Favorite Christmas Movies/Specials/TV Episodes

by adam_sandler_rox22 | created - 16 Nov 2017 | updated - 16 Nov 2017 | Public

The Top 20 are the ones I try to watch every single year, but I love all of the titles in this list!

P.S. I will be adding to this list as I remember more specials and TV episodes.

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

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 24,574

2. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 126,633 | Gross: $20.61M

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 42,711

4. Home Alone 3 (1997)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

Alex Pruitt, an 8-year-old boy living in Chicago, must fend off international spies who seek a top-secret computer chip in his toy car.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt, Lenny von Dohlen

Votes: 99,869 | Gross: $30.88M

5. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 440,425 | Gross: $285.76M

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

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

One year after Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 282,996 | Gross: $173.59M

7. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole

Votes: 8,761 | Gross: $12.21M

8. Christopher the Christmas Tree (1993 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family, Musical

The story of s scraggly pine tree whose fondest wish is to become a beautiful Christmas tree.

Director: Chris Delaney | Stars: Bill Reiter, Lelani Marrell, Kyle Labine, Tony Dakota

Votes: 93

9. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

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

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 186,726 | Gross: $148.17M

10. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 90,623 | Gross: $144.83M

11. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000 Video)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee, Susan Blu, Alex Doduk

Votes: 1,450

12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 278,901 | Gross: $75.08M

13. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

22 Metascore

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 40,326 | Gross: $73.78M

14. Four Christmases (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

Votes: 60,742 | Gross: $120.15M

15. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart's new tattoo removed, and with no money for Christmas, Homer is forced to become a store Santa.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 5,226

16. Fred Claus (2007)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 38,485 | Gross: $72.01M

17. A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994 TV Movie)

G | 69 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Fred is cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in a stage adaption of the story, but is acting a bit stingy in real-life.

Director: Joanna Romersa | Stars: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Frank Welker, B.J. Ward

Votes: 1,086

18. Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (2001 Video)

63 min | Animation

Principal Prickly gets his car stuck in a snowbank and decides it has to be the Recess gang's fault, but the teachers look back and remember all the good times they've had with T.J. and the rest of the gang.

Director: Chuck Sheetz | Stars: Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson, Andrew Lawrence

Votes: 385

19. Babes in Toyland (1997)

G | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Everyone's favorite nursery rhyme characters come magically and musically to life in this animated adventure based on the classic holiday tale.

Directors: Toby Bluth, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Sabella | Stars: Charles Nelson Reilly, Lacey Chabert, Joseph Ashton, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 465

20. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 9,519 | Gross: $21.00M

21. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 194,001 | Gross: $260.04M

22. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999 TV Short)

G | 45 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.

Director: Steve Moore | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner

Votes: 2,042

23. Prep & Landing (2009 TV Movie)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers | Stars: Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, Mason Vale Cotton, David DeLuise

Votes: 2,420

24. Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Arthur, D.W., and their family and friends prepare to make the best Christmas ever in Elwood City - but obstacles get in their way.

Director: Greg Bailey | Stars: Michael Yarmush, Oliver Grainger, Bruce Dinsmore, Daniel Brochu

Votes: 407

25. Deck the Halls (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family

28 Metascore

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin Davis

Votes: 21,713 | Gross: $35.09M

26. Black Christmas (2006)

R | 84 min | Horror

22 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director: Glen Morgan | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Katie Cassidy

Votes: 24,022 | Gross: $16.24M

27. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Family

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

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 4,223

28. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, The Great Gonzo, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 45,607 | Gross: $27.28M

29. To Grandmother's House We Go (1992 TV Movie)

Unrated | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Comedy

When twins Sarah and Julie feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to their great-grandmother's house and encounter a pair of villains along the way.

Director: Jeff Franklin | Stars: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Rhea Perlman, Cynthia Geary

Votes: 2,388

30. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 85 min | Comedy, Family

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

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Hallee Hirsh, Spencer Breslin, Hallie Todd, Brenda Song

Votes: 1,458

31. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 30,403 | Gross: $4.05M

32. A Mom for Christmas (1990 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Family

A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Juliet Sorci, Doug Sheehan, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 967

33. Annabelle's Wish (1997 Video)

54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.

Director: Roy Wilson | Stars: Randy Travis, Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney

Votes: 1,565

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

G | 72 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Astonished to find the Beast (Robbie Benson) has a deep-seeded hatred for the Christmas season, Belle (Paige O'Hara) endeavors to change his mind on the matter.

Director: Andrew Knight | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 8,507

35. Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979 TV Short)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When nasty Ebenezer Scrooge (Yosemite Sam) fires Bob Crachit (Porky Pig) on Christmas Eve, Bugs Bunny sets out to change the miser's mind that night.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 282

36. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981 TV Short)

G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall. Alvin keeps the ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Monroe | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, June Foray, Frank Welker

Votes: 501

37. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

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

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 14,373

38. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 29,785

39. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001 Video)

TV-G | 65 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Mickey and all his friends hold their own Christmas party at the House of Mouse, after being snowed in.

Directors: Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway, Rick Calabash | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 2,735

40. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999 Video)

Not Rated | 66 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey and his friends star in 3 heartwarming stories of Christmas past.

Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann, Bradley Raymond, Toby Shelton, Bill Speers | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor, Tony Anselmo

Votes: 6,117

41. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004 Video)

G | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Directors: Carole Holliday, Matthew O'Callaghan, Theresa Cullen | Stars: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings

Votes: 3,703

42. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)

Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,362

43. Shrek the Halls (2007 TV Short)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 12,078

44. Pippi Longstocking (1998– )
Episode: Pippi's Christmas (1998)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Pippi's first Christmas on land proves to be a special one.

Director: Paul Riley | Star: Melissa Altro

Votes: 5



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