100+ Best Christmas Movies as per IMDb That You Must Watch | Includes New Christmas Movies Too

Best Christmas Movies

Christmas has officially arrived. It’s such an emotive time of the year that it has its own film genre, which ranges from violent uprisings against all things, To festive and cheerful to charming tales about believing in magic. When you’re in the Christmas mood, there’s nothing better than a festive Christmas movie.

So, here are the 100+ best Christmas movies as per IMBD that you must watch.

Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

You can stream these holiday movies on any streaming platform, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV, or YouTube.

1. It’s Wonderful Life (1946)

IMDb : 8.6


An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

IMDb : 8.3

This classic comedy Christmas movie revolves around Charlie Brown (from the Peanuts comic strip), who is depressed because everything around him seems commercialized. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a movie wherein we see him trying to find a deeper and true meaning of Christmas.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! + How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, 2000)

IMDb : 8.3


In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a cranky recluse devises a cunning scheme to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with your family by watching this timeless and well-known Christmas Movie!

4. The Snowman (1982 TV Movie)

IMDb : 8.2


A young boy creates a snowman on Christmas Eve that comes to life and transports him to the North Pole to see Father Christmas.

5. Die Hard (1988)

IMDb : 8.2


Debatable, but it’s still a Christmas movie. John McClane and his wife are being kidnapped when the movie opens with them in an airport. Now, police officer John McClane must protect his daughter while saving his estranged wife from a Christmas celebration in Nakatomi Plaza.

6. A Christmas Carol (1951)

IMDb : 8.1

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

IMDb : 8.1

It is an animated adventure movie featuring the life of Rudolph, a young reindeer who lives at the North Pole. Rudolph is expected to be one of Santa’s reindeer just like his father. However, he has a red nose. Will this unique feature become his setback?

8. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

IMDb : 8

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.

9. The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972 TV Movie)

IMDb : 8

In 1946 Nebraska, a young girl named Addie desperately craves a Christmas tree, but her bitter widower father refuses because of events from the family’s past.


10. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

IMDb : 8

Kyon awakens a week before Christmas in a world without the SOS Brigade. He is unknown to Mikuru and Yuki, while Haruhi and Itsuki appear to have vanished.

11. Miracle on 34th Street + Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 1994)

IMDb : 7.9, 6.6

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken.

Miracle on 34th Street is another Christmas movie that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. It stars Richard Attenborough, who plays a man with an unusual obsession – he believes himself to be Santa Claus. His daughter, played by Elizabeth Perkins, and her husband, are not convinced though. When the daughter gets sent home from school for telling her classmates about her father’s beliefs, he sets out on a quest to prove his identity. This film has all the elements of a good Christmas movie – it is heartwarming, funny, and well-acted.

12. A Christmas Story (1983)

IMDb : 7.9


Set in the 1940s, “A Christmas Story” is a hilarious tale of Ralphie Parker, a young boy who wants the most bizarre Christmas gift – a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. Throughout this comedy movie, we see his humorous attempts to persuade his parents, teacher, and Santa Claus for that perfect Christmas gift.

13. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

IMDb : 7.9

An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

IMDb = 7.9


The protagonist, Jack Skellington, is the king of Halloween Town, but he becomes bored with it. He breaks into Christmas Town to be entertained. He becomes so fixated on the joy of Christmas and how to make it last forever that he starts kidnapping children and stealing their souls. When Jack finally realizes his folly, he tries to return all the kidnapped souls to the children and manages to save Santa Claus.

15. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

IMDb = 7.8

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his elves set out to change his mind.

16. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.7

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

17. Home Alone + Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1990,1992)

IMDb : 7.7


An 8-year-old Kevin Mc Callister is left home alone to protect their house against burglars. The movie will show how the baby has to look after themselves in the home and how they must use the natural surroundings to help them defend the house. This holiday classic film will also show some of the challenges that come from being on your own at home, such as troubles with potty training and being tired or cranky because of a sleeping pattern being interrupted. Especially, Home Alone movie series are an ultimate Christmas movie that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

18. Joyeux Noel (2005)

IMDb : 7.7

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other’s way of life.

19. Remember the Night (1940)

IMDb : 7.6

Love blooms between a sympathetic attorney and the comely shoplifter he has taken home for the Christmas holiday.

20. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

IMDb : 7.6

A debonair angel comes to Earth to help an Episcopalian bishop and his wife in their quest to raise money for the new church.

21. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

IMDb : 7.6

Two homeless men move into a mansion while its owners are wintering in the South.

22. A Season for Miracles (1999 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.6

A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two children neglected by their incarcerated mother and their protective aunt who is trying to keep them out of the foster system with the help of an angel.

23. Love Actually (2003)

IMDb : 7.6


Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

24. White Christmas (1954)

IMDb : 7.5

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.


25. Trading Places (1983)

IMDb : 7.5

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

26. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

IMDb : 7.5


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is the story of the Griswold family. Clark Griswold loves everything about Christmas and ensures a big family Christmas plan to celebrate the festival. However, a twisted turn of events turns his promises into a big comical disaster.

27. Silent Night (2002 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.5

The movie is set in the era of 1944. In a cabin on a WWII front, a German mom and her son together mediate for a truce to happen between three American and three German soldiers so they can all celebrate Christmas Eve together.

28.  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

IMDb : 7.5


“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is a crime story featuring Robert Downey Jr., a New York thief who is mistaken for an actor. Watch how this comedy story unfolds during Christmas when he, alongside a private eye and a struggling actress, is thrown into a murder mystery.

29. November Christmas (2010 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.5

“November Christmas” is a TV movie showcasing the life of a brave young girl and her battle against cancer. The storyline also highlights how people around her are affected and how her father plans to celebrate Christmas way before than 25th of December out of fear that she may not live until then. Watch this heartwarming movie to feel the warmth of the father-daughter bond!

30. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

IMDb : 7.4

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

31. Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014)

IMDb : 7.4


“Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas” is yet another Hallmark Christmas movie that will take you on a dramatic journey full of mystery and romance. The plot of this Hollywood film revolves around a critical letter written to God on Christmas Eve by a little girl whose mother’s life hangs in the balance. When the adored quartet of postal detectives discovers that letter, they delay their own plans to help that little girl.

32. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.3

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat.

33. Gremlins (1984)

IMDb : 7.3

A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

34. The Christmas Secret (2014)

IMDb : 7.3

“The Christmas Secret” is a Hallmark movie full of festive magic revolving around a secret magical family heirloom. The storyline shows a single mom Christine whose life is falling apart. However, one fine day, she finds a magical family heirloom that turns her miserable life into good fortune and full of love during Christmas.

35. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7.2

Jen is a single mom and a corporate analyst. Funnily she tackles Christmas with her business-like approach. However, when her uncle arrives in town with a handsome stranger, she starts thinking about giving her life – and love – another chance!

36.  Christmas with the Campbells (2022)

IMDb : 7.2


“Christmas with the Campbells” is the traditional holiday Hallmark romance movie. The plot of this dark comedy Hollywood film starts when Jesse gets dumped by Shawn, her boyfriend, right before the holidays. But Shawn’s parents somehow persuade her to spend Christmas with them (despite their breakup). Plot twist, Shawn is away while his handsome cousin is in town. You can imagine the drama!

37. Holiday Affair (1949)

IMDb : 7.1

A young widow is torn between a boring attorney and a romantic ne’er-do-well.

38. Black Christmas (1974)

IMDb : 7.1

“Black Christmas” is not exactly your typical cheesy Christmas movie. Instead, this Hollywood film is full of thrill, mystery, and horror, making it an ideal movie to watch with your significant other. The storyline revolves around a close group of sorority sisters who start receiving mysterious letters while everyone is on Christmas break. Watch how the group deals with their stalker!

39. Batman Returns (1992)

IMDb : 7.1

While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes the Catwoman with her own vendetta.

40. Bad Santa (2003)

IMDb : 7.1


A miserable and pathetic conman poses as Santa while his companion poses as Santa’s Little Helper to rob several department stores on Christmas Eve. However, they start running into hilarious problems when the conman befriends a disturbed kid.

41. Lovely, Still (2008)

IMDb : 7.1

Directed by Nik Fackler, this Christmas film shows a holiday fable that narrates a heartwarming story of an elderly man who discovers love for the first time.

42. Arthur Christmas (2011)

IMDb : 7.1


Grandsanta and Arthur, Santa Claus’ clumsy son, set out on a task to hand out a present to a young girl that they misplaced. They only have less than two hours. Will they succeed?

43. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

IMDb : 7

A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

44. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7

An orphan drummer boy who hates humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men en route to Bethlehem.

