Some love them and can’t wait for them filling up the TV schedule, some cannot bring themselves to like them: we are talking about Christmas movies and we are only giving you the best movies of all times.
Classic Christmas Movies
A Christmas Carol, 1951
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley
A classic to watch for Christmas based on Charles Dickens’ timeless novel: the British adaption is considered the best out of the many created over the years, where the Scrooge, a wealthy man, cannot resist but treating his employee badly. It’s Christmas Eve and the Scrooge is about to get a massive heads up by the ghost of his business partner, as selfish as Scrooge, who tells him that 3 spirits are going to visit him that night to take him through his present, past and future life. Will Scrooge realize what he’s been missing and start a redemption process? Find out with this musical Christmas retelling.
White Christmas, 1954
Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
White Christmas is a musical Christmas movie from 1954 starring singers Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as World War II soldiers as well as singers Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as sisters: they all come together to save Christmas as well as their commanding officer’s inn while finding love. This movie is also considered as one of the best classic Christmas movies of all time.
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
It’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey is contemplating suicide after battling with debts and facing financial catastrophe. This is when somebody from above Bedford Falls decides to send down an angel to save his life: he goes by the name of Clarence Oddbody and before he can take on his mission he has to learn about George’s chequered life. Starting when he rescued his younger brother from drowning, to his later depression, most likely caused by trying to save the local bank in an attempt to protect the people of Bedford Mills town. A classic Christmas themed comedy/drama to watch with during the holidays.
The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
This movie can easily fit into one of the best in the Classic Christmas Movies category. Based on Susan Coyne’s book with the same title, The Man Who Invented Christmas is about a writer, Charles Dickens, who after his successful novel, Oliver Twist, tries to write another book to restore his finances two years later. While writing the book, he begins to interact with the characters, one of which is Ebenezer Scrooge.
Director: Joe Dante
Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
When a child is given a pet, the most important thing is to make sure they will follow specific rules on how to take care of it. These pets, the gremlins, can turn into scary things if the three rules that have been set for them don’t get respected: ‘don not feed them after midnight’… oh well, too late for that now.
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
Bill Murray is a selfish and cynical TV presenter who definitely couldn’t care less about Christmas: and that’s why he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who try to teach him a lesson.
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Not a Christmas themed movie per se, but a great Tim Burton’s creation that will entertain the whole family on your festive nights. Barbara and Adam are a pretty normal couple, except they are dead: after they have spent long hours in decorating their house, a family moves in, and the couple is not impressed. They hire someone who can scare them out, after they have failed at it ending up with becoming their main attraction: this is when Beetlejuice comes in, but he has got a lot more on his mind than helping the couple.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 1967
Director: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Cast: Boris Karloff, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft, Eugene Poddany
Based on Dr Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the best movies to watch during the festive period. The Grinch’s hatred is unstoppable and this Christmas he really wants to spoil it once and for all by dressing up as Santa Claus: instead of giving out presents, the Grinch’s Santa is stealing them from the Whos, the cheerful inhabitants of Whoville. But the meaning of Christmas goes beyond a few presents: that’s why the Grinch has to bend to the true Christmas spirit of the Whos. The movie was remade in 2000 starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1947
Director: George Seaton
Cast: Edmund Gwenn, John Payne, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood
Miracle on 34th Street is a Christmas classic, a must-watch movie to inject some proper festive spirit into every home: it was remade first in 1973 and later in 1994. Kris Kingle is an old man who is substituting Santa at Macy’s annual Thanksgiving parade: he becomes a very convincing Santa, so much so that he ends up believing he is the real deal himself. His mental health is questioned – together with his authenticity – in a court case. 72-year-old Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his performance in Miracle on 34th Street, based on the novel by Valentine Davies.
Trading Places, 1983
Director: John Landis
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
What could happen if a successful businessman was catapulted into the life of a street hustler? Trading Places is a classic Christmas comedy, an Eddie Murphy’s best, with plenty of laughter for the whole family. Louis Winthorpe III is a brilliant commodity broker with mansion in Philadelphia: on the other side Billy Ray Valentine, a hustling beggar. It’s the Duke brothers, Winthorpe’s employers, who make the bet that by switching the lifestyle of the two, Louis would end up as a criminal. Is that exactly what happens in this classic Christmas movie, or it might go down ever worse?
Christmas Movies For Kids
The Polar Express, 2004
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter
What child doesn’t love trains? But Polar Express isn’t any ordinary train: it is a train that takes a young boy to a magical adventure, one in which he will learn about the true spirit of Christmas.
