50 Best Christmas Movies

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    • Bandit1

      Nov 23rd 2012, 7:09

      #1 for me would be a tie between "Die Hard" and "Christmas Vacation". But some I missed here: "Santa Clause 2"....the scene with the gifts and the teachers was pretty funny. And then "Four Christmases" and "Fred Claus". Both have V. Vaughn in it...but there's some good parts about them anyway. Like P. Giamatti in Fred Claus...awesome! Then there's "Mixed Nuts" and "Deck The Halls". Maybe not the best-loved movies...but there were worse ones on this list. Another guilty pleasure for me, despite the hate, is "Christmas with the Kranks"....can't hate a movie with D. Aykroyd in it and the scene where Allen gives away his cruise to M. Emmet Walsh is pretty nice.

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    • prime43

      Nov 23rd 2012, 7:33

      Hmm. 'Ot f these aren't Christmas movies. Most of these are movies set at Christmas. There's adifference Total Film.

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    • Gashead

      Nov 23rd 2012, 15:03

      Glad to see Bad Santa high on the list

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 23rd 2012, 15:59

      Love, Actually makes people violently ill or just violent. Hardly keeping in the spirit of Christmas.

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    • FBSDeMorgan

      Nov 23rd 2012, 18:33

      I tried watching 'Love, Actually' once. I got about 30 minutes through it. Raw, seething hatred, Actually. Glad to see Die Hard, Bad Santa, Muppet CC and Scrooged good and high. Disappointed to see Home Alone so close to the top, I've never understood the love for the film.

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    • Igrayne

      Nov 23rd 2012, 22:00

      The Christmas present that Love Actually provides is that most of the cast of it do bog all now I wonder why, oh I know because it is a cheesy, insulting pile of contrived and mechanistically made piece of sell out bollocks. Knightmare Before Christmas is not a bloody Christmas movie, at least Bad Santa has a message at the end. Topping it off It's A Wonderful F£$%^ING LIFE? When films are so depressing and childish they make you want to wipe out a school with a pitchfork they are not in the Christmas spirit. Why is Jesus of Nazareth not there? Or King of Kings? He is the only reason Christmas exists and here is a beautiful Christmas message, have an Arab play Jesus that is what he was after all dark skin and robes, oh careful James unpopular statement.

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    • neilmitchell

      Nov 23rd 2012, 22:05

      Where's Wake in Fright?

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Nov 24th 2012, 10:25

      Very surprised to see Elf so near the top, not that it doesn't deserve it.

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    • alf2010

      Nov 25th 2012, 19:55

      Its a wondeful life might be one of my favourite movies of all time. Serendipity and the holiday are pretty xmassy

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    • bradendeal

      Nov 26th 2012, 17:37

      dig your top 10

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    • Kellend11

      Nov 30th 2012, 10:48

      As @endofdays mentioned earlier (well, they said Chingle instead of Jingle) - where is the Arnie classic Jingle All The Way?

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    • Abbafan1972

      Nov 30th 2012, 14:42

      I prefer the 90's version of "Miracle On 34th Street". Very good list though.

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    • Lanna

      Dec 1st 2012, 1:50

      The Hogfather should definitely be on this list! Every year I try to do 25 days of Christmas and I’ve always had a tough time filling each night with a Christmas movie. This list paired with the fact that I can do theme searches on my DISH Hopper guarantees me that I’ll easily be able to have my 25 days of Christmas this year. I’ve heard good things about Rare Exports from a few of the people I work with at DISH, so I’m going to make sure that this is one I see. If it’s not already playing on TV, I can just stream it through the Blockbuster @Home app.

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    • breanedoyle

      Dec 4th 2012, 21:04

      There's not a gigantic abundance of christmas films in the world, to make a list this big of movies actually worth watching, you would have to include movies set around the holidays. It's a wonderful life is definetely the greatest christmas movie of all time, who knows if anything will ever top it.

