Top Christmas Movies that should be on your must see list. #christmasmovies     

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What makes a Christmas movie a classic in your eyes? Every year new Christmas movies are produced. Some Christmas movies become classics and some are quickly forgotten. What elements compel you to watch a movie year after year? What makes a movie a Top Christmas Movie that you just need to see? I have picked some of the best Christmas movies you will find. Let me know if you agree with my family holiday movies must watch list.

For me, a movie is worth watching if it tugs at my heartstrings. The following movies make me cry and laugh; they generate warm fuzzy feelings. These movies made my must-see list because the first time I watched them was with people that I love, and I continue to watch them each year.


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) -Get it here:  

George Bailey has really had a wonderful life; he just doesn’t know it. It is up to Clarence, the angel-in-training, to convince George that his life was really worth living. George has wanted to get out of Bedford Falls his entire life and see the world. He has never accomplished his life goal. When faced with the prospect of losing it all and maybe even serving jail time, George wishes he had never been born. Clarence helps make that wish come true. He knows George has really had a wonderful life, but can Clarence convince George of that? 

How many times have you seen this movie? How many times do you cry while watching this movie? I have viewed It’s a Wonderful Life at least 40 times in my life. I consistently shed tears at the same point in this movie. The only thing that would improve this movie is if Mr. Potter was arrested and thrown in jail!

I do not have one favorite line from this movie; there are too many exceptional lines. Clarence says, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” I would like to believe that in some way, I have touched other lives and made a difference for them. In the inscription in the book at the end, Clarence has written, “Remember, George, no man is a failure who has friends.” And the line that I am sure shocked viewers when this movie originally was released in 1946, “He’s making violent love to me mother.” 

Elf (2003) Get it here

Even though Elf was released just a few years ago (2003), it still has all the elements that make it a classic. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this movie, I cry and laugh every single time. Buddy the Elf was brought to the North Pole when he was just a baby. He has been raised by an elf, and Buddy thinks he is an elf. When he finally realizes he just doesn’t fit in with the elves, Santa tells him the truth.

After realizing he is not an elf, Buddy sets off for New York City to find his real father. The only problem is that Buddy doesn’t understand that the residents of NYC don’t believe in elves. I love Buddy’s childlike qualities, and how he views the world with awe and amazement. My favorite line in this movie is said by Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

Best Christmas Movies to Watch at Home

Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Get it here

Charlie Brown is depressed, and at Lucy’s suggestion, decides to direct a play. He then determines that the play needs a Christmas tree to help set the mood. Faced with the task of selecting the Christmas tree, he chooses the only live tree on the lot. When he returns with “a Charlie Brown” Christmas tree, he is criticized and everyone leaves the auditorium except Linus. Charlie Brown asks, “Is there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus replies, 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a top must see movie.

Charlie Brown Christmas reminds me why we celebrate Christmas when I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. It helps to bring me back to the “reason for the season.” This movie has remained a classic, and it appeals to folks of all ages.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. – Linus
— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) December 3, 2014


After selecting my favorites, I asked friends the question, “What are your favorite movies to watch during the Christmas season?” In addition to the above movies, I got the following responses:

Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) Get it here! 

12 facts about ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ in honor of the 50th anniversary
— theCHIVE (@theCHIVE) December 8, 2014

 Home Alone (1990) Get it Here!

Retweet if Home Alone is one of your favorite Christmas movies!
— Home Alone Quotes (@HomeAloneMovie) December 20, 2012

Home Alone - Best Christmas Movies

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Get it here!

You may also want to Watch 2018 The Grinch remake. It is very good too!

Photo: televisionmusicals: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 30 minutes. Animated Musical…. 
— Bcast_Md (@Bcast_Md) December 6, 2014

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978) Get it Here!

My favorite special to watch is Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! Every X-mas Eve since I was little! @sesamestreet
— Shannon Quinn (@squinn1201) November 27, 2014

Holiday Inn (1942) Get It Here!

The iconic Bing movie Holiday Inn (1942) which introduced “White Christmas” and inspired the hotel chain
— Bing Crosby (@Bingconstantly) November 29, 2014

A Christmas Story (1983) Get it here!

Visit the original “A Christmas Story” house or Purchase a leg lamp!

White Christmas (1954) Get it Here!

Tonight’s holiday movie classic is White Christmas! If only I could go back in time..
— Jessica Wilt (@JessicaLWilt) December 9, 2014

White Christmas Movie Starring Bing Crosby


Scrooge – There are several versions of this movie ranging from 1922 to a 2014 version titled “My Dad is Scrooge.”

Christmas Carol – There are multiple renditions ranging from 1938 to 2009. The 2009 version stars Jim Carrey. There was also a Disney Mickey’s Christmas Carol which stars Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge. 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Nativity Story (2006)

Polar Express (2004)

Mixed Nuts (1994)

Die Hard (1988)

I have seen many of these movies, but I have also discovered several that I have placed on my list to watch. How many of these movies have you seen? What are your top Christmas movies that you must-see why? 

Do you have a list of Christmas movies that you would never watch again? Check out my list!

Audrey has a post with wonderful Hallmark Christmas Merchandise. While Hallmark Christmas movies haven’t made my top list, I still love a good Hallmark movie. Do you love a good Hallmark Christmas Movie as much as I do?
Source: Internet Movie Database

Top Christmas Movies that you must see. #christmasmovies #bestchristmasmovies #topmovies


  1. Lauralynn

    I have a bunch. “The Family Stone” is one of my favorites…so funny! I also like “Mr.Kruger’s Christmas “ with Jimmy Stewart. There are two versions of Dickens that I love, one is a musical “Scrooge!” staring Albert Finney. The other is the animated version by Disney with Jim Carey as Scrooge.

  2. Corrie David

    The first 6 on your list are all ones we watch every year. My favorite version of A Christmas Carol is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Jingle All the Way is also a favorite of my hubby and kids. We also like the Santa Claus movies and the Frosty the Snowman cartoon.

    1. There were a couple that I thought of adding after I made the list. Miracle on 34th Street is one we watch each year! And we watch Frosty too.

  3. Jennifer Humphries

    Oh it is definitely not the Holidays without watching these classics. I just watched Home Alone with my middle daughter for the first time last night. She was old enough to get it and loved it. Hooray!

  4. Julie Bigboy

    It's a Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite movie, it's just perfect in all ways (and well, Jimmy Stewart, come on!!) 🙂

  5. Isn't it wonderful to share your childhood memories and favorites with your children? Usually Home Alone is on our list to see too. My husband has a couple of his favorites that we must watch too. If you have never seen The Year Without a Santa Claus, you should watch it sometime. My kids love the song!

  6. Jimmy Stewart was a charmer. My other favorite actor from that time period was James Cagney. They were suave, debonair and refined.

    My husband and I watched It's a Wonderful Life on our 1st Christmas Eve. We have watched it every Christmas Eve for the past 30 years. Never gets old, does it?

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