This list of the best Christmas movies consists mostly of classic holiday movies, but also includes some romance, family and Disney Christmas movies. There’s a holiday movie for everyone – even Grinches and Scrooges!
“Blast this Christmas music,” said The Grinch. “It’s joyful and triumphant.” ~ from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic holiday movie – and for good reason! It’s funny, touching, and entertaining for the whole family.
Another classic holiday movie is Disney’s A Christmas Carol – which is also the most popular Christmas movie on Amazon.com right now. It features Jim Carrey (who also starred in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas).
Here’s a list of the best Christmas movies, with brief plot summaries…
Best Christmas Movies – Classic Holiday Movies at Christmas
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, keep these holiday movies in mind! They make great holiday gifts for family members, colleagues, teachers, or friends.
A Christmas Story – This is a Christmas movie recommendation from @jaykeith on Twitter. A Christmas Story is a charming, touching, and very funny adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd’s Yuletide novel, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. This classic holiday movie looks back at the compulsive efforts of 7-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he tries every means possible to acquire his dream Christmas gift. For more info about this holiday movie, visit A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition).
Santa Claus – the Movie – The delightful story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. There he is entrusted with wondrous, special powers – to become the world’s most beloved patron of Christmas…Santa Claus! There he meets Patch (Dudley Moore), and eager-to-please elf who becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon’s (John Lithgow) plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa’s greatest adventure of all – to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world. For more info about this Christmas classic, visit Santa Claus the Movie.
White Christmas – This classic holiday movie features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a “sister” act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. For more info about this holiday classic, visit White Christmas (Anniversary Edition).
It’s a Wonderful Life – George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – at Christmas. As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. One of the best Christmas movies of all time. For more info, visit It’s a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition).
Miracle on 34th Street – Six year old Susan has doubts childhood’s most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department stare Santa who is convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in. How could this not be one of the best Christmas movies? For more info about this holiday classic, visit Miracle on 34th Street (Special Edition).
A Charlie Brown Christmas – This television classic features the Peanuts characters in the story of Charlie Brown’s problematic efforts to mount a school Christmas pageant. Everybody’s on board: Lucy, Snoopy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, but the biggest impression is surely made by Linus, who stops the show with his recitation from the gospels of the story of Christ’s birth. For more info, visit Peanuts Holiday Collection (Deluxe Edition).
Smoky Mountain Christmas – This is a best Christmas movie recommendation from @art1032 on Twitter. Country music superstar Lorna Davis (Dolly Parton) is overwhelmed and disillusioned by her career and loneliness. She plans a trip to a friend’s cabin in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains to escape and recuperate during the Christmas season. For more info about this Christmas movie — which is only available on VHS – visit Smoky Mountain Christmas.
The Christmas Shoes – Another classic holiday recommendation from @art1032, this movie bounces between two families — the Layton household, where father Robert (Rob Lowe) is so consumed with his work that he misses his daughter’s recital; and the Andrews home, where mother Maggie has been diagnosed with a fatal heart ailment. Desperate to make his mother’s last moments happy, Maggie’s son Nathan struggles to buy a pair of red dancing shoes that seem like a pair Maggie remembers from her childhood. For more info, visit The Christmas Shoes.
If you have any “best Christmas movies” or holiday classics to add, I’d love to hear from you below!
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