The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time – 2022

After years of watching old and new movies during the Christmas holidays, and after a lot of laughter, tears, love, and sometimes disappointment caused by these films, we have come up with our ultimate all-time best Christmas movies list.

Of course, we took the time to research and check the rating of the viewers and critics for all these movies at the most reputable movie databases and websites before making our final choice for each and every film on this list.

Christmas Movies

Here are our top picks, with their IMDB, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, along with brief plot summaries, so that you can start planning this year’s Christmas holiday home movie experience early.

We hope you can pick out your all-time favorites and some new films which you can enjoy watching once the Christmas tree is up and the lights start twinkling.

Here are our 100 all-time favorite Christmas movies.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

130 min

Fantasy, Drama, Family

Gross: $7.27M

IMDB: 8,6

89 Metascore

Tomatometer: 94% average rating 8.9/10

If there is one movie that we should single out as the ultimate Christmas movie, then we will wholeheartedly pick Frank Capra’s fantasy classic from 1946. James Stewart plays George Baily, who is on the verge of committed suicide when he is visited by a bumbling guardian angel played by Henry Travers, who manages to show him just how important life is by projecting what life would have been without his existence.

This is definitely one of the few movies which you can and should watch at least once a year – especially during the holiday season.

Directed By: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

2. Joyeux Noël (2005)

116 min

History, Drama, Music

IMDB: 7,8

70 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 74% Average Rating: 6.8/10

This poignant story based on real-life events about how the enemies from France, England, and Germany in World War I defy the commands of their officers and put down the guns on Christmas Eve and turn the German frontline into a big, festive and friendly no man’s land for a holiday. Joyeux Noel will fill you with hope and a new belief in humanity. It is a definite must-see during the festive season.

Director: Christian Carion

Starring: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet

3. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Fantasy, Drama

86 min.

IMDB: 8,1

TOMATOMETER 84% Average Rating: 8.3/10

Adapted from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, this timeless classic features Alastair Sim giving an unforgettable performance as the bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge who gets haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve and gets a chance for redemption.

Directed By: Brian Desmond Hurst

Starring: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Animation, Comedy, Adventure, TV

47 min |

IMDB: 8,1

TOMATOMETER 92% Average Rating: 7.7/1

This wonderful stop-motion animatic short film narrated by Burl Ives is another film to enjoy along with your family during the holidays. You will enjoy the meeting between Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, and the abominable snowman every time!

Directed By: Maury Laws, Larry Roemer

Starring: Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Billy Richards, Paul Soles

5. A Christmas Story (1983)

Family, Comedy

94 min


77 Metascore

Shot by director Bob Clark with a warmly nostalgic glow and featuring some seriously tongue-in-cheek dark humor, this film portrays Ralphie – a young boy living in the 1940s who only wants a Red Ryder BB gun as a gift from Santa. It is most definitely one of the top 10 Christmas movies to watch!

Directed By: Bob Clark

Starring: Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Ian Petrella

6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)


97 min

IMDB: 7,6

49 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 64% Average Rating: 6.2/10

This is one of the rare occasions when the third installment in a series is equally good and enjoyable as the previous ones. Get ready for a joy ride and a real seasonal treat as you watch the hilarious Grizwold family Christmas get together filled with mishaps and total disasters. The family and the in-laws are portrayed by Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, and John Galecki.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

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7. Love Actually (2003)

135 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 7,6

55 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 63% Average Rating: 6.3/10

Even if you refuse to watch sentimental and sugary romcoms, Love Actually is bound to keep you glued to the screen thanks to the dazzling star-studded ensemble and the multi-narrative story of a group of people looking for and dealing with their love lives in London, England, before and during the Christmas holidays. The movie will bring tears, laughter, and an amazingly warm and fuzzy feeling to even the biggest romantic comedy haters. After all…love, no Christmas is all around!

Director: Richard Curtis

Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightly, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Gregor Fisher

8. Home Alone (1990)

Comedy, Family

103 min |

IMDB: 7,5

63 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 62% Average Rating: 5.5/10

8-year old Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, gets forgotten at home alone by his successful family, who are going for a family trip to France for Christmas. Cute little Kevin is forced to deal with a couple of bumbling burglars portrayed by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci in a hilarious fashion.

Director: Chris Columbus

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Comedy, Family, Drama

96 min |

IMDB: 7,9

TOMATOMETER 96% Average Rating: 8.3/10

This is yet another classic movie to enjoy during the holidays. Starring Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, who not only looks like Santa Claus but actually believes he is the real Santa and is institutionalized for being delusional. A young lawyer John Payne decides to represent him in court and moves on to prove that Kris is really Santa Claus.

Director: George Seaton

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

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10. Scrooged (1988)

Fantasy, Comedy, Drama,

101 min


38 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 69% Average Rating: 6/10

When the holidays finally come, you don’t want to miss this dark comedy with Bill Murray brilliantly depicting TV executive Frank Cross, who is the meanest and possibly the most depraved man alive Cross is making his employees work on Christmas Eve to broadcast a live production of a Christmas Carol on TV. The movie is a modernized and surreal version of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol, and you and your family will enjoy the hilarious and, at times, quite grizzly encounters of Cross and the three spirits of Christmas who visit him to pay him a lesson.

Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

11. Elf (2003)

Family, Comedy, Fantasy

97 min

IMDB: 6,9

64 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 84% Average Rating: 7/10

Will Ferrell is funny, charming, and loveable as an overgrown elf, who is one of Santa’s biggest helpers and who travels to the US to find his biological parents and his true identity. This is a good-natured, funny, and heartwarming family film that has become the epitome of the Yuletide spirit and cheer. It is a film which will keep every member of your family – young and old glued to the TV and wanting more.