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    • breanedoyle

      Dec 4th 2012, 21:17

      @ Igrayne your statements are incorrect. Christmas was a pagan holiday, known as Winter Solstice, that was around for centuries before christianity. The christians adopted all of the pagan holidays in an attempt to fade out the pagan traditions and convert the pagans to Christianity. So in essence, Christmas really has nothing to do with Jesus as far as its roots go, it was a nature festival to celebrate the rebirth of the sun. But of course if you enjoy incorporating Jesus into your holidays celebrations, that's great, but many people have different views.

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    • DAO999

      Dec 5th 2012, 20:44

      How can you leave the REF off the list? I know most haven't heard of it but it does have a great cast and is funnier than Bad Santa. Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis were awesome. This movie has become a tradition for me and my wife to watch ever Christmas. The marketing of this movie is horrible. They should have and should market this movie as a Christmas movie because it's all about Christmas.

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    • chrisstone

      Dec 12th 2012, 11:15

      Although you'll always get 1000 different lists from 1000 different people it's also true to say that more broadly the values of the people who have put this list together are questionable as is their taste. Some good Christmas movies are not 'good' in the traditional sense, they may be slightly cheesy but everyone (or most at least) love them as they have common themes. I can't believe you put Elf and the Muppets in the top 5 or so, what the hell ! In my top 20 would be films like Love Actually, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Miracle on 34th Street (remake), Trapped In Paradise (Nic Cage), a couple of Christmas Carol remakes from 70's and 80's, Christmas with the Kranks, Trading Places, The Ref, Jingle All the Way. Yes they're not all about Christmas but set at Christmas time and ultimately have a 'christmassy feel'.

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    • xaviertsu

      Dec 13th 2012, 3:00

      Where is the polar express?

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    • spoonlamp

      Dec 23rd 2012, 0:35

      Appalling. TF becoming more and more like Empire every week...50 films that might have a Christmas Tree in them...

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    • fletch630

      Dec 25th 2012, 9:11

      come on TF some of these film's were in your worst christmas film list !!!

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    • aymankaram

      Dec 25th 2012, 16:15

      List of Christmas Movies In DDLvalley

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 25th 2012, 16:36

      Yeah whats up with that? Love, Actually is listed 50th on your best AND Worst! Get off the fence, TF! (Its should remain on your worst..FOREVER).

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    • snpr82

      Dec 26th 2012, 6:29

      I actually love 'Love Actually!' It was fun, it was harmless and for an old Marine and cop... I was just what I needed...

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    • laurawilliams

      Dec 31st 2012, 11:29

      What about Meet me in St. Louis and Holiday Inn? Holiday in is way better than White Christmas.

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    • mrkrabdribble

      May 24th 2013, 3:14

      Die Hard and Elf would be my top two 'Christmas' movies too, as well as the old classics. Great to see them as #s 2 and 3 here. To me they got those right. Most of the rest are questionable. The one scene from With Honors where Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song was playing was also heart-warming. The Polar Express was love it or hate it. I certainly enjoyed Tom Hanks in it.

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    • autumnhb

      Dec 3rd 2013, 16:22

      this list is dumb, A Christmas Story should be #1. #13? are you kidding me?

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    • Moviemonsta95

      Dec 4th 2013, 16:21

      In terms of regarding it as a Christmas movie I can see why In Bruges isn't too high but in terms of how good the movie is, I should so be number 1. Besides, it obviously isn't based on how Christmasy the movie feels as Die Hard beat out Elf. In Bruges is just the greatest Christmas movie ever, end of.

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    • DAO999

      Dec 5th 2013, 16:25

      How can the "The Ref" not be on the list? It is a tradition in our family ever year to watch the it. It was Bad Santa before Bad Santa.. Dennis Leary takes hostage (Kevin Spacey and more) a dysfunctional family on Christmas eve.. It is really funny. It gets over looked as a Christmas movie because they advertised it wrong. The whole movie is about Christmas. If you haven’t seen it check it out. Also “Funny Farm” with Chevy Chase is a great Christmas movie. Have to give the list a thumbs down just because they forgot about The Ref and Funny Farm… Batman?

