Movies Listed Alphabetically
A = Animated/Cartoon/Claymation/Puppets
AS or MS = Animated Short or Movie Short (under 30 minutes)
M/A = Movie/Animation mix
All movies are G or PG rated unless listed otherwise
I do not endorse or recommend all the movies listed.
‘I can’t live without watching them!’ at Christmas ***
Movies I highly recommend are marked with two **
Movies I like are marked with one * Movies I have not seen yet are marked with ^
If you have a favorite I accidentally left out, please list it in the comments. Thank you!
A Boyfriend for Christmas* – 2004, Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning – On Christmas Day, Santa brings two lonely people together. But can love overcome deception?
A Bride for Christmas - 2012, Arielle Kebbel, Andrew Walker, Sage Brocklebank – A man bets his friends that he can convince a woman to marry him by Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas*** (A) - 1965, Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea -Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
A Chipmunk Christmas (A) - 1981, June Foray, Janice Karman - It’s coming up on Christmastime, and the Chipmunks are eager for the big day to arrive. David Seville books studio time for them to record a Christmas song…
A Christmas Carol** – 1934, Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart - On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner…
A Christmas Carol (A)* – 1971, Alistair Sim, Michael Redgrave - An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol*** – 1984, George C. Scott - An old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when 3 ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol – 1999, Patrick Stewart, Joel Grey - An adaptation of the famous novel. On Christmas Eve; an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner…
A Christmas Carol: A Musical – 2004, Kelsey Grammer - An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol (A) - 2009, Jim Carey, Hugh Grant, Robin Wright-Penn, Gary Oldman - An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
A Christmas Kiss^ – 2011, Laura Breckenridge, Branden Fehr, Elizabeth Rohm - Wendy is an aspiring designer and assistant to her callous boss Priscilla. Unfortunately, Wendy’s dreams of impressing her boss get complicated when she realizes that the mysterious man she kissed in a falling elevator is Priscilla’s boyfriend, Adam.
A Christmas Proposal* – 2008, Two opposing lawyers — one time sweethearts — battle over the development of a ski resort.
A Christmas Snow^ – 2010, Danny Cahill, Muse Watson, Cameron ten Napel, Tyler Quinn – The storm of the century, brings the gift of a lifetime.
A Christmas Story* - 1983, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillion - Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.
A Christmas Wish - 2011, Kristy Swanson, Edward Herrmann - Single-mom Martha Evans is praying for a miracle to help her family this Christmas. Little does she know that her neighbors have been working behind the scenes to make her season bright.
A Christmas Visitor*- 2002, William Devne, Dean McDermott, Meredith Baxter - A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years…
A Fairy Tale Christmas^ (A) – 2005, Lara Gilchrist, Michael Dobson – Once upon a time there was a happy kingdom at the crest of a broad river, at the edge of nearly endless forest…(Feature Films for Family)
A Flintstone Christmas Carol* (A) – 1994, Henry Corden, Jane Vander Pyl, Frank Welker - Fred is cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage adaption of the story, but is acting a bit stingy in real life.
A Holiday to Remember* – 1995, Connie Sellecca, Rue McClanahan, Randy, Travis - Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest…
A Mom for Christmas - 1990, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Sorci - A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.
A Nanny for Christmas* - 2010, Emmanuelle Vagier, Dean Cain - Ally is a smart young career woman who needs a new job. Samantha is a busy Beverly Hills advertising executive/mom whose too-well-mannered kids need some fun in their lives. And Danny Donner is the tough-guy owner of a chocolate company who wants a major ad campaign immediately…
A Princess for Christmas* – 2011, Katie McGrath, Roger Moore, Charlotte Salt, Sam Heughan - At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.
A Smokey Mountain Christmas* – 1986, Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins - A country/western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains runs into a reclusive backwoodsman–and a witch.
A Song for the Season (A Holiday Romance) – 1999, Naomi Judd, Andy Griffith, Gerald McRaney - A staid school administrator comes to town to close a school and ends up falling in love with a charming music teacher…
Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero^ – 2012, Rick Shew, Tracey Bumpass - It’s “Christmas time” at the Baker household, and Bailey is at it again. Worried that he will not get any presents from Santa because he’s been a bad doggie…
All About Christmas Eve^ – 2012, Halie Duff, Chris Carmack, Connie Sellecca - made-for-TV movie that will premiere on Lifetime on December 9, 2012.