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

12. The Apartment (1960)


Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 8.3

TOMATOMETER  94% Average Rating: 8.5/10

This is one of the all-time greatest American movies directed and written by Billy Wilder. Jack Lemon is in the role of a lonely single man who allows his co-workers to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs until he falls in love with the mistress of his boss, played by Shirley MacLaine.  The movie is filled with romance, tender humor, a tale of love and loneliness and is a perfect movie to uplift the Christmas holiday spirit.

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

13. The Santa Clause (1994)

97 min

Comedy, Family, Drama

IMDB: 6,4

57 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 74% Average Rating: 6/10

Tim Allen makes his debut on the big screen in this fun-filled, family comedy about a divorced dad named Scott who accidentally kills Santa thinking he is an intruder and startling him while he is on the roof. Thanks to the so-called “Santa Clause,” Scott needs to take Santa’s place. This helps his son Charlie regain the Christmas spirit but causes troubles for Scott, who is forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation by his ex-wife’s new husband.

Director: John Pasquin

Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

14. Die Hard (1988)

132 min

Action, Thriller

Gross: $83.01M

IMDB: 8,2

70 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 93% Average Rating: 8.4/10

Ho-ho-ho, what will the Christmas holidays be without Bruce Willis’s John McClane, who singlehandedly manages to save his wife and other hostages from Hans Gruber – a German terrorist during at a Christmas party in Los Angeles’s Nakatomi Plaza!

This thrilling and fun-filled action movie by John McTiernan is a must-see Christmas classic!

Director: John McTiernan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

15. The Night Before  (2015)

101 min

Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy

IMDB: 6,4

58 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 66% Average Rating: 5.9/10

Released just 3 years ago, this is a relatively new movie, so we wouldn’t call it a classic Christmas flick, but given the serious laughs it provides thanks to Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, who play three life-long friends who have a tradition of getting together and roaming through New York City looking for the Holy Grail of all Christmas parties every year. As you can imagine, the movie is filled with some wild drug-fueled parties and a lot of hilarity, but it does have a sentimental touch, making it worthy of becoming one of the Christmas movies which we will be adding to our Yuletide movie playlist.

Director: Jonathan Levine

Stars: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan

16. Bad Santa (2003)

91 min

Comedy, Crime, Drama

IMDB: 7,1

70 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 78% Average Rating: 6.7/10

Bad Santa is an offensive and rude dark comedy, but those of you who like this type of humor will love it. Billy Bob Thornton is brilliant as a thief and grouchy alcoholic who hates children but gets together with Tony Cox for the scam of the year, in which he gets to work as Santa Claus at a mall so that they can rob it.

It may not be a movie for everyone, but for those of you who like it, we are pretty sure that you will keep replaying it over and over every year during the holidays.

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, John Ritter, Lauren Graham

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

76 min

Animation, Fantasy, Family


82 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 95% Average Rating: 8.2/10

This visually beautiful and original stop-motion animated film produced by Tim Burton is a true Christmas classic, which you and the kids will enjoy year after year. You will love this fable about the King of Halloween Town, travels to Christmas Town, and decides to bring home the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Henry Selick

Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, William Hickey, Catherine O’Hara

18. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

99 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 8,1

TOMATOMETER 100% Average Rating: 8.5/10

Two employees at a Budapest gift-shop who in real life can’t stand the sight of each other fall in love as pen-pals in this classic romantic comedy set during the holiday season. Based on a play by Nikolaus Laszlo from Hungary and starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, this movie from 1940 became an instant Christmas favorite.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Joseph Schildkraut,  Frank Morgan

19. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

25 min

Animation, Family, Comedy

IMDB: 8,4

TOMATOMETER 92% Average Rating: 8.7/10

Released in 1965, this short animation was made for TV but has become a favorite for young and old Peanuts fans ever since. Watch how Charlie Brown proceeds to direct a Christmas play in an attempt to restore his lost Christmas spirit.

Director: Bill Melendez

Starring: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Bill Melendez, Sally Dryer

20. Silent Night (2002)

100 min

Drama, Biography, War

IMDB: 7,7

Linda Hamilton is superb as a single German mom hiding in a cabin with her young son during World War II, who welcomes three American soldiers who are seeking refuge. This isn’t the typical Christmas movie, but you will be touched by the fact-based story and by the warmth and love it brings.

Director: Rodney Gibbons

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Romano Orzari, Alain Goulem

21. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

97 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 6.7

66  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 80% Average Rating: 6.9/10

What would this festive list be without everybody’s favorite clumsy but utterly charming Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger)? Bridget makes a resolution to lead a better and healthier life, leave behind spinsterhood, and find the perfect man by keeping a detailed diary. She meets the man of her dreams during a Christmas party at her parents. He (Collin Firth) is wearing an outrageous Christmas jumper, and that’s just the beginning of this highly enjoyable romantic comedy also starring Hugh Grant.

