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20 of the Best Christmas Movies

20 of the Best Christmas Movies

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With all the merry that comes with the season, the Christmas season is marked with great Christmas movies. These lighthearted stories that tell the joys, and bliss of the season are a treat for everyone. They are the films we watch on Christmas eve with our loved ones enjoying the pleasure of the season, or to enjoy during the time leading up to the holiday. If you don’t have a favorite Christmas movie already, here’s a list of 20 of the best Christmas movies for you to enjoy this holiday season.

20 of the Best Christmas Movies

Let’s look at these Christmas movies to buy, or even stream. My list is Amazon friendly so you can be reassured that these Christmas movies for sale on Amazon are also Christmas movires for Family.

Classic Christmas Movies

BABES IN TOYLAND (1961)

This is an adaptation of Victor Herbert’s operetta. It is a fairytale Christmas adventure that you will surely enjoy. The movie is centered around Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, the secret heir to a fortune, and the delightful Toymaker Ed Wynn.

THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947)

This is the story of a young angel tasked with helping a beautiful woman stay with her husband. You would hardly see an angel that is the perfect blend of Hollywood and heavenly grace like Cary Grant in this movie.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

Be it Jimmy Stewart’s excellent performance or the entire message of the movie, this Frank Capra’s tale is one of the best Christmas movies of all time, and it is a must-watch. It has a great message, solid acting, and is the perfect story of redemption. There is no Christmas without this movie.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

One of the best movies of its release year, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, shines with stellar performances from Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood. The film is infectiously warm and incinerates cynicism in a manner you would enjoy watching over and over again.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye beam the merriness and brightness of the season in this movie. This goofy movie will set you at ease with its great sings and fantastic dance routines. It is a must-watch, tear jerking classic that melts your heart.

A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)

In this holiday classic, Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift.

A Christmas movie with Charlie Brown

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)

An incredible movie which, despite its length, made its way to become a holiday special is a must-watch. It shines with one of the best Christmas monologue and splendid Christmas soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi.

Christmas Movies for Family

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

This Charles Dickens story, which explores the facets of humanity and loneliness, has been adapted at least a 100 times. However, The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations. It is a great movie, nonetheless controversial but without a doubt, a great watch.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

This stop-motion movie takes on the Christmas season in a way that is rarely done. It has ghouls, bugs, and ghost dogs. Everything that makes it different makes it a delightful watch as well.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)

This is an all-time Christmas special that becomes a permanent fixture on television once the Christmas season pulls close. It is the story of a caribou that finds purpose and uniqueness. Made with vibrant animation and fun songs, there are very few movies that beat Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer in pure delight.

THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)

The transformation from skeptics to believers is excellent when done well, and the Santa Clause does it well. This Tim Allen comedy takes it a step further if you have not watched it, then you would not know what to do when Santa falls from your roof.

ELF (2003)

Will Ferrel plays the role of a giant elf that goes around the city, helping cynics connect with their inner child. Will Ferrel might be giant-sized for an elf, but that does not take the delight form the movie.

EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS (1977)

Singing river otters gives this movie a win for adorability. A brilliantly told tale about family, joy, and togetherness makes this a great Christmas movie.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (1969)

This is the story of a snowman frosty trying to figure out how to survive. It is a beautiful watch.

HOME ALONE (1990)

Home Alone is on the list of every 2000 kids’ best Christmas movies. It is the story of neglected Kevin McCallister’s who tastes Independence for the first time and has to defend his home from invaders. It’s a story about love, wit, and family hilariously and brilliantly told.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966)

The sequel might not have been all that, but HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS ticks all the boxes of a great Christmas movie. This animated take on the Dr. Seuss Classic captures everything about the Christmas season and so much more. It is a delightful watch.

Christmas Movies for Adults

BAD SANTA (2003)

This is the story about a drunk Santa/conman and his sidekick elf who goes robbing stores on Christmas eve. It is the sort of movie parents can enjoy once the kids have gone to bed.

CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

Christmas Story is about the Griswold family and their suburban misadventures and how they whirl into fun-filled chaos. If you have friends around this Christmas, the Christmas vacation should take the screen.

DIE HARD (1988)

It is impossible to make a list without DIEHARD. The action-filled flick is not just set during Christmas time, but it also teaches the value of kindness and love as John McClane’s spite of the season fades away to be selfless to those in need.

SCROOGED (1988)

Dickens’s adaptations are great, and Scrooged is one of the great ones. Not just entertaining, it is also a breath of fresh air from the usual sentimental movies that dominate the season. It is something different, and something you should certainly watch!


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