All I Want For Christmas*** – 1991, Lauren Bacall, Harley Kozak, Thora Birch - ”All I Want For Christmas” is a comedy about two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season…
All Mine to Give** – 1957, Cameron Mitchell, Glynis Johns - An immigrant family in 1850′s Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.
Annabelle’s Wish^ – 2007, A poor farmer struggles to raise his orphaned grandson, who was left mute after a raging barnfire. When a beautiful little calf is born on the farm on Christmas eve…
Annie Claus is Coming to Town^ – 2011, Maria Thayer, Sam Page - Santas daughter takes her first trip away from the North Pole during the Christmas season hoping to find adventure and love in sunny California. “As parents you will understand the importance of a child’s growth watching Annie make decisions that affect her life and the future of the North Pole. ”
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas^ (A) – 2000, Oliver Grainger, Bruce Dinsmore – Arthur and his family prepare gifts and parties to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Baxter Day.
Babes in Toyland** – 1934 – Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns – Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep’s shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby…
Babes in Toyland* - 1961, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger – Tom the Piper’s Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary’s sheep…
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas (A) – 1998, Robbie Benson, Paige O’Hara, Jerry Orbach - Belle prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast’s wishes, trying to bring him happiness for the season…
The Bells of St. Mary** – 1945, Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Harry Travers - At a big city Catholic school, Father O’Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.
Beyond Tomorrow* – 1940, Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger - Three ghosts try to help two young lovers whom they knew when alive.
The Bishops Wife*** – 1947, Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven - A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn’t about fundraising.
Booky and the Secret Santa* – 2007, Megan Follows, Rachel Marcus, Stuart Hughes - Booky does everything she can to make an enjoyable Christmas, for her family, during the depression as her father is out of work.
Borrowed Hearts* - 1997, Roma Downey, Eric McCormick - Kathleen’s a hard-working single mother, who’s saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter…
Bush Christmas* – 1947, Chips Rafferty, John Fernside - In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains and end up having a Christmas adventure they will never forget.
Bush Christmas – 1983, John Howard, Nicole Kidman, John Ewart - The much loved Australian story of an outback family and a Christmas adventure that they would never forget…
Catching Kringle^ (AS) – 2004, Danny DeVita, Trisha Clark, Carol Lawrence, John Rhys-Davies - In the not-so-distant future of Christmas, Santa Claus is declared a national security threat by an evil general with a 50-year old grudge.
Chilly Christmas^ – 2012, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Arnold, Brook Langton – No information available yet
The Christmas Box - 1995, Maureen O’Hara, Richard Thomas, Annette O’Toole - A ski-shop owner and his wife and daughter move in with an elderly widow who needs help; he suffers recurring dreams.
The Christmas Bunny^ - 2010, Sofie Bolen, Madeline Vail (Feature Films for Family) - The Christmas Bunny tells the story of a lonely foster child (Sophie Bolen) who finds a lost, injured rabbit in the woods on Christmas Eve…
The Christmas Card* - 2006, Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans - 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.
Christmas Child* - 2003, William R. Moses, Teresa Browning, Grant James - A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek^ - 1987, John Schneider, Kim Delaney, Tom Wopat - Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work…
The Christmas Consultant – 2012, David Hasselhoff, Caroline Rhea, Barclay Hope – A consultant helps a workaholic mother survive the holidays.
Christmas Eve** – 1947, George Raft, George Brent, Ann Harding, 1986, Loretta Young - To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reid must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion.
Christmas in Connecticut***- 1945, Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sidney Greenstreet - 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.
Christmas in Connecticut – 1992, Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Curtis – Elizabeth is the star of a successful cooking show and author of several cookbooks. But when her manager…
Christmas Cupid^ – 2010, Christina Milian, Ashely Benson - Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client…
Christmas in My Hometown* (A Holiday for Love) – 1996, Tim Matheson, Melissa Gilbert, Travis Tritt - Sometimes You Have to Lose Your Way to Find Your Heart.
Christmas in Paradise – 2007, Charlotte Ross, Colin Ferguson, Devon Werkhelser – While vacationing in the Caribbean, bonds form among a man and his two children and a woman and her two children.
