The holiday season is a magical time filled with festive cheer, twinkling lights and quality time with loved ones. What better way to celebrate than gathering the family and curling up to classic Christmas movies? From funny satires to heartfelt dramas, these films capture the spirit of the season. Let's countdown the top 20 Christmas movies sure to bring joy and laughter to your holidays.

Top 20 Christmas Movies of All Time

Before going into details of each movie separately, we have compiled a list of all the top 20  Christmas Movies in the following table. You can jump to any song details by clicking its name from the following table.

Sr. No.

Movie Name (Year)

IMDb Rating


Home Alone (1990)



Elf (2003)



The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)



Love Actually (2003)



The Holiday (2006)



National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)



The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)



It's a Wonderful Life (1946)



Die Hard (1988)



A Christmas Carol (2009)



Scrooged (1988)



Bad Santa (2003)



White Christmas (1954)



Black Christmas (1974)



The Polar Express (2004)



A Christmas Story (1983)



Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)



How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)



The Family Stone (2005)



Arthur Christmas (2011)


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1 - Home Alone (1990)

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[Home Alone (1990) - top 20 christmas movies (Credits: 20th Century Studios Family)]
  • Lead actors: Macaulay Culkin (Kevin McCallister), Joe Pesci (Harry), Daniel Stern (Marv)
  • Supporting artists: Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Roberts Blossom
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Release date: November 16, 1990
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7
  • Revenue: $476.7 million
  • Language: English

Home Alone is a heartwarming family comedy about 8-year-old Kevin McCallister accidentally left home alone while his family goes on Christmas vacation. Mischief and hilarity ensues as resourceful Kevin defends the house from buffoonish burglars Harry and Marv setting clever booby traps in his wake. Director Chris Columbus delivers a charming holiday tale filled with slapstick humor and family sentiment. 

Macaulay Culkin shines as the precocious Kevin, bringing the right mix of innocence and mischievousness. Kevin learns independence and courage in their cozy suburban home despite being forgotten by his family. Home Alone spawned multiple sequels and remains a Christmas favorite thanks to Culkin's iconic performance as the clever young hero enjoying his freedom.

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2 - Elf (2003)

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  • Lead actors: Will Ferrell (Buddy), James Caan (Walter), Zooey Deschanel (Jovie)
  • Supporting artists: Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Release date: November 7, 2003
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1
  • Revenue: $220.4 million
  • Language: English

Elf stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole who travels to New York City to find his birth father. Fish-out-of-water hilarity ensues as the childlike, Christmas-obsessed Buddy brings wide-eyed cheer to a cynical city. Elf has become a fast Christmas favorite with its mix of silly humor and holiday heart. Ferrell is hilarious as the buffoonish but lovable Buddy, spreading Christmas spirit wherever he goes. 

Director Jon Favreau balances slick comedic style with sentimental themes of family, belief and feeling like you belong. Zooey Deschanel adds spark as Buddy's love interest Jovie. Kids and adults alike will laugh and feel their Christmas joy rekindled by Buddy's innocent wish for holiday magic.

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3 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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[The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - top 20 christmas movies (Credits: Vintage Movie Posters - Heritage Auctions)]
  • Lead actors: Danny Elfman (Jack Skellington), Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington singing voice), Catherine O'Hara (Sally)
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Release date: October 29, 1993
  • Run time: 76 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9
  • Revenue: $75.1 million
  • Language: English

This gothic stop-motion musical by Tim Burton follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who stumbles upon merry Christmas Town. Bored of spooking, Jack hatches a plan to kidnap Santa and bring Christmas under his control with chaotic results. This offbeat fable creatively combines two holidays into a Burtonesque wonderland with stunning visuals and catchy musical numbers. 

Danny Elfman brings spirit as the singing voice of Jack, alongside Catherine O'Hara as the lovable ragdoll Sally. Older viewers can appreciate the film creativity and charm while the tone may be too scary for some kids. The Nightmare Before Christmas stands out as a quirky addition to any Christmas movie lineup.

