Best Christmas Movies of All-Time (Updated 2015)


In selecting my list of favourite Christmas Season movies of all-time, I leaned more towards traditional and classic films. its-a-wonderful-life-movie-poster-1946-1020143730

I also looked for some common themes. To me, the holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends through holiday rituals. It is about giving, sharing, love, hope, joy and celebration.  It is about good feelings towards each other and peace on earth. Christmas is also about finding redemption, second chances and miracles. People have a chance to rediscover a new self-awareness and learn what is truly important in their lives. There is a renewal of hope and even the possibility of finding romance. It is about discovering the beauty of humankind.

Here are my top Christmas Films of all-time:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)326070.1020.A
  4. A Christmas Carol (1951)
  5. The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)
  6. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  7. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  8. Joyeux Noel (2005)
  9. It Happened on Fifth Avenue  (1947)
  10. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  11. Holiday Inn (1942)
  12. White Christmas (1954)
  13. Remember the Night (1940)
  14. A Christmas Carol (1938)
  15. A Christmas Story (1983)
  16. Holiday Affair (1949)
  17. A Christmas Tale (2008)
  18. Scrooged (1988)
  19. Love Actually (2003)
  20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Polar Express (2004) (tie) Poster - Meet Me in St

Honourable mention (in order): How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), The Snowman (1982), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Family Stone (2005), Home Alone (1990), Gremlins (1984), Scrooge  (1970), Babes in Toyland (1961), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), Scrooge (1935), Bundle of Joy (1956), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), One Magic Christmas (1985)

About Terry Gale

I am Brand Story Director with the MarkBrand Group where I play a key role in the development of the Group's brand learning and coaching programs. I also have an extensive background in human resources and communications, including employer branding. I am an experienced presenter and speaker, as well as a writer and director in film and theatre.

Posted on December 21, 2013, in Movies, Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. As usual you’ve pointed out some favorites, along with a couple to put on my ‘watch’ list. Thanks Terry!

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