OK, we may be a bit early here but admit it, one of the best things about the Holiday Season is having an excuse to watch all of your favorite Christmas movies without needing to justify it. Don’t worry, we have you covered. 

Here are 10 of the best Christmas movies of all time – in our opinion of course. 

1. Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

While this film about the lives of a middle-class St. Louis family isn’t technically just about Christmas, it is where we get one of the most iconic Christmas carols of all time. If watching Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Margaret O’Brien doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, there may be no hope for your Grinch heart.

2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

There’s no way this animated version of the Dr. Seuss story wouldn’t be ol this list. After all, nothing beats hearing Boris Karlov narrate the story and voice the Grinch.

3. Scrooged (1988)

In this remake of “A Christmas Carol”, Bill Murry plays a complete jerk of TV executive. It is funny, dark, and with plenty of questionably violent slapstick humor. And even though it is 30 years old, Murry’s character at the start feels contemporary.

4. Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays a food columnist who, despite being a single woman in New York and unable to cook herself, bills herself as a farm dwelling housewife with a baby. When her publisher demands she and her “husband” host a sailor, played by Dennis Morgan, who has just returned from the war at their farm, all sorts of zany hijinx ensue.

5. Love Actually (2003)

While it may have gotten a little flack in recent years due to the cue card scene, among others, it is still a powerhouse of an ensemble holiday film. Thanks to heartbreaking performances by the late, great Alan Rickman and the ever-perfect Emma Thompson, this modern holiday staple isn’t as sweet as you think it is. Plus, it a great watch as you make Christmas card for your friends and family

6. Joyeux Noël (2005)

This multi-language film is based on the real-life story of Christmas day cease-fire in WWI. In December 1914, a bunch of soldiers laid down their weapons and turned the German front into a no man’s land and had themselves one heck of a Christmas party.

7. Black Christmas (1974)

This is one for your horror obsessed friends and cousins. Directed by Bob Clark of “A Christmas Story” fame, this slasher film, set at a sorority Christmas party, paved the way for films like “Halloween” and “Friday 13th”.

8. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

This is one of those films which seems to play on loop from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and with good reason. We get to watch as Natalie Wood sheds her skepticism and learns to believe in magic thanks to Edwin Gwynn as Kris Kringle. It seems like the filmmakers were responding to “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus“.

9. A Christmas Carol (1951)

We could have picked any number of adaptations of this holiday favorite. However, we decided to go with the black and white, Alistar Simms lead film because of how brilliantly it captures the spirit of Dickens’ story.

10. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

No list of the best Christmas movies of all time would be complete without this  masterpiece on it. Dealing with the very real maudlin self-reflection that many people face during the holiday season, it offers a surprising and realistic look into how depressing the holidays can be for some, despite the happyish ending.

A Smorgasbord Of The Best Christmas Movies

This list of the best Christmas movies has a little something for everyone. After all, isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? Bringing people together and making sure no one is left out?

For more listicles about all your favorite holiday inspired films, why not check out the rest of our blog?

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle