Christmas Movie Bucket List: 100 Best Films of All Time to Watch
It’s that time of year again! Time to get into the Christmas spirit by calling your loved ones and watching your favorite holiday films. But with so many great Christmas movies out there, which ones should you watch?
We’ve put together a list of the best Christmas movies of all time, so you can make sure you don’t miss a single one—and you can add your favs to your Christmas Bucket List! From family classics like “A Christmas Story” to more recent favorites like “Klaus” to a whole slew of top Christmas films spanning different genres to even Hallmark favorites—we’ve got you covered. So curl up with some hot cocoa and enjoy some of these popular Christmas movies.
Best Christmas Movie List: The Top Films of All Time (From Romantic to Family Friendly)
Best Classic Christmas Movies
1. A Christmas Carol (1951)
There are so many Christmas movies to choose from, but one of the best timeless Christmas classics is the 1951 film “A Christmas Carol,” adapted from Charles Dickens’ novella of the same name.
It tells the story of a miserly man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Through these visits, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and changes his ways, making for a heartwarming story that will surely get you into the Christmas spirit
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story (1983) is a classic Christmas movie cherished by generations of families worldwide. The story centers around a young boy named Ralphie Parker. Despite the warnings of his mother, his teacher, and even “Santa Claus” himself, Ralphie dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
While the movie’s premise might seem simple, this heartwarming tale captures the essence of Christmas and the spirit of childhood, and will definitely bring a smile to your face this holiday season.
3. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Christmas in Connecticut is one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. The 1945 romantic comedy film tells the story of Elizabeth Lane, a successful food writer adored by wives all over the country with stories of her cooking and married life in a Connecticut farm. Unbeknownst to them (and her boss), she is, in fact, single and can’t cook. When her boss decides to host a Christmas dinner for a war hero at her country home, Elizabeth must scramble to put on her made up married life and cook a worthy meal. With the help of her chef friend and a handsome neighbor, she might be able to pull it off.
4. Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Dr. Seuss is one of the most iconic children’s authors of all time, and his Christmas classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been delighting readers for generations.
The story follows the grumpy Grinch, who decides to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville by stealing all of the presents and decorations. However, he soon learns that Christmas isn’t about material things, but rather the spirit of giving and togetherness.
The book was adapted into a popular animated TV special in 1966, which has become a holiday tradition for many families. With its catchy songs and memorable characters, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a timeless Christmas classic that is sure to bring a smile to your face.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
For many people, the best Christmas movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Released in 1946, the film tells the story of George Bailey, a man who is facing despair on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, he is visited by his guardian angel, who shows him what life would have been like if he had never been born. The film is heartwarming and uplifting, reminding us that every life is valuable and worth living.
In addition to its sentimental value, the film is also significant for its technical achievements, such as developing a new type of “snow” effect for motion pictures. As a result, It’s a Wonderful Life has become a timeless classic that continues to delight audiences of all ages.
6. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Released in 1944, Meet Me in St. Louis is set in the early 1900s and follows the lives of the Smith family leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. The film features Judy Garland in one of her most iconic roles as Esther Smith. The film is filled with delightful Christmas scenes, including a spectacular Christmas pageant and a romantic sleigh ride through the snow. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie that will make you laugh, cry, and feel nostalgic, then be sure to check out Meet me in St. Louis.
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 & 1994)
This heartwarming comedy-drama tale, first released in 1947 and then again in 1994, tells the story of Kris Kringle, who may or may not be Santa Claus. When Kris is hired as Macy’s Christmas display Santa, he quickly becomes a hit with customers and employees alike. However, when he starts claiming to be the real Santa, he finds himself in hot water. Can Kris prove that he is the one and only Santa Claus?
8. The Santa Clause (1994)
The Santa Clause is a 1994 Christmas movie starring Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a toy salesman who becomes Santa Claus after he accidentally kills the original Santa. The movie follows Scott as he adapts to his new life and tries to keep Christmas going despite the challenging circumstances. With funny and emotional moments throughout the story, The Santa Clause is a must-see film that the whole family will definitely enjoy.
9. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
The 1947 comedy-romance film It Happened on 5th Avenue tells the story of Aloysius T. McKeever, a homeless New Yorker who moves into a ‘deserted’ mansion owned by a rich man wintering in Virginia. Along the way, McKeever takes in friends, including an ex-soldier, the run-away daughter of the rich man and even the owner himself (unbeknownst to everyone else.)
If you’re looking for a funny yet sweet movie to watch during the Yuletide season, be sure to include It Happened on 5th Avenue on your movie list. You won’t be disappointed!
10. Remember The Night (1940)
One of the most classic Christmas movies is “Remember the Night” from 1940. The movie tells the story of Lee Leander, a young woman accused of shoplifting, and John “Jack” Sargeant, an assistant district attorney trying to convict her. Feeling sorry for Lee about spending Christmas behind bars after the postponed trial, Jack decides to post bail for her. The two then make their way to their families in Indiana.
But as they begin to develop feelings for each other along the way and with the trial approaching, will they find their happily ever after?
