Christmas Playlist

by vvlovesu | created - 12 Nov 2013 | updated - 19 May 2014 | Public

Movies for the family during Christmas.

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1. 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: 184,903 | Gross: $260.04M

2. 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: 156,912 | Gross: $183.37M

3. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007 TV Movie)

86 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms, Markie Post

Votes: 5,414

4. Christmas at Water's Edge (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Family

For spoiled, wealthy college girl Layla Turner, Christmas usually means designer wrapping paper and holiday gift bags from Bloomingdale's. But this year, Layla will learn the true meaning ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Davis | Stars: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall, Earl Billings, Ray J

Votes: 171

5. 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: 23,203

6. 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: 6,969

7. Borrowed Hearts (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Kathleen's a hard-working single mother, who's saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. Sam's a businessman who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Shawn Thompson, Janet Bailey

Votes: 1,760

8. 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: 30,302 | Gross: $34.55M

9. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole

Votes: 8,233 | Gross: $12.21M

10. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 84,319 | Gross: $60.57M

11. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,609

12. 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: 45,730 | Gross: $46.46M

13. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 7,704 | Gross: $49.12M

14. 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: 410,582 | Gross: $285.76M

15. 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: 267,143 | Gross: $173.59M

16. Home Alone 3 (1997)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

Votes: 95,930 | Gross: $30.88M

17. 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: 13,530

18. 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: 41,198

19. 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: 28,331

20. 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: 146,536 | Gross: $103.41M

21. 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: 11,285

22. 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: 8,993 | Gross: $21.00M

23. 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: 270,506 | Gross: $75.08M

24. 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: 85,928 | Gross: $144.83M

25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

72 Metascore

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 393,789 | Gross: $206.46M

26. A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008 TV Movie)

G | 45 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The story begins when Santa's new chief mechanic, Tinsel, creates a speedy, new high tech sleigh for Christmas. But what Santa doesn't know is that North Wind has secretly sabotaged the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Thomas | Stars: Mickey Rooney, George S. Irving, Juan Chioran, Catherine Disher

Votes: 651

27. Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008 TV Movie)

84 min | Family, Fantasy

It's three days before Christmas, and Nick Snowden forgets about spending early Christmas with his wife, Sandy due to pressure at work. After a fight, Nick walks through a magical mirror ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Lynley Hall, Janelle Cooper

Votes: 831

28. Snow (2004 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.

Director: Alex Zamm | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Patrick Fabian, Bobb'e J. Thompson

Votes: 1,476

29. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

43 Metascore

A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Dyllan Christopher, Tyler James Williams, Gia Mantegna, Quinn Shephard

Votes: 9,696 | Gross: $16.65M

30. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Movie)

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

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 2,357

31. Once Upon a Christmas (2000 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Santa is discouraged by a lack of Christmas spirit and wants to quit, but his daughter, Kristin, begs for one more chance to prove to him that there is hope for the world.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Liz Torres

Votes: 780

32. Twice Upon a Christmas (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When the North Pole faces destruction at the hands of Santa Claus' malicious daughter, her long-lost sister must travel home and save Christmas.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: John Dye, Kathy Ireland, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Wayne Thomas Yorke

Votes: 577

33. Christmas Cupid (2010 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane's own personal "Jacob... See full summary »

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Jackée Harry, Burgess Jenkins

Votes: 3,296

34. Prep & Landing (2009 TV Short)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers | Stars: Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, Mason Vale Cotton, David DeLuise

Votes: 2,346

35. 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: 3,947

36. 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

37. 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: 1,607

38. Pinocchio's Christmas (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Alan King, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Patricia Bright

Votes: 490

39. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)

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

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day, Paul Frees

Votes: 2,324

40. Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998 Video)

G | 84 min | Comedy, Family

After getting blamed for spoiling Christmas, the richest kid in the world wishes he'd never been born. Unfortunately, a wishing machine, invented by professor Keenbean, picked up the wish ... See full summary »

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: David Gallagher, Eugene Levy, Keene Curtis, Jake Richardson

Votes: 1,857

41. A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007 Video)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

To make sure that his beloved neighbour, Mr Wilson, has the perfect Christmas, the neighbourhood's lively six-year-old, Dennis Mitchell, makes a long list of things one needs to make it work; however, will the old man ever change?

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Maxwell Perry Cotton, Robert Wagner, Louise Fletcher, Isaac Durnford

Votes: 1,642

42. Christmas Do-Over (2006 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Kevin tries to be involved with his son and ex-wife's family for Christmas. During dinner, he thought his Christmas *day* couldn't be more screwed; his son suddenly wishes it was Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Cyran | Stars: Jay Mohr, Daphne Zuniga, David Millbern, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 1,070

43. The Mistle-Tones (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A talented singer forms a musical group and challenges her rivals to a competition on Christmas Eve.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Andy Gala, Megan Kathleen Duffy

Votes: 1,749

44. A Carol Christmas (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 92 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

An ego-maniacal TV talk show host is determined to destroy the festive fun in the studio.

Director: Matthew Irmas | Stars: Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner, Gary Coleman

Votes: 982

45. Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)
Episode: Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! (2009)

TV-G | 33 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

During Christmas vacation, Phineas and Ferb's quest to show gratitude to Santa during Christmas may be doomed for failure, when Dr. Doofenshmirtz uses an invention that puts the entire town of Danville on Santa's naughty list.

Director: Zac Moncrief | Stars: Vincent Martella, Ashley Tisdale, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Caroline Rhea

Votes: 154

46. 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: 1,067

47. A Dad for Christmas (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama

Me and Luke is a family story about a young father and his newborn son. Matt, who is nineteen, goes to the hospital to see his baby. At the hospital, he discovers, his young girlfriend has ... See full summary »

Director: Eleanore Lindo | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Kristopher Turner, Jack Shepherd, Lindsay Ames

Votes: 424

48. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 356

49. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy