Christmas Movies That Don't Make Me Want to Shoot Myself

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1. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,034 | Gross: $27.28M

2. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 179,711 | Gross: $148.17M

3. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 410,339 | Gross: $285.76M

4. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 18,416 | Gross: $7.57M

5. The Night Before (II) (2015)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

58 Metascore

On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 59,134 | Gross: $43.04M

6. Office Christmas Party (2016)

R | 105 min | Comedy

42 Metascore

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand...

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck | Stars: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston

Votes: 60,204 | Gross: $54.73M

7. 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: 192,853 | Gross: $173.40M

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

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 62,497 | Gross: $35.03M

9. The Family Stone (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton

Votes: 56,859 | Gross: $60.06M

10. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 388,548 | Gross: $59.70M

11. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 134,833 | Gross: $71.32M

12. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

R | 104 min | Comedy

42 Metascore

As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for mothers: Christmas.

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Stars: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 33,943 | Gross: $72.11M

13. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 127,650 | Gross: $60.06M

14. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,357 | Gross: $28.20M

15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 41,185

16. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 222,185 | Gross: $63.22M

17. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 266,945 | Gross: $173.59M

18. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 45,710 | Gross: $46.46M

19. 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: 727,350 | Gross: $83.01M

20. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 55,935 | Gross: $42.59M

21. Almost Christmas (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

Director: David E. Talbert | Stars: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Mo'Nique

Votes: 5,259 | Gross: $41.72M

22. Babes in Toyland (1960)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 3,034 | Gross: $10.22M

23. Babes in Toyland (1986 TV Movie)

G | 140 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain, Barnaby.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 2,662

24. To Grandmother's House We Go (1992 TV Movie)

Unrated | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Comedy

When the twins feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to grandmother's house and encounter a pair of villains along the way.

Director: Jeff Franklin | Stars: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Rhea Perlman, Cynthia Geary

Votes: 2,310

25. Yogi's First Christmas (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Sue Allen, John Richard Bolks, Daws Butler, Paul DeKorte

Votes: 726

26. Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror

The comatose Ricky Caldwell reawakens and begins to stalk a blind woman, with whom he shares a psychic connection.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Samantha Scully, Bill Moseley, Richard C. Adams, Richard Beymer

Votes: 1,681

27. Look Who's Talking Now (1993)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The dogs talk at a family of 4, where mom loses her job the same day dad gets a job as pilot for a cute, single boss.

Director: Tom Ropelewski | Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, David Gallagher, Tabitha Lupien

Votes: 26,017 | Gross: $10.34M

28. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,283

29. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988)

Unrated | 171 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.

Stars: Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox

Votes: 5,261

30. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 24,039 | Gross: $0.26M

31. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 85,883 | Gross: $144.83M

32. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Special)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Family

An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 3,944

33. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 156,831 | Gross: $183.37M

34. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 9,614 | Gross: $5.68M

35. 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

36. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 77,911 | Gross: $60.33M

37. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 6,964

38. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,046

39. The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay, Bob McFadden

Votes: 494

40. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,608

41. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy

62 Metascore

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

Votes: 542,235 | Gross: $218.82M



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