Director: Sharon Maguire

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

22. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

26 min

Animation, Family, Comedy

IMDB: 8,4

TOMATOMETER 100% Average Rating: 9/10

This animation by Chuck Jones is yet another version of the classic book by Dr.Seuss, “How the Grinch stole Christmas, which has become an all-time favorite holiday movie ever since it was broadcasted on TV back in 1966.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

Starring: Boris Karloff, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dal McKennon

23. We’re No Angels (1955)


Comedy, Crime, Romance

IMDB: 7.9

Three prisoners portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray escape from Devil’s Island’s prison right before Christmas and plan to get the money and clothes they need from millionaire Leo G.Carroll. But their plans fail after they grow fond of the wealthy family.  This is a heartwarming story of the three wise old men who really are no angels and about kindness and family.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray

24. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

116 min

Comedy, Romance, Music

IMDB: 7,7

Victor Moore is a hobo who sneaks into a luxury mansion while its rich owners are away to Florida for Christmas. As he brings his tramp friends to share the new place with him, Moore meets and gets to live with the actual owners who come back disguised as homeless people themselves in this emotional comedy.

Director: Roy Del Ruth

Stars: Victor Moore, Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles

25. The Polar Express (2004)

100 min

Animation, Comedy, Adventure

IMDB: 6,6

61 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 55% Average Rating: 6.4/10

This beautiful animated movie directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the classic book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, is a story about Billy who is struggling to believe in Santa until he gets a surprise visit by a mysterious train which is on its way to the North Pole for a meeting with Santa Claus himself.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Leslie Zemeckis, Michael Jeter

26. Gremlins (1984)

106 min

Fantasy, Comedy, Horror

IMDB: 7,2

70 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 84% Average Rating: 7.3/10

What will the yuletide season be without the cute and naughty Gremlins? This is a classic comedy-horror movie set during Christmas time, which is a must-see whether it is Christmas or you just want to enjoy some true fun with great special effects.

Director: Joe Dante

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Louie, Hoyt Axton

27. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

51 min

Animation, Family, Comedy

IMDB: 7,9

You will have loads of fun watching this puppet animated film about a young boy and an elf who are on pursuit to save Santa from evil Snow Meiser and evil Heat Meiser.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

28. Planes, trains, and automobiles (1987)

99 min


IMDB: 7.6

72  Metascore

TOMATOMETER  92% Average Rating: 7.8/10

This movie, which is built on a hilarious script written by John Hughes and show casts the absolutely brilliant chemistry between actors Steve Martin and John Candy, is about two strangers getting stranded together during a storm in Wichita and their adventure-filled fun ride involving trains, planes, and automobiles. It has been recognized by many as one of the most hilarious and heartfelt holiday classics of all time.

Director: John Hughes

Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

29. The Holiday (2006)

138 min

Romance, Comedy, Drama

IMDB: 5.9

52  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 47% Average Rating: 5.5/10

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, this romantic story is about two heartbroken women who, in the spur of the moment, decide to swap homes for the Christmas holidays via an online site and end up meeting new friends and, most importantly, finding true love along the way.

It is a heartwarming, funny, and very Christmassy movie that every fan of romcoms will love watching during the holidays.

30. Krampus  (2015)

98 min

Fantasy, Action, Comedy

IMDB: 6,2

49 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 65% Average Rating: 6/10

Due to his dysfunctional family members clashing during the Christmas holidays, young Max loses faith in Christmas. This leads to him summoning a spirit to his home to punish all of the non-believers. So, how can a horror-comedy be considered a Christmas classic? Just watch Krampus, and you will see how this magical combination actually works pretty well!

Director: Michael Dougherty

Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner

31. Lethal Weapon (1987)

110 min

Action, Crime, Comedy

IMDB: 7,6

68 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 83% Average Rating: 7/10

This action-comedy starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as two newly paired LA cops who seem absolutely incompatible who are out to capture a gang of dangerous drug smugglers. This is the best installment of all of the Lethal Weapon series and films made through the years, and no matter how many times you may have seen it, you will no doubt enjoy this defining action classic as you are celebrating the holidays with your friends and family.

Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Mitchell Ryan, Gary Busey

32. Lovely, Still (2008)

92 min

Drama, Romance

IMDB: 7,2

57 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 71% Average Rating: 5.6/10

This is a Christmas holiday fable depicting the story of an elderly bagger in a grocery store who finds true love for the first time. Heartwarming, romantic, and full of hope, this movie is bound to bring your family even closer together during the holiday season.

Director: Nicholas Fackler

Starring: Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott

33. Batman Returns (1992)

126 min

Action, Fantasy, Crime


68 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 79% Average Rating: 6.7/10

Batman Returns may not be the first movie that comes to mind when you think Christmas movies, but this dangerous, dark, violent, and sexy tale about Batman (Michel Keaton), who is protecting Gotham City from the evil Penguin (Danny DeVito), directed by Tim Burton is one of our favorite flicks to enjoy at Christmas and definitely our favorite from the Batman saga.

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

34. The Ref (1994)

96 min

Comedy, Crime, Drama

IMDB: 6,9

TOMATOMETER 71% Average Rating: 6.4/10

Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis play a bickering married couple who get held as hostages by a thief (Denis Leary) who is running from the police and is using their home as a hideout.

This black comedy features one of the most unpleasant romantic pairs we have seen on the big screen and offers some nasty, farcical, and hilarious moments.

You may want to tuck your kids in before watching this one.

Director: Ted Demme

Starring: Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

35. Prancer (1989)

103 min

Fantasy, Family, Drama,

IMDB: 6,3

TOMATOMETER 67% Average Rating: 6.2/10

Enjoy this family-oriented movie about a 9-year old girl who finds a wounded reindeer and nurses it back to health, believing it is one of Santa’s reindeer and her father who is quite skeptical about her pursuit to get the reindeer back to its owner.

