The best Christmas movies are the ones you enjoy with family. These movies are what make the holidays feel like… well, the holidays! In this post, I have compiled the top 10 best Christmas movies that I want to watch every year. Some of them are old, some new, but all classics.
Ok, now for the best Christmas movies… let’s get to it!
(1946, James Strwart and Donna Reed) This movie is #1 for a reason. If you want an inspirational heart warmer, look no further. James Stewart is George Bailey, a family man who has fallen on hard times and is helped by an Angel, Clarence, to discover just how valuable his life is. A wonderful testament to the impact of every human life and the power of love and family. This is our traditional Christmas Eve flick. If you haven’t seen it, make this a new tradition! You won’t be sorry.
(1994 remake, Mara Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins)
Classic story of a little girl and her mom who go from skeptics to believers in Santa Claus. I like the new version best, but the 1947 version is great as well. Check out this article on what makes the remake so special. Don’t miss it!
(1966, Chuck Jones)
“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” This short 28 minute cartoon is full of charm, lovely music, and Dr. Seuss silliness. Teaches kids a great lesson that Christmas is much more than just getting presents. You can watch it here. Mandatory for every little tyke!
(2003, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel)
If you’re in the mood to laugh until you cry, this movie is just the ticket. A hilarious tale of a little boy who grows up with the elves at the North PoIe. He then goes to visit his real father in New York City as a grown man (who still acts like a child).
5. Holiday Inn
(1942, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire)
Can you get a more talented cast? I love letting this one run in the background and just listen to all the incredible music. It is packed from start to finish with timeless numbers of song and dance. In this movie, the classic hit song “White Christmas” made its debut.
(1954, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney)
Good ol’ Bing is the star once again in this musical which followed the huge success of the song “White Christmas.” It features many 4-part numbers including, “Snow!” Trivia: Crosby’s love interest in the film is Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney’s aunt!
(1978, Marie Osmond) This lesser known film is one of my and my sister’s favorites. It is based on the popular short story Christmas Valentine by O’Henry. Female audiences will especially enjoy this holiday love story of a wealthy young woman who falls in love with a penniless immigrant and the sacrifices they make to purchase Christmas gifts for each other.
(1945, Barbara Stanwyck)
This entertaining comedy features a popular magazine columnist dubbed “The Best Cook in America” (who actually cannot cook). She is roped into entertaining a soldier for Christmas and her attempt to keep up the charade with several accomplices is hilarious.
(1994, Tim Allen)
10. The Snowman
Fanciful and artistic, this short cartoon (based on the book by Raymond Briggs) with music only will leave you in a trance. I grew up watching this and later realized its British origin after living in the UK. A wee Scottish boy’s Snowman comes to life and takes him on an adventure. I love the featured song, “We’re Walking in the Air.” Watch this one with your kids!
Check out my related post: Christmas Traditions that are (Basically) Free
I hope you enjoy these best Christmas movies!
What’s your favorite Christmas movile and why? I’d love to discover some new favorites. Comment below!