45. Elf (2003)

IMDb : 7


Elf is a movie that everyone should watch at least once during the Christmas season, if not every year. It is both entertaining and heartwarming, with great acting by Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell. The story of Buddy, an elf who was raised by humans but later finds out about his real identity, is one that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. And it has some pretty catchy tunes too!

46. A Christmas Tale (2008)

IMDb : 7

The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas.

47. Christmas with Holly (2012)

IMDb : 7


“Christmas with Holly” is a story of a 6-year-old girl who stops talking to anyone after being traumatized by her mother’s death. However, with the care and love of her three uncles, she starts realizing the importance and meaning of family. This Christmas Hallmark film is perfect to watch at a cozy family gathering to cherish the love of your dear ones!

48. Journey Back to Christmas (2016)

IMDb : 7


A nurse from the WWII era is transported to the year 2016. Lost and scared, she then meets a man, and together they learn the importance of family bonds and that the real meaning of Christmas is everlasting!

49. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

IMDb : 7


The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.


50. Shazam! (2019)

IMDb : 7


A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

51. Next Stop, Christmas (2021 TV Movie)

IMDb : 7


52. Violent Night (2022)

IMDb : 7


When a group of mercenaries attack the estate of a wealthy family, Santa Claus must step in to save the day (and Christmas).

53. Scrooged (1988)

IMDb : 6.9

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

54. The Ref (1994)

IMDb : 6.9

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve

55. The Christmas Card (2006 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.9

US soldier visits the town from where an inspirational Christmas card was sent to him by a church group that mails cards out to servicemen as a goodwill effort.

56. The Holiday (2006)

IMDb : 6.9


“The Holiday” is yet another Christmas rom-com that may leave you longing for your partner or hugging them more tightly than ever. This classic Christmas film is a tale of two women unlucky in love. They swap homes to get away from their mundane lives, only to find the guy of their dreams!

57. Crown for Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.9

After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temporary gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in a castle.

58. The Family Man (2000)

IMDb : 6.8

A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

59. Serendipity (2001)

IMDb : 6.8


60. The Nativity Story (2005)

IMDb : 6.8

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph’s life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

61. A Grandpa for Christmas (2007 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.8

Bert O’Reiley is a retired song and dance man who becomes an instant grandfather to the nine-year-old granddaughter he has never met.

62. A Christmas Carol (2009)

IMDb : 6.8


If you’re looking for a movie that will tug at your heartstrings and make you cry then A Christmas Carol is just what the doctor ordered. Based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel of the same name, this modern retelling follows a wealthy businessman who neglects his family during the holidays. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by four ghosts who try to change his ways – but will they succeed?

63. A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)

IMDb : 6.8

Follows the now-adult Ralphie as he returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child, reconnecting with childhood friends, and reconciling the passing of his Old Man.


64. Window Wonderland (2013 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.7

A department-store window decorator learns there is a vacancy for her dream job in the run-up to Christmas, only to find a professional rival has his eye on it too.

65. 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

IMDb : 6.7


“8-Bit Christmas” is a popular holiday movie set in the 1980s in Chicago, wherein a 10-year-old boy sets out on a mission to get the Christmas gift of his generation – the latest and best video game.

66. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

IMDb : 6.7


In this advent tale of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a reindeer and a pet mouse by his side) goes on an extraordinary adventure to find his father, who is on a mission to locate the fabled village of Elfhelm.

67. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.6

A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

68. The Polar Express (2004)

IMDb : 6.6


On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

69. Mrs. Miracle (2009 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.6

Overwhelmed widower Seth Webster is searching for a housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons. “Mrs. Miracle” mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend… and matchmaker.

70. Happiest Season (2020)

IMDb : 6.6


71. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

IMDb : 6.5

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple they initially brought together.

72. Better Watch Out (II) (2016)

IMDb : 6.5


Better Watch Out is a film wherein a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders on a quiet suburban street. However, the twist comes when they realize that it is not an ordinary home invasion. Watch this Christmas film to find out what happens next.

73. Last Christmas (2019)

IMDb : 6.5


Kate is a smart young woman but somehow always makes bad decisions. She wants to be a singer but works as an elf in a year-round Christmas store. However, when she meets a charismatic Tom, her life accepts a new fateful turn. Is it too good to be true or merely some Christmas magic?