The Muppets Christmas Carol, 1992
Director: Brian Henson
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Fozzie Bear, Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz
This musical comedy is a fantasy interpretation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. It stars some of our favourite Muppets such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and is narrated by Gonzo. This is also noted as one of the best classic Christmas cartoons that are popular with children.
A Christmas Story, 1983
Director: Bob Clark
Cast: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
A Comedy set in the 1940s, based on 1966 Jean Sheperd’s novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, a 9-year-old named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
Director: Henry Selick
Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
An animation masterpiece that only Tim Burton’s extravagant mind could put together: Christmas as you have never seen it before. A must watch movie for all children during the holiday season.
Home Alone, 1990
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
Even though Macaulay Culkin is no longer the pretty and cute troublemaker he interpreted in the Home Alone saga, this is one of the classic must watch Christmas movies.
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart
What could happen to an elf that is sent to the real-life world? Elf is a Christmas comedy that will always put a smile on your face, a festive classic.
Jingle all the way, 1996
Director: Brian Levant
Cast: Sinbad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman
A holiday-themed comedy on some of the most cliché themes for Christmas movies: last second Christmas shopping. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays a family man who once again has put his work before everything else. He made a promise to his children about finally getting them their ultimate Christmas present, a Turbo Man action figurine. But when he realises the 24th of December has come, he has to rush around in an attempt to find it: shops have run out of them and he find himself competing against other in maniac shopping hysteria.
Romantic and funny Christmas Movies
A Bad Moms Christmas, 2017
Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
The bad moms are back, well they have been back for a year now. Their return is even funnier, as they three trying-not-to-be-shit-at-it being moms have to come to terms with the most demanding period of the year. A Bad Moms Christmas sees them struggling with cakes competitions, the perfect Christmas party, presents, decorations, being nice to everyone when you just want to get a full night sleep. Truth is, they might be cursing, drinking and flirting too much, but that’s what real women do, don’t they? Make sure your kids are not around when you watch A Bad Moms Christmas though, or you will be pretty much in the same league.
Dear Santa, 2011
Director: Jason Priestley
Cast: Amy Acker, David Haydn-Jones, Emma Duke
This lovely Christmas movie is heartwarmingly romantic. A 7-year-old girl writes a letter to Santa, asking for a partner for her widowed father but Santa happens to be a lady, who tries her best to grant the girl’s wish.
Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001
Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Who doesn’t remember the Christmas reindeer jumpers worn in Bridget Jones’s Diary? It is believed that it was indeed this movie and Colin Firth who started the craze for ugly Christmas themed jumpers. A must see comedy to watch during the festivities, powered by British humour and flair. Follow the accident-prone life of publicity agency worker Bridget Jones, where fail after fail she tries to keep her career on track whilst secretly in love with her boss. The Diaries have developed into a series, with 2 sequels at present.
Love Actually, 2003
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
British Comedy at its best with this 2003 Christmas movie. Check out if you can spot some of your favourite ‘now’ actors, first try and find Rick from AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The Holiday, 2006
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Movie trailer producer Cameron Diaz has split up with her cheating boyfriend: this is LA. A wedding column writer is coping with surrendering to the fact her colleague does not lover her back: this is London, she’s Kate Winslet. The two couldn’t be more different, yet there’s something that brings her to experience one of the best Christmas ever. They swap houses and with that little bit of change of air, they might find a way towards fairy tale land. One of the most romantic and sexiest Christmas comedy movies of the 2000s.
Christmas Movies on Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles, Nov. 2018
Director: Clay Kaytis
Cast: Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp
Set for release in November 2018, this Netflix Christmas movie is a contender for the Best Christmas movie on Netflix! Two young siblings go on the adventure of their life after staying up all night to see if Santa really exists and end up helping to save Christmas.
Bad Santa, 2003
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly
A dark comedy that will make for the best Christmas for most Grinches. A midget and a thief team up to carry on one of the biggest scams of the festive period: by pretending to be Santa Claus and his little elf helper for the children at the mall, the two manage to rob the stores right before Christmas. But, the plan doesn’t go ahead so smoothly as Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) isn’t like the cuddly old bearded man at all: he is bitter and cannot stand children and the mall’s manager has started to smell that there’s something not quite right with this Santa.
Almost Christmas, 2016
Director: David E. Talbert
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Mo’Nique, Romany Malco Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, J. B. Smoove, Donnie Simpson, David E. Talbert
What is Christmas without funny Christmas movies? ‘Almost Christmas’ will make you laugh while warming your heart as Mr Meyers, a widower hopes to have a stress-free, loving Christmas with his 4 adult children and extended family under one roof for 5 days.