The Christmas List^ – 1997, Mimi Rogers, Rob Stewart, Stella Stevens - Perfume saleslady Melody Parris feels like her life is in neutral. Her stick-in-the mud boyfriend won’t commit and she gets passed over for a promotion at the store where she works…
Christmas Lodge – 2011, Erin Karpluk, Michael Shanks - Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary finds herself at the now-dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey** – 2007, Tom Berenger, Joely Richardson - When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father…
Christmas Mountain* - 1981, Slim Pickens, Mark Miller - A cowboy comes to a town at Christmas time. He eats at a cafe but was unable to pay for his meal, so the owner throws him in jail…
The Christmas Pageant^ – 2011, Melissa Gilbert, Robert Mailhouse, Candace Azzara, C. Stephen Browder – When a temperamental Broadway director is fired from yet another job, she is forced to direct a community Christmas pageant.
Christmas Shoes** – 2002, Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Max Morrow - 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.
Christmas Snow – 1986, Katharine Helmond, Sid Caesar, Melissa Joan Hart - This very heartwarming story involves a widow who’s family through several generations have owned and operated a little candy store/factory in a small picturesque town. The widow has 2 children, one adopted from a deceased employee. Enter Scrooge-like Mr Snyder who decides he needs more revenue and plans to make big changes.
Christmas Vacation - 1989, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis - The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Christmas With a Capital C - 2011, Ted McGinley, Daniel Baldwin, Nancy Strafford - An attorney returns to his small home town in Alaska and quickly rocks the boat by getting an injunction against the nativity display tradition and attacking Christmas.
Christmas With the Kranks - 2005, Tim Allen, Jaime Lee Curtis - With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute.
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse : A Christmas Tale* (A) -1993, John Lithgrow, Crystal Gayle
Deck the Halls* – 2006, Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick - Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
Die Hard^ (R) – 1988, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman - John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation^ – 2010, Gary Valentine, Dean Cain, Elisa Donovan, Mario Lopez - The Bannister family’s new addition, Zeus a former K-9 police hero, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However, when two burglars set out to break into the Bannister’s home while they’re away for Christmas, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero,..
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays^ – 2012, Dean Cain, Shelly Long, Peyton List - the Bannister family as they travel to Southern California to stay with Aunt Barbara, who surprises them with a new puppy named Eve. Everyone is smitten with Eve — except for the Bannister’s dog, Zeus…
Donovan’s Reef** – 1963, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour – Over the holidays ’Guns’ Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and ‘Boats’ Gilhooley, until Dedham’s high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.
Elf* – 2003, Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart - After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
Eloise at Christmastime – 2003, Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilleva, Jeffrey Tambor – A 6-year old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.
Farewell Mr. Kringle^ – 2010, Christopher Wiehl, Christine Taylor, William Morgan Sheppard – Romance; no additional info yet
Four Christmases* (PG13) – 2008, Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen - A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
Fred Claus^ – 2007, Vince Vaughn, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti - Fred Claus, Santa’s bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.
The Flight Before Christmas (A) – 2008, Emma Roberts, Norm MacDonald – A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer how to soar into the sky.
Frosty the Snowman** (A) -1969, Jimmy Durante, Jackie Vernon - A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat.
The Gift of Love* – 1978, Marie Osmond, Timothy Bottoms – Based on O Henry’s Christmas tale, this is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family…
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story^ - 1983, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury - After experiencing several stressful situations within a short time –including the failure of the family business and the loss of her mother– Janet Broderick becomes ill…
The Heart of Christmas* – 2011, Candace Cameron Bure, Erin Bethea, Eric Jay Beck – Based on a true story of hope and compassion. Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax one last Christmas,…
Heidi** – 1937, Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher - Swiss girl Adelheid ‘Heidi’ is orphaned young. Aunt Detie brings her to grandpa Alp, who lives isolated in the Alps…
Heidi** – 2005, Max Von Snydow, Emma Bolger, Geraldine Chaplain - Swiss girl Adelheid ‘Heidi’ is orphaned young. Aunt Detie brings her to grandpa Alp, who lives isolated in the Alps…
Hercules Saves Christmas^ (Santa’s Dog) – 2011, Hercules Rossi, Luigi Sampson Shorty Rossi, MacKenzie Phillips, George Maguire - ”Hercules Saves Christmas” takes us on a magical, fun-filled and touching journey. Max Moogle, an adorable yet mischievous twelve year old boy…
The Holiday*** (PG13) - 2006, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz - Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
Holiday Affair*** – 1949, Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey - The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed.
