The 10 Best Christmas Movies Ever (According To IMDb)
Christmas is the wonderful time of year when viewers revisit holiday classic films. Check out these iconic movies, as ranked by IMDb users.
Christmas season is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to start revisiting some of those great Christmas movies. We all have those beloved films we like to revisit this time of year, but it’s also nice to find some new holiday classics that you can start new traditions with.
While not every Christmas movie is worth checking out, you might be overlooking some great gems that can help you get into the Christmas spirit. Check out what other movie-lovers feel are the best movies for the season and find your new holiday favorite. Here are the best Christmas movies ever, according to IMDb.
10 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7.6)
The National Lampoon films are mostly known for being raunchy and outrageous comedies, so it’s a little surprising that they also managed to make a Christmas classic. The sequel to Vacation finds Chevy Chase returning as Clark Griswold as he deals with annoying relatives, an unappreciative boss and plenty of mishaps during the holidays.
The movie is basically a compilation of all the things that can go wrong during the Christmas season. From malfunctioning Christmas lights to an overcooked turkey to a dangerous sledding incident, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will make you be thankful for your less stressful Christmas.
9 Love Actually (7.6)
Why watch one Christmas story when you can see a dozen stories play out in one movie? Love Actually is a charming romantic comedy that follows various groups of people looking for and dealing with love during the holidays.
The all-star cast includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and many more stars. The stories range from an aging rocker looking to score another hit to a prime minister dealing with his crush on an employee. There’s plenty of laughs and Christmas cheer as well as many heartwarming moments.
8 Home Alone (7.6)
Slapstick violence seems to be a welcomed addition to the holiday season and there’s plenty of it to be found in Home Alone. This classic stars Macaulay Culkin as a young boy who is accidentally left home alone when his family goes on Christmas vacation. When a pair of robbers target his house, he does his best to protect his home.
While the premise does seem a little dark for the holidays, the tone is kept appropriately goofy throughout. Culkin is an adorable hero to root for while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern steal the show as the hapless robbers who get more than they bargained for.
7 Joyeux Noël (7.7)
World War I doesn’t seem like the ideal setting for a Christmas movie, but this incredible true story was certainly worth telling. The film is set on Christmas Eve in 1914 on the front lines of the war. As German forces faced off with the French and Scottish forces, the soldiers decided to call a truce and celebrate Christmas together.
The remarkable story makes for a touching and powerful Christmas movie. It is a reminder of how horrible such fighting is as well as how much we all have in common.
6 Miracle On 34th Street (7.9)
It was only a matter of time before Santa Claus appeared on this list, and it is appropriate that it is in his most memorable on-screen appearance. Miracle on 34th Street follows a single mother who hires a very convincing Santa Claus actor to appear in the Thanksgiving parade. She soon finds that the man actually believes himself to be the real Santa Claus.
The black-and-white film still holds a lot of magic all these years later. Edmund Gwenn is endlessly charming as “Kris Kringle” and it’s a joy to see him spread love and joy to even the most cynical of people.
5 A Christmas Story (8.0)
A Christmas Story might have been a flop when it was originally released in 1983, but its popularity has grown so much that it is now a holiday staple. The story is set in the 1950s and tells the charming throwback tale of a young boy who desperately tries to convince his parents to get him a BB gun for Christmas.
The movie is full of nostalgic moments that any viewer is likely to be charmed by no matter their age. It is a hilarious movie that never gets too sentimental but instead makes you remember what it was like being a child around Christmastime.
4 The Nightmare Before Christmas (8.0)
There is a bit of controversy about whether or not The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie. While a strong case could be made for both, it’s clear it can be enjoyed on either holiday.
The stop-motion wonder follows Jack Skellington, the leader of the creatures of Halloween Town, who convinces his fellow ghouls to embrace Christmas. The imaginative and beautiful look of the film is striking, the story is thrilling and there are several outstanding songs that will immediately get stuck in your head.
3 Scrooge (8.1)
There are endless retellings of the Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and it seems like a new version pops up every Christmas season. But Scrooge ranks the highest according to IMDb, which is quite a feat.
Scrooge stars Alastair Sim as the titular greedy businessman without any Christmas spirit who is visited by three ghosts to show him the error of his ways. Sim makes for a brilliant Scrooge and the film gives a fun and engrossing interpretation of the well-known story.
2 Die Hard (8.2)
Die Hard is probably the most violent movie on this list, but it is still a seasonal favorite for many people. The action movie stars Bruce Willis as a New York City cop who visits Los Angeles during Christmas. Unlucky for him, he finds himself fighting a group of armed villains who take over a corporate Christmas party.
The movie is packed with great action set pieces and memorable lines throughout. Willis makes for an iconic hero and Alan Rickman steals the show as the sophisticated leader of the hostage-takers.
1 It’s a Wonderful Life (8.6)
It’s funny to think how It’s a Wonderful Life has become the most iconic Christmas movie of all time despite very little of it taking place at Christmas. Regardless, this beautiful, entertaining and touching story is just the kind of film we need this time of year.
Jimmy Stewart stars as a noble and kind man in a small town who finds himself in a horrible predicament. With his whole world falling apart, he gets a glimpse at just how important he has been to the people in his life.
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