11. The Year Without Santa Claus (1974)
The stop-motion Christmas movie “The Year Without Santa Claus” came out in 1974 and is still a classic today. In the movie, Santa gets sick and feels down, as no one believes in him anymore. So, he decides to take a year off, which causes all sorts of problems because Christmas can’t happen without Santa. However, Mrs. Claus and two of Santa’s elves set out to save Christmas by finding someone who still believes in Santa. The movie is heartwarming and funny, and is a great Christmas classic.
12. Scrooge (1970)
If you’re a fan of musicals, you should check out the 1970 musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol called Scrooge. While it does remain faithful to the source, it does have subtle differences that make it stand apart from other adaptations. With fantastic musical scores like I Like Life and Thank You Very Much, you and your family will surely be singing along.
13. One Magic Christmas (1985)
One Magic Christmas is a 1985 Christmas movie starring Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen. The movie tells the story of the Grainger family: husband and wife, Jack and Ginnie, and two kids, Cal and Abbie. Struggling to make ends meet due to Jack’s unemployment, Ginnie can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit. But with the help of the Christmas angel Gideon, will she and her family know the true meaning of Christmas?
Family & Kids Christmas Films
14. Gremlins (1984)
While it may not seem like it at first, Gremlins is a 1984 Christmas movie telling the story of a boy who gets a cute creature called a “gremlin” as a pet. The main character, Billy, is given explicit instructions on how to take care of it. And being a kid, he fails to follow it all, which causes all sorts of chaos around town.
While the movie is darker than other Christmas classics, it still has its moments of goofiness and excitement. If you’re looking for something a little different this holiday season, give Gremlins a watch.
15. Home Alone (1990)
Definitely one of the most nostalgic Christmas movies from the 90s, Home Alone tells the story of a young boy who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation. At first, he relished freedom and independence. But soon, he discovers that being home alone is not as much fun as it seems. He has to fend off burglars, deal with a broken furnace, and contend with a very pesky neighbor. Despite all the challenges, he ultimately learns the true meaning of Christmas. Home Alone is a sure-fire holiday classic that children of all ages will love.
16. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
While there are plenty of holiday classics to choose from, one film that always manages to get into the Christmas spirit is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Released in 1992, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit and Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. The film features all of the usual Muppet antics mixed with a touching story about the true meaning of Christmas.
17. Deck the Halls (2006)
Deck the Halls is a 2006 Christmas movie starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. The movie is about two neighbors who are constantly trying to one-up each other. When one of them decides to put up an obscenely large Christmas display, their rivalry escalates to dangerous levels. Deck the Halls is a funny and heartwarming movie that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
18. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Following the year after the events of Home Alone, this sequel to the iconic Christmas movie follows the misadventures of Kevin McCallister, who accidentally boarded a plane bound for New York instead of Florida, unbeknownst to his family.
With his family thinking he’s on the plane with them, Kevin takes advantage of his freedom and enjoys a lavish lifestyle in a luxury hotel. But when two burglars set their sights on the hotel, Kevin must put his wits to the test to save Christmas.
Full of comedic moments and a heartwarming family reunion, Home Alone 2 is the perfect Christmas movie for the whole family. So pop some popcorn, grab your coziest blanket, and settle for a Christmas classic.
19. Jack Frost (1998)
Jack Frost is a Christmas movie released in 1998 starring Michael Keaton. The story follows Jack Frost, a lead rock singer who was killed in a car accident while on his way to meet his family in the mountains. With the help of a magical harmonica, his soul now resides in a snowman made by his son. Now given a second chance, he teaches his son life lessons and values that he failed to teach when he was still alive.
With its great visual effects and heartwarming moments, Jack Frost is a feel-good movie that is perfect for the holiday season. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie to watch with the family, then look no further than Jack Frost.
20. Prancer (1989)
For some people, Christmas just isn’t complete without watching a Christmas Movie, and Prancer is one of the best. The movie takes us to a young girl who believes in Santa Claus and finds an injured reindeer she names Prancer. Wanting to keep the reindeer as a pet, she then tries to nurse Prancer back to health while hiding the fact from his father. Filled with a perfect mix of happy and dramatic moments, Prancer will surely touch and tug on you and your family’s heartstrings this Christmas season.
21. The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
Christmas Chronicles 2 is the 2020 Christmas movie sequel to The Christmas Chronicles. It stars Kurt Russell as Santa Claus and Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, along with other actors who reprise their roles.
The story centers around Kate Pierce, who doesn’t like the idea of her family spending Christmas in Cancun, Mexico. While trying to get back home to Boston alone, she is followed by Jack, the son of her mom’s boyfriend. Suddenly, they are transported to the North Pole, where they meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Faced by a wicked Christmas elf named Belsnickel, Kate and Jack must now help the Clauses get back Santa’s Village and save Christmas.
22. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a beloved Christmas movie first released in 1965. The movie follows the main character, Charlie Brown, as he tries to find the meaning of Christmas. Along the way, he learns some important lessons about what Christmas is really all about.