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4 - Love Actually (2003)

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  • Lead actors: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney
  • Director: Richard Curtis
  • Release date: November 7, 2003
  • Run time: 135 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6
  • Revenue: $246.9 million
  • Language: English

This ensemble British rom-com weaves together a dozen storylines of Londoners finding and losing love during the Christmas season. Love Actually explores romance, family and friendship with both sincerity and witty humor with an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson. Directed by Richard Curtis, the film jumps nimbly between each character's unique journey highlighting our shared need for human connection. 

Standout subplots involve the Prime Minister falling for a junior staffer and a writer unrequited love for his best friend's new wife. Love Actually has become a modern classic by bringing heart and laughs to the holidays with its pop soundtrack and cheerful voice overs. The movie feels cohesive in its joyful spirit despite multiple storylines.

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5 - The Holiday (2006)

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  • Lead actors: Cameron Diaz (Amanda), Kate Winslet (Iris), Jude Law (Graham), Jack Black (Miles)
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Release date: December 8, 2006
  • Run time: 138 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9
  • Revenue: $205.1 million
  • Language: English

This charming romantic comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two heartbroken women who temporarily swap homes during Christmas finding love and self-discovery along the way. Amanda escapes to a quaint English cottage while Iris settles into Amanda luxurious L.A. mansion each meeting and connecting with local men.

The Holiday shines with its witty dialogue, likable characters and plenty of feel-good Christmas moments. Both Diaz and Winslet lend their natural charisma to stories of confident women healing past heartbreak. Nancy Meyers direction gives a glossy yet down-to-earth warmth. Fans adore The Holiday as an essential modern romantic comedy that puts a fresh spin on the Christmas getaway premise.

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6 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

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  • Lead actor: Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold)
  • Supporting artists: Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis
  • Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • Release date: December 1, 1989
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5
  • Revenue: $71.3 million
  • Language: English

Clark Griswold strives for the perfect family Christmas only to have his plans disrupted by uninvited guests and absurd mishaps in this hilarious holiday sequel. Chevy Chase excels at physical comedy as the well-meaning but perennially stressed Clark. The mayhem escalates with the arrival of boorish in-laws Eddie and Catherine played by Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn.

Director Jeremiah Chechik amplifies the slapstick absurdity including an infamous electrocution scene. Christmas Vacation captures the seasonal family dysfunction Americans love to laugh at while veering into crass territory. We relate to Clark's excessive zeal for a picture-perfect Christmas as plans unravel making the film a modern holiday favorite.

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7 - The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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  • Lead actors: Michael Caine (Ebenezer Scrooge), Muppets (Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo)
  • Director: Brian Henson
  • Release date: December 11, 1992
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7
  • Revenue: $27.3 million
  • Language: English

The Muppets provide their unique take on the Charles Dickens classic in this family-friendly musical adaptation. Michael Caine stars as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge whose encounters with ghostly guides Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends teach him the true meaning of Christmas. Creative sets and costumes bring the Victorian tale vibrantly to life. 

Kids will stay engaged as Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and others insert slapstick side-plots amidst the moral lesson. Caine nuanced performance meshes wonderfully with the felt co-stars. Songs by Paul Williams add emotional musical numbers. Jim Henson's imaginative touch makes The Muppet Christmas Carol a whimsical introduction to this iconic holiday story.

8 - It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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  • Lead actor: James Stewart (George Bailey)
  • Supporting artists: Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
  • Director: Frank Capra
  • Release date: December 20, 1946
  • Run time: 130 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6
  • Revenue: $3.3 million
  • Language: English

Frank Capra beloved drama stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a frustrated businessman contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve. His guardian angel Clarence then gives him a gift - a glimpse into how his small town of Bedford Falls would look if he'd never existed. Stewart gives a nuanced performance as George capturing his despair along with his sense of community. The film deftly balances comedy, romance and social commentary. 

It's a Wonderful Life found devoted fans through television airings now considered a heartwarming classic while initially a box office disappointment. The transformative message about how each life deeply touches others makes it a story for the ages. Capra's empathetic direction helps this 1946 film remain timeless.

