The Best Christmas Movies Of All-Time

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It's the most festive time of the year.

it's full steam ahead to Christmas.

One of the best things about Christmas is holiday-themed tv shows and movies.

Who doesn't love the classics?

Watching the best holiday films and passing them on to the next generations and loved ones can be such a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Even if your favorite Christmas movie is 'Diehard,' the jollies are there.

Redditor IsaidwhatIsaidSNS wanted to hear about all the best movies that make the holiday season feel merry and bright. So they asked everyone to share:

"What do you think is the number 1 Christmas movie(s) of all time?"

I love Christmas movies. All of them.

But let's pick a few favs.

Christmas Monsters

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"I remember watching Gremlins with my daughter when she was younger. I was concerned it might be too scary, that was fine. I nearly forgot about the Santa secret reveal though! Fortunately I remembered in time and fast forwarded past that part."


Artistry in Clay

"'The year without Santa Claus.' I've always been a sucker for claymation."


"The snow/heat miser songs are amazing."


"Everyone loves this one for Snow Miser and Heat Miser. Now, I'm not going to say they aren't great, but for me they're not the reason I like this one so much."

"Santa Claus having a crisis of faith, and realizing the joy he really does bring people, is such a great and well told story. The Believe song is great, blue Christmas is great, and Mickey Rooney gives a hell of a performance."

"I always liked it for that."


Hip Hip Hooray

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."


"My favorite Christmas movie as well. 'We’re gonna press on and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fu**in’ Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white a** down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of a**holes this side of the nuthouse.”


A Merry Way

"Gotta have 'Jingle All the Way' in there."


"I always lose it and start laughing during Sinbad's rant at the toy store when they are waiting for it to opening ''I gotta pay alimony to a woman who had sex with everyone in the post office... BUT ME!!!''

"Or after the bomb goes off in the radio station ''that was really a bomb? THIS IS A SICK WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN, SICK PEOPLE!!!'"


Kermit & Friends

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"Muppets Christmas Carol."


"It’s a brilliant adaptation altogether - and Michael Caine’s performance is beautiful. He could’ve played it for jokes but his Scrooge is so genuine. I love the film so much, it’s so moving when it needs to be, and silly when it’s suitable."


The Muppets are always the best.


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"Home Alone."


"It's played every year in Polish television for Christmas. Once they said they're not going to air it and people were angry. They reverted the decision. Is it also a must have in other countries?"



"Scrooged. It's a personal favorite."


"I can’t believe how far I had to come to see this. I love this movie. It is #1. It is a gem."


"It's a crying shame. I don't know when I saw it first but it's my favorite 'Alternative' Christmas film. Despite being hugely cynical it also doesn't cheap out on the heart. Even now it doesn't feel like Christmas till I hear those credits."


"Seriously my favorite Christmas movie. I love it so much."


You're a mean one...

"'How the Grinch Stole the Christmas' Animation movie."


"Assuming we're talking about the 1966 animated version... It's probably not higher on the list because it's a TV special rather than a movie. It’s not even 30 minutes long. It's great though!"


"The original has a spirit and authenticity all its own. The live-action and the animated remake are both enjoyable personally, but they’re sapped of true character. It’s like 60s soul vs modern pop music. Both can be pleasant, but one came from the source and the other is over-produced."


Thanks Netflix

"Everyone has already said the usual suspects so I wanted to give a nod to a more recent/maybe less known one:"

"'Klaus.' It's on Netflix and it about makes me cry every time. Love that one."


"One of the best things Netflix has ever produced. It's awesome and a top 5 for me."


"Klaus is definitely the best Santa origin story."


The Greatest

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"It’s damn near 100 years old, but It’s a Wonderful Life still does it for me."


"When I was younger I didn’t understand how anyone could like an old black and white movie. I was bored one day, nothing on TV, and decided to watch it. What a fantastic movie! I hated that I never even gave it a chance simply because it was old. It started me on a path of watching old movies and I have loved so many!"


I love this list. Time to get jolly.

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