The movie has become a Christmas tradition for many families, and its message of hope and love is one that resonates with people of all ages. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a timeless classic that continues to bring joy to viewers every Christmas season.
23. Arthur Christmas (2011)
One of the most popular computer-animated Christmas movies in recent years is the 2011 film Arthur Christmas. The movie tells the story of Santa Claus’ younger son, the clumsy but good-natured Arthur, who sets out to deliver a late Christmas present to a little girl in order to save Christmas. Filled with excitement, adventure, and holiday cheer, Arthur Christmas is sure to become a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy.
24. Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer (1964)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a stop-motion animated Christmas movie released in 1964. It tells the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer born with a shiny red nose. Teased by the other reindeer because of his nose, Rudolph lives a life of isolation until he meets Hermey, the misfit elf, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector who spent his life looking for silver and gold. Together, the three friends set off on an adventure to find a place where they belong.
25. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Released in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animated classic telling the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who becomes bored with scaring people and decides to take over Christmas instead. What ensues is a delightful mix of Christmas cheer and Halloween terror, set to a fantastic soundtrack sung by none other than Danny Elfman. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s a little bit different from the rest, then The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect choice. So gather up your family, make some popcorn, and enjoy!
26. Frosty The Snowman (1969)
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a few favorite classic movies. One of those is the 1969 Frosty the Snowman. The film tells the story of a group of children who built Frosty, a snowman who comes to life after they put a magical hat on his head. Fearing that he might melt due to rising temperatures, Frosty and the gang go on a journey to the North Pole. The movie is packed with all the Christmas song classics, from “Frosty the Snowman” to “Let it Snow,” and is the perfect Christmas movie to curl up on a cold winter’s night.
27. Klaus (2019)
One Christmas movie that has become a recent favorite is Klaus. The movie follows a spoiled young postman named Jesper, who is forcefully sent to the remote town of Smeerensburg by his father in hopes of changing his ways. To make matters worse, the place is home to two clans who can’t stand each other: the Ellingboes and the Krums.
Here, Jesper meets a gruff toymaker named Klaus, who has been living in isolation for many years. Together, they team up to deliver Christmas joy to the town’s children, much to the rivaling clans’ objection. As the duo continue to spread holiday cheer, will Jesper finally realize his mistakes and change his ways for the better?
28. The Polar Express (2004)
Released in 2004, The Polar Express quickly became a holiday classic, thanks to its heartwarming story and stunning visuals. Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1985 children’s book of the same name, the film follows a young boy as he takes a train ride to the North Pole, where he meets Santa Claus and learns the true meaning of Christmas.
29. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
This 2003 Japanese animated movie tells the story of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve and set out to find the child’s parents. Along the way, the trio must contend with gangsters, kidnappers, and other obstacles, but their journey is ultimately a heartwarming one.
What makes Tokyo Godfathers special is its big heart; it’s a Christmas movie that celebrates the kindness of strangers and the importance of family. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s a little different from the usual fare, we highly recommend Tokyo Godfathers.
30. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town (1970)
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town is a stop-motion Christmas movie released in 1970. It follows the story of Kris Kringle, who is tasked with delivering presents to the children in the gloomy city of Sombertown. However, he is hindered by the city’s grumpy ruler, the Burgermeister. With the help of his friends, will Kris get past the Burgermeister’s grasp and give the toys to the children?
31. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
There are so many great Christmas movies out there, but one that has remained a favorite for many is Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Released in 1983, Mickey’s Christmas Carol tells the classic Dickens story with a Disney twist. The film features all of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. If you’re looking for a fun and festive Christmas movie to watch this holiday season, Mickey’s Christmas Carol won’t disappoint.
32. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
A Boy Called Christmas is a new film that will surely get you into the holiday spirit. Released in 2021, the movie tells the story of young Nikolas, who goes on a journey to the fabled elven village of Elfheim to find his father. Accompanied by his pet mouse and a reindeer named Blitzen, he learns about the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of hope. With its charming story and delightful characters, A Boy Called Christmas is the perfect Christmas movie for the whole family.
33. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
The 1934 musical film March of the Wooden Soldiers tells the classic story of toys coming to life and saving Christmas from the evil sorcerer, Barnaby. It features unforgettable characters like Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee, as well as a host of other memorable moments. Although it’s been over 80 years since the movie was first released, its timeless message continues to resonate with viewers of all ages.
Comedy Christmas Movies
34. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is a Christmas movie for those who like their Christmas movies with a little bit of edge. The movie follows Harold and Kumar as they try to find a replacement Christmas tree after losing the original one. Along the way, they run into all sorts of trouble, including getting high, getting arrested, and being chased by mobsters.
It’s not your typical Christmas movie, but it’s definitely one that will make you laugh. If you’re looking for something different this holiday season, give A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas a watch. You won’t be disappointed.
35. Bad Santa (2003)
In Bad Santa, a conman and his partner pose as a department store Santa and his Little Helper to rob the place on Christmas Eve. However, their plans are foiled when the conman forms an unlikely friendship with a young boy.
Despite its dark sense of humor, Bad Santa is ultimately a heartwarming tale about the transformative power of the Christmas spirit. So if you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s sure to put a smile on your face, be sure to check out Bad Santa.
