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List of Christmas films

This is a list of Christmas-themed films.

This is a list of Christmas-themed films which received a theatrical release.
Title Year Description
The Unholy Three 1930 A trio of thieves plan a jewel heist on Christmas Eve.
A Bill of Divorcement 1932 A man returns home on Christmas Eve after spending fifteen years in an insane asylum but finds out that things have changed since he left.
The Thin Man 1934 A retired detective and his wife solve a mystery during Christmas.
Babes in Toyland 1934 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's adaption of Victor Herbert's operetta classic starring Laurel and Hardy, Felix Knight, Charlotte Henry and Henry Brandon.
Scrooge 1935 Early film adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Seymour Hicks as Scrooge.
Love Finds Andy Hardy 1938 A teenager accidently becomes engaged to three different girls on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol 1938 MGM's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge.
The Blue Bird 1940 The main character and her friends try to find the bluebird of happiness on Christmas Eve.
Remember the Night 1940 The main character is caught shoplifting on Christmas Eve.
Beyond Tomorrow 1940 The ghosts of three elderly industrialists who were killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they plan to bring together.
Meet John Doe 1941 A former newspaper reporter asks a man who needs money to impersonate a protester who says he will commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Inn 1942 Musicians prepare for a white Christmas at a cozy lodge.
The Curse of the Cat People 1944 The main character befriends her father's dead first wife and an elderly retired stage actress during Christmas.
Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 The Smith family prepare to move to New York after Christmas.
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 A food writer must entertain her boss and a returning war hero for the holidays.
The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 A priest and a nun who have a friendly rivalry must try to save their school from being shut down on Christmas.
It's a Wonderful Life 1946 A businessman is shown by his guardian angel on Christmas Eve what the world would be like if he was never born.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947 An old man claims to be Santa and a lawyer defends him in court to stop him from being institutionalized.
The Bishop's Wife 1947 An angel helps a bishop to change his life and save his marriage before Christmas.
3 Godfathers 1948 At Christmastime in the Old West, three outlaws find a woman dying in childbirth, and deliver the baby to civilization in a retelling of The Three Wise Men.
Mr. Soft Touch 1949 A returning war hero who is on the run from the mob learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner.
Holiday Affair 1949 A fired sales clerk and a young woman fall in love.
The Great Rupert 1950 A squirrel accidentally helps two dysfunctional families during Christmas.
The Lemon Drop Kid 1951 A horseracing fan has a month to pay back the money that he borrowed from a gangster just before Christmas.
Scrooge 1951 Dickens' ghostly tale on Christmas, starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge.
White Christmas 1954 As in Holiday Inn, musicians bring Irving Berlin's lyrics to a New England lodge, this time in Vermont. (The story is not a remake, however.)
We're No Angels 1955 Three escaped prisoners hide out in the home of a kindly shopkeeper and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.
The Night of the Hunter 1955 A religious fanatic marries a naïve widow whose children are reluctant to tell him where their father hid $10,000 that he'd stolen during Christmas.
Santa Claus 1959 Santa must stop Satan from ruining Christmas.
Babes in Toyland 1961 Disney reinterpreted the classic Christmas tale about the residents of Toyland in Technicolor in this 1961 musical.
Pocketful of Miracles 1961 A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when she learns that her daughter is about to marry into royalty.
The Christmas Kid 1967 A corrupt sheriff, who was born on Christmas Day, decides to change his ways and go against the most powerful man in town.
Scrooge 1970 A musical adaptation of Dickens' tale, starring Albert Finney in the title role and Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley
A Christmas Carol 1971 Oscar-winning animated adaptation, with Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern recreating their roles as Scrooge and Marley's Ghost, narrated by Michael Redgrave; produced by Chuck Jones.
Black Christmas 1974 Sorority sisters are terrorized by a mysterious stalker/murderer. Remade in 2006.
Female Trouble 1974 A spoiled school-girl runs away from home at Christmas, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Randle McMurphy and the other patients celebrate Christmas in the institution.
A Christmas Story 1983 Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift.
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 An animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story starring classic Disney characters.
Trading Places 1983 It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet.
Gremlins 1984 A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new Christmas present and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town preparing for Christmas.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 1984 A traumatized young man becomes a Santa suit-clad spree killer on Christmas Eve.
One Magic Christmas 1985 An angel shows a young mother the true meaning of Christmas.
Rocky IV 1985 Rocky challenges Drago to an unsanctioned 15-round fight in the Soviet Union on Christmas Day
Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 The story of where Santa Claus came from and his attempts to save Christmas after his elf gets mixed up with an evil toy tycoon.
A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.
Less Than Zero 1987 College freshman returns home at Christmas time to find all his high school friends take drugs.
