Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Home Alone

Most Christmas movies follow a simple format: Random guy has a tag in with Santa and has to help him, throw in elves and reindeers, save Christmas. Home Alone does none of this stereotype format. It is a legend. With its unique and hilarious format, it is the king of Christmas movies. To me, it's the only truly original Christmas movie. Everyone else just throws in Santa, Elves and reindeer into a film about a random guy on Christmas. Home Alone ignores this boring format and makes a genuinely good Christmas movie.

I don't really need to explain much about why this movie is so good, considering how lots of the other people have already said positive things about it. However, I can positively say that the first "Home Alone" movie is a brilliant classic that deserves it's praise. It's very funny and entertaining, especially how the main protagonist Kevin tries to go up against some theives when he is left alone at home.

Absolutely my #1 favorite Christmas film that isn't Disney. I have seen it more times than I can even count! I've recently shared it with my cousins, who haven't seen it. (I know, what kind of childhood have they had? ) Anyways, they LOVED it! It's a great Christmas classic from the 90's.

I am the same age as Macaulay Culkin, so I can relate to what you would do at age 8 and left home alone. Besides "Top Gun", Seen this movie the most. At least 1,000 times. Not even kidding!

2 Elf

Every year, you must watch it AT LEAST once. There are so many things you can reference in Elf, so many golden lines that you remember at other times of the year, and you can really feel the spirit of Christmas that the movie gives. Will Ferrell is the best. It's great.

It's so hilarious! Each year I watch it the jokes are still funny. Will Ferrell is HILARIOUS! Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this film.

Elf is 1 of my favorite films of ALL TIME, It's actually probably 1 of the most humerus movies ever made! Will Ferrell is So funny! I roll around the floor laughing every time

In my opinion, Elf is the 2nd funniest Christmas movie (the funniest is Christmas Vacation) and a great Christmas movie for kids.

3 A Christmas Story

I love Home Alone, but for my money "A Christmas Story" is in a league of its own. The nostalgia, the setting of mid western USA, the period in which takes place. Perfect acting from each character. Everyone either had a mom and father like Ralphie's parents or at least knew parents like them.

Perfectly encapsulates the wonderful feeling of excitement for Christmas in the eyes of a child

I watch this movie every Christmas. I love it so much I sometimes even watch it when it's not close to Christmas. It's a movie with tons of character. It's a great classic. It should be number one on the list!

Great movie, hilarious. Quality control not quite there... Not Quite there... Almost there.. Almost.. Just a little more and I might have it, come on. Come on. Come on.. Little bar, go into green please.. YES!

My sister used to love it. She watched over 15 times over Christmas break. It's so retarded. All I remember is that a kid gets his tongue stuck to a pole and a kid wants a rifle for Christmas.

4 It's A Wonderful Life

This movie is excellent. It may not be a comedy like Home Alone, Elf, Christmas Vacation, or The Grinch. And I don't follow Christianity or any religion. But this movie tells the message that bad stuff happens, but that doesn't mean that your entire life is garbage. It's important to look at the good stuff that happens in your life. This movie also is shown in other popular Christmas movies. I just want to say that this is all my opinion, but in my mind, It's a Wonderful Life is the best movie to watch during the holidays.

It's A Wonderful Life is one of two movies I always watch around Christmas time (the 2nd one being Home Alone). But this movie has to be the greatest Christmas movie ever and is my personal favorite. The music, cinematography, acting, and overall storytelling is just amazing. I especially love the ending to this movie (one of the best endings to a movie ever created), it just makes you want to happy cry. This isn't just my favorite Christmas movie ever, I'd consider it one of the best movies of all time.

I think this movie is more than just a Christmas movie. it's just a movie that happens to take place around Christmas. the main plot doesn't concern Christmas and instead focuses on the impact one man can have on the world. this movie is so heartwarming because it makes you consider how well you've influenced the lives of others. we all have, in some form or another, made the life of somebody better, which is why we all deserve to exist.

Even though I'm an atheist (which I have nothing against other religions), this movie doesn't rub Christianity in my face. instead it allows me to keep my beliefs that individuals are all special and unique (by special I don't mean overly selfish or narcissist. it's not about you you know), and none of them deserve to die.

I bet if everyone were to watch this movie, the world would be a much better place to live in.

Seriously? Home Alone is a terrible movie compared to Jimmy Stewart's great acting and a great job by everyone else as well! A Christmas Story and Elf and Charlie Brown Christmas should be just behind this masterpiece! The Polar Express was pretty awesome too.
Miracle on 34th Street is cheesy, but it's a classic.

5 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

"Honey, dinners ready! "
Clark is in the Bush and says "great I'm starved" and Ellen is just looking for him.
I also like when Clark is reading the magazine and keeps tearing out the pages because tree sap.

AWESOME movie. I love the part where Clark tells the kids he heard on the news that Santa was in their area, and Uncle Eddie says "are you serious Clark? ". My vote for #1!