Director: John D. Hancock

Starring: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda, Rutanya Alda,

36. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

48 min

Animation, Comedy, Adventure

IMDB: 7,8

This stop-motion animated film from 1970 is about a postman (Fred Astaire) who tells the story of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney) from a local toymaker family who pursues to bring happiness and the holiday spirit back to Sombertown despite the local grumpy opposers.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Paul Frees, Keenan Wynn

37. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

103 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 6,7

67 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 80% Average Rating: 6.5/10

Sandra Bullock plays Lucy – a romantic token collector at the Chicago Transit Authority who gets mistaken for the finance of a wealthy and handsome young man. Lucy saves him after he is pushed in front of a train and, as a result, falls into a coma. The story revolves around the wonderfully charming Lucy and the family of the man who is in a coma in the hospital. Something like a reversed Sleeping Beauty tale, this is another film that will make the holiday season even better.

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

38. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

109 min

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

IMDB: 7,6

TOMATOMETER 83% Average Rating: 6.6/10

You cannot pass on this movie with Carry Grant playing a guardian angel sent on earth to help a struggling bishop (David Niven) to build a new church and at the same time help him rebuild his broken marriage with his wife (Loretta Young).

Director: Henry Koster

Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

39. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

101 min

Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 7,4

TOMATOMETER 88% Average Rating: 7.2/10

This is yet another perennial Christmas classic which you should watch this year. The story involves a housekeeping expert and food writer who wins an unexpected Christmas dinner visit by a print mogul who is also her boss and has to cover up the fact that she has no experience whatsoever in the kitchen or as a housewife.

Director: Peter Godfrey

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Reginald Gardiner, Sydney Greenstreet

40. The Snowman (1982)

26 min

Animation, Adventure, Family

IMDB: 8,2

TOMATOMETER 80% Average Rating: 7.5/10

This short British animated movie about a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa himself. This lovely animation is suitable even for the youngest members of your family, and you will find it a joy to watch as well.

Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami

Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs

41. Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

150 min

Drama, Comedy

IMDB: 7,1

84 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 86% Average Rating: 7.6/10

This amazing French movie depicts the life of the dysfunctional Vuillard family, which ultimately comes together after finding out that the matriarch of the family portrayed by a brilliant Catherine Deneuve is ill and dying of leukemia.

It may sound tragic, but it is quite a sharp black comedy featuring an impressive cast and a lot of laughs as well as tears.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric

42. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

25 min

Animation, Short, Drama

IMDB: 7,1

It may be only 25 minutes long, but The Little Drummer Boy is a true Christmas classic about a poor boy who meets three wise men on his way to Bethlehem and has no other gift to give baby Jesus but a song. The amazing soundtrack recorded by the Vienna Boys Choir will warm your heart and soul.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura

Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, Ted Eccles, June Foray

43. Remember the Night (1940)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB: 7,7

TOMATOMETER 100% Average Rating: 8/10

Remember the Night may not be as well-known as “It’s a wonderful life” or other Christmas classics, but it is definitely a movie which you shouldn’t miss out on watching this year. It is a fun, romantic, and intriguing road trip story of a prosecutor who falls in love with a shoplifter after paying her bail to get her out of jail for Christmas.

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Elizabeth Patterson, Beulah Bondi

44. White Christmas (1954)

120 min

Musical, Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 7,6

TOMATOMETER 78% Average Rating: 6.6/10

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are musicians and partners who team up with two sisters (Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney) to help their friend and former military commander save his Vermont lodge in this absolute Christmas classic romantic movie.

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

45. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

85 min

Comedy, family, drama

IMDB: 7.7

64  Metascore

This is the perfect film if you are looking forward to introducing your children to the classic Christmas tale. It features all of the favorite Muppets, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo, telling their version of the classic by Dickens and portraying the different characters from A Christmas Carol.

Director: Brian Henson

Stars: Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz

46.Serendipity (2001)

90 min

Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 6,9

52 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 59% Average Rating: 5.8/10

John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale are two strangers who meet while holiday shopping in New York City and instantly are attracted to each other. They spend the evening together in Manhattan and vow that if fate decides that they belong together, they will meet again at some point in the future.

Watch this Christmassy romantic comedy to see whether they find a way back to each other.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Bridget Moynahan, Jeremy Piven

47. The Holiday Inn (1942)

100 min

Comedy, music, drama

IMDB: 7.5

This classic musical starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby won an Oscar for Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” song. Although it actually has a song for every holiday of the year, it does start and end at Christmas, so we recommend you watch it during the Yuletide holidays, but you can enjoy watching it on Thanksgiving, Easter, or just about any other holiday of the year as well!

Director: Mark Sandrich

Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

48. The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

75 min

Drama, Family

IMDB 8,2

All 10-year old Addie from Nebraska wants is a Christmas tree for the holidays, but her bitter recently widowed father wants nothing to do with it. Addie, played by Lisa Lucas, happens to win a Christmas tree at school and uses the help of her loving grandmother to help break the ice from her dad’s frozen heart.

Director: Paul Bogart

Starring: Mildred Natwick, Jason Robards, Lisa Lucas, Kathryn Walker

49. Shrek the Halls (2007)

21 min

Animation, Adventure, Short

IMDB: 6,5

This short animated Christmas special features Shrek, who, for the sake of his family, does his best to get into the Yuletide joy and spirit until Puss in Boots, Donkey, and Gingerbread Man decides to join the family on Christmas.

