The Best Christmas Movies

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1. A Christmas Wish (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in... See full summary »

Director: Craig Clyde | Stars: Kristy Swanson, Edward Herrmann, K.C. Clyde, Tess Harper

Votes: 1,141

2. Borrowed Hearts (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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Kathleen's a hard-working single mother, who's saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. Sam's a businessman who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Shawn Thompson, Janet Bailey

Votes: 1,629

3. A Town Without Christmas (2001 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Family

6.3
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In the small town of Seacliff, Wash., a child's letter to Santa Claus captures the nation's attention. When the little boy, Chris, writes that he wishes to leave this world so he will no longer be a burden to his divorcing parents, a race begins to find him before he harms himself.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Patricia Heaton, Rick Roberts, Ernie Hudson, Isabella Fink

Votes: 653

4. Finding John Christmas (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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Max, the Christmas angel, returns in a new story as he attempts to reunite a fallen hero with his family and bring dreams back into the life of a nurse struggling to save her E.R. from being closed.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, William Russ, David Cubitt, Jennifer Pisana

Votes: 623

5. When Angels Come to Town (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Fantasy, Family, Drama

6.9
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The angel Max seems to have bungled his heavenly mission.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Mark Akeson, Dylan Aucoin, Tammy Blanchard, Danny Blanco Hall

Votes: 494

6. Prancer (1989)

G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 3,683 | Gross: $18.59M

7. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007 TV Movie)

86 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

6.4
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A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms, Markie Post

Votes: 4,981

8. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.9
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A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Max Morrow, Maria del Mar

Votes: 2,015

9. Holiday Engagement (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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Afraid to tell her family she's been dumped, Hillary hires an actor to play her fiancé during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend at her parents' house.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, Jordan Bridges, Sam McMurray

Votes: 2,649

10. The Family Stone (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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56 Metascore

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton

Votes: 53,566 | Gross: $60.06M

11. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 171,920 | Gross: $173.40M

12. Annabelle's Wish (1997 TV Movie)

54 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.2
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A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship, learning what it means to love and sacrifice for another.

Director: Roy Wilson | Stars: Randy Travis, Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney

Votes: 1,309

13. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 141,403 | Gross: $183.37M

14. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 20,465

15. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 5,977

16. November Christmas (2010 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.6
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A brave young girl is battling cancer, which has an effect on the people around her.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen

Votes: 1,245

17. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 204,828 | Gross: $63.22M

18. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 15,417 | Gross: $3.44M

19. A Princess for Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Katie McGrath, Roger Moore, Sam Heughan, Travis Turner

Votes: 5,207

20. Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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No one celebrates the holidays like Emily Merkle - or Mrs. Miracle as she is known by some - who is back to ensure that this Christmas is the most magical and meaningful of all. When Mrs. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Doris Roberts, Jewel Staite, Eric Johnson, Quinn Lord

Votes: 1,383

21. A Dog Named Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond, Noel Fisher, Ken Pogue

Votes: 846

22. The National Tree (2009 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

6.0
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A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

Director: Graeme Campbell | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Evan Williams, Kari Matchett, Paula Brancati

Votes: 372

23. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.6
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49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 122,434 | Gross: $71.32M

24. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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50 Metascore

A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

Director: Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa | Stars: John Leguizamo, Freddy RodrĂ­guez, Debra Messing, Alfred Molina

Votes: 3,299 | Gross: $7.50M

25. The Sons of Mistletoe (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.0
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A foster home for boys is in danger of being closed when its benefactor dies.

Director: Steven Robman | Stars: Roma Downey, George Newbern, Scott Terra, Cathy Lee Crosby

Votes: 317