Top 10: Recommended Christmas Movies

Sven July 20, 2010 8

It would be hard to imagine a holiday season without a holiday movie to go with it; at least, that is likely to be what many people would claim. To them, little is better than curling up next to the Christmas tree and watching something that makes them feel good. If you want to join in on the experience, below are the top Christmas movies to rent or add to your collection.

1. Home Alone

Kevin McAllister is a young boy who finds himself home alone after his family accidentally leaves him behind for Christmas vacation. He is thrilled at first, until he learns just how much he depends on his family for companionship and support. When robbers threaten to break into his house, he knows he must muster up some independence and fight back.

2. Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine teams up with the Muppets for a retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol. With a cast of mostly non-human entities, the story is given a fresh twist that people of all ages are sure to enjoy.

3. The Santa Clause

In this movie, Tim Allen stars as a savvy toy businessman who accidentally kills Santa; as a result, he must take over the role, much to his chagrin. While his son is quick to accept it, others take his rapid weight gain as a sign of bigger problems.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life

Poor George Bailey is at the end of his rope; it is Christmas Eve, and when many are feeling celebratory, he is miserable. It takes the help of a guardian angel to get him back into the holiday spirit and show him just how much good he has really done.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington rules over Halloween, but he finds himself unhappy with this role. After accidentally stumbling into the world of Christmas, he becomes determined to claim that time of year for his own; and that means getting rid of Santa Claus.

6. Elf

Buddy the Elf moves out of Santa’s Workshop and into human society as he tries to find his real dad. Soon enough, he learns that the real world is not as cheery and content as he had become accustomed.

7. A Christmas Story

All the little boy wanted was a BB gun for Christmas, and yet the adults in his life seem determined to thwart this wish. With many laughs abound, this movie is considered a classic by many.

8. White Christmas

World War II veterans turned entertainers find true love and save the livelihood of a friend in this vintage Christmas movie. With many musical numbers and a cast of likable characters, this should be on any person’s watch list.

9. Miracle on 34th Street

While people are happy to grasp the concept of Santa, when a man named Kris Kringle claims to be the real deal, he soon finds himself labeled insane. If he does not prove to the world, and a cynical little girl, that he is real, Christmas may never be the same.

10. Scrooged

Greedy businessman Frank Cross finds himself acting out the story of A Christmas Carol.


  1. Travelling Toddler July 28, 2010 at 2:28 am -

    What about national lampoons christmas vacation with Chevy Chase? I love that movie! Great list anyway though :)
    The original santa clause the movie is awesome to!

  2. DAO November 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm -

    Agee National Lampoons and The Ref. The Ref is a great christmas movie! haven’t seen it? Watch it? It’s all about Christmas and funny. Adult movie though

  3. Gino November 24, 2010 at 2:24 am -

    I agree National Lamoons christmas vacation is brill but to top it i so love and think its a great movie and thats BAD SANTA. top movie and so funny also Polar Express is a altime classic, something nice to watch christmas eve.

  4. Aby December 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm -

    Y haven’t u added the name of walt disney’s “A Christmas Carol” (Jim Carrey)? Its a great movie based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

  5. G Stark December 19, 2010 at 7:17 am -

    I know its not technically a christmas movie, but ‘Groundhog Day’ is a great movie for the holiday period. It has a winter/snowy setting and has a ‘christmas carol’ redemption style story with a serious feel-good factor. Also, its a lot funnier than some of the other movies on this list (with the possible exception of ‘Elf’) IMHO.

  6. Caz December 22, 2010 at 2:54 am -

    Brilliant list, mine wouldn’t be too different to that!

  7. Susan December 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm -

    Where is Love: Actually? That’s definetely the best Christmas movie of the past 10 years!