Director: Gary Trousdale

Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas

50. Christmas in Boston (2005)

90 min

Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 6,3

Two anonymous pen pals who have developed a special relationship over the course of 13 years finally get the chance to meet in person. The problem is that both of them have been sending photos of their best friends as their own. So, how will this mess get sorted out? Watch this romantic comedy this holiday season to find out.

Director: Neill Fearnley

Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Patrick J. Adams, Jonathan Cherry, Lindy Booth

51. Joulutarina (2007)

83 min

Fantasy, Drama, Family


This Finnish language fantasy film tells the story of how St. Nicolas become Santa Claus and is a film filled with love, selflessness, and friendship, which is exactly what we want to feel and to show our kids at Christmas.

Director: Juha Wuolijoki

Stars: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Kari Väänänen, Otto Gustavsson, Jonas Rinne

52. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)

21 min

Animation, Comedy, Short

IMDB: 6,9

Master Po Ping is forced to change his annual winter holiday traditions to meet his obligations to the Dragon Warrior during Winter Feast in this short animated Christmas film.

Director: Tim Johnson

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie

53. Jingle All the Way (1996)

89 min

Comedy, Family, Action

IMDB: 5,5

TOMATOMETER 16% Average Rating: 4/10

Don’t miss out on all of the fun of Jingle all the way this Christmas. The story revolves around Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is a father desperate to get a Turbo Man action figure which he promised his son for Christmas, and goes through various hilarious encounters and adventures in his pursuit throughout this memorable action-comedy.

Director: Brian Levant

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman

54. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

102 min

Drama, Romance


67 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 85% Average Rating: 7.5/10

This movie is a modern classic about an introverted student who is entered to the real world with the help of two seniors. It is a beautiful tale of the highs and lows of growing up and of fear, love, loss, and hope. Definitely, something you will want to see during the upcoming holidays.

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

55. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

99 min

Comedy, Family

IMDB: 5,3

22 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 5% Average Rating: 2.8/10

When the Kranks decide to skip celebrating Christmas altogether after their daughter leaves for Peru with the Peace Corps, everything goes wrong after she suddenly decides to come home, causing them to cancel an exotic trip and get the celebrations going in the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth

Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

56. Just Friends  (2005)

96 min

Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 6,2

47 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 42% Average Rating: 5.2/10

Ryan Reynolds is a successful music producer who is touring with the world’s hottest popstar (Anna Faris) who winds up back in his hometown at Christmas and meets his old crush and best friend (Amy Smart). In high school, he used to be an overweight, shy and nice guy who turned into a womanizing and great looking guy as a result of his crush telling him she wanted them to be “just friends.” Watch this romantic comedy to find out how this storyline turns out.

Director: Roger Kumble

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein

57. Noel (2004)

96 min


IMDB: 6,2

29 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 28% Average Rating: 4.3/10

The story of five New Yorkers who get together on Christmas Eve in search for a miracle ends up with every one of them reaching to their own realization and miracle after all. Noel has a wonderful star-studded cast and is absolutely worth watching during the Christmas holidays.

Director: Chazz Palminteri

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas

58. The Santa Suit (2010)

89 min

Comedy, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,8

After the ruthless and wealthy Hunter Toy CEO denies his staff any holiday generosity, he is transformed into Kris Krandall and is forced to work as Santa in a toy store where he gets a chance to reevaluate all of the priorities in his life.

Director: Robert Vaughn

Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Jodie Dowdall, Derry Robinson, Rosemary Dunsmore

59. Holiday Affair (1949)

87 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 7,2

This is an often underestimated Christmas movie about a young WWII widow and single mother portrayed by Janet Leigh whose life gets overturned when she meets an aimless drifter before Christmas. The story turns into one full of comic complications and romance, mostly thanks to the stuffy attorney and Leigh’s boyfriend played by Wendell Corey.

Director: Don Hartman

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert

60. Arthur Christmas (2011)

97 min

Animation, Comedy, Adventure

IMDB: 7,1

69 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 92% Average Rating: 7.2/10

This is an emotional and fun-filled 3D, CG animated film about Arthur Christmas who is the clumsy son of Santa who misplaces a present for a young girl and goes on a mission with his mother to recover the gift for the child at the last minutes before Christmas morning.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy

61. Crown for Christmas (2015)

86 min

Comedy, Romance

IMDB: 7,1

This is a story about a young maid from New York City who gets fired from her job and lands a job in a castle as a governess to a poorly behaved young girl from a powerful European royal family. She gradually gets closer to the father of the princess and manages to become close with the girl in this sweet and enjoyable Christmas story.

Director: Alex Zamm

Stars: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones, Pavel Douglas, Ellie Botterill

62. One Magic Christmas (1985)

89 min

Family, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,6

TOMATOMETER 47% Average Rating: 4.8/10

Like James Stewart in “It’s a wonderful life”, Mary Steenburgen who portrays an unhappy wife and mother wishes that she hadn’t been born. She is visited by a guardian angel that shows her what life would be if there was no Christmas and the reality turns out to be grimmer than ever until the mother learns her lesson.

Director: Phillip Borsos

Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Arthur Hill, Harry Dean Stanton

63. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

84 min

Drama, Romance, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,7

Three old industrialists who get killed in a plane crash during a winter blizzard come back as guardian angels to reunite a young couple whom they happened to get together while they were still alive.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland

Starring: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh

64.  Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

66 min

Animation, Comedy

IMDB: 7.2

This is a joyful festive trilogy by Disney including “Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas”, “A Very Goofy Christmas” and “Mickey & Minnie’s Gift Of The Magi” all of which will make you and your kids enjoy and appreciate the Christmas magic even more. The stories are interlinked with the wonderful narration by Kelsey Grammer.

Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor

65. The Family Stone (2005)

103 min

Comedy, romance, drama

IMDB: 6.3

56  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 52% Average Rating: 5.9/10

A young man brings home his uptight and conservative girlfriend for the Christmas holidays and to propose to her. It doesn’t take long for the ice queen girlfriend portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker to find that she is so much out of touch with the eccentric and free-spirited family.

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Rachel McAdams

66. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

91 min

Comedy, Music, Crime

IMDB: 7,2

Bob Hope plays a NYC swindler and bookie also known as Lemon Drop Kid who has up to Christmas to come up with and return the $10,000 he owes to a local gangster. This prompts him to enter a wild run of various scams.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin

Starring: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell

67. The Christmas Card (2006)

84 min

Family, Romance

IMDB: 7,1

A US soldier who received a Christmas card via a church group that sends cards to servicemen comes back from Afghanistan. This is one of the best Hallmark Christmas movies made in quite a lot of time, and you will love the main protagonists in this touching patriotic movie.

Director: Stephen Bridgewater

Stars: Edward Asner, John Newton, Lois Nettleton, Alice Evans

68. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

90 min

Adventure, Comedy

IMDB: 6,3

61 Metascore

Stoner buddies Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are back after their Guantanamo Bay adventure only to get involved in a new hilarious and fun-filled one involving them burning down the prize Christmas tree of Harold’s father-in-law.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt

69. Trapped in Paradise (1994)

111 min

Adventure, Comedy, Crime

IMDB: 5,9

Three brothers who are rather inept criminals make an attempt to rob a bank on Christmas Eve in the small town of Paradise, PA. After a mistake by one of the clumsy brothers, the runaway car ends up back in the town where the local residents are waiting for them in this funny Christmas comedy action flick.

Director: George Gallo

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Richard B. Shull, Dana Carvey,

70. Nativity! (2009)

105 min

Comedy, Family

IMDB: 6,5

TOMATOMETER 46% Average Rating: 4.8/10

This is a cheerful improvised comedy about two rival schools which are ready to do everything to outdo each other with their annual Christmas nativity plays.

Director: Debbie Isitt

Starring: Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins

71.  Babes in Toyland (1934)

77 min

Comedy, Family


TOMATOMETER 100% Average Rating: 8.3/10

What would Christmas or any festive occasion be without this Laurel and Hardy film? In this movie from 1934, Laurel and Hardy are at their best as the bumbling apprentices in Toyland alongside the rest of the cast. The songs are pretty good and so is the set of characters from the Mother Goose tales and the bogey-men.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns

72. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

25 min

Animation, Comedy, Short

IMDB: 7,4

TOMATOMETER 60% Average Rating: 5.9/10

This short animated film has become an absolute Christmas classic. It tells the story of a little girl and a living snowman who are struggling to escape from a greedy magician who is ready to do anything to get his hands on the magic hat of the snowman. You can now enjoy it in its new, digitally restored version.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Starring: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

73. Mixed Nuts (1994)

97 min

Comedy, Drama

IMDB: 5,4

14 Metascore

Mixed Nuts is quite a dark comedy that follows the events of a wild night during the Christmas holidays at a crisis hotline center for depressed and troubled people. Some of you may find it a bit forced or rude, but overall this black comedy is a Christmas favorite to many fans of the genre and of the actors involved in the project.

Director: Nora Ephron

Starring: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Anthony LaPaglia

74. In Bruges (2008)

107 min

Comedy, Drama, Crime

IMDB: 7.9

TOMATOMETER  84% Average Rating: 7.3/10

The historic town Bruges in Belgium isn’t where Ray played by Colin Farrell had planned to spend the Christmas holidays, but he is obliged to do so with his wiser and older partner (Brendan Gleeson). Both of them are hitmen who are going through some personal drama in this film filled with action, witty dialogue and some pretty violent scenes coupled with the impeccable performances of Farrell and Gleeson. If you haven’t seen this brilliant dark comedy written and directed by Martin McDonagh, this Christmas is the perfect time to do so. Just make sure that the kids are in bed.

Director: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds

75. The Best Man Holiday (2013)


Comedy, drama

IMDB: 6.7

59  Metascore

TOMATOMETER  70% Average Rating: 5.9/10

15 years after the original movie, the college friends get together once again to celebrate the Christmas holidays and quickly find out just how easily and quickly the old romances and rivalries can be reunited in this enjoyable holiday film with some convincing drama and laugh out loud humor.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Starring: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Regina Hall

76. Tangerine (2015)

88 min

Comedy, Drama, Crime

IMDB: 7.1

85  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 97% Average Rating: 7.9/10

You may have not seen this gem of a movie yet, but make sure you watch it this Christmas. Set in a Hollywood donut shop on Christmas Eve, this film shatters all classic casting conventions and filmmaking techniques.

Director: Sean Baker

Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

77. Metropolitan (1990)

98 min

Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 7.5

77  Metascore

TOMATOMETER  91% Average Rating: 7.7/10

This wonderfully ironic and comical movie is about a group of young upper-class debutantes and socialites in Manhattan who get together to discuss honor, love and the inevitable demise of their upper class. One night an unusual outsider from the other side of the park joins the exclusive group and everything gets stirred up.