Holiday in Handcuffs^ – 2007, Melissa Joan Hart, Lopez, Timothy Bottoms - A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.
Holiday Inn*** – 1942, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Majorie Reynolds - At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
Holiday Switch^ – 2007, Nicole Eggert, Patricia Mayen-Salazar, Bret Anthony - When Paula Ferguson sees her old HS boyfriend is rich and famous, she wishes she had made a different choice of husbands — when a magical Christmas wish transports her to the life she COULD have had,…
The Holly and the Ivy – 1952, Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, Denholm Elliot – A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials…
Home Alone**- 1990, Joe Pesci, Catharine O’Hara, Macaulay Culkin - An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story* – 1971, Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas - The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It’s Christmas eve and they are waiting for father Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away…
How About You* - 2007, Joss Ackland, Vanessa Redgrave, Haley Atwell – “How About You” tells the story of Ellie, a young woman left in charge of the residential home run by her older sister, over the Christmas period. Whilst most of the residents have left to spend the festive period with their families, four residents, known as ‘the hardcore’ remain…
How the Grinch Stole Christmas*** (A) - 1966, Boris Karloff - A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas^ (M/A) – 2002, Jim Carrey, Taylor Mumsen - Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature intent on stealing Christmas.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus^ – 2002, Connie Sellecca, Corbin Bernsen - After a boy sees a man in Santa Claus suit kissing his mother, he thinks that the real Santa wants to replace his father, so he goes to prank-war with him.
Ice Age* (A) – 2002, Ray Romano, Denise Leary (not a Christmas movie but a fun winter movie) - Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe.
It Happened on 5th Avenue*** – 1947, Don DeFore, Ann Harding - A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (A) – Joan Cusack, Kelly Ripa, David Arquette - On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.
It’s a Wonderful Life*** – 1946, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Gloria Graham, Lionel Barrymore - An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
It’s Christmas, Caroll – 2012, Carrie Fisher, Emmanuelle Vaugler, Carson Kressley – The ghost of her former boss shows a ruthless CEO her past, present and future.
Jack Frost – 1998, Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston - A father, who can’t keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.
Jingle All the Way – 1996, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman - A harried father decides to dream the impossible dream, to get that year’s hot toy for his son just before Christmas Day.
Joyeux Noel** – 2005, Diana Kruger, Benno Furman, Anna Sorenson – Based on a true story: On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.
Lassie: A Christmas Tale^ – 2005, Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton, Peter Dinklage – The story of a faithful dogs journey to reunite with her family in time for Christmas.
The Little Drummer Boy* - 1968, Jose Ferrer, Greer Garson - An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
The Little Matchgirl ^(A) – 2006, An animated short based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about a poor young girl with a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life…
Little Women** – 1933, Katharine Hepburn, Frances Dee, Spring Byington - Little Women is a “coming of age” drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy…
Little Women** – 1954, June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh - Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s…
Little Women*** – 1994, Wynoma Rider, Gabriel Bryne, Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst - The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.
The Little Princess** – 1939, Shirley Temple, A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army.
The Little Princess** – 1995, Liesel Matthews and Sarah Bron - A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army.
Love Actually (R) – 2003, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightly, Colin Firth - Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Lucky Christmas* – 2011, Elizabeth Berkley, Jason Gray-Stanford – A woman must retrieve her winning lottery ticket from the glove department of her stolen car.
Mary Christmas* - 2002, Cynthia Gibb, John Schneider (Feature Films for Families) - When a nine year old girl writes a letter to Santa Claus asking for a mommy, a television station news director gets wind of it and assigns a hard-bitten reporter to get the story…
Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel) ** (PG13) - 2005, Diane Kruger, Benno Furman, Natalie Dessay - Inspired by a true story, this heartwarming tale unfolds on Christmas Eve, 1914, in the midst of World War I. As the French, Scottish and German soldiers prepare to open their presents, a momentous event occurs that changes the destinies of four people: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, a world-class tenor and his soprano lover.)
