Well Christmas has finally arrived, and once all the presents are opened I know that your first impulse is to open up one of the new movies you just received and start watching, right? Wrong. This is the perfect day to sit down with all of your extended family and watch a truly great Christmas movie together. It doesn’t matter if you choose a movie that most people have previously seen because half of the room will fall asleep at some point anyway. After having read a great number of blog posts this holiday season, as well as having watched a lot of Christmas movies myself, I have compiled the following list to help show all the possibilities and choices that would help enhance your day. I tried to limit this list to movies that include Christmas as a major plot point, have a Christmas song as part of the story, or in some way embraces the spirit of the season. I am certain that I missed quite a few films that could be added, so feel free to put your suggestions in the comment box and I will add them for next year’s list.
Scrooge (1935): Starring Sir Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge.
A Christmas Carol (1938): Starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Remember The Night (1940) Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray.
The Shop Around The Corner (1940): Starring Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan.
Beyond Tomorrow (1940): Starring Harry Carey and C. Aubrey Smith.
Holiday Inn (1942): Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. It features the songs “White Christmas” and “Happy Holidays“.
Christmas Holiday (1944): Starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly.
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944): Starring Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple.
Christmas In Connecticut (1945): Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946): Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers. This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Miracle On 34th Street (1947): Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947): Starring Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles.
The Bishop’s Wife (1947): Starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Holiday Affair (1949): Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.
Scrooge/A Christmas Carol (1951): Starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. This is commonly considered the best of the Christmas Carol films. It was released as Scrooge, except in the United States, where it was released as A Christmas Carol.
White Christmas (1954): Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962): This is the 53 minute animated film starring Jim Backus as the voice of Mr. Magoo.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964): Claymation animated TV special.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966): This is the 26 minute animated classic.
Frosty The Snowman (1969): Claymation animated TV special.
Scrooge (1970): Starring Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge. This is a musical version of the Charles Dickens’ story.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970): Claymation animated TV special.
A Christmas Carol (1971): This is the animated short film with Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge.
A Chipmunk Christmas (1981): This is the animated TV special starring Alvin, Simon and Theodore.
The Snowman (1982): This is the animated short film.
A Christmas Story (1983): Starring Peter Billingsley. “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983): Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchet and Uncle Scrooge as… well Scrooge.
Santa Clause: The Movie (1985): Starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston as Santa.
A Garfield Christmas (1987): This is the TV animated short film.
Scrooged (1988): Bill Murray stars in this modern day telling of the Charles Dickens’ tale.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988): Jim Varney stars is this comedy that outdoes all the other Ernest movies. That isn’t saying very much, though.
Prancer (1989): Starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell.
Home Alone (1990): Macaulay Culkin terrorizes Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
Edward Scissorhands (1990): Hardly a Christmas film, but many would be upset if I left it off of the list, so here it is: Tim Burton’s sentimental, albeit somewhat scary, fantasy tale.
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992): Macaulay Culkin terrorizes Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. (Didn’t I just say that a minute ago?)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): With Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, this film is a musical family favorite for everyone to enjoy.
A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): This is the revolutionary stop motion animation film.
The Nutcracker Suite (1993): Starring Macaulay Culkin.
The Santa Clause (1994): Tim Allen stars as the “new” Santa Claus.
Trapped In Paradise (1994): Nicholas cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey star as three brothers who can’t get out of town after they rob a bank.
Miracle On 34th Street (1994): This is a re-make of the 1947 film that isn’t as good, but has enjoyable performances, especially from Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa.
The Ref (1994): Dennis Leary takes a family hostage on Christmas Eve, but as this comedy proves, Christmas always makes the unexpected happen.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996): This is a remake of The Bishop’s Wife, and it stars Denzel Washington, Whitney Huston and Courtney B. Vance.
Jingle All The Way (1992): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad and Phil Hartman star in this film that is… well, funny, but bad.
Jack Frost (1998): Starring Michael Keaton and Joseph Cross.
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999): Mickey Mouse bring all his friends for this animated, feel good event.
Reindeer Games (2000): Ben Affleck stars in the action spectacular that promises plenty of guns, blood and robbers dressed like Santa.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Jim carrey stars in this live action remake of the animated classic.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001): Starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002): Tim Allen is back, and this time he needs a wife!
Bad Santa (2003): Billy Bob Thorton stars as a… bad Santa.
Elf (2003): Will Ferrell stars in this comic/family film.
The Polar Express (2004): Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionized animated films with the help of Tom Hanks and this magical story from Chris Van Allsburg.
Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas (2004): So many Mickey Mouse Christmas cartoons, and so little time.
Surviving Christmas (2004): Starring Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate and James Gandolfini.
Joyeux Noel (2005): This film is based on true events that took place on Christmas Eve in 1914.
The Family Stone (2005): Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson head an all-star cast in this Christmas time drama.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006): Tim Allen is back for more family friendly fun.
Deck The Halls (2006): Starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito.
The Nativity Story (2006):
The Holiday (2006): Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law.
The Very First Noel (2007): Animated short film with the voice talent of Andy Griffith.
Fred Claus (2007): Starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti.
Four Christmases (2008): Starring Vince Vaughn and Resse Witherspoon.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009):
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009): The Disney animated film starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Arthur Christmas (2011): This is a 3D animated film starring the voice talents of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.Back to Home for More Reviews