One of the funniest movies, not just Christmas but of any film ever. Easily the best of the Vacation films and a contender for top Christmas films of all time.

This movie is easily #1 for me. Between Chevy Chase blowing his top and Randy Quaid emptying his full Sh****, this tops my list. Following after Christmas Vacation is Elf, A Christmas Story and Die Hard!

6 The Polar Express

How can you not love this movie? It has all the Christmas spirit you can possibly get! This is the one Christmas movie I watch the night of Christmas Eve every year. It's so heartwarming it always puts me in a good mood, and makes me like Christmas that much more whenever I watch it. The Polar express will always be number 1 in my world!

I would choose miracle on 34th street but this, is, the gold star on top of the Christmas tree. Action pack, good characters, and really really Christmas. Sure, Father Christmas made greedy people unite, but The Polar Express created a Christmas Story. Fantastic!

I can't go a Christmas without watching this, it's a little tradition of mine to watch it once a week before and on Christmas Eve, a great movie that gets me into the spirit of Christmas! I love this movie so much, it never gets old!

YES! When I was in my fourth grade classroom, we were watching it, but then we had to do a christmas play. When it was done, the cast (including me), were singing Polar express songs back stage to celebrate the play being over!

7 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

A Christmas classic, sure Elf and Home Alone are super funny and popular, but Rudolph is a real keeper. It reminds me of my childhood, I'm 13 and I still enjoy sitting down with some hot chocolate and watching Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on Christmas Eve!

How is THIS not in the top ten? This is the most nostalgic holiday movie ever made! The song "There's Always Tomorrow, " when Clarice sings it to Rudolph especially tugs at my heart strings. And I'm fifteen years old!

I love this special. A true treasure of the holidays! Along with every other film listed.

This is my third favorite Christmas movie and I wish it was the third one.

8 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I was about to vote for Charlie Brown until I saw this. It takes place in NYC and the toy store is so awesome and plot makes sense and the humor is more hilarious than the first one. This is a all time classic. After this movie, the series went downhill an now we have the stupid Home Alone movies. 1 and 2 are classic. Also it's a underrated movie and you could enjoy it with your family.

While I really like the first one, this one never gets old, and has a much more difficult situation for kevin. It's sad that they couldn't make another...

This should be number 2 because this unlike other movie sequels is actually good. Better because it also is a Christmas movie.

This is the best Christmas movie of all time. The best prank was the one where the 100 pound bag of plaster landed on Marv's head.

9 The Nightmare Before Christmas

How can it be confirmed as a Halloween movie? Jack is bored of Halloween, no one in Halloween town actually knows what Christmas is, accidentally kidnap the Easter Bunny and then give Christmas town presents that scare them because they don't know what Christmas is.

I just love the movies that Tim Burton directs along with Edward Scissorhands, Frankinweenie, and Corpse Bride. He is also very well known for his Sleepy Hallow, Beetlejuice, Miss Peregrine, Dumbo, and Alice In Wonderland.

This is one of my favourite Christmas movies and is now a classic. This movie is timeless. Every year around Christmas AND Halloween I have to watch it. Tim Burton is a creepy, creative genius.

Really more of a Halloween movie, but it's worth watching again at Christmas!

10 Die Hard

Personally I like to consider a movie to be a Christmas movie if I only want to watch it around the holiday. This takes away the nuisance of hey it happens on Christmas, therefore it is a Christmas movie. I can watch Die Hard during any time of the year and not think about it has watching a Christmas movie. It is a movie I could thoroughly enjoy as a movie and not just as a Christmas movie, The same goes with Gremlins, I could enjoy Gremlins anytime of the year.
It is annoying to say a movie is a christmas movie just because it happens to be set during the holiday. The bottom line is no one watches Die Hard on Christmas because it is a Christmas movie, they watch it because the want to watch something with action that they can say oh it is a Christmas movie and continue to watch their action thriller

Absolutely. I was wondering the same thing. This might be my favorite Christmas movie. It was a blast to see in the theater back in the day and it never gets old. Not the typical holiday movie!

A movie with the perfect amount of action and a story that engages the viewers from start to finish. Die Hard has it all. It's definitely my number one go to action movie around Christmas time.

Not a Christmas movie in the traditional sense, but come on! Who can resist a little Bruce Willis at Christmas?

The Contenders
11 The Grinch

This is a classic Christmas movie both the animated one and the real life one. I don't why this isn't higher than Home Alone 2. Should be in the top 10.

Not as good as the animated original, but is very special in its own way. Another tradition for our family. Just not Christmas without watching Jim Carrey in Whoville.

It's been my favorite Christmas movie ever since I was little. I love it so, so much. "Where are you Christmas? " Is my favorite Christmas song, too. It has such a good message, too.

Age old Christmas story which demonstrates that Christmas and Christmas spirit isn't just for Christians.

12 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Beautiful animation, narration and music. Still holds up decades later. Something children, parents and grandparents can enjoy together. It truly is timeless.

