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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 361,695

If you haven't seen it, watch it.

2. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 11,819 | Gross: $8.18M

A classic musical holiday movie, well produced but still down to earth and touching.

3. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 6,954

A personal favorite, and a classic holiday escape.

4. Last Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 26,282 | Gross: $38.36M

A nice remake of an old classic, with a surprise happy ending.

5. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 92,545 | Gross: $137.86M

6. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,787 | Gross: $1.05M

Making the best of a situation. Based on true events.

7. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 122,364 | Gross: $20.61M

A youthful perspective, family friendly, funny, painful, excellent.

8. Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens | Stars: Kevin Carlson, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Fletcher, Ric Heitzman

Votes: 1,071

Pee Wee... oh, Pee Wee... this movie has made me laugh until I cried. Not your usual Christmas fare, but surprisingly good.

9. White Christmas (1954)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Votes: 28,544 | Gross: $30.00M

10. Prancer (1989)

G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 4,077 | Gross: $18.59M

11. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)

Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,275

12. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Short)

43 min | Short, Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 11,110

13. A Very Brady Christmas (1988 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The entire Brady family manages to overcome personal obstacles to spend a happy holiday together.

Director: Peter Baldwin | Stars: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 1,462

I know, I know, but it's one of my favorite TV families. As usual, tough situations are ironed out before it's over, and a Merry Christmas is had by all.

14. The Borrowers (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Borrowers are four-inch high "little people" who live under the floorboards.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Loftus, Robert Sheehan

Votes: 1,390

15. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 727,219 | Gross: $83.01M

16. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 315,329 | Gross: $117.54M

17. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 8,269

An interesting variation of Charles Dickens' eye-opening Christmas Carol. I'd never seen this version before. Shout out to Josiah Sillavan for the recommendation.

18. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 192,820 | Gross: $173.40M

19. How About You... (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

A young British woman struggling with the direction of her life spends Christmas watching over a retirement home filled with demanding residents.

Director: Anthony Byrne | Stars: Joss Ackland, Hayley Atwell, Orla Brady, Kevin Flood

Votes: 1,454 | Gross: $0.08M

An unusual holiday experience, rough around the edges. Ultimately I like it and recommend it.

20. Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Family, Drama

Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Kim Delaney, Zachary Ansley

Votes: 362

It's a Bo and Luke reunion. Naw, but they still played well together. A fair movie with some humor and a good ending.

21. Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
Episode: Secret Santa (2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Pete and Myka hunt down a malevolent artifact-wielding Santa Claus and come to the aid of a businessman. Meanwhile, Artie is reunited with his estranged father Isadore after 30 years.

Director: Jack Kenny | Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams

Votes: 360

22. Farscape (1999–2003)
Episode: Terra Firma (2003)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Crichton has arrived home, on Earth. Even though the Moya crew relaxes, on Earth and are treated as VIPs, Crichton can't seem to adjust to life on Earth. After all his adventures, can he still call Earth his home?

Director: Peter Andrikidis | Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley

Votes: 350

Farscape

23. Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
Episode: The Greatest Gift (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

It's nearly Christmas, and a brush with the upholstery brush of Philip Van Doren Stern bears Pete from his wonderful life into a world where he's never been born.

Director: Jack Kenny | Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti

Votes: 348

Warehouse 13

24. 3 Godfathers (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Western

Three outlaws on the run find a dying woman in the desert who gives birth to a baby. The mother entrusts the care of the child to the three men.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 7,560

25. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 18,171



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