14 Of The Best Christmas Movies Of All-Time

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Tree trimmed: check. Stockings stuffed: check. Gifts wrapped: checked. Hot chocolate warming, cookies baking, and Netflix streaming: check, check, and check. But what are you watching? Well if you’re into Christmas like we’re into Christmas, then just like how all the radio stations have your favorite Christmas songs on repeat – which after only a few days becomes more annoying than putting you in the Kris Kringle spirit – we’ve got the very best classic Christmas movies for you to choose from. Of course you’ll see your favorites on this list. But most people only have two or three of those, which just like the radio, can have you ripping down the tree early, punting your in-laws out the door, and just bringing out that nasty grinch in you as there’s only so much repetition human ears can take. That’s why we’ve got 14 classic Christmas films to choose from. You can watch just a few, or go into binge mode and watch them all. Or, you can just let them be the background noise to your life for the holiday season, letting it drown out those compliments your in-laws keep making that damn you with faint praise, suggesting your spouse could have made better life choices. Either, or.
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It’s a Wonderful Life

Few films feel more Christmas’y than Frank Capra’s 1964 holiday special featuring Jimmy Stewart who plays a character on the verge of committing suicide, named George Bailey, but is then visited by an angel who shows him what’s really important in life.
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National Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation

It’s not often that a series’ third installment is the best version. But when it comes to the National Lampoon’s threequal “Christmas Vacation”, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, and Johnny Galecki (aka: the Griswolds) – there’s so much hilarity – Santa will be saying, “Ha, Ha, Ha” instead.
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Black Christmas

You know, not everyone’s Christmas is joyful. In fact, some are downright nightmares. So if you’ve got a horribly dysfunctional family that would rather torture each other, instead of everyone going their own way, then Bob Clark’s 1974 Christmas slasher is the holiday movie for you. Starring John Saxon, and Margot Kidder – this film is about a bunch of sorority girls who are preyed upon by a psychotic killer. Ok, so it’s not quite like your family – but still, just as scary.
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A Christmas Story

Not sure what more could be written in praise about this one. This special is on the top of everyone’s holiday list. A Christmas story about a nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who’s hell bent on getting a bebe gun (despite his parent’s warning that he’ll shoot his eye out), is just one of those movies that just don’t feel like Christmas without it.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

This lovable, yet dark and malevolent stop-motion feature, directed by Tim Burton, is about a the adventure of Jack Skellington who makes the long trip from his Halloween town home, to a much less spooky Christmas one.
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Home Alone

So here’s the clear winner on everyone’s list. Home Alone makes you feel anything but, when you’re watching the lovable Macaulay Culkin fend off a couple of dimwitted thieves, saving his home, and Christmas.
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Miracle on 34th St.

Whether you favor the 1947 original version, starring John Payne and Maureen O’Hara – or the 1994 one starring Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins – you can’t go wrong with this holiday staple about the trial of a man claiming to be the real Kris Kringle.
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A Christmas Tale

Here’s one that hits close to home for many, as it’s about a dysfunctional family who reconciles (which is where the relating ends), as they learn that the matriarch (Catherine Deneuve) is dying of cancer.
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Elf

Elf is the work of Will Ferrel when he was at the peak of his genius. This LOL Christmas movie is about a childish orphan raised by Santa who leave the North Pole thinking he’s an elf, in search of his biological father in New York.
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A Christmas Carol

Still the best version of the many adaptations of the Charles Dickens tale, the 1951 film featuring Alastair Sim (who plays Ebenezer Scrooge), is amazing to watch as he gets visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.
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Scrooged

Scrooged, starring Bill Murray, is a riff on the Dickens classic, as Murray plays the part of a greedy, ruthless TV exec who gets his comeuppance when he’s visited by his own ghosts of past, present, and future.
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The Muppet Christmas Carol

While Jim Henson died during the production of his 1992 Christmas feature, his artistic spirit lives on as this film’s a seamless bless of heartfelt moments and zaniness – which come together to make this classic Dickens musical an absolute triumph.
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Bad Santa

In the mood for a hilariously deviant version of Santa? Then Billy Bob Thornton’s thieving version of Santa will fit the bill, as you enjoy him robbing from the very department store that’s employed him to ring in the Christmas spirit.
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Die Hard

Of all the action movies that are set during the Christmas season, this one’s by far the best one. Watching John McClane (Bruce Willis), battle terrorists in a one-against-the-world machine gun killing classic will inspire anyone with terrorizing in-laws of their own, to finally put them in their place this holiday season.
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