75 Best Christmas Movies to Watch in 2023

Last updated: January 2, 2023 Shares: 0


Curling up on the couch with some hot chocolate and settling in for a Christmas movie marathon is one of the classiest aspects of the holidays. Over the years, Christmas has evolved to mean different things to different people, and the best Christmas movies reflect that.

If you’re nostalgic for the holidays, you’ll be glad to find that It’s a Beautiful Life and Christmas Inn made our list of the best holiday movies. Do you want to know how we came up with this Christmas movie list?

Every film on the list is new and explores the spirit of Christmas and the winter holidays as a primary topic. We’ve come a long way since cable stations broadcast the same Christmas specials year after year.

Best Christmas Movies to watch in New Zealand

These are the best Christmas movies of all time to see this holiday season, whether you’re searching for the cozy blanket effect of a conventional Lifetime movie, Christmas classics, or a hidden gem as fresh as falling snow: Also check out the best comedy movies to watch on holidays. 

1. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton_s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Director: Henry Selick

Writers: Tim Burton, Caroline Thompson

Cast: Catherine O’Hara, Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Trailer on Youtube

Tim Burton’s  is one of the best Christmas movies that deserve a sequel. The movie follows the story of Jack Skellington in Halloween Town, a town full of monsters and beings. Here, Jack is considered the Pumpkin King and granted the chance to lead them to start up the annual Halloween celebrations.

But this year, Jack seems to have other plans. The next day as he walks into the woods, he stumbles over the Christmas Town. However, his attempt to introduce Christmas to his home breeds too much confusion.

2. Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa (2003)

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Writers: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Cast: Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

Watch Bad Santa (2003) Trailer on Youtube

Bad Santa is one of the best classic Christmas movies that received commercial success after its debut. The film stars Billy Bob (Willie), a miserable man, and his helper Tony Cox (Marcus) as professional thieves. Billy often gets a job at the Santa Claus department store. On Christmas Eve, Billy and his helper pose as Santa to rob people in the store. 

But when Billy befriends a boy who assumes he is the real Santa and has casual sex with Lauren (Sue), they soon start running into problems. Will Billy and Tony be allowed to work in the department stores again? If you want to spend more quality time with your family, check our list of best movies on HBO Max, including Dune movie in NZ.

3. Scrooged (1988)



Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Charles Dickens, Mitch Glazer

Cast: Karen Allen, Bill Murray, John Forsythe

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Watch Scrooged (1988) Trailer on Youtube

Scrooged is a fantasy comedy based on a Christmas Carol, Novella published in 1843. It features Bill Murray (Frank Cross), who doesn’t know the meaning of Christmas as he makes his staff work during the holiday. He even fires one of his executives due to a misunderstanding. But soon, he is to learn lessons about Christmas.

One night leading to the show, Bill Murray is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, who assists him in reviving the Christmas spirit. Will this change his perception of Christmas?

4. Gremlins (1984)



Director: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus

Cast: Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Watch Gremlins (1984) Trailer on Youtube

If you love dark horror comedy, Gremlins is one of the best Christmas movies you don’t want to miss. It’s considered to be a special hit of 1984. The movie follows the story of Randall, who buys a pet (mogwai) for his son Billy. The seller gives Randall three rules to follow if he stays with the pet. But the young man, Billy, soon breaks the rules.

His friend pours water on the pet, and five more malevolent mogwai spawn from his back immediately. The tiny creatures now become a threat to the small town.

5. Office Christmas Party (2016)

Office Christmas Party


Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Writers: Timothy Dowling, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Cast: Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman, T. J. Miller

IMDB Rating: 5.9/10

Watch Office Christmas Party (2016) Trailer on Youtube

When Carol, the CEO of Zenotex company, arrives to notify Miller, the branch manager, that the company is on its toes, things don’t seem to add up. The CEO threatens to lay off around 40% of the workers, have bonuses cut and do away with the annual Christmas party. However, the branch manager plans to have a Christmas party to land one huge prospective client. But all the plans for the party get out of hand.

6. Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard


Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Jeb Stuart, Roderick Thorp

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alexander Godunov, Alan Rickman

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Watch Die Hard (1988) Trailer on Youtube

Die Hard is one of the best classic Christmas movies with great action that turned Willis into a rock movie star. The film follows the story of John McClane, an NYPD detective who goes to visit his estranged wife during a Christmas party. 

He is with Argyle, a limo driver who waits for him outside the tower. When McClane goes to change clothes, some heavily armed team seizes the tower, and everyone in there is taken hostage. Luckily, McClane manages to escape and later kills some of the terrorists before being driven away by Argyle. Also, check out the list of best films in New Zealand Netflix.

7. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

The Preacher_s Wife


Director: Penny Marshall

Writers: Allan Scott, Nat Mauldin

Cast: Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Watch The Preacher’s Wife (1996) Trailer on Youtube

Courtney B (Henry) is an African American Baptist church preacher. The church neighborhood is stricken with poverty, resulting in declining church members. His family is also on the verge of breaking. Henry is now under intense pressure due to the church finances. Besides, Gregory, a real estate developer wants to sell the church property. 

As Christmas approaches, the problems force Henry to pray to God for help, and to his surprise, he is charmed by a beautiful angel who saves his family and the church.

8. It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

It Happened on 5th Avenue


Director: Roy Del Ruth

Writers: Vick Knight, Everett Freeman

Cast: Don DeFore, Charles Ruggles, Ann Harding. Victor Moore

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Watch It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) Trailer on Youtube

It Happened on 5th Avenue is among the top Christmas movies with a heartwarming comedy. The story is about two men who move to a rich man’s mansion when he is away for winter.

Every time Charles Ruggles( Michael) goes to his Virginia estate for winter, Victor Moore, together with his dog, makes his home in Charles’s mansion. Soon the mansion is occupied by another man (Jim Bullock) who doesn’t have a home. And within no time, more guests are in to seek comfort.

9. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

The Bishop_s Wife


Director: Henry Koster

Writers: Loretta Young, Leonardo Bercovici

Cast: Loretta Young, Cary Grant, David Niven

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Watch The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Trailer on Youtube

The Bishop’s Wife is a Christmas romantic comedy featuring David Niven (Henry), who is dead-end as he tries to fund money for a new cathedral. His family relationship has been shaken due to his focus on building the cathedral, as he is obsessed with looking for funds. Fortunately, an angel (Cary Grant) offers guidance and not money as Henry often prayed. But he only reveals his identity to the clergyman.

10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Meet Me in St. Louis


Director: Vincente Minnelli

Writers: Irving Brecher, Sally Benson

Cast: Margaret O’Brien, Judy Garland, Mary Astor

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Watch Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Trailer on Youtube

The movie starts in the summer of 1903, with the Smith Family composed of 4 daughters and a son.  Two daughters, Esther and Tootie take the stage in the film. Tootie falls in love with her next-door neighbor, who doesn’t seem to notice her at first. But soon, the family gets news that they are to relocate. The bond between the two young people becomes a turning point in the family’s life.

11. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

A Very Harold _ Kumar Christmas


Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson

Writers: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, John Cho, Kal Penn

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Watch A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) Trailer on Youtube

The movie follows two great friends, Kumar and Harold, who escaped the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Seven years later, Harold has quit drinking, married Maria, and now owns a successful business on Wall Street. On the other hand, Kumar has been dumped by his girlfriend and is still living a poor life and staying in the same apartment they once lived in with Harold.  

On Christmas, Mr.Perez, Harold’s father-in-law, brings a prized Christmas tree with him. But all doesn’t turn out well when Kumar and Harold burn the tree.

12. A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

A Very Murray Christmas


Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Mitch Glazer, Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray

Cast: Bill Murray, Michael Cera

IMDB Rating: 5.5/10

Watch A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Trailer on Youtube

 A Very Murray Christmas is one of the top Christmas movies with a modern take. It stars a worried Bill Murray dressed up for the Christmas special. But he wonders what will happen to his party guests due to the heavy snowstorms that have made most guests cancel the occasion.

As time dwindles, two of his producers urge him to continue the show to avoid being on the financial hook. Soon, he is filled with relief as he is not the only one undergoing a tough Christmas.

13. A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

A Cinderella Story- Christmas Wish


Director: Michelle Johnston

Writer: Michelle Johnston

Cast: Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin

IMDB Rating: 5.3/10

Watch A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019) Trailer on Youtube

Laura dreams of becoming a great songwriter. Unluckily, her father dies, and she has to stay with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters who treat Laura as their servant. This pushes her to make more money as a singer in a Christmas entertainment park with a desire to move out and pursue her dreams. Unfortunately, she is under a strict boss. 

But there is some hope when her eyes fall on the son of a billionaire (Gregg Sulkin) as she performs. As Christmas Eve nears, their love grows. Will Gregg help Laura achieve her dreams?

14. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Beauty and the Beast- The Enchanted Christmas


Director: Andy Knight

Writer: Cindy Marcus, Flip Kobler

Cast: Robby Benson, Paige O’Hara, Jerry Orbach

IMDB Rating: 6.0/10

Watch Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) Trailer on Youtube

The film is one of the best Christmas movies with a classic tale for the little ones. Besides, it has excellent music, with a strong message for the young ones. It follows a Christmas party attended by an entire village. And as Lumiere and Cogsworth argue about who saved Christmas, Mrs. Potts joins to tell the story. It is clear that the beast, Robby Benson, deeply hates the Christmas season, but Belle (Paige), who the beast once saved, changes his mind over the matter. And finally, Mrs. Potts concludes that Belle saved Christmas.

15. Get Santa (2014)

Get Santa


Director: Christopher Smith

Writer: Christopher Smith

Cast: Rafe Spall, Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Watch Get Santa (2014) Trailer on Youtube

Steve, a getaway driver, and Ruth, her officer, are released on parole a few days before Christmas. 

Steve becomes surprised when Tom, his son, informs him that he has found Santa in their garden shed. But when Steve goes to confirm, he dismisses Santa as a madman and sends him away. Unfortunately, as Santa is left alone, he tries to retrieve his reindeer from a dog home but is caught and sent to prison. Surprisingly, when Santa receives letters that hit the windows at the prison, he has to convince other prisoners about his identity.

16. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Unaccompanied Minors


Director: Paul Feig

Writers: Mya Stark, Jacob Meszaros

Cast: Tyler James Williams, Lewis Black, Wilmer Valderrama

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Watch Unaccompanied Minors (2006) Trailer on Youtube

Unaccompanied Minors is one of the best Christmas movies that’s worth watching. It features Spenser and his little sister, Katherine. Together with their dad who must fly to Pennsylvania for Christmas Eve. However, a massive blizzard leads to the cancellation of all flights, and the siblings are made to stay in an unaccompanied room.

Here, they meet other Christmas fans and decide to stroll around the airport. They soon get caught by the security guard, who returns them to the room. And soon they find out more issues in the back room.

17. All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)

All I Want for Christmas Is You


Director: Guy Vasilovich

Writer: Temple Mathews

Cast: Breanna Yde, Mariah Carey, Henry Winkler

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Watch All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017) Trailer on Youtube

The story has been inspired by Mariah’s rough childhood, following her Afro-Venezuelan father and Irish mother divorce. The movie features a Christmas Song sung by Mariah Carey about her wish for a puppy on Christmas. Her Christmas dream is fueled after seeing (Princess) a puppy at the local store. But she must be tested to see whether she can stay with a puppy; she is allowed to dog-sit (Jack) her uncle’s dog.

18. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Home Alone 2- Lost in New York


Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Joe Pesci, Macaulay Culkin, Daniel Stern

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Trailer on Youtube

The McCallister family plans to spend their Christmas in Miami. But Macaulay Culkin (Kelvin) decides to be left behind. He goes to New York City, where he believes in finding Christmas trees. Once there, he soon realizes he is not alone. He reunites with some of his rivals, who plan to rob a toy store. With credit cards and some good cash, Kelvin intends to defeat the criminal once and for all by using traps to save the toy store.