36. Elf (2003)
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good Christmas movie, and Elf is definitely one of the best. Released in 2003, it tells the story of a man (played by Will Ferrell) who has been raised as an elf at the North Pole and sets out to find his father in New York City. Along the way, he learns what it means to be human and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
Elf is a heartwarming, hilarious movie that’s perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit and also one of those Christmas movies suitable for viewers of all ages.
37. Jingle All the Way (1996)
Jingle All the Way is a story about two fathers (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad) desperately trying to find the same toy for their sons, a Turbo-man action figure. However, due to the toy’s popularity, it quickly sold out in the stores. Now, the two fathers must race against each other around town to find and get the elusive toy.
38. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic Christmas movie that follows the story of the Griswold family as they prepare for Christmas. However, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. From the Christmas tree catching on fire to one of their cousins showing up uninvited, the Griswolds have to navigate their way through a series of hilarious misadventures. However, despite the chaos, they always manage to come together as a family in the end.
39. Scrooged (1988)
One of the most popular Christmas movies is Scrooged, which was released in 1988. The movie stars Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a cynical television executive visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. The ghosts show him the error of his ways, and he learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Scrooged is a hilariously subversive take on the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol, and it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. So if you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s both funny and heartwarming, be sure to check out Scrooged.
40. The Night Before (2015)
The Night Before is a 2015 Christmas comedy movie that takes us to the lives of three lifelong best friends, played by Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. Following their annual tradition of searching for the best party in New York each Christmas Eve, they learn about the legendary Christmas party known as “The Nutcracker Ball.” But as the night goes on, they realize that this may be their last Christmas Eve together and start to cherish their time together even more.
41. Trading Places (1983)
The 1983 comedy tells the story of two millionaires who make a bet on which is more important: nature or nurture. As part of the bet, they decided to switch the lives of two men: a managing director becomes a penniless beggar, while the beggar is given a fortune and takes over the director’s job at the stock exchange. Hilarity ensues as the two men learn to adapt to their new circumstances. But after the two men discovered the truth, they set their sights on giving the millionaires a taste of their own medicine.
42. Noelle (2019)
Noelle is a 2019 Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, who play siblings Noelle and Nick Klaus. The plot follows the two who have to take over the job of Santa Claus when their father died five months prior. When Nick suddenly disappears due to the pressures of being the next Santa Claus, Noelle must go on an adventure to bring back his brother to save Christmas.
43. White Reindeer (2013)
While there are many great Christmas films out there, one that often gets overlooked is White Reindeer (2013). Directed by Zach Clark, the movie tells the story of Suzanne, a suburban realtor whose life is turned upside down when her husband is killed just days before Christmas. After learning that his husband is involved with a young stripper, Suzanne tracks her down. The two form an unlikely friendship, resulting in different escapades as they try to deal with their loss.
While White Reindeer may not be the traditional Christmas feel-good movie usually seen during the season, it’s definitely one worth watching.
44. Almost Christmas (2016)
The movie follows the dysfunctional family of Walter Meyers (played by Danny Glover), who lost his wife ten months earlier. For the first time after her passing, Walter invites his four grown children and their families to celebrate Christmas together. Will this Christmas gathering end up in smoke, or will they try to put their differences aside and make the best of the holiday season?
45. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film starring Jim Varney. It follows the story of Ernest P. Worrell, a taxi cab driver who picks up Santa, who is on his way to pass over his mantle to a local celebrity. After realizing that Santa forgot his magic sack, Ernest must now find Santa (who also gets into his own misadventures) to save Christmas. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s sure to bring a smile to your face, we highly recommend Ernest Saves Christmas.
46. Just Friends (2005)
Just Friends is a 2005 Christmas classic that tells the story of two friends (played by Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart) who reconnect and find themselves drawn to each other once again after being years apart.
The film also features an all-star cast of supporting characters, including Anna Faris and Chris Klein. Just Friends is the perfect Christmas movie for anyone who enjoys a good romantic comedy. With its funny and heartwarming vibe, Just Friends will surely get you (and your family) feeling cheerful for the holidays.
47. Office Christmas Party (2016)
Office Christmas Party is a 2016 Christmas movie centering around the hard-partying branch manager Clay Vanstone. When his sister Carol, CEO of Zenotek, threatens to shut down his branch in Chicago, Clay throws an exorbitant Christmas party to try and win a big client and save the company. That is until the party spirals out of control and hilarity ensues.
48. The Family Stone (2005)
The movie came out in 2005, but it’s quickly become a holiday classic. The story follows an unconventional family as they come together for Christmas. They’re struggling to accept their oldest son’s girlfriend, who is not quite what they were expecting. Seeking his family’s approval, the girlfriend calls her sister for support, which complicates things even further.
49. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
The Preacher’s Wife is a Christmas movie starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. The film is about a preacher struggling to keep his congregation and family together and his wife who is struggling to keep her faith. Just as things seem to become more bleak, the couple’s Christmas wish is granted when an angel comes to help them.
