What's your favorite Christmas movie? Photo: Shutterstock
What's your favorite Christmas movie? Photo: Shutterstock


A guide to the greatest Christmas movies ever made

Devoting an hour of Christmas to watching Disney movie clips, like the Swedes do, might seem odd. But once the food is eaten and the gifts have been opened why not curl up in front of the TV? Here’s our guide to a cinematic Christmas.

Love Actually

Complicated London love stories in the month leading up to Christmas. (Richard Curtis, 2003)

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

A British soldier played by David Bowie ends up in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. (Nagisa Oshima, 1983)

Fanny and Alexander

A family saga featuring both darkness and ­velvety bourgeois 20th century Christmas celebrations. (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)

Home Alone

Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left behind by frazzled parents going on Christmas holiday. While Culkin thwarts two burglars, his mother desperately tries to get home. (Chris Columbus, 1990)

Meet Me in St. Louis

Judy Garland belts out the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” while directed by her real-life husband-to be. (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)

White Christmas

Song-and-dance romantic comedy featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney.(Michael Curtis, 1954)

A Christmas Caro

First adaptation of the classic Dickens tale of death and redemption. (Edwin L. Marin, 1938)


Raised as an elf at the North Pole, Will Farrell travels to New York to find his real father. (John Favreau, 2003)


A modern twist on the classic Dickens’s tale, starring Bill Murray. (Richard Donner, 1988)

Miracle on 34th Street

Does Santa really exist? Watch a young lawyer go to court to prove that he does, if only in our hearts. (George Seaton, 1947)

Bad Santa

Billy Bob Thornton positively revels in his portrayal of a drunken con man and department store Santa who melts – just a little bit – when he unexpectedly befriends a kid. (Terry Zwigoff, 2003)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey tries to steal Christmas but Whoville prevails over the Grinch. (Ron Howard, 2000)

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

A homeless New Yorker squats in a mansion, invites friends to join him, and finds love. (Roy del Ruth, 1947)

Holiday Inn

Irving Berlin musical featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. (Mark Sandrich, 1942)

A Christmas Story

All Ralphie dreams of is a Red Ryder BB gun – but no one else seems to think it’s a good idea in this classic look at Christmas in 1940s America. (Bob Clark, 1983)


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