9 - Die Hard (1988)

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  • Lead actor: Bruce Willis (John McClane)
  • Supporting actors: Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
  • Director: John McTiernan
  • Release date: July 20, 1988
  • Run time: 132 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2
  • Revenue: $140.8 million
  • Language: English

This adrenaline-pumping action classic stars Bruce Willis as NYPD cop John McClane visiting his estranged wife for Christmas in L.A. when her office holiday party is taken hostage by villainous thieves led by the cunning Hans Gruber. Willis excels as the gritty quick-witted McClane battling the villains single-handedly while stuck inside the high-rise. 

Director John McTiernan masterfully executed edge-of-your-seat set pieces like McClane crawling through vents and fleeing gunfire on the roof. The holiday party setting and themes of family reconciliation help earn Die Hard a beloved spot in the seasonal canon though not centered on Christmas. Its smart twists on the lone vigilante hero cemented Willis as a star.

10 - A Christmas Carol (2009)

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  • Lead actor: Jim Carrey (Ebenezer Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Past / Present / Future)
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Release date: November 3, 2009
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8
  • Revenue: $325.3 million
  • Language: English

This motion-capture animated take on Dickens tale features Jim Carrey in multiple roles via digital performance as Ebenezer Scrooge and all three holiday ghosts. Robert Zemeckis' visually dazzling style gives unique life to the Victorian classic. Fluid camerawork flies over 19th century London in eye-popping 3D. 

Carrey chameleonic abilities make Scrooge's emotional journey palpable despite the more fantastical medium. The film expands the story's visual splendor though at times too creepy for young viewers. Ghostly animation and virtual camerawork revitalize this familiar story for the digital age while honoring its enduring messages. The cutting-edge effects offer a memorable perspective on Scrooge's quest for redemption.

11 - Scrooged (1988)

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  • Lead actor: Bill Murray (Frank Cross)
  • Supporting artists: Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Robert Mitchum
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Release date: November 23, 1988
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9
  • Revenue: $60.3 million
  • Language: English

Bill Murray applies his sarcastic wit to this comedic update of A Christmas Carol set in cutthroat 80s television. He plays executive Frank Cross whose ruthless ambition fuels him until visits from surreal ghosts inspire him to reconnect with Christmas joy. Murray deadpan snark makes Frank humorous even at his most callous. 

Director Richard Donner mines the contrast between Murray cynicism and the fantastical storybook ghosts for maximum absurdist effect. The social satire may be dated but Murray's performance as a hilariously self-centered modern Scrooge remains entertaining. Fans appreciate Scrooged for sticking to the heartfelt message about valuing loved ones amidst its purposefully ridiculous hijinks.

12 - Bad Santa (2003)

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  • Lead actors: Billy Bob Thornton (Willie), Tony Cox (Marcus), Brett Kelly (The Kid)
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Release date: November 26, 2003
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0
  • Revenue: $76.5 million
  • Language: English

Crass comedy Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton as drunken, foul-mouthed conman Willie who poses as a mall Santa to rob stores with his elf partner Marcus. Their scheme hits a snag when weird, bullied kid Thurman befriends grumpy Willie awakening his buried conscience. Director Terry Zwigoff brings his indie sensibilities to this raunchy holiday satire mining deliberately vulgar laughs from Willie alcoholism and lewd behavior. 

Underneath the crudeness lies a surprising heart as their mentor-mentee dynamic exposes Willie's loneliness. Thornton fully commits as the grouchy anti-hero. Audiences can look beyond the adult humor to the friendship story at Bad Santa's heart. It twists Christmas redemption into a profanely comedic package while divisive.

13 - White Christmas (1954)

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[White Christmas (1954) - top 20 christmas movies (Credits: Vintage Movie Posters - Heritage Auctions)]
  • Lead actors: Bing Crosby (Bob Wallace), Danny Kaye (Phil Davis), Rosemary Clooney (Betty Haynes), Vera-Ellen (Judy Haynes)
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Release date: October 14, 1954
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5
  • Revenue: $30 million
  • Language: English

This glittering Irving Berlin musical remains a Yuletide classic thanks to its catchy songs, romantic warmth and dazzling dance routines. Army buddies Bob and Phil romance sisters Betty and Judy teaming up to save their former commander quaint Vermont inn. White Christmas nostalgically conjures the postwar era with a soundtrack of holiday standards like the iconic title track.

