Top Christmas Movies Guaranteed to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Cozy up to these top holiday classic Christmas movies.

By Jill Krasny from Reader's Digest
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    A Christmas Story (1983)

    All nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun. Problem is, everyone thinks he’ll shoot his eye out.

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    Elf (2003)

    Mayhem ensues when a lovable, but misguided, elf (Will Ferrell) tracks down his cranky father (James Caan) in New York.

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    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

    Pushy relatives, manic squirrels, and a very oversized tree—it could only be Christmas at the Griswolds.

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Tim Burton’s animated fantasy about what happens when Halloween usurps Christmas is a delightfully spooky treat.

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    Scrooged (1988)

    An egomaniacal TV programmer (Bill Murray) learns the errors of his ways in this funny spin on Dickens’ novella.

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    Home Alone (1990)

    Eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is thrilled to spend Christmas away from his family. That is, until two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) crash the party.

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    Holiday Inn (1942)

    Jim (Bing Crosby) flees the city to open a rustic inn with his pal (Fred Astaire). Plot (or lack of) aside, Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Astaire’s fancy footwork are dreamy.

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    It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Faced with bankruptcy, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) laments the day he was born. A guardian angel changes his mind.

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    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    Kris Kringle lands the ultimate day job at Macy’s. With the help of a flatmate, he wins over his supervisor (Maureen O’Hara) and her skeptical toddler (Natalie Wood).

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    The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

    Looking for a more puppet-centric approach to the Scrooge story? Try this version, in which Ebenezer and the gang are acted out by everyone's favorite felt-covered friends.

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    The Polar Express (2004)

    Some people may find the motion-capture animation tipping into uncanny valley, but it's hard to deny the story's appeal. Based on a beloved kids' book, the movie follows the adventures of a boy as he heads to the North Pole to meet Santa.

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    The Santa Clause (1994)

    Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) morphs from corporate Scrooge to Santa when he accidentally kills Saint Nick.

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    The Bishop's Wife (1947)

    Cary Grant plays Dudley, an angel summoned to Earth by a cash-strapped bishop, whose gentle charm helps a whole community learn what really matters in life. For a more contemporary take on the tale, check out the Denzel-Washington-and-Whitney-Houston 1996 remake, The Preacher's Wife.

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    Your Comments

    • McGygas

      “Jingle all the way” all the way!

    • Matthew T Wagner

      A Muppets Family Christmas 1987 Jim Henson epic idea of bringing The Sesame Street gang and The Fraggle’s together. Awesome for kids to get in the spirit.

    • Dallas

      I love the movies, A Christmas Carol, with Alistar Sims, Miracle on 34th Street, Going my way, It’s a Wonderful Life, The bells of St Mary, and White Christmas, I watch all of these at Christmas time, it’s been part of my Christmas all my life!

    • http://twitter.com/aymona1992 Ayman karam

      List of Movies IN (DDLvalley)

    • Cdpflanzer

      I love the 1951 British version film of “A Christmas Carol” with Alistar Sims!