Director: Whit Stillman

Stars: Carolyn Farina, Chris Eigeman, Edward Clements

78. November Christmas (2010)

96 min


IMDB: 7,6

Get ready for this moving tearjerker which will restore your faith in humanity during the holidays. The movie is about an entire community in Rode Island which comes together to create special Halloween and Christmas events for a young girl with a life-threatening disease.

Director: Robert Harmon

Starring: Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen

79. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Romance, Fantasy, Drama

105 min

IMDB: 7,9

74 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 90%  Average Rating: 7.7/10

This is the first collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (Edward) which has become a Christmas classic favorite for several generations. Edward is a synthetic creation with scissors instead of hands created by an eccentric inventor played by Vincent Price. When the inventor dies, Edward the young man with an exceptionally gentle soul is left alone and cursed with the scary scissor hands. Gradually, Edward becomes a local celebrity thanks to his capabilities for cutting hair and trimming hedges, but when he is accused of a crime drama strikes. This magical fairytale with gothic elements will break your heart and yet fill your soul with hope, which is the best feeling you can have as you say goodbye to another year and are ready to welcome a new one!

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

80. A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)

90 min

Romance, Comedy, Drama

IMDB: 6,5

This Hallmark film is another romantic comedy to enjoy during the holidays. It revolves around successful but lonely attorney Holly Grant who looks like she will be getting her Christmas wish from 20 years ago to come true. And the wish is – to get a boyfriend for Christmas.

Director: Kevin Connor

Starring: Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning, Bruce Thomas

81. The Family Man (2000)

125 min

Comedy, Fantasy, Drama

IMDB: 6,7

42 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 53% Average Rating: 5.5/10

Nicolas Cage plays a successful investment broker who wakes up on a Christmas morning finding himself back with his college sweetheart without all the riches and success he has achieved. This story may be a tad too predictable and sentimental to some, but overall, is a heartwarming film for the whole family during the holiday season.

Director: Brett Ratner

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Jeremy Piven, Don Cheadle

82. Four Christmases (2008)

88 min

Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB: 5,7

41 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 24% Average Rating: 4.3/10

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn are an upscale couple who face the struggle of visiting all of their divorced parents for Christmas, due to the inability to escape from the obligation this year.

Director: Seth Gordon

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

83. Carol (2015)

118 min

Romance, Drama

IMDB: 7.2

95  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 95% Average Rating: 8.6

Set in the 1950’s Carol is an exquisite movie based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, starring Cate Blanchett stuck in a marriage of convenience, and a young sales clerk played by Rooney Mara who falls under the spell of the older Carol. The movie got a number of Oscar, Golden Globe, and other nominations and scored several big wins, including both Blanchett and Mara for their brilliant performances. It is a beautiful and enthralling tale of obsession, love, and a doomed romance which is a perfect movie choice for a cozy holiday evening.

Director: Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

84. About a Boy (2002)


Comedy, Romance, Drama

IMDB: 7.1

75  Metascore

TOMATOMETER 93% Average Rating: 7.7/10

Based on Nick Hornby’s novel by the same name, About a Boy is the story of an immature and cynical young man who is a classic Grinch played by Hugh Grant who finally gets to learn how to act like a grown-up by an awkward but smart young boy named Marcus (Nicholas Hoult). Watching the change of heart of the protagonist, the strange relationship between the two combined with a superb soundtrack makes this movie one of the most enjoyable ones for those festive times when you prefer spending time at home with your family and friends.

Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

Stars: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz

85. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

88 min

Comedy, Drama, Family

IMDB: 7,4

Brooke Burns plays Jennifer who is a corporate analyst, a single mum, and a modern-day Scrooge who has a very calculated and businesslike approach to Christmas. But watch how this all changes to become the most wonderful time of the year once her uncle comes to visit with a handsome stranger (Warren Christie).

Director: Michael Scott

Starring: Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, Warren Christie, Connor Christopher Levins

86. Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014)

87 min

Adventure, Comedy

IMDB: 5,1

TOMATOMETER 27% Average Rating: 4.2/10

Grumpy Cat became a viral internet star a few years ago. This movie depicts the story of the lonely and grumpy cat which lives in a pet shop and always gets passed by until on Christmas a 12-year-old girl Chrystal comes into the store and falls in love with it. so, will this Christmas be “the worst Christmas ever” again for Grumpy Cat? Watch this fun-filled Christmassy movie and find out!

Director: Tim Hill

Starring: Grumpy Cat, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Roebuck, Russell Peters

87. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)


Comedy, Musical, Drama, Family

IMDB: 7.6

TOMATOMETER 100% Average Rating: 8.7/10

This Technicolor musical has all the features which make up the perfect Christmas movie. It shows Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”,  dances in ball gowns, fake snowmen, and an amazingly fun Halloween segment. The plot revives around a Missouri family getting ready for the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. The movie has a nostalgic touch which is simply amazing to enjoy while drinking eggnog and cozying up under a warm blanket in front of the fireplace.

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

88. Snowglobe (2007)

86 min

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,1

This is a joyful family film which is about a young lady who discovers a special Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magic snow globe. Since she has always dreamt of the perfect Christmas, when she receives this snow globe as a Christmas gift she immediately enters this dream world where she is faced with some difficult choices – between a love she never thought was possible and the man of her dreams.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino

Starring: Christina Milian, Erin Karpluk, Hilda Doherty, Jason Schombing

89. A Season for Miracles (1998)

100 min


IMDB 7,7

This is yet another Hallmark movie that makes it into our list of 100 Christmas movies.

It is about a true Christmas miracle that occurs for a homeless family with two children and a drug addict mother who gets incarcerated. A guardian angel helps the protective aunt of the children to keep them out of the system and they end up in a town named Bethlehem.