Mickey’s Christmas Carol** (A) – Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith - The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.
Miracle on 34th Street*** – 1947, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn (the perfect Kris Kringle), John Payne - When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Miracle on 34th Street*** – 1994, Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott - When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Mistletoe Over Manhattan* – 2011, Tedde Moore, Tricia Helfer, Mairtin O’Carrigan, Greg Bryk - After sensing her husband is losing his Christmas spirit, Mrs. Claus travels to a place where she knows the spirit of Christmas still exists: New York City.
The Mistle-Tones^ – 2012, Tori Spelling, Tia Mowry-Hardrict - Holly, blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago… A new ABC Family Musical Premier that will aire Dec 9th, 13th, 17th and, 20th.
Moonlight and Mistletoe – 2008, Candace Cameron Bure, Tom Arnold, Christopher Wiehl – Nick and his daughter Holly fight a real-estate developer to keep their Christmas theme park open.
The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992, Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz - The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (A) – 1962, Jm Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy - An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens’ timeless classic “A Christmas Carol.” The nearsighted Mr…
The Nativity Story***- 2006, Ciaran Hinds, Keisha Castle Hughes, Oscar Isaacs - A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph’s life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
The Night Before Christmas*** (A) – 1968, Olan Soule, Barbara Eiler, Hal Smith - Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas.
The Night Before Christmas^ – 1994, Terrance Hill, Bud Spencer, Boots Sutherland - Two brothers who hate themselves are going to spend Christmas with their mother. She tries to get them together.
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas – 2010, Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts – When Santa sets off on his Christmas duties a day early, crashes into the Fox family’s house, ends up with amnesia and loses his magic sack of presents…
Noel^ (A) – 1992, Charlton Heston, Larissa Auble – The story of Noel, a cheerful Christmas ornament with a certain “happiness” that rubs off on the families he lives with.
Noel – (PG13) 2004, Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandan, Paul Walker - Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.
Nothing Like the Holidays – 2008, John Legulzamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Pena – Secret Revelations, major life-changes and inevitable bickering mark a Chicago family reunion.
The Nutcracker: A Christmas Story* (Charles Dickens) – 2007, Paul Boyd, Joyce Cuoco
On the Second Day of Christmas* - 1997, Mark Ruffalo, Mary Stuart Masterson - Con-woman Trish and her niece/ward Patsy are caught trying to steal from a department store right before Christmas…
On the Twelfth Day…** – 1955, David O’Brien, Franklyn Bennett, Wendy Toye - A Comedy Short: A proper Edwardian lady patiently endures the ever-increasing disruption to her quiet household when her Truelove gives her all the items from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” (Would love to find a copy of this British gem!)
Once Upon a Christmas^ - 2000, John Dye, Kathy Ireland - Can Santa’s daughter turn naughty to nice and save Christmas?
Polar Express* (A) – 2004, Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola - On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home.
Prancer***- 1989, Sam Elliot, Cloris Leachman - Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg…
The Preacher’s Wife – 1996, Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance – A modern remake of The Bishops Wife. Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in…
Remember the Night** – 1940, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi – Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas….
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer*** (A) - 1964, Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Paul Soles - A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.
Santa Baby^ – 2006, Jenny McCarthy Ivan Sergel - Mary Class is a highly successful business executive – who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus…
Santa Claus*** – 1985, Dudley Moore, John Lithgrow - The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.
The Santa Clause** – 1994, Tim Allen, David Krumholtz - When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
The Santa Clause 2* - 2002, Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause* - 2006, Tim Allen
Santa Claus is Coming to Town* (A) - 1970, voice of Fred Astaire - A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.
Scrooge** – 1951, Alastair Sims, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison - An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Scrooged – 1988, Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Robert Mitchum - A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Seasons of the Heart* – 1993, Leigh Lombardi, Sam Hennings - Martha and Jed Richards live in Oregon in 1862. They and their two daughters moved there to make a new life…(Feature Films for Family)
Silent Night** – 2002, Linda Hamilton, Mark Anthony Krupa – Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front…
The Small One**(A) - 1978, Sean Marshall, William Woodson - A young Judean boy tries to sell his beloved old donkey to someone who would care for him as much as he does.