I absolutely love this movie so very much and the best song in this movie is You're the mean one Mr Grinch. I really love Jim Carey so very much, this holiday movie is my all time number one favorite

Wow ... how is this great classic so low on this list? One of the best Christmas classics of all time.

This movie is already on this list.

13 The Santa Clause

In December, we watch this a least once everyday, it's a little annoying, but still my favorite Christmas movie!

This is a staple in the days leading up to Christmas. Hilarious and heart-warming, gets me in the spirit.

This is the best Christmas movie I never laughed so hard and it is a stand up family fun classic.The north pole was awesome and the elfs were the best.

A Christmas movie about Harambe would be better than A Christmas Story!

14 A Christmas Carol (1951)

I won a poetry competition so me and the other winners in my school got to go to Waterstones (british book shop) to have hot chocolate in its cafe (it was delicious! ) and to pick any book. Any. Book. I was going to pick a Harry Potter one, wait no! A Jacqueline Wilson one,... oh! A Rick riordan. Then I saw my friend getting Oliver Twist. I wished I got that book, I asked him if there were any more, and he said no, but there was one like it. That was the original Christmas Carol. This happened yesterday and I'm in love with the book so much, the description, the characters... everything. Thank you, Charles Dickens.

I love the story of this movie. Not particularly this adaption but I love the story of scrooge and how he is shown the error of his ways before its too late.

Please note that my vote is for the 1951 film. I cannot honestly say any other adaptation is anywhere near as good.

I agree with everything you said! The best ever. The George C Scott version should also be added. Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory is gold along with a Child's Christmas in Wales. The silent animated the Snowman is heart warming,but also a tear jerker. I could go on,but as long as I include Ralphie I am ok. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

15 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This film is a staple in not just Christmas films, but films in general. Winner of 3 Acedamy Awards and nominated for Best Picture. And it has one of the very best Santa Clause's ever. It defines Christmas specials, and it only get's better with time.

Wonderfully acted, excellent story. Natalie Wood is so sweet and funny. One of the greatest films ever made.

I think they actually mean this one is #11.

Why is the remake better than this one?

16 Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
17 Gremlins

It is not humanly possible to watch this movie without laughing. Its scenes switch from kid friendly to incredibly violent in seconds with no transitions. The whole thing is so absolutely horrible that the only movie I can think of that is funnier is Gremlins 2.

One minute it's a cute little creature, the next some guy just got stabbed with a syringe.

It might seem like a horror film, but it is great on it's own.

Watch it every year. It isn't Christmas without Gremlins.

18 Frosty the Snowman

The animation is decent

This should be #1

19 Miracle On 34th Street

This is the best Christmas movie of all time this should be number one!

Well, it just proves there really is a Father Christmas, doesn't it?

Deserves to be in the top 5. It's so heartwarming!

I love both the 1947 version and this one as well.

20 The Muppet Christmas Carol

This Holiday movie is a classic, this movie is my special favorite during Christmas. I really love this Movie so very much besides this movie has some of everything, humor, great songs and wonderful acting .

I love a whole lot of Christmas movies, but the Muppet Christmas Carol is probably the best. With an outstanding cast (Michael Caine! ) the amazing Muppets, a heart warming soundtrack and laugh aloud moments, it's the best movie ever. Staying true to Charles's Dicken's classic but still perfect for all ages... It's the best.

Absolutely outstanding and the best representation of the Dickens classic by a long shot.

A very sweet, light-hearted version of the classic tale, and Michael Cain is great as Scrooge.

21 Arthur Christmas

I've Got to be honest I didn't really like this film it was good but it was too modern for my liking not a Christmas traditional classic. Just my opinion

This is not just one of the most underrated Christmas movies ever. It's one of the most underrated movies in history.

Arthur Christmas is so hilarious and exciting you might spew a fruit cake. It's brilliant.

I have no shame in saying that this is the best christmas movie of all time.

22 Jingle All the Way

I love this movie so much! It is my family's tradition to start every Christmas season by watching this movie while putting up the tree.

I've seen it like a billion times you can never stop laughing at it. Home alone is very overrated.

I am from Minnesota, how can you not like this one!

Arnold rocks in this movie!

23 White Christmas

Amazing! Singing is timeless and acting is amazing! I will forever love this musical.

Absolutely love the wonderful singing and dancing. Should be Top 5!

This should be top 5 at least!

Best Christmas movie ever!

24 Scrooged

This is an all-time classic comedy, Christmas or otherwise. It's quotable and has a wonderful combination of drama, cynicism, comedy, absurdity, and (as any Christmas movie should) redemption. Bill Murray at his slapsticky sarcastic-and-vulnerable peak.

This movie is absolutely hilarious. The three ghosts are perfect!

Definitely a great Christmas movie, checks all the boxes for me!

My personal favorite- love Bill Murray!

25 Batman Returns

Literally the only movie in the entire franchise that happens to be a Christmas movie.

A masterpiece. My favorite Christmas movie (It takes place at Christmas time).

Not really a Christmas movie but still awesome best one in the franchises

How is this christmas

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