35 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

by Carole John

Best Christmas Movies of All Times

We have compiled some Christmas movies that you will love. Some are Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas Movies on Netflix and some Christmas movies to watch online for free. There is something for everyone.

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

This has to be one of the best classic Christmas movies of all time. It was nominated for six Academy Awards. 


2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

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For some reason, this movie reminds me of  Meet the Parents and Meet the Folkers. Most people dread having their in-laws visit. This movie will give you a good laugh. 

Watch on Amazon Prime and HBO Max. 

3. Remember The Night (1940): Best Christmas Movies

John Sergent the New York District Attorney is moved by pity and lets the shoplifter Lee Leader out on bail. He offers her a ride home. They both end up falling in love, but John’s mother does not approve, to avoid trouble Lee decides to leave the man she loves.  

4. A Christmas Story (1983)

You have got to add this movie to your  list of Christmas Movies. It is remembered for these famous lines. 

Ralphie: “I want an Official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle.” Mother: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Randy: “I can’t put my arms down!” Mother: “You can put your arms down when you get to school.”

5. Elf

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This is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. You learn a lot about the lesson of kindness and the holiday spirit from an orphan who believes he’s one of Santa’s elves. 

6. Home Alone (1990) : Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

Kevin has to defend his house from amateur burglars when he is left home alone Christmas. 

7. Miracle on 34th Street (1945)

Kris Kringle fills in for Santa in Macy’s annual Thanskgiving Day Parade. despite everyone claiming that he is insane, he claims to be the real thing. 

8. Scrooged (1988)

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A TV executive who is cynical is haunted by three spirits from the past, present and future. This helps him to realize that he must reform himself. 

9. A Christmas Prince (2017)

A journalist is assigned to cover the handsome but mysterious prince in a small country called Aldovia.  It goes beyond her expectations.

You can stream the movie on Netflix. 

10. The Bishop's Wife (1947): Christmas Movies

Bishop Henry Brougham seeks guidance from heaven and is visited by Dudley who claims to be an angel. Henry is skeptical about all this, but Dudley goes ahead and ingrates himself into the household as his assistant. 

11. Bad Santa (2003)

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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his little helper to steal department stores on Christmas Eve.

12. Scrooge (1951)

Despite there been a lot of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol adaptations Scrooge has been considered as the best version so far. 

13. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Memorable quote: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” – Linus Van Pelt

14. The Holiday (2006)

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Two things to celebrate on Christmas, being young and alive.

15. Love Actually (2003)

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This is one of the most-watched movies. Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways.  you will be immersed in the many stories. 

16. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen who is divorced accidentally knocks the man in the big red suit off his roof on Christmas Eve and becomes the new Santa. 

17. The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992

An old miser (Scrooge) does not like Christmas, he is visited by spirits that foretell his future and they share secrets from his past and the present. this helps him to change his view on life. 

18.Die Hard (1988)

John McClane arrives in LA, hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife. He then learn that his wife and other people have been held hostage in the office. 

19. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington discovers the Christmas Town and is immediately enchanted. he is become overly excited and abducts Santa. 

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20. The Family Stone (2005)

This comedy will raise your spirits this Christmas. When a traditionalist and uptight businesswoman accompanies the boyfriend to his family’s yearly Christmas party, she realized that she feels out of place in such an environment. 

21. The Apartment (1960)

Baxter, a clerk in an insurance company, lends his apartment to the company’s executive to conduct their extramarital affairs. however, Baxter falls in love.

22. Holiday Inn (1942)

The movie is set in the WW11 era. It follows a love triangle at unfolds over the holidays in a hotel.  Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby sing and dance their way into the heart of this sensational musical comedy. 

23. White Christmas (1954)

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You’ve got to add this musical to your Christmas movie list. It will brighten up your holiday season. 

24. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Klara Novak and Alfred Kralik are employees at gift shops and they cannot stand each other.  They do not know they are each other’s pen pals, and they end up falling in love. 

25. The Preacher's Wife (1996)

This movie features an emissary from heaven helping a human to become a better person. Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington are the main characters. 

26. The Polar Express (2004)

If you love animations, this is for you. It is the best way to kick in the holiday season. A young boy starts the journey to the North Pole to meet Santa. On the way, he meets people that make his journey more memorable. 

27. Black Nativity (2013)

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You are going to love this musical.  Langston is sent to live with his estranged relatives during Christmas in New York City.  His inspirational life journey starts then. 

28. Trading Places (1983)

While this may not be a Christmas movie it is set during the holiday season. A willy street con artist and a snobbish investor find their positions reversed as a bet by two callous millionaires. 

29. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)

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The movie revolves around Dolly Parton and Lee Majors who rescue seven runaway orphans from a with and a sheriff. 

30. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward is a synthetic man who has scissors for his hands. He is taken in by Peg.  Who introduces him to his life.  

31. Joyeux Noel (2005)

This is an incredible Christmas story that is based on the 1914 war truce. 

32. Happiest Season (2020)

Abby wants to propose to her girlfriend in front of her family but comes to find out that she is yet to come out to her family. 

33. Silent Night (2021)

A couple invites their friends to celebrate Christmas, despite all the effort they put to be happy, they cannot seem to forget what is on in the world

34. The Night Before (2015)

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Chris, Isaac and Ethan are best friends who always celebrate Christmas together. Chris and Isaac decide to end their tradition and things do not go as planned. 

35. Black Christmas (2019)

This is a horror movie, where a stalker goes after Riley and her friends as they prepare for Christmas. 

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