Snow Day* - 2000, Jean Smart, Chris Elliot, Mark Weber, Chevy Chase - When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed.
Snowglobe^ – 2007, Christina Miian, Erin Karplunk - A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dreamworld inside a magical snowglobe.
The Shop Around the Corner*** – 1940, James Stewart, Maureen O’Sullivan, Frank Morgan – During Christmas two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they’re falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.
The Town Christmas Forgot – 2010, Lauren Holly, Rick Roberts – A stranded family helps residents of a small town organize a Christmas pageant.
Thomas Kincaide’s Christmas Cottage* - 2008, Jared Padalecki, Peter O’Toole, Marsha Gay Harden - A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade’s painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.
Three Wise Women* – 2010, Fionnula Flanagan, John Rhys-Davies, Hugh O’Conor, Amy Huberman – Accompanied by her guardian angel, an engaged doctor visits the past and meets her one true love.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (A) – 1993, Danny Elfman, Chris Saradon, Catherine O’Hara - Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
Together Again for the First Time – 2008, Julia Duffy, David Ogden Stiers, Kirby Heyborne – A couple invite their extended family to visit for the holidays, but frustrating events occur, eventually revealing a sensitive secret.
Twas the Night Before Christmas** (A) – 1974, Patricia Bright, Scott Firestone - When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.
The Velveteen Rabbit** (M/A)- 2009, Tom Skerritt, Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn - A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday.
The Very First Noel^ (A)- 2006, Andy Griffith, Steve Twitchell, Catharine Gilbert – Story of the First Christmas.
We’re No Angels** – 1955, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett - At Christmas, three prisoners – Joseph, Albert and Jules – escape from Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to rob a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good…
When Angels Come to Town – 2004, Peter Falk, Katey Sagal, Tammy Blanchard – A holiday angel finds his job is in jeopardy when his supervisor arrives to punish him for contacting the wrong family.
Where God Left His Shoes* – 2007, David Castro, Leonor Varela, John Leguizamo, A failed boxer (Leguizamo) struggles to find a job and an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve.
While You Were Sleeping***- 1989, Sandra Bullock, Peter Boyle, Bill Pullman – Over the holidays a ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can’t fool his brother…
White Christmas*** – 1954, a fabulous musical – Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen - 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.
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too^ (A) – 1991, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings – Pooh and friends celebrate Christmas.
The Wish that Changed Christmas^ (A) – 1991, Jonathan Winters, Brittany Thornton, Paul Winfield - Ivy, an orphan wants a grandmother and a doll for Christmas. She mistakes a sign greeting her into a town, she jumps off a bus and shouts, “It’s me, Ivy!”. In the cold she looks for a grandma unsucessfully. She finally finds a woman who always wanted children and a doll, Holly. Based on the book The Story of Holly and Ivy.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus* – 1991, Charles Bronson, Ed Asner, Richard Thomas - While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a “special” assignment…
You’ve Got Mail*- 1998, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear – Not as Christmasy as the original Shop Around the Corner but it does have some lovely Christmas scenes. Two book store owners become rivals but fall in love over the internet.
I understand a small portion of those listed are not fully Christmas but have Christmas scenes, pageants or are celebrated in the month of December with a portion celebrating Christmas and maybe New Years but I have listed them as I feel the movie as a whole depicts the spirit of Christmas.
Some movies with great Christmas and/or Snowy Winter scenes or that take place during Christmas: (Let me know if you think they should be added to the list): Sleepless in Seattle (1993, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson); Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (2001 Daniel Radcliff, Emily Watson); Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Daniel Radcliff, Emily Watson); Far and Away (1992, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise); Lady and the Tramp (A, 1955); Mean Girls (2004, Lindsey Lohan, Jonathan Bennett); The Apartment (1960, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLain); Meet Me in St. Louis, (1944, Judy Garland, Margaret OBrian, Mary Astor, Harry Davenport); When Harry Met Sally (1989, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal); The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (A, 1949, a Wind in the Willows story, Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone); New in Town (2009, Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick, Jr.); Period of Adjustment (1962, Jane Fondu, Tony Franciosa)
If I have missed your favorite Christmas movie(s), please list it/them in the comments so I can add it/them to my list for all to see.
Have a wonderful Christmas season and remember the Reason for the Season