A Compilation of The Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

Isn’t the holiday season especially Christmas just the best time of the year? It is a time when you can have family time without any worry of work or school. Here is a list of movies that will get your Christmas spirit going. So grab that hot chocolate and woollen socks and don’t forget the blankets for cozy and fun movie time.

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1.    A Christmas Story (1983)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 94 minutes
  • Director: Bob Clark
  • Actors: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
  • Gross revenue: $19.2 million

Topping my list of Christmas movies is ‘A Christmas Story’ that outlines the anticipation and excitement of Children as Christmas starts nearing.

Raplhie (Peter Billingsley) is very excited as Christmas is around the corner and all he wants is a ‘Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun’. His parents are very sceptical of the present as they are afraid that he might hurt himself, but Ralphie has fantasies about catching bad guys with the gun. On Christmas he gets many gifts but what about the Gun?

2.    Home Alone (1990)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 103 minutes
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard
  • Gross revenue: $285.7 million

This movie is the story of a small boy who is forgotten as his family is in a rush for a Christmas vacation to Paris. He is left spending Christmas alone and also outsmarts two burglars who plan to rob his home on Christmas Eve. This Christmas movie is a favourite of all age group and never gets old.

3.    The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 76 minutes
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey
  • Gross revenue: $75.08 million

The king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington wants to do something new as he is bored of the same old things they do for Halloween every year. Just then Jack comes to the Christmas town and loves the concepts and decoration so much that he decides to bring it to his little town. But the goblins and the bats can’t seem to get anything right.

4.    The Santa Claus (1994)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 97 minutes
  • Director: John Pasquin
  • Actors: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd
  • Gross revenue: $144.8 million

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), a divorced man is visited by Santa on Christmas Eve. Santa accidentally falls from the roof of Scott’s house and vanishes leaving his sleigh and reindeers on Scott’s rooftop. As Scott nears the Sleigh, he finds a note with instructions on what to do if Santa is to meet with an accident. When Scott does as the letter says, he finds himself doing Santa’s job and on his return to the North Pole is told that he is the new Santa. His hair starts going white, his belly gets big and round, and his beard starts to grow at an unbelievable pace. Scott’s son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) loves his father’s new job, but Scott still thinks that it is all a dream. Santa Claus is the perfect Christmas movie to watch with your family.

5.    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 104 minutes
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley
  • Gross revenue: $345.1 million

Whoville is a magical land where the Whos live, and this is inside a snowflake. The Whos love Christmas and decorations and singing carols while just outside of their snowflake lives a Grinch who hates Christmas and decides to steal it from the Whos. His plan is going all well until he meets a little girl named Cindy Lou who wants to be his friend.

6.    Bad Santa (2003)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 98 minutes
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham
  • Gross revenue: $77.1 million

Willie Stokes (Billy Bob) is a useless man who does nothing but drinks and causes havoc. The only good thing he does is when he dresses up like Santa around Christmas after which he and his dwarf friend Marcus (Tony Cox) rob department stores and cause a mess. But this Christmas a lady takes an interest in William and also a little boy who believes in him. Will William give up his bad habits or get caught for sure this time?

7.    Elf (2003)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 97 minutes
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel
  • Gross revenue: $173.4 million

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was an orphan who is taken in by Santa to the North Pole and raised by the Elves. When Buddy grows up outgrowing all the elves, he is sent to New York to look for his real dad Walter Hobbs (James Caan) who does not even know that Buddy exists.

8.    The Polar Express (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 100 minutes
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis
  • Gross revenue: $183.3 million

A young boy starts having doubts about the existence of Santa as he is growing older. On Christmas Eve he is visited by a magical train that is going all the way to the North Pole where Santa lives. He boards the train only to find many other children with him. The whole journey is filled with challenges and lessons that each child much overcome and learns from. When he returns home, a present is waiting for him under the tree.

A Christmas movie that will take you on an imaginative adventure as you marvel over the journey of the little boy who doubted Christmas.

9.    A Christmas Carol (2009)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 96 minutes
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
  • Gross revenue: $325.2 million

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens comes the animated version of Ebenezer Scrooge who is a cruel and bitter man and thinks of no one but himself. Having done no kind in the world or helped anyone in need, Scrooge is approached by three spirits, i.e., Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas present and the Ghost of Christmas of the Future. They show him how insignificant his life is and how he is nothing but a pain to everyone he knows and how Scrooge will die a meaningless death as he continues on the same path.

A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmas movies to watch, I think I’ve watched it a couple of times and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?


10.  Arthur Christmas (2011)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 97 minutes
  • Director: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
  • Actors: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie
  • Gross revenue: $46.46 million

The film is the story of how one Christmas present to be delivered to a little girl named Gwen is accidentally lost when one of the children almost see Santa as he is leaving the present under the tree. An elf panics and presses the button to go and Gwen’s pink bike falls. As all the gifts must be delivered, Santa’s son Arthur takes it upon himself to deliver the gift before sunrise with the help of the traditional sleigh and reindeers.


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