74. One Magic Christmas (1985)

IMDb : 6.4

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

75. Prancer (1989)

IMDb : 6.4

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

76. A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.4

On Christmas Day, Santa brings two lonely people together. But can love overcome deception?

77. Nativity! (2009)

IMDb : 6.4

An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher’s little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class’ nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem.

78. The Night Before (II) (2015)

IMDb : 6.4

On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

79. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.3

A story that follows Kate, a young woman who after a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, wakes up to find she is re-living that same day and date all over again.

80. Just Friends (I) (2005)

IMDb : 6.2


While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with — a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.

81. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

IMDb : 6.2


82. Kristin’s Christmas Past (2013 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.2

Given the opportunity to visit her estranged family on Christmas Eve 1996, Kristin Cartwright hopes to change her past in order to improve her current life.

83. Krampus (I) (2015)

IMDb : 6.2


Frustrated by the endless conflict between his dysfunctional family members, Max has always had one of the worst Christmas. However, this time, he unknowingly summons a festive demon to his family home. What will that demon do to him? Or will the demon punish his family?

84. Noel (2004)

IMDb : 6.1

Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

85. Christmas in Boston (2005 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.1

Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.

86. Holiday in Handcuffs (2006 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6.1

A struggling artist working as a waitress kidnaps one of her customers to take home to meet her parents at Christmastime.

87. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

IMDb : 6.1

A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

88. Holidate (2020)

IMDb : 6.1


“Holidate” is a mix of romance and comedy. The storyline revolves around two strangers who are tired of being single on holidays and decide to be each other’s nonsexual plus-ones (dates) all year long. But it won’t be a Christmas movie if they do not catch real feelings, would it? Will they confess and give love an actual chance?

89. Pete’s Christmas (2013 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6

A put-upon teen finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas day over and over again.

90. 12 Days of Giving (2017 TV Movie)

IMDb : 6

After winning a $50,000 prize, a man decides to pay things forward by buying Christmas gifts for strangers under the pseudonym, Lucky the Elf.

91. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

IMDb : 5.9

A brother and sister attempt to bring their divorced parents back together for Christmas.

92. Trapped in Paradise (1994)

IMDb : 5.9

Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers’ plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

93. Friday After Next (2002)

IMDb : 5.8

Working as security guards, Craig and Day-Day run into the thief who stole their Christmas presents.

94. Love the Coopers (2015)

IMDb : 5.8


“Love the Coopers” is an intertwined tale of four generations of the Cooper family and how things unfold right before the yearly family reunion on Christmas Eve. The question is: will they be able to endure the most exquisite time of the year?

95. Operation Christmas Drop (2020)

IMDb : 5.8


Congressional aide Erica forgoes family Christmas to travel at her boss’s behest. At a beach side Air Force base, she clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility.

96. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

IMDb : 5.7

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

97. Jingle All the Way (1996)

IMDb : 5.7


A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

98. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000 TV Movie)

IMDb : 5.7

A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus, to make a snow day. The machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.

99. Four Christmases (2008)

IMDb : 5.7


“Four Christmases” is a light-hearted comedy story revolving around a couple who is struggling to visit all four of their divorced parents to celebrate Christmas. Will they succeed?

100. A Bad Moms Christmas

IMDb : 5.6


“A Bad Moms Christmas” is a raunchy Christmas movie centering around three over-burdened and under-appreciated moms. As their mothers drop in unexpectedly, they rebel against the expectations and challenges of Christmas, the ultimate Super Bowl for mothers! Will this rebellion make them seen or will it ruin the holidays for everyone?

101.  Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

IMDb : 5.4



Nora and Luther Krank decide to skip Christmas as Blair, their daughter, is away in Peru. However, Blair, out of the blue, decides to come home and unknowingly causes an uproar. Now Nora and Luther have to become a Christmas-loving family at the last minute. Watch this popular Christmas movie with your family members as the Kranks hilariously try to celebrate the festival!

102. Falling for Christmas (2022)

IMDb : 5.4


In the days leading up to Christmas, a young and newly engaged heiress experiences a skiing accident. After being diagnosed with amnesia, she finds herself in the care of the handsome lodge owner and his daughter.

Concluding :

Christmas season is indeed a time family reunion, watching movies together , celebrating the holiday together. A wonderful occasion to unwind with some hot chocolate or hot cocoa and watching christmas movies with your loved ones.






















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