19. Single All The Way (2021)

Single All The Way

Director: Michael Mayer

Writer: Chad Hodge

Cast: Philemon Chambers, Michael Urie, Luke Macfarlane

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

Watch Single All The Way (2021) Trailer on Youtube

Single All The Way is among the best new Christmas movies meant to keep you cozy during the season. It features Peter, tired of the many questions about his single status when he visits his friends. He plans to take Tim with him to New Hampshire to show his friends his new lover. 

Unfortunately, he finds out that Tim is married. Distressed, he picks up Nick and travels with him in the pretense that they are dating. Will the fake relationship bear fruits?

20. Silent Night (2021)

Silent Night

Director: Camille Griffin

Writer: Camille Griffin

Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Watch Silent Night (2021) Trailer on Youtube

Silent Night is a big hit for those who love dark comedic horrors. It features a couple who hosts a yearly Christmas dinner in their estate. Everyone invited has to wear formal attire, and the children are to swear. Despite the celebrations, everyone is aware of the catastrophe where rolling gas clouds lead to losing lives. The British government issues suicide pills that will enable one to die quickly.

It’s so sad to imagine that everyone is going to die. This is one of the scariest best Christmas movies with a dark twist.

21. Stranger In The House (1974)

Stranger In The House

Director: Bob Clark

Writer: Roy Moore

Cast: Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Lynne Griffin

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Watch Stranger In The House (1974) Trailer on Youtube

The movie stars Olivia Hussey (Jess) and Margot Kidder (Barb), whose winter brings chaos. They are sorority sisters who start to receive anonymous calls. And as Barb responds to the call, he is threatened. The worst happens when Lynne Griffin (Claire) goes missing, and one teen girl is murdered. The group suspects the murderer is on a mission, but no one is aware of how near the criminal could be.

22. Godmothered (2020)


Director: Sharon Maguire

Writers: Melissa Stack, Kari Granlund

Cast: Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Watch Godmothered (2020) Trailer on Youtube

Godmothered is one of the best family Christmas movies. Indeed, it’s a sweet story that helps to support sympathy. The movie features godmothers who train others to help their wishes come true. Among them is a young unskilled godmother (Eleanor) committed to her expertise. She soon learns of Mackenzie, a ten-year-old girl seeking help as their school is to be shut down. But the assistance Eleanor offers soon starts affecting Mackenzie’s family life.

23. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

The Best Man Holiday

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Malcolm D. Lee

Cast: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Watch The Best Man Holiday (2013) Trailer on Youtube

The movie stunned its critics by the success it brought through its cast and the dramatic elements; a sequel worth a commercial success. The Best Man Holiday features a group of college students who unite again after 15 years to enjoy the Christmas holidays. The reuniting is eye-opening as they discover how easy it is to get friends together and reignite the romance. The Best Man Holiday is a must-watch for those who love emotional movies.

24. Frosty The Snowman (1969)

Frosty The Snowman

Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Writer: Romeo Muller

Cast: Jimmy Durante, Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe,

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Watch Frosty The Snowman (1969) Trailer on Youtube

Frosty The Snowman is among the best classic Christmas movies aired every holiday season since its debut. It features a group of school children who come up with a snowman and name him Frosty. And once they place a magician hat on his head, he comes to life. 

Nevertheless, the weather is too hot, and the group must move Frosty together with Karen, and Hocus Pocus, a rabbit in a safe place away from melting. Unfortunately, a greedy magician wants to steal the Frosty hat.

25. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Mickey_s Christmas Carol

Director: Burny Mattinson

Writers: Tony Marino, Charles Dickens, Burny Mattinson

Cast: Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Alan Young

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

Watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) Trailer on Youtube

It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is in a festive mood. Scrooge is counting how much he has made so far from his business. One of his staff, Mickey Mouse, is poorly paid; he is worn out and requests a half-day Christmas off. Scrooge agrees but under the condition that it will not be reimbursed.

A group of street beggars, including Mole and Rat, ask for donations from Scrooge, who turns them down feeling irritated.  But when Scrooge’s cousins throw a dinner party and invite him, he meets Isabella, and they both fall in love.

26. The Santa Claus (1994)

The Santa Clause

Director: John Pasquin

Writers: Steve Rudnick, Leo Benvenuti

Cast: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Watch The Santa Claus (1994) Trailer on Youtube

Businessman Scott is taking care of his son after his wife divorced him. They have been invited for dinner by Denny. Soon, they see an impromptu visitor (Santa) from the roof, but he falls to the ground and dies, with his body vanishing immediately. Scott is forced to wear the dead man’s suit, and take up his responsibilities during Christmas Eve. 

Scott can’t believe this, but a few months later, he grows white beards and gains an immense body. Santa Claus is among the best classic Christmas movies. It has an incredible way of rolling up the events.

27. Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

Director: Ken Cunningham

Writers: David Shayne, George Lucas

Cast: Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, A.J. Locascio

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Watch Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Trailer on Youtube

Rey is hurled into a cross-timeline journey through treasured moments in Star Wars medium history at a mysterious Jedi Temple. She comes back into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda Obi-Wan, and alternative painting heroes and villains from all 9 Skywalker heroic tale films. Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is one of the best classic Christmas movies full of humor and heart-warming stories that can bring a smile to the gloomiest being.

28. Happy Christmas (2014)

Happy Christmas (2014)

Director: Joe Swanberg

Writer: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham

IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Watch Happy Christmas (2014) Trailer on Youtube

Happy Christmas is one of the best Christmas movies with a natural flow; it’s simple, compelling, and on point. The movies feature Jenny, a party girl who decides to travel to Chicago to live with Kelly, her brother’s wife, and their son after breaking up with her husband. Though both are not on good terms sometimes, Kelly is supposed to help Jenny with her chores and take care of their son. 

This pushes them to become best friends, with Kelly being open about her career. Jenny also finds love and feels romantic for the family’s babysitter.