Enjoy this heartwarming and sweet film with your entire family and you will appreciate what you have going for you even more.

Director: Michael Pressman

Starring: Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker, David Conrad, Laura Dern

90. 8 Women (2001)

141 min

Comedy, Musical, Crime

IMDB: 7.1

64  Metascore

TOMATOMETER  79% Average Rating: 7.1/10

Featuring eight of the greatest French actresses of our time, 8 Women is a fun-filled crime story that revolves around one murder victim and 8 very special ladies who are all suspects. The story unfolds and the truth is revealed after a number of comic situations and intriguing revelations. The plot is set during the Christmas holiday season, so if you want to enjoy some great music, fun, and incredible performance, watch this French masterpiece this holiday.

Director: François Ozon

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Virginie Ledoyen, Firmine Richard, Fanny Ardant and Ludivine Sagnier

91. The Christmas Shoes (2002)

100 min


IMDB: 6,9

You will be touched by the story of a young boy named Nathan who starts collecting cans to buy new red shoes for his dying mother. His plight touches the heart of an attorney who has neglected his own family because of his work. Together they both manage to become better people and show the love which their families deserve.

Director: Andy Wolk

Starring: Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Max Morrow, Maria del Mar

92. A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)

90 min

Comedy, Drama

IMDB: 7,1

You will thoroughly enjoy this warmhearted film about a retired 80-year-old celebrity who is used to living alone until one day he has to take in his estranged granddaughter Becca. Thanks to her idea to take part in the upcoming school Christmas pageant the two of them warm up to each other and end up mending the long-strained family relationship.

Director: Harvey Frost

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Juliette Goglia, Katherine Helmond, Richard Libertini

93. Almost Christmas (2016)

141 min

Comedy, Drama

IMDB: 6.1

55  Metascore

A lonely retired man invites his children and their families to join him for Christmas, but pretty soon it becomes clear that the bickering family isn’t able to spend even five days together under the same roof. This dramedy successfully captures the chaos and reality of such large family meetings with a tinge of nostalgia and humor.

Director: David E. Talbert

Stars: Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Mo’Nique, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union

94. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

92 min

Comedy, Romance, Family


This movie resembles the classic “Miracle on 34th street”, and revolves around a brother and sister who are determined to get their divorced parents together again for the Christmas holidays. Will they succeed to get the estranged couple back together?

Director: Robert Lieberman

Starring: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon

95. Mrs. Miracle (2009)

90 min

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,7

Doris Roberts plays Mrs. Miracle, a housekeeper who turns up at the door of the young and overwhelmed widower (James Van Der Beek) and helps him cope with the unruly twin sons, becomes his friend, confidant, and eventually a matchmaker for him.

Director: Michael Scott

Starring: James Van Der Beek, Erin Karpluk, Doris Roberts, Michael Strusievici

96. Trading Places (1983)

116 min


IMDB: 7,5

69 Metascore

TOMATOMETER 86% Average Rating: 7.4/10

When two morally bankrupt millionaire brothers make a bet for one dollar over the nature-nurture question and get a con artist (Eddie Murphy) and a snobby yuppie (Dan Aykroyd) to trade places, they don’t expect that the two will get together and start uproarious revenge. Based on one of the many “Three Stooges” comedies, this movie will make you laugh out loud and will fill you with that warm fuzzy Christmassy feeling.

Director: John Landis

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy

97. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

121 min

Action, Crime, Drama

IMDB: 6.8

44  Metascore

TOMATOMETER  68% Average Rating: 6.1/10

If you want to watch something different than the usual festive movie picks this year, this action-packed movie is a top recommended option. Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson have great onscreen chemistry as a woman suffering from amnesia and a detective who is trying to help her remember her past.

Director: Renny Harlin

Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima

98. Black Christmas (1974)

98 min

Horror, Thriller, Mystery

IMDB: 7,2

TOMATOMETER 67% Average Rating: 6.1/10

This classic slasher movie from 1974 tells the story of a group of sorority girls who are followed by a psychotic killer during their Christmas break.

Still frightening and enjoyable after all these years, this Bob Clark movie has become a beloved Christmas classic by fans of the genre.

Director: Bob Clark

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

99. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

123 min

Drama, War

IMDB: 7.3

The performance of David Bowie is outstanding in this WWII drama. He plays a British colonel who does his best to bridge the stark cultural differences between a British prisoner of war and the camp commander during an eventful Christmas Eve in a Japanese prisoner camp. This is a movie that will move you to tears and will help you appreciate all you have even more during the Yuletide season.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima

Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto

100. Help for the Holidays (2012)

90 min

Family, Romance, Fantasy

IMDB: 6,9

This is a pretty simple and yet very cute Christmas movie with the wonderful Summer Glau starring as Christine Prancer – a loveable elf. The movie is perfect for all members of the family.

Director: Bradford May

Starring: Summer Glau, Eva LaRue, Dan Gauthier, John Brotherton

Final Words

Thanks for reading, and we sincerely hope that we have helped you add some new films to your Christmas movie playlist for the upcoming festivities!

Enjoy these movies and have an unforgettable Christmas holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Last update on 2022-05-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

1 thought on “The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time – 2022”

  1. I definitely needed such a long list of Christmas movies since my family and I are staying at home for the next two weeks. They will cheer up all of us and bring the Christmas spirit at home. We’ve already watched some of them, but they are so good that we’ll watch them again. Thank you very much!

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