Director Michael Curtiz brings his usual visual flair including a stunning final number. The charisma of Crosby and Clooney shines through while light on plot. And Vera-Ellen shows stopping dance skills impress. White Christmas delights with a festive dose of romance, music and tap-dancing peril even six decades later.

14 - Black Christmas (1974)

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  • Lead actor: Olivia Hussey (Jess)
  • Supporting actors: Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon
  • Director: Bob Clark
  • Release date: October 11, 1974
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2
  • Revenue: $4.4 million
  • Language: English

One of the earliest slasher films, Black Christmas follows a group of sorority sisters stalked by an obscene caller right before holiday break. Director Bob Clark builds dread through POV shots from the killer inside the house. Leading lady Olivia Hussey conveys terror as the main target Jess. Comic relief from a drunken housemother lightens the mood briefly before more chilling attacks. Though low budget, creative use of subjective camera work makes Black Christmas highly influential on later horror. 

It also crafted the profile of a deranged, motiveless killer. For 1974, the unsettling ambiguity was ahead of its time. The disturbing stranger in the attic premise still scares while spared excessive gore. Black Christmas pioneered techniques for making the familiar setting of home feel unsafe. Its creepy claustrophobic suspense resonates with the 1970s version of Halloween thriller fans.

15 - The Polar Express (2004)

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  • Lead actors: Tom Hanks (Hero Boy, Father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge, Santa Claus)
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Release date: November 10, 2004
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6
  • Revenue: $307.1 million
  • Language: English

This animated adventure marks an ambitious use of motion-capture technology to vividly render the 1985 children book. When a doubting young boy boards a magical Christmas train to the North Pole, The Polar Express captures childlike wonder in immersive new ways. Tom Hanks performs multiple roles guiding the Hero Boy journey. Director Robert Zemeckis employs swooping virtual cinematography allowing the train to soar like viewers are inside this Christmas fantasy. 

The sweeping snowy vistas astound while the human-like animation falls into uncanny territory at times. The Polar Express ritualistically signifies the start of the holiday season for many families, thanks to its message about keeping the Christmas spirit alive. The pioneering digital effects still feel transportive.

16 - A Christmas Story (1983)

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  • Lead actor: Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker)
  • Supporting actors: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella
  • Director: Bob Clark
  • Release date: November 18, 1983
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Revenue: $20.6 million
  • Language: English

This holiday classic visits Ralphie Parker's quest to get a BB gun for Christmas in 1940s Indiana. Bob Clark period film feels like flipping through a family photo album with loving attention to nostalgic detail. Peter Billingsley is iconic as the bespectacled daydreaming Ralphie who longs for the "Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle." 

Darren McGavin shines as the gruff old school father. The cast chemistry makes the quirky household feel endearing. Narrated by Jean Shepherd warm remembrances of childhood, A Christmas Story finds universal humor in kid perspectives on holiday hijinks. The rituals of shopping unwrapping gifts and savoring Christmas dinner come alive with humor and heart.

17 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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  • Lead actor: Macaulay Culkin (Kevin McCallister)
  • Supporting actors: Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Release date: November 15, 1992
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8
  • Revenue: $359 million
  • Language: English

In this hit sequel, hopeless Harry and Marv stalk Kevin through the streets of New York after accidentally encountering him on vacation alone. Home Alone 2 repeats the original formula with Kevin unleashing creative traps across the Plaza Hotel. Director Chris Columbus expands the established humor and characters throwing in iconic new locations like a Christmas-decked Central Park.

Macaulay Culkin returns with comic brilliance as Kevin, now more confident pulling off elaborate stunts. Seeing Kevin thwart the bandits again while immersed in the city delights fans. Pesci and Stern slapstick agony translates just as well to the Big Apple setting. The film lacks the original freshness but succeeds on childlike escapism.