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    • DAO999

      Dec 5th 2013, 16:29

      Stupid: This list is old... I just saw my comment from last year....Revise the list! The Ref, Funny Farm, and Polar Express need to be in top 20...Maybe=Funny Farm is top 50

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      Dec 5th 2013, 21:01

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    • jws1272

      Dec 5th 2013, 22:12

      In Trading Places, Winthorp's not eating the stuffing from his Santa suit. he's eating a big piece of smoked salmon that he pilfers from the Duke & Duke Christmas party that he infiltrates in said Santa suit....

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    • nostrebornod

      Dec 6th 2013, 18:09

      I never liked Home Alone. Yes, the traps set for the Wet Bandits are funny to a point, but never enough for me to sit through the first part of the movie. I've never seen such mean spirited hatred in a family. It's just uncomfortable to watch. And obviously there's no redemption with the family since there is a sequel.

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    • samuelschrock

      Dec 11th 2013, 2:29

      This is officially one of the most retarded lists ever.....The criteria for a christmas movie must involve a christmas tree....santa and elf references...christmas music.......the movie should have the hunky dory ending.... As far as I'm concerned I would call this a better start....#1 The Christmas Carol( all versions...Jim Carrey, Mickey Mouse, Bill Murray(scrooged) Muppets etc etc) #2 Christmas Vacation #3 Miracle on 34th street #4 It's a wonderful Life #5 The Santa Clause 1,2 and 3 #6 How the Grinch stole Christmas #7 Elf #8 Home Alone 1,2,3,4 #9 A Christmas Story #10 Jingle all the way #11 Arthur Christmas #12 Santa Clause: The Movie #13 Bad Santa #14 nightmare before christmas and #15 Christmas with The Kranks. Gremlins and Die Hard may occur during Christmas but they are not traditional christmas movies...

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    • terranwoods

      Dec 17th 2013, 5:54

      Great List. But what about Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy was great together.

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    • gooby

      Dec 18th 2013, 23:14

      A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas ????

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    • smittnbybritain

      Dec 21st 2013, 2:46

      "Love, Actually" at number 50? Someone deserves a lump of coal this Christmas.

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    • cherylkhan

      Dec 23rd 2013, 2:40

      I wasn't really a fan of polar express aside from the graphics and animation. @gooby Harold & Kumar was pretty funny although I like their other movies. You should check out these too: portablefireplace [dot] com/blog/best-christmas-movies-watch-around-fireplace/ It has a few other ones that aren't mentioned on the list. Plus it has Trailer previews so all the info you need is in one sport. Merry Christmas!

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    • 13mesh

      Dec 24th 2013, 12:58

      THIS LIST IS COMPLETE BOGUS! Seriously, Total Film putting Love Actually at the bottom and Life is Beautiful in the first place is what I would call CHEESY. Ugh and Tinker Taylor Soldier or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Those are nice movies but NOTHING RELATED TO CHRISTMAS. ugh.

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    • lieby24

      Dec 24th 2013, 20:50

      This is a travesty of a list. Someone needs to explain to the writer the difference between a Christmas movie and a movie that takes place at Christmastime. This list is full of them, including number 1 and 2. And the idea that Elf ranked as high as it did and better than Home Alone or A Christmas Story is insane. I think the writer spiked his egg nog too hard.

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    • ericwest

      Dec 24th 2013, 23:43

      Rare Exports is more like a horror movie. Odd seeing it on this list. But was an interesting movie.

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    • lauraz

      Dec 25th 2013, 21:11

      Why is fanny and Alexander on this list anyway ?I could barely watch 10 minutes of it..unfortunately it was around 3 hours...and love actually number 50; one of the best Christmas movies ever..! :)

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