50. The Ref (1994)
Also known as Hostile Hostages (in some countries,) The Ref is a Christmas movie released in 1994. It stars Denis Leary as a burglar who takes a married couple hostage on Christmas Eve, played by Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.
Although The Ref received mixed reviews from critics, it has become something of a cult classic in recent years. The film’s black comedy and satirical take on the holiday season have resonated with viewers, and it has become a Christmas tradition for many families. If you’re looking for something different than the usual Christmas fare, The Ref is definitely worth checking out.
51. The Best Man Holiday (2013)
This 2013 movie follows a group of college friends who reunite after 15 years for a Christmas reunion, reawakening past rivalries and romances that will ultimately test their friendship.
The movie is funny and heartwarming, and provides a Christmas message about the importance of family and friendships. If you’re looking for a great Christmas movie to watch this holiday season, be sure to check out The Best Man Holiday.
52. We’re No Angels (1955 & 1989)
One Christmas movie that has stood the test of time is We’re No Angels. The original We’re No Angels came out in 1955 and starred Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray. The movie is about a group of convicts who escaped from prison and took refuge in a nearby town. They pose as Christmas carolers to blend in and avoid capture. Along the way, they end up helping the townspeople and teaching them the true meaning of Christmas. The 1989 remake follows a similar plot but set in modern times. Both movies are heartwarming tales that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
53. 8-bit Christmas (2021)
Why not escape the cold and snuggle up with a warm blanket to watch 8-bit Christmas? This charming film follows Jake Doyle as he tells his daughter his story back when he was a young boy and how he teamed up with his friends to get the most-coveted gaming console of the 1980s: a Nintendo.
54. The Family Man (2000)
The Family Man is the perfect choice for families looking for a heartwarming film to enjoy during the holiday season. The movie stars Nicolas Cage as Jack Campbell, a successful businessman who suddenly finds himself transported into an alternate reality where he is married to his high school sweetheart (Téa Leoni) and has two children.
While Jack is initially unhappy with this new life, he gradually comes to appreciate the simple things in life and the people who matter most to him. But as with all good things, will his newfound life come to an end? The Family Man is a touching Christmas story that is sure to fill viewers of all ages with holiday cheer.
Romantic Christmas Flicks
55. Carol (2015)
In the 2015 Christmas movie Carol, two women fall in love against the backdrop of the 1950s. The film is based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. It stars Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird, a rich housewife going through a divorce, and Rooney Mara as Therese Belivet, an aspiring photographer struggling to make her way in the world. The film follows their relationship as it progresses from initial infatuation to something deeper. Along the way, they must grapple with the societal expectations of the time, which dictate that their relationship must remain a secret. Carol is a beautiful and moving film that captures the power of love to transcend all barriers.
56. Happiest Season (2020)
One of the best Christmas movies to come out in recent years is Happiest Season. The movie follows Abby (Kristen Stewart), who is in a relationship with Harper (Mackenzie Davis). When Harper invites Abby to spend Christmas with her family, Abby agrees. However, she soon discovers that Harper has not yet come out to her family and is reluctant to do so over the holidays. As the two women navigate their relationship and try to find a way to make it work, they learn a lot about themselves and each other.
57. Love Actually (2003)
Released in 2003, this British romantic comedy follows the lives of eight different couples as they navigate the ups and downs of love and their respective relationships in the lead-up to Christmas. From first love to long-time marriages, Love Actually celebrates the many forms that love can take. And while the movie doesn’t shy away from the hardships that come with it, it ultimately affirms that love is worth fighting for.
58. The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment tells the story of a man who lends out his apartment to his superiors so that they can conduct their extramarital affairs in exchange for advancing his career. However, things become more complicated when he falls in love with one of the women involved. Now torn between his career and the woman he loves, he must ultimately decide which of the two he can’t live without.
59. The Shop Around the corner (1940)
The Shop Around the Corner is a Christmas classic that has been beloved by audiences for generations. The film tells the story of two employees at a department store who can’t stand each other, but are unknowingly falling in love through anonymous letters. As Christmas approaches, the two begin to realize that they may have found their perfect match after all. The Shop Around the Corner is a charming film that captures the magic of the holiday season. It’s a must-watch for anyone who loves Christmas movies!
60. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
This heartwarming tale follows the story of Lucy, who saves the life of a comatose stranger from muggers. After being mistaken as the man’s fiancée, Lucy finds herself in a deeper predicament when she finally meets the man’s welcoming family. And as if it isn’t enough, she begins to fall in love with the man’s brother, Jack, who thinks something is up with her. For how long can Lucy keep the truth until it finally comes out?
61. A Christmas Prince (2017)
Since 2017, this movie has been winning the hearts of Christmas movie lovers everywhere. Christmas Prince follows the story of Amber, a young woman who is sent to Aldovia to cover a press conference regarding Prince Richard’s coronation. Of course, things don’t go as planned, and Amber and Richard begin to fall in love with each other. With its touching story, gorgeous scenery, and charming cast, it’s no wonder Christmas Prince has become a holiday favorite cherished by people worldwide.
