Good Christmas Movies

by aeaofthefae | created - 03 May 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of the Christmas movies I really enjoyed, and would definitely watch again.

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1. Chasing Christmas (2005 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, Leslie Jordan, Brittney Wilson

Votes: 675

Surprised how much I liked it. Unique.

2. A Nanny for Christmas (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy

Ally is a smart young career woman who needs a new job. Samantha is a busy Beverly Hills advertising executive/mom whose too-well-mannered kids need some fun in their lives. And Danny ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Richard Ruccolo, Cynthia Gibb

Votes: 1,475

Pretty cute. And I liked the love interest (incidentally not the guy pictured on the cover)

3. Dear Secret Santa (2013 TV Movie)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Beverly Hills banker/workaholic JENNIFER comes home to her small Northern California town just before Christmas when her dad, TED , takes a bad fall while putting up decorations. While home... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Tatyana Ali, Bill Cobbs, Jordin Sparks Thomas, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 541

A little sappy, but not bad

4. 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: 393,979 | Gross: $59.70M

One of my favorites. Best couple= Jamie and Aurelia

5. Snowglobe (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magical snowglobe.

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Christina Milian, Erin Karpluk, Hilda Doherty, Jason Schombing

Votes: 2,020

I really liked all of the bits of the movie that weren't in the snow globe world. The snow globe world parts detracted from the movie because it just seemed so fake. The people seemed so fake, and I didn't get why she liked it.

6. 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: 1,504

One of my faves. Super cute.

7. 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: 851

Almost as good as the first.

8. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A story that follows Kate, a young woman who after a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, wakes up to find she is re-living that same day and date all over again.

Director: James Hayman | Stars: Laura Miyata, Vijay Mehta, Amy Smart, Audrey Dwyer

Votes: 4,740

Super cute

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 187,892 | Gross: $260.04M

Nostalgia, Jim Carrey, a good story, and awesome costumes.

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: 85,746 | Gross: $60.57M

Mainly due to nostalgia

11. Christmas Bounty (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Comedy

A former bounty hunter turns into an elementary schoolteacher. Determined to have a normal life and keep her bounty hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home for Christmas to help ... See full summary »

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Francia Raisa, Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin, Will Greenberg, Michael Hanus

Votes: 924

Not phenomenal, but enjoyable. I liked mixing action with Christmas.

12. 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: 1,792

Super cute, and singing. Love the singing.

13. Desperately Seeking Santa (2011 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

Jennifer, a young, ambitious executive running promotions at a failing Boston mall comes up with a genius promotional gimmick to save her workplace and position herself for advancement: ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Pryce | Stars: Laura Vandervoort, Nick Zano, Paula Brancati, John Bregar

Votes: 1,189

Passable. Didn't blow me away with how much I liked it. Probably closer to being on my mediocre Christmas movies list.

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: 419,591 | Gross: $285.76M

Nostalgia for the win.

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

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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: 272,612 | Gross: $173.59M

Nostalgia for the win.

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: 97,398 | Gross: $30.88M

Mainly nostalgia, as it pales in comparison to the originals.

17. A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.

Directors: Phil Roman, George Singer | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Pat Carroll

Votes: 2,405

Nostalgia, a favorite.

18. 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: 79,235 | Gross: $60.33M

19. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs, Rex and Herb, guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay. Special guest stars: the California Raisins.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: Tim Conner, Johnny Counterfit, Greg Black, Bernadette Coughlin

Votes: 658

Nostalgia, a favorite.

20. George and the Christmas Star (1985 TV Movie)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

George is putting the finishing touches on his Christmas Tree, but he realizes that the same old star isn't special anymore. George looks to the night sky and sees a beautiful star he wants... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Potterton | Stars: George Geertsen, Dave Broadfoot, Lynne Kolber, John Morgan

Votes: 61

Nostalgia, a favorite.

21. 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: 1,095

Cheesy, yes. But I did like certain aspects of the movie, namely how each day was different and how the main character chose to pass the time.

22. 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: 87,626 | Gross: $144.83M

Nostalgia, a favorite.

23. 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: 46,229 | Gross: $139.24M

Okay, but some aspects made it a little cringe worthy at times (the fake toy santa was awful)

24. 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: 136,965 | Gross: $71.32M

Nostalgia, a favorite.

25. 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: 737,071 | Gross: $83.01M

Awesome action set at Christmas. Best line ever in a movie.

26. 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: 196,430 | Gross: $173.40M

Super cute, a favorite.

27. 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: 275,399 | Gross: $75.08M

Good songs. Kind of a meld of Halloween and Christmas.

28. 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: 123,289 | Gross: $20.61M

Nostalgia

29. 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: 29,195 | Gross: $17.19M

The little girl from Matilda and a really good Santa makes for a pretty decent Christmas movie.

30. 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: 8,411 | Gross: $12.21M

Nostalgia mainly. And the main character. Always had a crush on Randy of Home Improvement growing up.

31. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

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

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

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

Votes: 28,843

Big nostalgia. I don't remember it completely though, so I must rewatch it this year. Peanuts is always good though.

32. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

Votes: 85,998 | Gross: $81.06M

Nostalgia, a favorite.

33. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
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: 1,976

Pretty darn cute.

34. Christmas in the City (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Drama, Family, Romance

With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family ... See full summary »

Director: Marita Grabiak | Stars: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Jon Prescott, Shanola Hampton

Votes: 1,230

The way the one woman tries to modernize Christmas is eyerolling, but it's supposed to be. I mainly liked the romance.

35. Love at the Christmas Table (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man realizes that his best friend since childhood is the woman that he loves.

Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg | Stars: Danica McKellar, Dustin Milligan, Lea Thompson, Scott Patterson

Votes: 1,962

So cute and quirky

36. Just Friends (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein

Votes: 99,811 | Gross: $32.62M

Not phenomenal, but had its good points. Kind of near the bottom of good, more mediocre.

37. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 136 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: 225,406 | Gross: $63.22M

Cute

38. The Spirit of Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Kate, a workaholic lawyer, has three weeks to get a haunted bed and breakfast appraised and sold. The uncooperative manager claims a spirit who lives there will not approve. With Kate's ... See full summary »

Director: David Jackson | Stars: Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, Steven A. Miller, Jen Lilley

Votes: 5,540

39. The Holiday Calendar (2018)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

Director: Bradley Walsh | Stars: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck, Ron Cephas Jones

Votes: 6,220

Not a phenomenal movie, but Christmas movies rarely are, especially ones that don't come out in theaters. It was enjoyable though, and possibly worth a rewatch in the coming years. Definitely better than some I've seen, and the lead was likable. Though the idea of the advent calendar predicting things with Christmas themed toys seemed a bit contrived - I mean, it's set during the Christmas season and she's working to take pics of kids on Santa's lap, of course she's going to see a tree, a Santa hat, etc. Which the one guy kind of brings up, concerning horoscopes. But you know, it is what you make of it. Still cute enough and not cringe worthy enough to warrant a 6.

40. Christmas Inheritance (2017)

104 min | Comedy

To be the CEO, an heiress is challenged by her dad to deliver a Christmas letter in person to his ex-partner in their hometown - traveling by bus, incognito and with only $100. Will she learn something from the people there?

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, Andie MacDowell, Neil Crone

Votes: 7,431

Fairly cute. Enjoyed it more the more I watched and liked it more than I thought I would. Possibly worth a rewatch in the coming years.

41. The Engagement Clause (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

A high level executive must find herself a husband before Christmas in order to inherit a fortune.

Director: Letia Clouston | Stars: Jes Macallan, April Bowlby, James Eckhouse, Lee Garlington

Votes: 785

pretty good for a Christmas movie. It seems to also be called Married by Christmas but I like the title on here better. It was a bit frustrating though, how everyone thought she was wrong for wanting the company she'd been working hard for all these years, when her sister initially said she didn't want it and only changed her mind because her fiance said they should think about things (which honestly seemed like warning bells to me, concerning his character). I also thought the sister calling Carrie selfish was completely off base -- really, Katie was the one being selfish, only wanting the company because her fiance did. The mc was very likable though, and quite a funny drunk.

42. Correcting Christmas (2014 TV Movie)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A woman travels back one year in time to the Christmas before her broken engagement and tries to repair what went wrong. She discovers that this is a challenging undertaking.

Director: Tim O'Donnell | Stars: Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Gloria Loring, Mark Hutter

Votes: 933

43. Kristin's Christmas Past (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Given the opportunity to visit her estranged family on Christmas Eve 1996, Kristin Cartwright hopes to change her past in order to improve her current life in 2013.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Shiri Appleby, Will Kemp, Courtney Henggeler, Esperanza America

Votes: 909

Liked it a lot better than I thought I would, because the beginning was pretty meh. The ending was pretty rushed though, I would have liked it to be expanded more. 8 for a Christmas movie

44. The Road Home for Christmas (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 84 min | Drama, Romance

Two rival musicians, Lindsay and Wes who perform in a dueling piano show, suddenly find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve and decide to road trip to their neighboring hometowns together.

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Rob Mayes, Anna Daines, Marie Osmond

Votes: 258

One of the best made for tv Christmas movies I've ever seen. Very cute, well acted. The 9 stars is based on Christmas movies, not movies as a whole (it's a good movie, but not Oscar worthy or whatever). Minus a star because I didn't particularly care for some of the Christmas music they used (Jolly Old St. Nicholas, several times I believe. There are far better Christmas carols). Definitely worth a rewatch when I'm in the mood for a Christmas movie.

45. The Flight Before Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

Two strangers who both happen to be in marketing, share a room at a bed-and-breakfast when a snowstorm strands their flight in Montana on Christmas Eve.

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Mayim Bialik, Ryan McPartlin, Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton

Votes: 1,249

Cute. Believable.