29. Merry Christmas (2005)

Merry Christmas 2005

Director: Christian Carion

Writer: Christian Carion

Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Natalie Dessay

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Watch Merry Christmas (2005) Trailer on Youtube

Merry Christmas is a war drama, giving hints of the First World War; the bloody and deadliest war of all times. It’s Christmas Eve, and the men from Scott, French, and German on the frontline decide to seek peace and pause the war for a moment. The frontmen leaders from the antagonist group put their differences aside, come together, and start singing festive songs, putting their lives in danger since their superiors won’t allow it.

30. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Director: Brian Henson

Writers: Jerry Juhl, Charles Dickens

Cast: Dave Goelz, Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Watch The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Trailer on Youtube

The movie features Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Sam The Eagle, Fozzie, and Kermit The Frog as they perform a holiday tale. The group happens to visit Scrooge, who is miserable and negative about Christmas. The spirits show Scrooge how he has lived a sinful life before, but he doesn’t seem to care about it. Fortunately, the spirit’s revelation helps the miserable Scrooge repent of his ways and change his lifestyle for happiness and redemption.

31. White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank, Norman Krasna

Cast: Vera-Ellen, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Watch White Christmas (1954) Trailer on Youtube

White Christmas is a family holiday classic. It’s among the best family Christmas movies with great singing and dancing. After the Second World War, Phil and Wallace join up to use their singing talents. The duo meets two ladies who are also singers and are traveling to attend a Christmas show. They all team up and perform at the event.

During the event, Phil and Wallace meet Waverly, their commander, but the ex-commander is having financial difficulties during the world war. And the four plans help the commander revive his failing business.

32. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

While You Were Sleeping

Director: John Turteltaub

Writers: Fredric Lebow, Daniel Sullivan

Cast: Peter Boyle, Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Watch While You Were Sleeping (1995) Trailer on Youtube

The movie stars Lucy, a lonely Chicago ticket seller. Her secret lover, Peter, is about to be hit by a train, but she saves him and takes him to the hospital. At the hospital, Peter goes into a coma. As the nurse attends to Peter, she overhears Lucy saying she will marry Peter. And the nurse communicates the same to the family. Peter ends up being mistaken to be Lucy’s fiancée.

33. Anna And The Apocalypse (2017)

Anna And The Apocalypse

Director: John McPhail

Writers: Ryan McHenry, Alan McDonald

Cast: Sarah Swire, Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Watch Anna And The Apocalypse (2017) Trailer on Youtube

In the small town of Little Heaven, an apocalypse zombie is about to strike during Christmas. Anna and her friend enjoy themselves not knowing of the impending danger.  Anna has to do everything she can to stop the zombie and save the town.

And when she teams up with her schoolmates in singing and dancing, she realizes that she must win the battle and put her people to safety. Anna and the Apocalypse is one of the interesting top Christmas movies that you don’t want to miss.

34. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Director: Bill Melendez

Writer: Charles M. Schulz

Cast: Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Ann Altieri

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Trailer on Youtube

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) is one of the best Christmas movies. It features Charlie Brown, who wants to find Christmas’s real meaning. Charlie does not fantasize about how people behave materialistically during Christmas. It makes him more stunned when he learns that his friend, Lucy, is writing a letter to Santa. 

Lucy suggests that he become part of the school Christmas play and get into the Christmas mood. Things seem to be wrong for him when a Christmas tree fails, and he has to get help from Linus.

35. Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places

Director: John Landis

Writers: Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Watch Trading Places (1983) Trailer on Youtube

The movie features Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who own a Commodities brokerage industry known as Duke and Duke, where they have employed Louis. The two brothers frame Louis as a drug dealer and thief, leading to his job loss. The false allegation is formulated to confiscate Louis’ wealth and house.  Unfortunately, his job position and home are awarded to Valentine, a low-level street beggar. If you love American comedy, this is one of the best Christmas movies worth your binge hours during the holiday season.

36. The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday (2006)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Writers: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Watch The Holiday (2006) Trailer on Youtube

Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column and has an unrequited crush on Jasper Bloom. However, her pleasure is turned upside down when she learns Jasper is engaged to another colleague. To forget her unfaithful lover Ethan, Amanda Woods, a movie trailer creator in Los Angeles, has recently-separated.

Amanda switches her home to Iris’ cottage in Surrey for the holidays. Amanda meets Iris’ brother and book editor Graham in Surrey, and they fall in love. She meets her new next-door neighbor, ninety-year-old screenwriter Arthur, who helps her gain confidence and loves film composer Miles. Overall, it is the best Christmas movie to revive your holiday spirit.

37. Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: David Berenbaum

Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Watch Elf (2003) Trailer on Youtube

Buddy was an orphaned infant who got into Santa’s bag at the North Pole. However, as an adult human raised by elves, Santa permits him to leave for New York City to search for his biological father, Walter Hobbs.

Hobbs, who was on Santa’s bad list for being a cruel jerk, had no idea Buddy existed. On the other hand, Buddy enjoys New York City (and human culture) in a way that only an elf can. When Walter’s connection with Buddy gets in the way of his career, he has to rethink his priorities.

38. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Director:  George Seaton

Writers: George Seaton

Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Watch Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Trailer on Youtube

Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is an old guy who takes the place of an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade in this Christmas classic. With such a big following, Kringle shortly appears regularly in the main Manhattan location of the brand.

As a result of Kringle claiming to be Santa Claus in front of customers and staff alike, a court case is brought up to evaluate his mental health as well as his genuineness. To revive your holiday spirit, also, check out the best movies of all time.

39. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Director:   Richard Curtis

Writers:  Richard Curtis

Cast: Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Watch Love Actually (2003) Trailer on Youtube

Several interconnected stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness via love for Londoners are presented five weeks before Christmas. Daniel’s wife died recently, leaving him to raise his stepson Sam.

Daniel is unsure how to handle Sam and his issues without his wife, particularly if a relationship develops between them. Just married, Juliet and Peter. Sit around a Christmas Tree with your special one and enjoy streaming this movie.

40. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Director:  Ron Howard

Writers:  Dr. Seuss, Jeffrey Price

Cast: Taylor Momsen, Jim Carrey, Kelley

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Trailer on Youtube

The wonderful land of Whoville lives within a snowflake, where the Whos, an almost-mutated type of Munchkin-like people who all adore Christmas, dwell.