62. Four Christmases (2008)
One Christmas movie that has become popular in recent years is Four Christmases. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn as a couple who have to visit all four of their divorced parents’ homes on Christmas Day.
While the movie is funny, it also highlights the importance of family during the Christmas season. Christmas is a time for love, laughter, and togetherness, and the film reminds us of that. So if you’re looking for a Christmas movie to watch this holiday season, look no further than Four Christmases.
63. Happy Christmas (2014)
Happy Christmas is about 20-something Jenny (played by Anna Kendrick), who moves in with his older brother Jeff (Joe Swanberg), his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), and their two-year-old son after a bad breakup.
However, Jenny’s immature and irresponsible behavior soon becomes a problem for the family (especially Kelly). But as it turns out, it might just be what Kelly needs to make a change with her own life and career.
64. Holiday Affair (1949)
One Christmas classic is the 1949 film Holiday Affair. The movie is about a young widow named Connie, who supports his son by working as a mystery shopper. She meets Steve Mason, a veteran who works as a salesman at a New York department store, who helps her get away after catching her during one of her shopping trips (and gets him fired.) Steve then visits Connie at her home, only to meet Connie’s suitor, lawyer Carl Davis. Torn between the two and the memory of her late husband, will Connie find love again and, eventually, move on with her life?
65. The Holidays (2006)
The Holiday is a 2006 Christmas movie that tells the story of two women who swap homes for the holidays. Amanda (Cameron Diaz) is a successful Hollywood producer who is tired of her hectic life and decides to take a break. She swaps homes with Iris (Kate Winslet), a woman from a small town in England who is going through a heartbreak. As the two women spend time in each other’s homes, they begin to fall in love with the local men. The Holiday is a feel-good Christmas movie that will leave you feeling festive and romantic.
66. Let It Snow (2019)
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the 2019 movie Let It Snow follows a group of high school seniors, who are brought together during a snowstorm in Illinois, and how the encounter eventually changes their romantic lives and friendship forever.
With an excellent cast of veteran child actors like Anna Akana, Isabela Merced, Kiernan Shipka, and more, this teenage romcom film will surely be a delight during the holiday season.
67. Metropolitan (1990)
This 1990 Christmas movie follows a group of wealthy young socialites called the Sally Fowler Rat Pack who are navigating their way through the debutante season. The group then takes in a well-off Princeton student who despises their way of life and eventually acts as the spark for changing each other’s lives.
68. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
The Bishop’s Wife tells the story of a bishop who is having problems looking for funds to build a new cathedral. After asking for guidance from above, his prayers are answered after an angel visits him. Along the way, the angel helps the bishop and his wife see what is truly important in life.
The movie also inspired a newer adaptation in the form of the 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife starring Denzel Washington.
69. Single All The Way (2021)
Single All The Way is a 2021 film that follows Peter, a gay man who dreads his family’s judging eyes about his single status whenever he visits for the holidays. To avoid this, Peter enlists the help of his best friend Nick to join him and pretend as his partner. However, will this pretend relationship blossom into something more?
Drama Holiday Movies
70. Joyeux Noël (2005)
Based on a real-life event that happened on the Western Front during World War I around Christmas 1914, Joyeux Noel (French for Merry Christmas) tells the story in the eyes of the French, Scottish, and Germans as they call for an unofficial Christmas truce. During this brief moment of peace, the soldiers from opposing sides partake in a unique form of brotherhood, singing Christmas songs, exchanging gifts, and even making friends.
The film manages to convey the message that there is goodness and hope in everyone, no matter where you come from, and it will surely fill you up with the Christmas spirit this season.
71. A Christmas Tale (2008)
Christmas Tale is a 2008 French Christmas movie centered around the lives of the Vuillard family. When Junon Vuillard, the mother and matriarch of the family, was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before Christmas, her whole family gathered around her for support. However, they are soon forced to confront their own personal issues amidst Junon’s illness.
Christmas Tale is a heartwarming drama that explores the true meaning of Christmas. The movie was a critical and commercial success, and has become a Christmas classic in its own right, making it a must-watch this Yuletide season.
Action Christmas Movies
72. Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is one of the most popular movies of all time, and one of the best classic action movies you can watch this Christmas season.
On Christmas Eve, John McClane (played by Bruce Willis), a police officer in New York City, is visiting his estranged wife, Holly. He attends a holiday party with her at the corporate office of the Japanese-owned company she works for. However, a squad of terrorists attacks the elite high-rise and everyone inside, interrupting the celebrations. McClane quickly concludes that he is the only person who can save his wife and the hostages.
73. Batman Returns (1992)
Superhero movies are one of the best choices if you’re looking for some action, especially if it’s about Batman.
Batman Returns takes us to Gotham’s streets as the caped crusader takes on not just one but three villains: the monstrous Penguin, the ruthless Max Shreck, and the seductive Catwoman.
While the film is much darker (and probably not-so-kid-friendly) compared to other movies usually played at Christmas, Batman Returns is sure to take you on a thrilling ride from start to finish.
