1. It’s A Wonderful Life  (1946)

Christmas Movie 1 - Its A Wonderful Life

It is an American Christmas drama film directed by Franz Capra. It is regarded as one of the most watched and loved American films during the Christmas Season.

Synopsis:
A guardian angel dissuades a compassionate yet frustrated businessman from committing suicide on Christmas Eve by bringing to light all the lives he has touched and what life would have been like if he didn’t exist. 

Genre:
Drama, Family, Fantasy, Inspirational.

Starring:
: James Stewart, Donna Reed


2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Christmas Movie 2 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

It is an American stop motion musical fantasy film by director Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton.

Synopsis:
The king of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington discovers the Christmastown but is unable to grasp the concept and the significance.

Genre:
Animation, Family, Musical, Fantasy.

Starring:
Danny Elfman , Chris Sarandon , Catherine O Hara


3. Miracle on 34th Street  (1947)

Christmas Movie 3 - Miracle on 34th Street

It is a 1947 comedy/drama Christmas film directed by George Seaton.

Synopsis:
A department store Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane as he claims to be the real one. A young lawyer defends him in court to uphold his claim.

Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy.

Starring:
Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart


4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Movie 4 - National Lampoon s Christmas Vacation

It is a third sequel of the National Lampoon’s Vacation Series directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is regarded as a modern Christmas classic.

Synopsis: The Griswold family’s big plans for a joyous Christmas celebration turn eventful with the arrival of new guests and misadventures.

Genre:
Comedy

Starring:
:  Chevy Chase, Beverly D Angelo


5. White Christmas (1954)

Christmas Movie 5 - White Christmas

It is an American Musical film directed by Michael Curtiz featuring the songs of Irving Berlin.

Synopsis: A song and dance troupe makes plans to pull their former commanding general out of dire financial straits by putting up a big successful musical show.

Genre: Musical, Romance, Comedy

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen


6. Holiday Inn (1942)

Christmas Movie 6 - Holiday Inn

It is an American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich.

Synopsis:
A heartbroken member of a song and dance team sets up an inn which is open only on holidays to the public. The crooner and the hoofer try to win the heart of an upcoming performer.

Genre:
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring:
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds


7. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale  (2010)

Christmas Movie 7 - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

It is a 2010 Finnish fantasy film directed by Jalmari Helander

Synopsis: The people living near the Korvatunturi mountains discover the secret behind Santa Claus after an excavation by a scientist and his team.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila


8. Home Alone (1990)

Christmas Movie 8 - Home Alone

It is an American family comedy film directed by Chris Columbus.

Synopsis: An eight year old must defend his home against burglars while his parents are travelling abroad accidentally leaving him at home alone.

Genre: Family, Comedy

Starring: Macaulay Culkin


9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Movie 9 - A Christmas Story

It is a Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on short stories and anecdotes by writer Jean Shepherd.

Synopsis: A nine year old tries to convince those around him, his family, teachers and Santa that an ideal gift for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun.

Genre:
Comedy

Starring:  Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin


10. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Christmas Movie 10 - Arthur Christmas

It is a British - American 3-D computer animated Christmas comedy film by Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animation and directed by Sarah Smith.

Synopsis: It is a humorous, sweet and heart-warming story of Santa’s youngest sons who uses his father’s high-tech operation for an important mission regarding an undelivered Christmas present.

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama.

Starring:  James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy


11. Bad Santa (2003)

Christmas Movie 11 - Bad Santa

It is an American black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff.

Synopsis: A conmen and his partner pose as Santa and his helper to loot department stores until they run into a problem child and their plot is discovered by a security boss

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Starring:  Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham


12. Gremlins (1984)

Christmas Movie 12 - Gremlins

It is an American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante.

Synopsis: A young man breaks the three most important rules concerning his new pet  which is a strange little creature called Mogwai and unleashes trouble to the whole town.

Genre: Comedy, Horror.

Starring:
Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton


13. Love Actually (2003)

Christmas Movie 13 - Love Actually

It is a British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis.

Synopsis: The film follows the love lives of eight couples interlinked with each other. It shows different facets of love through ten stories which are set five weeks before Christmas

Genre:
Comedy, Romance

Starring:  Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson


14. The Muppet Christmas Carol  (1992)

Christmas Movie 14 - The Muppet Christmas Carol

It is an American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

Synopsis: A number of muppet character narrate their own version of the story of an old miser’s Redemption on Christmas Eve.

Genre:
Comedy, Family

Starring:
Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire


15. Elf  (2003)

Christmas Movie 15 - Elf

It is a highly acclaimed American Christmas comedy directed by director Jon Favreau.

Synopsis: It is a story of an elf who goes to New York to meet his father after realizing his true identity as a human. He spreads joy and cheer to all cynics he encounters on his way, thereby hailing the Christmas Spirit.

Genre:
Comedy

Starring:
  Will Ferrell, James Caan

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