RANKED: The 27 Greatest Christmas Movies Of All-Time

27. Fred Claus

Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) is the trouble-making, bad news brother to our favorite, saintly Nicholas (Paul Giamatti). Fred causes some trouble that lands him in jail, and relies on Nicholas to bail him out. To repay the debt to his brother, Fred moves to the North Pole to help Nicholas build toys. Not only does Nick have to worry about his brother, he now has to worry about an observer who comes and rates Santa’s operations.

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26. Christmas With The Kranks

Luther and Nora Krank finally have a Christmas to themselves. They discuss taking a cruise to the Carribean instead of staying at home for the holidays. Suddenly, they find themselves as outcasts within their community for showing a lack of Christmas spirit.

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25. Bad Santa

Willie and Marcus are professional thieves fueled by whiskey, greed and hatred. Each year, Willie disguises himself as Santa, and Marcus disguises himself as an elf. Together, the two pals try to knock off a Chicago Christmas charity.

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24. Prancer

Jessica Riggs, who refuses to give up her belief in Old Saint Nick, finds a hurt reindeer in the woods and believes it to be one of Santa’s reindeer, Prancer. Jessica takes care of the reindeer with the help of a local veterinarian. Prancer was supposed to be kept a secret, but when the entire town discovers the secret, Jessica finds herself in some trouble.

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23. The Year Without a Santa Claus

This 1974 television movie was based on Phyllis McGinley’s 1956 book of the same name. Santa gets a cold after Thanksgiving, and the doctor advises him to make some changes to his routine due to the fact that people do not care about Christmas anymore. Santa decides to take a holiday for himself, and have his handy elves find people who still believe in Santa.

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22. A Christmas Tail

What do most children wish to receive on Christmas? A puppy of course. A Christmas Tail is the story of two single parents who meet and fall in love after fighting over a puppy they both wish to give to their children.

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21. Scrooged

Scrooged is the more modern (1988) take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The film follows the life of a very successful, yet arrogant and greedy television executive. He has let his work get in the way of his relationship with the love of his life. He fires an employee on Christmas Eve, and is then visited by the Ghosts of Christmas to help him reevaluate the poor decisions he has made.

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20. Jingle All The Way

The only thing workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to do is find the toy his son has been asking Santa for. Howard goes on the hunt on Christmas Eve to find Turbo Man, the hottest toy on the market. But when Howard runs into another father who is on the same hunt, his moral code is put to the test.

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19. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington is extremely bored with his same-old Halloween routine of scaring real-world people. He stumbles upon Christmastown and all of the holly, jolly spirits. Jack plans to take Christmas under his own control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking his place. He soon realizes that his plot to control Christmas isn’t going as planned and eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas.

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18. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Watch your favorite, classic Disney Characters retell the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in this 1983 animated remake.

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17. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Even the Muppets needed to perform their own version of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmas’ past, present and future. The ghosts try to make Christmas a joyous day for Scrooge.

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16. Home Alone

It is the happiest time of the year, but spoiled eight year-old, Kevin McCallister, gets sent to his room (on the third floor) for fighting with his brother the day before the family is planning to leave for Paris. After his parents wake up late, they rush to the airport and completely forget about Kevin. On Christmas Eve, he realizes two burglars are about to break into his house and is the only one left to protect it.

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15. Frosty The Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas television special based on the classic song, “Frosty the Snowman.” The story is about a little girl and a living snowman who try to escape an evil magician that is trying to steal Frosty’s magical hat.

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14. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas is broken down into three separate short stories: Donald Duck Stuck On Christmas, A Very Goofy Christmas, and Mickey and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi. The film includes Mickey Mouse and all of his friends. Viewers will see how each friend shares their Christmas with their loved ones.

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13. A Christmas Carol

This is an original film based on the Charles Dickens novel. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter, old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Throughout the movie, he becomes more kind, more gentle and more approachable after visits from Christmas ghosts of the past, present and future.

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12. Love Actually

This film compiles nine different stories to show us that we all have one emotion that connects us, which is love. You will explore just how each relationship functions, the struggles they go through, and the triumph they feel. The film contains many A-list actors.

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11. The Holiday

This film follows two women, one from America and one from Britain, who swap homes during Christmas time. Both women recently went through poor breakups with their (ex) boyfriends, but discover a new love interest while staying in their new homes.

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10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the ultimate, classic Christmas comedy. Watch the Griswold family’s big plan for a spectacular Christmas turn into a big disaster. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants everything to be perfect for this year’s Christmas, but unfortunately, things couldn’t go any worse for this hysterical family.

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9. The Santa Clause

Divorced father, Scott, has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, he accidentally kills Santa and is automatically transported to the North Pole where he is told by an elf that he must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas. Scott thought he was dreaming, but the constant weight gain and humongous white beard make it very clear this is a reality he can’t wake up from.

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8. Disney’s A Christmas Carol

This is Disney’s 2009 animated remake of the Charles Dickens classic. London is awaiting the joyful Christmas holiday, but Ebeneezer Scrooge is completely miserable. After being unkind to his clerk and nephew, Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas, who make it their mission to transform Mr. Scrooge into a more joyful person.

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7. A Charlie Brown Christmas

This animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz, made its debut on CBS in 1965. Charlie Brown finds himself sad and depressed despite the cheerful holiday of Christmas that is soon approaching. As the short film goes on, the characters find themselves realizing what the true meaning of Christmas actually is.

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6. Miracle on 34th Street

After the person playing Santa in a Macy’s Department Store is discovered to be drunk, Doris Walker asks another old man who resembles Santa to take his place. The older man calls himself Kris Kringle, and claims to be the real Santa Claus. Doris is concerned due her to disbelief in anything that is a fantasy. Doris’ daughter, Susan, starts to wonder about Kris and believes there is something special about him. It’s a heartwarming story and well-deserving of being considered the greatest Christmas film of all-time.

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5. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a 1983 family comedy about a boy named Ralphie who attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. When he tells his parents and teacher, they both have the same unsettling reaction. Ralphie receives a mom approved gift from his aunt under the Christmas tree, but all Ralphie can think about is the B.B gun he wants so badly.

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4. The Polar Express

The Polar Express is a 3-D animated Christmas movie based on the 1985 children’s book with the same name. A young boy takes a train ride to the North Pole. He meets other children along the journey, and realizes the wonder of life will never go away as long as he believes.

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3. Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (Cartoon)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 animated television movie about a grumpy, mean, hermit who plans to steal Christmas from the pleasant Whos of Whoville. The Grinch and his dog, disguised as Santa and his reindeer, wander to Whoville to steal all of the Christmas decorations and toys.

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2. It’s A Wonderful Life

George Bailey feels overwhelmed by any and all obligations toward his family, his business and his community. He starts to think about all the things he could have done, and how the opportunities have passed him by. As the times get more difficult for George, he beings to think about how life would be without him living. At this time, his Guardian Angel, Clarence, makes him realize how he means so much to so many people. Little does he know, his loved ones have prayed for him to get through the hard times.

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1. Elf

Elf is the story about a man who was transported to The North Pole as a toddler. Buddy grows up at the North Pole and is raised by Santa’s elves. As an adult, Buddy starts to feel as if he doesn’t fit in at the North Pole. On a mission to find his father, Buddy’s unforgettable journey through New York will have you cracking up the entire time.

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