Christmas (Some) Favorites

by cozoshea | created - 27 Dec 2010 | updated - 24 Dec 2017 | Public

Little known or forgotten movies with some of the best Christmas plots/stories/scenes ever.

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1. Come to the Stable (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 1,012

2. Going My Way (1944)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Father Charles O'Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown

Votes: 9,837 | Gross: $16.30M

3. Christmas Eve (1947)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

To save her fortune from a designing nephew, Matilda Reed must locate her three long-lost adopted sons in time for a Christmas Eve reunion.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: George Raft, George Brent, Randolph Scott, Joan Blondell

Votes: 451

Three adopted sons (George Raft, Randolph Scott, & George Brent)must come home before midnight on Christmas Eve in order to save their mother's (Ann Harding) home from her greedy natural (Reginal Denny) nephew.

4. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

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.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore

Votes: 3,226

5. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis

Votes: 6,378

6. The Little Princess (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.

Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 5,324

7. A Christmas Carol (1938)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 5,850

8. Heidi (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley

Votes: 3,929

9. Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)

Approved | 74 min | Drama

Flavia Mills (Margaret O'Brien) has been told that her Aunt Susan Bratten's (Dame Angela Lansbury's) fiancé, Steve Abbott (George Murphy), has been on a trip around the world, but in truth,... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Angela Lansbury, George Murphy, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 514

10. The Great Rupert (1950)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Family

A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake, Frank Orth

Votes: 896

11. Holiday (1938)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 13,463

More a New Year's Eve movie but still joyous (and what a party!).

12. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh

Votes: 1,373

Original title 'Beyond Tomorrow'

13. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

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

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell

Votes: 1,598

Introduces the song 'Silver Bells'

14. We're No Angels (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the house of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

Votes: 7,586

15. Lady for a Day (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 3,567

(re-made as 'Pocket Full Of Miracles' [1961])

16. All I Want for Christmas (1991)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 4,241 | Gross: $14.81M

17. This Christmas (2007)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba

Votes: 7,953 | Gross: $49.12M

18. Life with Mikey (1993)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family

A once-popular actor who now runs a talent agency specializing in child acts is trying to discover the next star. He gets more than he bargained for when he recruits a child pickpocket.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper

Votes: 5,176 | Gross: $12.44M

19. Christmas Eve (1986 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Loretta Young, Arthur Hill, Ron Leibman, Trevor Howard

Votes: 291

A last Christmas Eve wish by dying Grandmother Loretta Young - reuniting her son with his estranged children.

20. Last Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 27,073 | Gross: $38.36M

21. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

Votes: 2,081

Five of O. Henry's best are in 'Full House' (with a stewpot of Hollywood stars) including these seasonal favorites:

"The Gift of the Magi" "The Last Leaf" "The Cop and the Anthem"

22. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance

49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 16,917 | Gross: $3.44M

Sweet, tender movie, with favorites James Garner, Bill Cobbs and Brian Denehy. Has a sequel/prequel that I have not yet seen.

23. Star in the Night (1945)

Not Rated | 22 min | Short, Drama, Family

Three cowboys riding across the desert with gifts for no particular recipient, see a distant bright light and find it comes from the Star Auto Court sign where the owners and guests work together to help a young pregnant wife and husband.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Donald Woods, Rosina Galli, Richard Erdman

Votes: 781

with J. Carrol Naish - This modern version of the Christmas story adds elements of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." On Christmas eve somewhere in the US southwest, three cowboys are riding through the desert night with items they purchased at a general store. They see a bright light just above the horizon and decide to find out where the it is coming from.

24. Christmas Angel (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Family

Christmas wishes made before a long-abandoned house that start coming true lead an elementary schoolgirl to discover a reclusive woman living inside.

Director: Brian Herzlinger | Stars: Della Reese, Teri Polo, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kevin Sorbo

Votes: 995

'Make a wish, throw a rock, break a window, and your wish will come true.' Not really, but you can see what happens if you just believe.

25. The Christmas Choir (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Nineteen days before Christmas, accountant Peter Brockman is dumped by his fiancée, Jill, because of his workaholic ways and being emotionally detached from life. Proverbially drowning his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Svatek | Stars: Jason Gedrick, Tyrone Benskin, Michael Sarrazin, Marianne Farley

Votes: 574

26. Call Me Claus (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Family

Lucy's a producer on a home shopping channel. She hires the real Santa as Santa. He has to find his replacement as the real Santa in 4 weeks. Lucy is unknowingly the only candidate left.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victor Garber

Votes: 2,233

27. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 8,673 | Gross: $3.70M

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

28. The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A.C. Gilbert figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Jason Alexander, Kelly Rowan, Ari Cohen, C. David Johnson

Votes: 439

29. Carol for Another Christmas (1964 TV Movie)

84 min | Drama, Fantasy

Daniel Grudge, a wealthy industrialist and fierce isolationist long embittered by the loss of his son in World War II, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who lead him to reconsider his attitude toward his fellow man.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Percy Rodrigues, Sterling Hayden, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer

Votes: 663

Wasn't so sure about this one except that the one thing it had going for it was Rod Serling and his work is quality.

Whenever I really want hope for today's world, I inevitably wind up watching this.

Prophetic!

30. Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980 TV Short)

Not Rated | 26 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

An elderly widower relies on his daydreams and faith to get through a lonely Christmas.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: James Stewart, Beverly Rowland, Kamee Aliessa, Tamara Fowler

Votes: 801

31. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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.

Directors: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 12,473 | Gross: $8.18M



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