The Grinch (Jim Carrey), an evil monster who despises Christmas and plots to take it from the Whos, who he despises as well, resides just outside of their beloved town. Cindy Lou becomes friends with the Grinch.

41. Happiest Season (2020)

Happiest Season (2020) - Christmas movies NZ

Director: Clea DuVall

Writers: Clea DuVall

Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Victor Garber, Kristen Stewart

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Image Credit: Write Drunk Edit Drunk

Watch Happiest Season (2020) Trailer on Youtube

A holiday romance comedy that depicts the spectrum of feelings associated with wanting to be accepted by your family, being honest to yourself, and trying not to spoil Christmas. It might be difficult to meet your girlfriend’s parents for the first time.

It’s even more difficult to plan a proposal over her family’s traditional Christmas dinner – until you find they have no idea she’s homosexual. When Abby discovers that Harper has kept their relationship hidden from her family, she begins to doubt the girlfriend she thought she knew. If you are a fan of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this is the best choice for you.

42. Klaus (2019)

Klaus (2019) - Best Christmas Movies NZ

Director: Sergio Pablos

Writers: Sergio Pablos

Cast: Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, Jason Schwartzman

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Image Credit: Variety

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A letter is delivered at the start of the film. We follow the letter as it travels through the post office system until it reaches the Royal Postal Academy’s Drill Sergeant. It’s a summons for Jesper Johansson, one of the pupils. Jesper’s father is the director of the school, and he has enrolled Jesper in order to teach him responsibility.

Jesper, on the other hand, is a spoiled brat who loves to spend his time reclining in his plush tent. When it comes to IMDB’s best Christmas movie to revive your holiday spirit, the first name that strikes the mind is “Klaus”. It is also better for lovers of animated Christmas movies like Charlie Brown Christmas. 

43. Last Christmas (2019)

Last Christmas (2019) - NZ

Director: Paul Feig

Writers: George Michael 

Cast: Boris Isakovic, Emilia Clarke, Madison Ingoldsby  

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

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For Kate, a dissatisfied Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop, nothing seems to go right. But things quickly improve when she meets Tom, a dashing charmer who appears to be too good to be true.

Tom and Kate’s increasing desire develops into the finest present of all — a Yuletide romance — as the city changes into the most delightful time of the year. So, try streaming it on Christmas vacation. 

44. Four Christmases (2008)

Four Christmases (2008)

Director: Seth Gordon

Writers: Matt Allen, Caleb Wilson

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

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Kate and Brad have been in love for three years, having a good time, and doing all kinds of things with no plans to marry or have children. They’re on their way to Fiji on Christmas morning, having informed their two sets of divorced parents that they’re going to conduct charity work.

They had no choice but to see each of their four eccentric parents due to a fluke. As the day progresses, Brad and Kate reminisce about their childhoods, they know more about each other, and Kate understands that her life may not be as fulfilling as it could be.

45. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Director: Joe Roth

Writers: John Grisham, Chris Columbus

Cast: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

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Luther and Nora Krank, the neighborhood’s award-winning pair for their happy Christmas attitude, have opted to forego this year’s traditional festivities when their daughter, Blair, joins the Peace Corps and goes for Peru.

Rather than spending the astonishing sum of $6,000 on the holiday season, like they did the year before, they have resolved to spend the money on a sun-drenched, ten-day Caribbean cruise, much to the displeased their friends and neighbors.

However, it is easier said than done, and Luther and Nora, who have abandoned Christmas, will soon suffer the repercussions. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Blair and her new boyfriend arrive. Watch now to revive your holiday spirit.

46. Let It Snow (2019)

Let It Snow (2019)

Director: Luke Snellin

Writers: Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse, Kay Cannon

Cast: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

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A snowstorm hits a tiny midwestern town, bringing together a group of high school students. But, unfortunately, their friendships and love life soon collide, and nothing will be the same on Christmas morning.

Julie Reyes meets Stuart Bale, a budding pop artist, on a train on Christmas Eve in Laurel, Illinois. Unfortunately, when she tries to return his phone to him, he mistook her for a fan, which she takes offense to despite his apologies.

Due to snowed-over tracks, Julie gets off the train and walks home; Stuart follows her and offers lunch at a local eatery named Waffle Town. She reluctantly agrees and also protects Stuart from a posse of fangirls.

47. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Director: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Writers: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith

Cast: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

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The astonishing, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: “How can Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” is revealed in this film. Of course, Santa’s (Jim Broadbent) thrilling, an ultra-high-tech business located beneath the North Pole, is the answer.

However, the movie is a story of a dysfunctional family and an unlikely hero, Arthur (James McAvoy). He has an essential job to complete before Christmas morning arrives.

48. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Charles Dickens, Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

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A Christmas Carol tells – spirits awaken Ebenezer Scrooge, revealing his sad existence, the possibilities he squandered in his youth, his current cruelties, and the terrible doom that awaits him if he does not change his direction.

Scrooge is challenged with his own story of rising bitterness and malice and must choose between death and redemption. Overall like the Muppet Christmas carol, this new Christmas carol is among the best Christmas movies to watch on Holidays to.

49. The Night Before (2015)

The Night Before (2015) - NZ

Director: Jonathan Levine 

Writers: Jonathan Levine

Cast: Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Image Credit: IMDB

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Since Ethan’s parents died, Isaac, Ethan, and Chris have spent Christmas night together, but now that they’re grownups (Isaac is about to become a father, and Chris is a renowned football player), they believe it’s time to call it quits.

For the last time, they go play the piano, eat Chinese food, sing karaoke at a bar, and search for the Nutcracker Ball, the Holy Grail of all Christmas parties.

They run into problems along the way: Isaac is completely messed up from all of the drugs he’s taken, Chris is attempting to buy some pot for his celebrity buddies, and Ethan hasn’t gotten over his ex-girlfriend Diana. 

50. The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express (2004)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Chris Van Allsburg

Cast: Eddie Deezen, Peter Scolari,  Tom Hanks 

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

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This is the narrative of a little hero kid who, on Christmas Eve, boards a mighty magical train bound for the North Pole and the house of Santa Clause. So, he goes by train called the Polar Express on Christmas night to meet his favorite Santa Clause.