18 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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  • Lead actor: Jim Carrey (The Grinch)
  • Supporting actors: Taylor Momsen (Cindy Lou Who), Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Release date: November 8, 2000
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2
  • Revenue: $345.1 million
  • Language: English

Ron Howard live-action adaptation expands Dr. Seuss rhymes the book into a fuller story using elaborate Whoville sets and prosthetics to bring the curmudgeonly Grinch to life. Jim Carrey disappears under green fur and makeup as the Christmas-hating Grinch. His rubbery face conveying manic energy and mischief softened by young Cindy Lou Who's faith. 

Carrey committed physical performance sells this grumpy creature eventual heart growth while the backstory and lavish production leans too hard on kitsch at times. The movie extends his schemes to steal Christmas by elaborating on Whoville traditions and community. The Who's unwavering holiday spirit proves infectious still. Carrey's comedic gusto as the Grinch has secured the film's status as a Christmas fantasy spectacle.

19 - The Family Stone (2005)

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  • Lead actors: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton
  • Director: Thomas Bezucha
  • Release date: December 16, 2005
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3
  • Revenue: $92.6 million
  • Language: English

Sarah Jessica Parker plays a high-strung executive meeting her boyfriend's bohemian family for Christmas. Culture clash ensues until connections form between unlikely pairs. Director Thomas Bezucha infuses this comedy with humanity embracing each character's flaws and merits. The formidable Diane Keaton rules as the matriarch while the late Raul Julia shines in his last role as the family patriarch.

The remarkable cast sells the ultimate message that family means loving each other unconditionally though the tone wavers unevenly. Dermot Mulroney brings rugged appeal as the boyfriend while Parker plays somewhat outside her comfort zone. The Family Stone charms with the relatable scenario of a Christmas introduction gone awry capturing the messiness and joy of holidays with relatives.

20 - Arthur Christmas (2011)

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  • Lead actors: James McAvoy (Arthur), Hugh Laurie (Steve), Bill Nighy (Grandsanta)
  • Director: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
  • Release date: November 10, 2011
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1
  • Revenue: $147.4 million
  • Language: English

This comedic animated film imagines the high-tech operations behind the Santa delivery empire and one clumsy son who risks it all for a single missed present. Arthur may lack his family gift for Christmas duty but has heart to spare. The cast including Hugh Laurie as Arthur's efficient brother Steve have a blast sending up corporate culture at the North Pole.

Visually dazzling flying sequences thrill between the touching family story. Arthur sincerity ultimately saves Christmas, proving generosity of spirit and conviction matter most. Clever gags layered over and advanced elf workforce satirize Christmas cheer as big business. But the adorably fallible Arthur gives this brisk beautiful package its soul.

DPM Top Picks

If we are to choose only three Christmas movies, our top recommendations are:

  1. It's a Wonderful Life - Frank Capra feel-good classic never fails to inspire. Thanks to the Stewart performance and its uplifting perspective.
  2. A Christmas Story - Witty narration and period detail make this comedy an annual tradition for its funny nostalgic take on childhood holidays.
  3. Home Alone - Macaulay Culkin iconic traps and one-liners as Kevin battling bungling crooks remain hilarious decades later.

Final Verdict

Our list reveals the diverse range of stories that Christmas inspires from slapstick adventures to romantic comedies, childhood remembrances to supernatural epics. These 20 selections include essential viewing sure to please everyone gathered around the tree. Whether it is the familiar comforts of a legend like It's A Wonderful Life and quirky new favorites like Elf, these films fill your home with seasonal joy. Cherish favorites with your family while discovering cinematic gems you may have missed. These movies are the gifts that keep giving holiday memories from charming classics to modern re-imaginings.


Q: What is the oldest Christmas movie ever made?

The oldest surviving Christmas movie is the silent short Santa Claus from 1898.

Q: Is Die Hard really a Christmas movie?

Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie due to its plot revolving around a company holiday party that is taken over by terrorists and some Christmas imagery music.

Q: What are some classic black-and-white Christmas movies?

  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Holiday Inn
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • White Christmas
  • The Bishop's Wife

Q: Are there any animated Christmas movies for children?


  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Polar Express
  • Arthur Christmas

Q: What are some popular Christmas movies for families?

  • Home Alone
  • Elf
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story

Q: What are some Christmas movies that teach important lessons?

  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Family Man
  • Scrooged

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