Christmas Movies You Should Watch

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1. The Little Match Seller (1902)

3 min | Drama, Short

In front of a windowless, soot-blackened brick wall on a snowy evening, a young girl wearing one shoe, a dress, and apron, tries to sell matches. She has no buyers. A cheeky lad comes by ... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 260

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,084 | Gross: $2.65M

3. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 28,649 | Gross: $17.19M

4. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 44,354 | Gross: $50.08M

5. 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: 28,549 | Gross: $30.00M

6. 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

7. 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: 361,908

8. 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: 18,176

9. 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: 18,429 | Gross: $7.57M

10. 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: 92,574 | Gross: $137.86M

11. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999 Video)

Not Rated | 66 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A Christmas themed, three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas", is essentially a retelling of Groundhog Day (1993), with Huey, Dewey, and Louie ... See full summary »

Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann, Bradley Raymond, Toby Shelton, Bill Speers | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo

Votes: 5,590

12. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 8,990 | Gross: $21.00M

13. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001 Video)

TV-G | 65 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Mickey and all his friends hold their own Christmas party at the House of Mouse, after being snowed in.

Directors: Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway, Rick Calabash | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 2,555

14. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Episode: Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A 6-year-old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva, Kenneth Welsh, Debra Monk

Votes: 1,950

15. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 4,031 | Gross: $14.81M

16. 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: 85,903 | Gross: $144.83M

17. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 184,875 | Gross: $260.04M

18. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

22 Metascore

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 37,180 | Gross: $73.78M

19. 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: 192,903 | Gross: $173.40M

20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 270,450 | Gross: $75.08M

21. 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: 410,468 | Gross: $285.76M

22. Jack Frost (1998)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A father who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son, before he is gone forever.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy

Votes: 30,296 | Gross: $34.55M

23. 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: 134,868 | Gross: $71.32M

24. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 45,387 | Gross: $139.24M

25. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

32 Metascore

Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 29,616 | Gross: $84.50M

26. Rise of the Guardians (2012)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Director: Peter Ramsey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine

Votes: 146,503 | Gross: $103.41M

27. 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: 4,076 | Gross: $18.59M

28. Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001 Video)

TV-Y | 76 min | Animation, Family, Musical

Barbie shows that if you are kind, clever and brave, anything is possible in this tale of Clara and her amazing Nutcracker, who set off on an adventure to find the Sugarplum Princess.

Director: Owen Hurley | Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, Tim Curry, Peter Kelamis

Votes: 4,472

29. Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' (2008 Video)

TV-Y | 76 min | Animation, Family

Barbie stars in her first holiday movie in this heart-warming adaptation of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs!

Director: William Lau | Stars: Kelly Sheridan, Morwenna Banks, Melissa Lyons, Prudence Edwards

Votes: 1,596

30. 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: 45,719 | Gross: $46.46M

31. Annabelle's Wish (1997 Video)

54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.

Director: Roy Wilson | Stars: Randy Travis, Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney

Votes: 1,477

32. The Small One (1978)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith

Votes: 1,131

33. 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

34. Babes in Toyland (1997)

G | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Everyone's favorite nursery rhyme characters come magically and musically to life in this animated adventure based on the classic holiday tale.

Directors: Toby Bluth, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Sabella | Stars: Charles Nelson Reilly, Lacey Chabert, Joseph Ashton, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 448

35. 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: 156,864 | Gross: $183.37M

36. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 1,972 | Gross: $1.78M

37. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997 Video)

G | 72 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Astonished to find the Beast has a deep-seeded hatred for the Christmas season, Belle endeavors to change his mind on the matter.

Director: Andrew Knight | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 8,140

38. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991 TV Short)

26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa and forgets to add what Pooh wanted for Christmas, Pooh tries to get the letter back, and subsequently redeliver the letter to the North Pole.

Director: Jamie Mitchell | Stars: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough

Votes: 1,066

39. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 184,875 | Gross: $260.04M

41. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,323

42. 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

43. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 23,194

44. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 13,525

45. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

When Rudolph is born with a red nose he is bullied through out his younger years, but when Stormella closes her bridge of to the public and threaten to put Santa out of business for good ... See full summary »

Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. | Stars: John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Eric Pospisil

Votes: 2,242 | Gross: $0.11M

46. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (2000 Video)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A human orphan raised by the Faire Folke becomes the benefactor of all human children.

Director: Glen Hill | Stars: Robby Benson, Dixie Carter, Hal Holbrook, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 398

47. 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: 122,387 | Gross: $20.61M

48. The Snow Queen (2010)

99 min | Drama, Romance

Wintry fairytale for adults. The unusual love story is based on the motifs of H. C. Andersen's fairytale. A woman living in an ice castle lures a boy to her. He becomes so spellbound by the... See full summary »

Director: Marko Raat | Stars: Helena Merzin, Artur Tedremägi, Toomas Suuman, Egon Nuter

Votes: 50

49. The Nutcracker (1993)

G | 92 min | Family, Fantasy, Music