What follows is an adventure that follows a skeptic child on an astonishing train excursion to the North destination, where he begins on a journey of self-discovery that demonstrates to him that the magic of life never diminishes for those who believe. If you love Santa Clause movies, go for this! Also, check out the best action movies.

51. The Family Stone (2005)

The Family Stone (2005)- NZ

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Writers: Thomas Bezucha

Cast: Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Image Credit: Letterboxd

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Everett Stone, the prodigal son, returns to spend the holidays with his extremely close family with his conservative and bigoted fiancée Meredith Morton. Meredith is greeted rudely and hostilely by the Stone family, and she decides to phone her sister Julie and ask her to stay with her.

With the arrival of Christmas, new sensations and insights emerge. If you are a fan of Charlie brown Christmas and looking for a holiday classic like Holiday Inn with Christmas spirit, go for it!

52. Time Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Time Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - NZ

Director: Henry Selick

Writers: Michael McDowell

Cast: Henry Selick, Danny Elfman, Tim Burton 

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Image Credit: Letterboxd

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The film is known to be one of the best Christmas movies ever and it recounts the escapades of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has grown tired of scaring people in the “real world” every year.

Jack gets a new lease on life when he accidentally stumbles onto Christmastown, which is full of brilliant colors and pleasant emotions. He schemes to take control of Christmas by capturing Santa Claus and taking over the job.

However, Jack quickly learns that even the best-laid plots of mice and skeleton men may go horribly wrong. Also, check out action movies of all time

53. Holiday in the wild (2019)

Holiday in the wild (2019) - New Zealand

Director: Ernie Barbarash

Writers: Neal H. Dobrofsky

Cast: Fezile Mpela, Rob Lowe, Colin Moss  

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

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Holiday in the Wild tells that Kate Conrad, a Manhattanite, has scheduled a second honeymoon’ with her spouse to keep her spirits up as their kid departs for college. Instead of thanking her, he abruptly ends their relationship, and the betrayed Kate travels to Africa on her own.

She assists her pilot, Derek Holliston, in rescuing an orphaned young elephant during a diversion through Zambia. They take him to a local elephant sanctuary to nurture him back to health, and Kate decides to remain until Christmas.

Kate flourishes in the middle of gorgeous creatures and landscapes, far from the contemporary pleasures of home. Her admiration for her new surroundings might be extended to the man who accompanied her on her travels. Overall, it is among the best holiday films. 

54. The Princess Switch: Switched again (2020)

The Princess Switch Switched again (2020)

Director: Mike Rohl

Writers: Robin Bernheim

Cast: Sam Palladio, John Jack, Nick Sagar 

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Image Credit: Netflix

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Two years after the events of the previous film, Stacy has become Princess of Belgravia, and Margaret is ready to take the kingdom of Montenaro following the death of the emperor and his son Howard’s desire to abdicate.

Margaret has broken her relationship with Kevin, who is now operating his own bakery with Olivia in Chicago since she is worried about taking on the responsibility of managing a country.

This film might not be on top of the list of IMDb best Christmas movies but is definitely a must-watch for the Christmas holidays.

55. Krampus (2015)

Krampus (2015) - Best Christmas movies

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writers: Todd Casey

Cast: Adam Scott, Stefania LaVie Owen, Toni Collette  

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

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This Christmas movie describes how a wealthy but chaotic Engel family meets for Christmas three days before Christmas. Max is still a staunch believer in Santa Claus and plans to write him a letter.

Tom and Sarah, his adolescent sister Beth, his aunt Linda and uncle Howard, their children Howie Jr., Stevie, Jordan, and infant Chrissie, Sarah and Linda’s cantankerous aunt Dorothy, and Tom’s mother Omi, who talks largely in German, are all members of his family.

Max tries to keep family traditions alive, but tensions among his relatives cause them to lose their Christmas cheer. The camera pans out, revealing that either the family is being observed by Krampus through a snow globe, along with hundreds of others in his collection, or that they have been imprisoned by the demonic Krampus for all eternity.

56. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Director: Clay Kaytis

Writers: Matt Lieberman

Cast: Oliver Hudson, Jesse Gervasi, Jack Bona

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

Image Credit: Netflix

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Christmas has been a beloved tradition in the Pierce home in Lowell, Massachusetts, for many years until 2018, when Doug Pierce, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty. Claire, the family’s mother, is struggling to keep the family together, particularly the oldest kid Teddy, who has begun stealing automobiles.

Kate, the youngest kid, wishes to keep the Christmas joy alive. Claire is forced to cover for a coworker on Christmas Eve, leaving Teddy to watch after Kate.

Santa is updating his True Believers book in the North Pole, putting Teddy’s name to it, when Mrs. Claus comes with firewood to tell him about his exploits. It is also a good Halloween movie to stream on Christmas vacation. You can also check out the best family movies on Netflix NZ.

57. DR. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

The Grinch (2018)

Director: Yarrow Cheney 

Writers: Michael LeSieur

Cast: Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Tristan O’Hare  

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Image Credit: Entertainment Weekly

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The Whos, human-like beings, are overjoyed to be spending Christmas in Whoville. Only The Grinch, a grumpy green-furred creature with a “two-size-too-small” heart who lives in a cave on the peak of Mount Crumpit just north of Whoville, isn’t amused.

Max, the Grinch’s trusty pet dog, is his only friend, and they only go to Whoville when the Grinch has to buy food or do bad things. Meanwhile, Cindy-Lou, who is six years old, notices that her mother Donna is busy as she cares for her and her twin brothers, Buster and Bean. If you like watching the best Christmas movies, it is a good option for you!

58. Better Watch Out (2016)

Better Watch Out (2016)

Director: Chris Peckover

Writers: Zack Kahn

Cast: Aleks Mikic, Olivia DeJonge, Virginia Madsen

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

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This Christmas movie revolves around Ashley, 17, who is babysitting Luke Lerner, a precocious 12-year-old, during the holidays. While viewing a horror movie, Luke feels love feelings for Ashley and tries unsuccessfully to seduce her. Ashley visits the Learners’ suburban house to babysit their 12-year-old son Luke for the holidays.

When uninvited invaders announce their presence, she must quickly protect herself and the tiny kid. In sum, if you a fan of holiday classic like Holiday Inn and the best Christmas movies ever, don’t miss it. 

59. Noelle (2019)

Noelle (2019)

Director: Marc Lawrence

Writers: Marc Lawrence

Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Kendrick, Julie Hagerty

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

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This Christmas movie tells – Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas joy, but she wishes she could achieve something significant like her brother Nick, who will be taking over for their father this holiday season.

Noelle advises Nick to take a break and go away when he’s about to crack like a gingerbread cookie under the pressure, but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must track down her brother and bring him back in time to preserve Christmas. If you are looking for a heartwarming Christmas movie, go for it!

60. The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)

Director: Chris Columbus

Writers: Matt Lieberman

Cast: Darby Camp, Kurt Russell, Jahzir Bruno

IMDB Rating: 6.0/10

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It’s been two years since the events of the previous film. This Christmas story tells that Kate Pierce is now a cynical 13-year-old who is uncomfortable spending Christmas with her mother Claire, brother Teddy, and her mother’s new lover Bob and his kid Jack in Cancun, Mexico.

She wishes to return to her hometown, where it is snowing and Christmas seems more authentic. Kate resolves to flee and book a trip back to Boston as soon as possible. She boards a shuttle that Jack has snuck into. They are abruptly brought to the North Pole by the wicked Christmas elf driver Belsnickel. Overall, it is among the best Christmas classic movies. 

61. Holidate (2020)

Holidate (2020)

Director: John Whitesell

Writers: Tiffany Paulsen 

Cast: Luke Bracey, Frances Fisher, Emma Roberts

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

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Sloane Benson is a single young woman from Chicago who despises the holidays because of the judgment she gets from her family. Sloane meets Jackson at a supermarket return counter on the spur of the moment.

They create a deal to meet as a pair just during the holidays to make life at the very least livable since they are both wary of nightmarish dates and intrusive family over the holidays. Slowly, slowly, despite scoffing at romantic clichés, their relationship develops into something more. You wouldn’t be able to find a great Christmas movie, other than this. 

62. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas journey (2020)

Jingle Jangle A Christmas journey (2020)

Director: David E. Talbert

Writers: David E. Talbert

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Image Credit: Variety

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It is on the top of the list of the best Christmas movies. It revolves around a festive tale about a quirky toymaker, his courageous granddaughter, and a miraculous creation that has the ability to transform their lives forever, an imaginative world comes to life.

Renowned toymaker Jeronicus Jangle’s whimsical creations explode with whimsy and enchantment in the beautifully lively village of Cobblestone.

When his most cherished creation is stolen by his trusty apprentice, it’s up to his equally bright and innovative granddaughter – and a long-forgotten invention – to heal old wounds and rekindle the magic inside. Finally, this Christmas movie is a good option to celebrate Christmas. 

63. A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince (2017) - NZ

Director: Alex Zamm

Writers: Karen Schaler

Cast: Ben Lamb, Honor Kneafsey, Rose McIver

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

Image Credit: CNET

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This Christmas story tells about Amber Moore, an ambitious young American magazine writer, is dispatched to the faraway kingdom of Aldovia just before Christmas to cover a news conference held by Prince Richard, who is slated to succeed his father after his death. Richard has been characterized as a reckless playboy in the tabloids, and he is also said to be intending to abandon the throne. 

64. Jingle all the way (1996)

Jingle all the way (1996) - New Zealand

Director: Brian Levant 

Writers: Randy Kornfield

Cast: Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Martin Mull

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

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This Christmas tale revolves around Howard Langston, a mattress salesman, who is always busy at work, and he also consistently fails to impress his son, Jamie. He works hard to come up with an answer to compensate for missing his son’s karate presentation. Jamie has stated that all he wants for Christmas is a Turbo Man action figure.

Unfortunately for Howard, it’s Christmas Eve, and every store is out of Turbo Man figures; so Howard must race across town with everyone else, including a mailman called Myron, in order to get a Turbo Man and make it to the Entertainment Festival, which will showcase Turbo Man. Finally, it is among the great Christmas movies. 

65. A bad Moms Christmas (2017)

A bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Director: Jon Lucas

Writers: Jon Lucas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Susan Sarandon, Mila Kunis 

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

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A Bad Moms Christmas is one of the best Christmas movies telling about three underappreciated and overworked ladies and their revolt against the hardships and demands of the Super Bowl for moms. As if planning the perfect holiday for their families wasn’t difficult, there’s an added pressure of hosting and entertaining their own moms.

Our mothers will rethink how to make the holidays meaningful for everyone at the conclusion of the voyage, and they will rediscover a stronger connection with their mothers. Also, check out the best horror movies

66. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018)

Director: Lasse Hallström

Writers: Ashleigh Powell

Cast: Tom Sweet, Ellie Bamber, Mackenzie Foy

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

Image Credit: Roger Ebert

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Clara requires a miraculous, one-of-a-kind key in order to open a box containing a precious present. A golden thread guides her to the prized key, but it vanishes into a weird and intriguing parallel universe.

She encounters a soldier named Phillip, a bunch of mice, and the regents who rule over three kingdoms in that world. Clara and Phillip must now go to a fourth dimension in order to collect the key and bring peace to the nation.

67. Operation Christmas Drop (2020)

Operation Christmas Drop (2020) - NZ

Director: Martin Wood

Writers: Gregg Rossen

Cast: Trezzo Mahoro, Kat Graham, Virginia Madsen

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

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This Christmas tale revolves around Erica working in Washington, DC as a legislative assistant. She’s been charged with looking into a US Air Force installation on Guam in order to find a basis to advocate its closure. Andrew is an Air Force captain who has been assigned to tour her around the USAF facility and persuade her to keep it open.