Lethal Weapon 1987 Mismatched buddy cops thwart a drug smuggling operation.
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 Ernest P. Worrell helps an aging Santa Claus find a successor.
Scrooged 1988 A modern, dark-humored interpretation of Dickens' story, with Christmas spirits visiting a cynical, selfish TV exec, played by Bill Murray.
3615 code Père Noël 1989 A child genius spends Christmas Eve defending himself and his grandfather from a psychotic home invader dressed like Santa Claus.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 The Griswold family plans turn to disaster, this time at Christmas. Third film in the Vacation series.
Prancer 1989 Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer.
Die Hard 2 1990 Detective John McClane is mixed up in another terrorist plot, this time at Washington Dulles International Airport on Christmas Eve.
Home Alone 1990 An eight-year-old boy is mistakenly left behind during Christmas and has to defend his house against two burglars.
All I Want for Christmas 1991 Two kids plot to reunite their estranged parents at Christmas.
Hook 1991 Peter Pan is now an adult and must save his children from Captain Hook.
Batman Returns 1992 Batman, Catwoman and the Penguin, what more could you want at Christmas time...
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favorite.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 Kevin McCallister, now nine years old, mistakenly travels to New York City without his family on Christmas.
''The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 The mascot of Halloween, Jack Skellington grows tired of having to be scary on Halloween and decides to try celebrating/hosting Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 A modern remake of the classic film.
The Ref 1994 Bickering spouses annoy the cat burglar who takes them hostage in their Connecticut home before Christmas dinner with the family.
Trapped in Paradise 1994 Three brothers plan a bank robbery on Christmas.
Mixed Nuts 1994 A comedy centered around a suicide-prevention hotline called Lifesavers on Christmas Eve.
The Santa Clause 1994 When Santa falls off his roof, a dad is required to take Santa's place.
12 Monkeys (film) 1995 A time traveler is sent to locate the source of a virus that wipes out 99% of the population.
Jingle All the Way 1996 A dad competes with others to get the sold out hot toy for his son.
The Preacher's Wife 1996 A remake of the classic film.
How the Toys Saved Christmas 1996 The story follows some toys as they struggle to avoid the heartless Mr. Grimm, that plans to auction off the toys to the highest bidder, and to find their true homes.
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 A son in college has not been home since his mother died and his father remarried. His father offers his vintage car if he is home by a certain time for Christmas.
Jack Frost 1998 A father passes away but comes back to life in the form of a snowman.
Go 1999 Supermarket co-workers and customers taking time off for and/or going to a Christmas-themed party or dinner have different overlapping adventures.
Eyes Wide Shut 1999 Dr. Bill Harford experiences a series of dreamlike nocturnal erotic interactions juxtaposed against the back drop of Christmas in New York city.
Reindeer Games 2000
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 A live action film of the Dr. Seuss classic.
The Ultimate Christmas Present 2000 A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus, to make a snow day. The machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.
The Family Man 2000 A wealthy bachelor wakes up on Christmas to find he's been transported to an alternate reality where he's a tire salesman with a wife and kids living in a middle class suburban neighborhood.
Serendipity 2001 A romantic comedy that begins on Christmas Eve circa 1991 and ends a decade later on the same day.
Friday After Next 2002 Craig and Day-Day go after a fake Santa who robs their house on Christmas Eve.
The Santa Clause 2 2002 A sequel to The Santa Clause; Santa must find a Mrs. Claus.
Elf 2003 A man raised as an elf in the North Pole searches for his father in New York City.
Bad Santa 2003 A dark comedy about a thief disguised as Santa, who learns the meaning of Christmas.
Love Actually 2003 Eight very different couples and their love lives intertwine during a hectic month before Christmas in London.
Christmas with the Kranks 2004 When a suburban couple decide to forgo Christmas festivities, preferring to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead, their neighbours refuse to allow such Scrooge-like behaviour.
The Polar Express 2004 A magical train takes a boy and other children up to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. An adaptation of the beloved children's book.
Noel 2004 Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.
Surviving Christmas 2004 A lonely millionaire pays a family $250,000 to spend Christmas with him by living in the home that he grew up in.
The Family Stone 2005 An uptight woman meets her fiancé's free-spirited family for the first time over the Christmas holidays and chaos ensues.
The Ice Harvest 2005 A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money.
Joyeux Noël 2005 A film set around the informal Christmas truce on the Western Front during Christmas 1914.
Black Christmas 2006 Sorority sisters are stalked and murdered on Christmas Eve in this remake of the 1974 thriller.
Deck the Halls 2006 Rival neighbors duke it out when one of them decides to light his house up so it can be seen from outer space.
The Holiday 2006 Two women swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance and romantic comedy ensues, Starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black.
The Nativity Story 2006 The Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 Santa battles Jack Frost to keep his title.
