Top Ten Christmas Movies of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Home Alone Home Alone Product Image

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.

The summary on foxtel says it all. "An eight year old is left at home during a family vacation and has to defend his home against idiotic burglars". I reckon I have seen this movie about 20 times. The first 2 are good the 3rd meh the 4th pretty horrible.

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!

Christmas wouldn't be christmas without this film or elf. One of my all time favourite movies. If you haven't seen it, what the hell are you doing? Watch it now!

2 Elf Elf Product Image

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.

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

Elf: (Walks by coffee shop with sign that says "Best Coffee in the WORLD! "
Elf: (Walks in to shop) CONGRATULATIONS! You have the best coffee in the world!

So funny! He's so cute

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.

3 A Christmas Story A Christmas Story Product Image

A good heart warming Christmas family classic and it should be ranked number 2 on this list I mean what's not to like I mean most of characters are pretty likeable except for the bullies and father at times and what I really love about this movie is that it doesn't just focus on Christmas but childhood as well and I like the way the kids in this movie act like regular 9 year olds unlike some movies today but aside from its such a charming fun movie that it's impossible to hate well for me it is so for anyone of you who hasn't seen it watch it because your missing a classic and of course it can never be has good has anything like home alone but it's close its very close. P.S never watch the crappy sequel.

This is one of my least favorite movies ever. Why is it here? This stupid movie is the reason why people stick their tongues to frozen poles.

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!

4 It's A Wonderful Life It's A Wonderful Life Product Image

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.

Isn't it a little exaggerating to say a movie rubs Christianity in one's face just because it focuses on Christmas? I'm not a Halloween supporter, but I wouldn't say something is rubbing Halloween in my face for focusing on Halloween, just that the perspective portrayed focuses on Halloween.

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.

The meaning behind this film is so beautiful. I love how this film isn't actually about Christmas but still has falls into a Christmas theme, I love the ending to this film. A True classic compare to most of the junk you get on your T.V. around Christmas time about flying reindeers, talking snowmen & toys. This film shows that the most simple & free things in life are the BEST & that LIFE is a gift.

I'm an athiest, but this movie is one of those movies that don't push it down your throat, I really like that, it's cool that the angels aren't like god-like and well knowing, the angel is just trying to work towards a goal, not trying to be god-like and overpowering to the characters, it makes you laugh, cry and tells a great story.

5 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Product Image

"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!

Had to think hard on this one as there are a lot of good Christmas movies, but had to go with this one. Hilarious, a classic, and entertaining

A great quality movie. My favorite part was when Uncle Eddie calls his toilet the "S******"

6 A Charlie Brown Christmas A Charlie Brown Christmas Product Image

A lot better then that Frozen thing that plays almost everywhere during Christmas and this is not even mentioned, not because it is 52 years old but because Frozen is way more popular. If Frozen did not exist, then people will not know what a homeless guy is, 4-12 year old girls would be singing nothing, and Charlie Brown christmas will be on T.V. during Christmas. Frozen is not even a Christmas movie, and when they have to sing a song that has to do something with Winter, everybody will be getting ready for singing that overrated songs Let it go. Let it go? More like Let it poop.

I love peanuts! This one is a classic. Great message about the true meaning of Christmas but in a Charlie Brown fashion of course.

A fun, light movie that shows what Christmas disallowed about. Love it!

Simple, sweet dialogue. Great jazzy soundtrack. A classic.

7 The Polar Express The Polar Express Product Image

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!

8 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Product Image

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

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 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 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Product Image

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer has a very shiny nose and if you ever saw it you would even says it glows all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names than one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say Rudolph with your nose so bright won’t you guide my slay tonight then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee Rudolph the red nosed reindeer will go down in history.

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.

10 The Nightmare Before Christmas The Nightmare Before Christmas Product Image

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.

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.

He is originally a Halloween ghoul/skull, whatever you want to call him, so that also makes it a Halloween movie. Technically, this movie can be worth for quite a few holidays.

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.

Also the greatest Halloween movie ever made.

The Contenders

11 Die Hard Die Hard Product Image

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!

Who would have thought that an action film could ever be a true Christmas classic but, Die Hard is definitely in my top 10 of Christmas classics

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

12 The Grinch The Grinch Product Image

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.

Such a classic tale and so funny with Jim Carrey! Dr. Seuss has always since I was a child been one of my favourite authors

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

Every Christmas I watch it. It's the best and it's a classic. I watch the first version. Plus the dog is funny

13 A Christmas Carol (1951) A Christmas Carol (1951) Product Image

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 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

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.

14 The Santa Clause The Santa Clause  Product Image

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.

Yay I would love to see a 2018 vision of the movie and I would love to see Ashley Taylor Dawson take on the role Scott calvin

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

Absolutely iconic, this version of santa is a LEGEND I watch it every year with my christmas tree

15 How the Grinch Stole Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas Product Image

Pretty sure this should be higher than jim careys grinch. Greatest Christmas movie ever

Way better than Jim Carrey's version. I didn't like it at all

Not as good as the live action version

I have to see it at lest one time a year

16 Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Product Image

Way better than the Mara Wilson version

I think they actually mean this one is #11.

Why is the remake better than this one?

Love it makes adults believe in Santa

17 Gremlins Gremlins Product Image

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.

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.

It's incredibly scary and comedic at the same time.

18 Miracle On 34th Street Miracle On 34th Street Product Image

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?

It's with mara Wilson... so cute and filled with heart

I got suspended during this movie at school :P

19 Jingle All the Way Jingle All the Way Product Image

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.

That huge santa Arnold brawls with in the movie is The Big Show

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

20 Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Product Image
21 Batman Returns Batman Returns Product Image

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

Vote! Vote! Vote!

22 The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppet Christmas Carol Product Image

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.

Probably the best Christmas Carol rendition ever.

Love this one, been watching it for years!

23 Arthur Christmas Arthur Christmas Product Image

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.

24 Disney's A Christmas Carol Disney's A Christmas Carol Product Image

I love this movie! The animation is so good and detailed. This is the First Christmas Carol movie I ever watched and I personally think it is the best.

That movie is very good (especially Jim Carey) but scary at the same time, especially the ghost of Christmas yet to come (Future).

I like this movie. its either this or Frozen because they are both good movies! Please vote for these two!

I like some things but hate others. The movie is too dark for Christmas Carol.

25 Scrooged Scrooged Product Image

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!

I am not to big on this kind of movie but this one is funny

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