Andrew takes Erica on a tour of the base and different islands, demonstrating to her that the tradition is valuable and that the facility should not be closed. During these circumstances, Erica and Andrew’s romance blossoms. Finally, it is among the best holiday films. 

68. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990) - NZ

Director: Chris Columbus

Writers: John Hughes

Cast: Daniel Stern, Macaulay Culkin, Roberts Blossom 

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

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It’s the holiday season, and the McCallisters are getting ready to travel to Paris for a vacation. Kevin, a young boy is the house’s black sheep, often picked on by his brothers and relatives, and his parents are irritated by his antics.

Kevin has no choice but to sleep on the house’s third level. The next day, the McCallisters oversleep and struggle to make it to their flight, only to find they’ve forgotten Kevin after they’re airborne. 

69. The Princess Switch (2018)

The Princess Switch (2018)

Director: Mike Rohl

Writers: Robin Bernheim

Cast: Sam Palladio, Alexa Adeosun, Vanessa Hudgens

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

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Stacy is one of the best planners, on the advice of her sous chef and closest friend, Kevin, a planner with a fondness for schedules, she makes an unexpected journey to the delightful region of Belgravia. Stacy encounters a similar stranger with a bizarre request while preparing for the Grand Christmas Baking Contest.

Duchess Margaret Delacourt, free-spirited but royally bound, just wants one more chance to live life as a “regular person” before marrying the Crown Prince of Belgravia. Stacy has the power to grant her wish. Overall, it is among the worth watch Christmas movies and a good option for holiday cheer.

70. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Director: Bharat Nalluri 

Writers: Susan Coyne

Cast: Miriam Margolyes, Dan Stevens, Morfydd Clark 

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

Image Credit: Medium

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Charles Dickens is in financial trouble two years after the triumph of Oliver Twist caused by the failure of his last 3 publications. After being turned down by his publishers, he sets out to create a new book in order to recoup his losses.

He begins composing A Christmas Carol, due in six weeks in order to be published by Christmas, after seeing inspiration throughout London, most notably a rich man’s burial that is completely ignored.

Charles engages with the individuals he is writing about, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge, as he begins to create his novel. One of Dickens’ maids, Tara, an Irish immigrant who is literate and can offer guidance, is assisting him.

71. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - New Zealand

Director:  Frank Capra

Writers: Frances Goodrich

Cast: Lionel Barrymore,  Henry Travers, Frank Faylen

IMDB Rating: 8.6/10

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It’s a Wonderful Life tells about a young George Bailey who is tethered to a firm he never wanted to work for and a life he never wanted to live because of familial ties and a sense of responsibility toward his neighborhood. As he grows older, he realizes that his youth, hopes, and prospects have passed him by.

George’s friends and family, unbeknownst to him, had been hoping for him to get through some of those difficult moments to enjoy a wonderful life. He is approached by his guardian angel Clarence as he contemplates terminating his life, as told through the eyes of a number of angels.

72. Deck The Halls (2006)

Deck The Halls (2006)

Director: John Whitesell

Writers: Matt Corman

Cast: Alia Shawkat, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth

IMDB Rating: 5.0/10

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Steve Finch, an optometrist, adores the Christmas traditions he has established with his family and community. As a result, starting on December 1, he has a calendar of events planned for his family, and he is the unofficial Christmas consultant in his hometown of Cloverdale, Massachusetts.

The Halls relocate to the building across the street from the Sparrows over the Christmas season. As Steve and Buddy’s open antagonism deepens, it may jeopardize the joy of Christmas for everyone, especially their families, who have their own ideas about what they want to do over the holidays.

73. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Director: Les Mayfield

Writers: Valentine Davies

Cast: Elizabeth Perkins, J.T. Walsh, Jane Leeves

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

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Susan Walker, six years old, finds that if you truly believe, your dreams may come true. She has reservations about Santa Claus, childhood’s greatest abiding miracle. Dorey, her mother, told her the “truth” about him a long time ago, so she doesn’t anticipate getting the most significant presents on her Christmas list.

However, she is given the most valuable present of all, something to believe in, after encountering a unique department store Santa who is certain he is the genuine deal. Overall, it is one of the best Christmas movies.

74. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Director: Alex Mann

Writers: Charlie Cohen

Cast: Wayne Allwine, Tress MacNeille, Bill Farmer

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Image Credit: YouTube

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A three-part anthology-style video with a Christmas theme. “Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas,” the first segment, is essentially a rehash of Groundhog Day (1993), with Huey, Dewey, and Louie repeating Christmas indefinitely.

Then there’s “A Very Goofy Christmas,” in which Goofy attempts to persuade his son to believe in Santa Claus. Finally, “Mickey & Minnie’s Gift Of The Magi” retells the famous Christmas story of ironic self-sacrifice. Kelsey Grammer’s voiceover weaves the stories together.

Kris Kringle is furious when he discovers that the man assigned to represent Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Ceremony is inebriated in the first section. When he complains to Doris Walker, the event director, she convinces Kris to take his place.

75. Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Director: Ernie Barbarash

Writers: Dinah Eng

Cast: Jake Lacy, Neil Crone, Bill Lake

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Image Credit: Entertainment Weekly

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An heiress is challenged by her father to send a Christmas letter in hand to his ex-partner in their hometown – by bus, incognito,, and with just $100 – if she wants to be the CEO. Will she be able to learn something from the folks she meets there?

Ellen Langford, the ambitious heiress, must deliver a special Christmas letter to her father’s old partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew, before inheriting her father’s gift company.

When she is stranded at the village inn due to snowfall, she is compelled to labor for her keep, and in the process, she finds romance and learns about the true meaning of Christmas.


A genuinely excellent Christmas film should capture the spirit of the season. Because we all have distinct customs, Christmas movies may assume a variety of chestnut-roasting, Jack Frost-nipping shapes: unrelentingly cheerful musicals, faintly religious dramas, stubbornly gloomy horror pictures, or joyously filthy comedy, to name a few.

It’s never too early to get into the holiday mood by snuggling up and watching all of the finest Christmas movies as the snowfalls. Hence we have gathered the 30 best Christmas movies of all time.

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