Musical Christmas Films
74. White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas takes us to a small Vermont town, where sister act Betty and Judy Haynes perform a Christmas show with singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. They encounter the boys’ World War II leader, Gen. Waverly and discover that he has financial issues. With the general’s charming country inn crumbling, what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business on the map!
While it may not be the most modern Christmas movie out there, White Christmas is a timeless classic that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
75. Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
If you think zombies and musicals are not a good mix, you better think again! Here to prove that the two genres are, in fact, a perfect mash-up is the 2017 movie Anna and the Apocalypse. It tells the story of a group of high school students fighting for their lives after a zombie apocalypse breaks out on Christmas Eve.
Full of action, humor, and heart, Anna and the Apocalypse is a Christmas movie that will surely make you want to sing and dance your way through a zombie outbreak, if it ever occurs.
76. Babes in Toyland (1934)
One of the most popular Christmas movies of all time is Babes in Toyland. Released in 1934, the film tells the story of two children who are transported to a magical land where they must save Christmas from the evil ruler, Barnaby. Along the way, they meet a variety of colorful characters, including a friendly clown, a kindly old woman, and a mischievous cat. With its memorable songs and delightful visuals, Babes in Toyland is the perfect Christmas movie for the whole family.
77. Holiday Inn (1942)
Released in 1942, Holiday Inn tells the story of a pair of entertainers who open a hotel that is only open on holidays. The movie features some of Bill Crosby’s most famous songs, including “White Christmas,” and was a huge success. In fact, the song was so successful that it spawned a film of the same name, White Christmas, in 1954. Today, Holiday Inn remains a Christmas classic, and its songs continue to bring joy to people worldwide during the Yuletide season.
78. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a 2020 Christmas musical movie about a genius toymaker named Jeronicus, who lost his Christmas spirit after his wife passed and his book of inventions stolen. After thirty years, his granddaughter, Journey, comes to visit and helps him remember the joy of Christmas. The movie is really cute and has great messages about the importance of family and friends. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a Christmas movie to watch this year.
79. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
While there are many Christmas classics out there, one of the hidden gems is Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. The movie tells the story of Emmet Otter and his Ma, who unknowingly enter the same talent contest in hopes of winning the cash prize of $50 and buy each other a gift. While they don’t have much money, they do have talent and determination. Throughout the movie, they face many challenges but ultimately come together as a family.
Horror Christmas Movies
80. Black Christmas (2019)
A loose remake of one of the earliest cult-hit slasher films of the 1970s, Black Christmas tells the story of a group of sorority sisters at Hawthorne College during their Christmas break. When a masked killer starts killing them off one by one, they have no choice but to fight back together. However, what they will soon discover is a conspiracy rooted much deeper within their very own campus.
81. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Released in 1999, Eyes Wide Shut is a movie starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The film follows Dr. Bill Hartford, who becomes fixated on having a sexual experience when his wife, Alice, confesses to harboring dreams about a man she met. He finds a secret sexual organization and attends one of their sessions but soon realizes there is something more sinister to it than he bargained for. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie that’s slightly off the beaten path, then Eyes Wide Shut is worth a watch.
82. Krampus (2015)
While Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, this next film is the exact opposite of it. Enter Krampus, a demonic creature known for terrorizing naughty children during Christmas time. When a dysfunctional family causes one of the boys to lose his Christmas spirit, all hell breaks loose in their household. Now, the family must band together to put an end to the Krampus’ wrath and bring back the spirit of Christmas.
83. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a Finnish fantasy horror film centered in the Finnish province of Lapland. A research team discovers a fell they believed is the home of a Joulupukki, a figure in Finnish folklore reminiscent of Santa Claus. However, unlike the cheerful St. Nick of legend, this Santa is a terrible, wicked figure who is said to boil children in a cauldron.
Strange events suddenly enveloped the locale, with household items and even children going missing. After a local reindeer slaughterer captures a mysterious old guy in his wolf trap, they might just have the key to understanding these bizarre happenings.
84. Better Watch Out (2017)
Better Watch Out is a 2016 psychological Christmas movie that is sure to give you the heebie-jeebies. 17-year-old Ashley goes on a trip to the Lerners’ suburban house to watch their 12-year-old son Luke. At first she’s excited to have the place to herself, but soon realizes that she may not be alone, or even safe, after all.
With a suspenseful plot and plenty of twists and turns, Better Watch Out is the perfect Christmas movie for those who are looking for something thrilling. So if you’re looking for a Christmas movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, be sure to check out Better Watch Out.
85. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
Christmas Horror Story is a 2015 Christmas horror anthology film featuring four thrilling stories, which all take place in a village called Bailey Downs. From students investigating a scene of a gruesome crime to Santa Claus fighting a zombie elf horde, this movie will surely be a fun and festive addition to your holiday horror genre.
86. Silent Night (2021)
Going further down the rabbit hole is the 2021 dark comedy film called Silent Night. In their gorgeous English country home, a couple invites their closest friends to share Christmas dinner with them and their family. It seems like the old days when the group assembles, but something is off despite all the laughter and good times. Amidst the festivities, no amount of presents, games, or alcohol can stop humanity’s approaching demise from happening, and they all know it.
