get them excited for the holiday season.

 

‘Alien Xmas’ is a cute little creation for Xmas that stresses the importance of good deeds.

 

 

90. 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.

 

 

91. 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.

 

 

92. 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.

 

 

93. 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.

 

 

94. 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.

 

 

95. 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.

 

 

96. Last Train to Christmas (2021)

 

last train to christmas (2021)

 

Written and directed by Julian Kemp and toplined by Michael Sheen, ‘Last Train to Christmas’ tells the story of Tony Towers – a successful nightclub manager who is engaged to a younger man.

 

During the holiday season, he decides to embark upon the 3:17 to Nottingham for a Christmas family reunion. However, to his surprise, things get a bit weird during his ride.

 

While it certainly isn’t an out-and-out Christmas feature, this film does contain the essence of the big holiday. Now, it may not turn out to be your favourite Christmas flick but it certainly is different. 

 

 

97. 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.

 

 

98. 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.

 

 

99. 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.

 

 

100. 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.

 

 

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