Unaccompanied Minors 2006 Bored kids make up their own holidays while stuck in an airport after Christmas.
Fred Claus 2007 Santa's bitter older brother is forced to move to the North Pole.
This Christmas 2007 The Whitfield family comes together for their first Christmas in several years.
What Would Jesus Buy? 2007 A documentary focusing on the commercialization of Christmas.
Christmas Cottage 2007 The story of Thomas Kinkade.
Four Christmases 2008 A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
Nothing like the Holidays 2008 A Puerto Rican family in Chicago gather for their possibly last Christmas together.
A Christmas Carol 2009 An animated motion-capture adaptation of the classic story.
Nativity! 2009 Mr Maddens puts on the school nativity play.
Everybody's Fine 2009 Against the advice of his doctor, Frank sets out on a road trip to reconnect with his offspring for Christmas.
Home for Christmas 2010 Set in the small Norwegian town of Skogli, this film looks at those who are desperately trying to (re)connect with their families.
The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 Set in 1920s Vienna, this a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve. Live-action 3D adaptation of the ballet.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010 In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. A Spielberg-ian horror romp with an Christmas twist.
RED (film) 2010 An ex-black ops agent is targeted for elimination and recruits three others to help him find out why.
Arthur Christmas 2011 Santa's youngest son must deliver a bicycle to an overlooked girl before Christmas morning dawns. 3-D/CGI animated film.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 Stoner buddies Harold & Kumar cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prized Christmas tree.
Christmas in Compton 2012 Am aspiring music manager causes trouble for his father's Christmas tree business in an attempt to prove he can be a success.
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger 2012 The children of St. Bernadette's enter the National 'Song for Christmas' competition.
Silent Night 2012 A murderous Santa Claus terrorizes a small town on Christmas Eve in this loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Switchmas 2012 Ira Finkelstein wants to have his Christmas dreams come true. This film is also a Prince and the Pauper adaptation.
Angels Sing 2013 A man tries to regain the holiday spirit after a tragic accident.
The Best Man Holiday 2013 Sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man.
Black Nativity 2013 A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives.
The Christmas Candle 2013 In 1890, an English village copes with the disappearance of a supposedly miraculous candle. Based on the novel by Max Lucado.
Christmas Cruelty! 2013 A group of friends are terrorized by a serial killer dressed like Santa Claus.
Iron Man 3 2013 Tony Stark deals with posttraumatic stress disordercaused by the events of The Avengers, while investigating a string of terrorist attacks led by the mysterious Mandarin, and comes into a conflict with an old enemy: Aldrich Killian.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas 2014
Saving Christmas 2014 A man endeavors to "put Christ back into Christmas".
Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? 2014 The children of St. Bernadette's have to reunite their teacher with his fiancée.
All Through the House 2015 A Santa-killer terrorizes a neighborhood a little girl had disappeared from 15 years prior.
A Christmas Horror Story 2015 The movie is a series of interwoven stories tied together by a framework story featuring William Shatner as a radio DJ.
Krampus 2015 Comedy horror film based upon the legendary Christmas demon, and alter ego of Santa Claus
Love the Coopers 2015 When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
The Night Before 2015
Almost Christmas 2016 Also known as A Meyers Christmas
Bad Santa 2 2016 Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
Office Christmas Party 2016 When the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Why Him? 2016 A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) realizes that his daughter's millionaire boyfriend (James Franco) is about to pop the question.
The Man Who Invented Christmas 2017 In 1843, author Charles Dickens sets out to write and self-publish a novel that he hopes will revive his career. He spends the next six weeks bringing Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol."
A Bad Moms Christmas 2017 A Christmas sequel to Bad Moms. The plot follows the three moms from the first film, Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), dealing with their own mothers, Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines) and Isis (Susan Sarandon), visiting during the Christmas holiday
Daddy's Home 2 2017 A Christmas sequel to Daddy's Home. The plot follows Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), now co-parenting Dusty's kids, who have to deal with their own fathers, Don (John Lithgow) and Kurt (Mel Gibson), visiting for the holidays.
Just Getting Started 2017 A former defense lawyer and a former FBI agent team up to stop the mafia and save Christmas at the Villa Capri resort.
The Star 2017 A computer-animated adventure comedy based on the Nativity of Jesus. A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
The Grinch 2018 An animated adaption of Dr. Suess' story
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 2018 A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Noelle 2019 The story revolves Santa’s daughter (Anna Kendrick) who is forced to take over the family business when her father decides to retire and brother (Bill Hader) ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight.
Margie Claus 2019 The story begins when Santa Claus goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve. His wife, Margie Claus (Melissa McCarthy), must then put together an unlikely rescue team and set off from the North Pole for the first time in decades to rescue Santa and save Christmas

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