87. The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
The movie takes us to Snow Hollow, Utah, where John Marshall, a small-town sheriff, struggles to keep his head above water. When a series of brutal murders rocks the town, John finds himself in over his head. The bodies are mangled beyond recognition, and there seems to be no clear motive.
As the body count rises, John becomes desperate to catch the killer. But when he starts to suspect that the killer might actually be a werewolf, he begins to doubt his own sanity.
Hallmark Christmas Movies
88. A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado (2020)
A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado is a movie that follows Erin, the mayor’s daughter tasked with organizing the town’s Christmas festivities to promote holiday tourism. While visiting a friend, she notices a beautiful spruce tree owned by a hunky neighbor named Kevin. Seeing that the tree is the perfect Christmas tree for the celebration, she must now try and convince Kevin to donate the tree. However, it might not just be the tree she will be winning over.
89. A Gingerbread Romance (2018)
This movie starts just a few weeks before Christmas. With a possible promotion to another city in sight, architect Taylor agrees to enter a life-size gingerbread house-making competition. After her pastry chef partner backs out of the competition, Taylor finds herself in a neighborhood bakery where she recruits Adam, a baker and single father. As she bonds with Adam and her daughter, Taylor starts to long for a place she can truly call home.
90. A Royal Christmas (2014)
In the film, a woman named Emily falls in love with a man named Leo, who happens to be the crown prince of Cordinia. After they both fly to his home country for the holidays, Emily is met with disapproval by Queen Isadora, Leo’s mother, who believes he is better off with someone of their status. How will Emily adapt to this new royal lifestyle, and will she ever win the queen’s approval?
91. Christmas at the Plaza (2019)
Hallmark’s lovely 2019 movie Christmas at the Plaza takes us to the halls of the Plaza, where historian Jessica is tasked to spice up the place. With the help of a handsome Christmas decorator named Nick, she might just be able to pull it off.
92. Crown for Christmas (2015)
After losing her work as a hotel maid in New York City, Allie reluctantly agrees to take a temporary position as the governess of a little girl named Theodora. As she slowly wins Theodora’s heart over, she also starts to fall in love with her father Maximillian, who is, in fact, the widowed King of Winshire.
93. Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle (2021)
Hallmark’s newest adaptation of the fourth novel from Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle novels takes us to the lives of husband and wife Will and Laurel, whose dreams of having a baby seem to be impossible, along with shouldering a mountain of debt due to the treatments. To make matters even worse, Laurel’s grandfather passed away after moving in with them, causing her grandmother to lose her joy in life.
One day, the couple hires a caregiver to help them through the Christmas season. What comes knocking at their door is nothing short of a miracle, in the form of Gloria Merkel, also known as Mrs. Miracle. With her appearance in their lives, it looks like things will now start to turn for the better.
94. Jingle Bell Bride (2020)
Looking for a Christmas movie to get you in the loving holiday spirit? Check out Jingle Bell Bride. This charming film tells the story of Jessica Perez, a wedding planner who visits a small Alaskan village to obtain a rare flower for a famous client. While there, she falls in love with the townsfolk and the handsome local who helps her. Full of Christmas cheer and romance, Jingle Bell Bride is the perfect movie to snuggle up with this holiday season.
95. The Christmas House (2020)
The Christmas House centers around the Mitchell family. Husband and wife Bill and Phylis invite their two grown sons, TV stars Mike and Brandon, home for the holidays in hopes of recreating an old family tradition called “the Christmas House.” However, because of their personal issues, bringing back the tradition seems like a pipe dream. Despite that, can the Mitchells find a way to work together and make it a reality?
96. The Christmas Train (2017)
The film follows the cynical journalist Tom Langdon, who boards a train bound for Los Angeles in hopes of getting ideas for a book in honor of his late father.
However, Tom has no idea that the hardy locomotive carrying him across America will instead take a detour straight into his heart, into rude awakenings, his wildest hopes and dreams, and toward the opportunity for love he thought was lost for good.
97. A Bramble House Christmas (2017)
This movie tells the story of a guy who is suspicious of his late father’s decision to leave his nurse a sizable amount of money after knowing her for only two months. Thinking that she conned the money from his father, the man decides to follow her to a B&B in Oregon called The Bramble House. However, the plan backfires as he falls head over heels with the nurse, who is actually a hard working single mother supporting a young boy.
98. Christmas Everlasting (2018)
The Christmas Everlasting takes us to Lucy, a hotshot lawyer set to get a promotion after the New Year. However, with the sudden passing of her older sister, she was forced to return to her childhood home and manage things for her late sister. Once back, she learns that she must reside in their childhood home for a period of thirty days through the holidays before she may receive it.
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So there you have it: our ultimate Christmas movie bucket list! What are your favorite all time holiday films? Let us know in the comments below.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by watching some of the best Christmas movies. From classic family tales of goodwill to modern comedies filled with holiday hijinks to top Hallmark flicks, there’s something for everyone on this list. And from all of us at the Bucket List Journey, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
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