10 Best Christmas Movies You Definitely Must Watch Every Year

Christmas movies are always the “traditional” ritual for a moviegoer. Christmas is the time for giving, loving and enjoying a good time together. Watching classic Christmas movies is a great idea to spend your merry time with your beloveds.

So here is the list of Christmas movies, in no special order, which are Christmas-themed (not just having a few holiday or snowy scenes, so, yeah, forget “Frozen” already) to sparkle up your holiday spirit. They are all-time-favorite holiday movies, from people around the world, even celebrities.

So, grab your popcorn, pick one of the Christmas cine-masterpieces below and enjoy this festive time of the year! (You can save this list to watch in the next year too!)

Home Alone 1 & 2

best christmas movies

Year: 1990, 1992

Rating: 7.5/10 (IDM) | 5.2/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

A young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who was accidentally left behind at home alone when his family went on a vacation trip.  When finding out 2 burglars and their plan to rob his house, Kevin – the smarty “trouble-maker” prepares many surprises for his unwanted guests and defends his house.

Review:

I still remember the very first time I watched this comedy movie on TV when I was a teen and it totally got me. I even wished that in the next year, they would broadcast this movie again in holiday time and it turned out they actually did it, 3 years in a row. And I still like it very much.

Despite that the story of a child winning over two adult burglars (even they are not so smart) seems unreal, many people still enjoy it very much thanks to the charm of the kid hero, his clever naughty tricks as well as the funny moments in the movie.

Love Actually

best christmas movies

Year: 2003

Rating: 7.7/10 (IDM) | 6.3/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

The movie is about 8 different stories of 8 couples struggling with their relationships in Christmas time and they all happen in London.

Review:

First, it’s rated R so you should not let your kids watch it when they’re not sleeping.

Although there are people find it overstuffed with too many stories and too many casts, the major thinks of Love Actually as a beautiful and heart-warming movie.  Watching this movie helps you see how life redefines itself and realize that one needs to treasure their beloved properly.  The movie is not simply a watched-and-gone but it lingers in our heart with its delightful and meaningful moments.

The Holiday

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Year: 2006

Rating: 6.9/10 (IDM) | 5.5/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

This movie is about house-swappers exchanging house to find a new lease for their life. Suffered from romantic love disappointments, Amada and Iris swap their homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local man and fall in love.

Review:

Another love story in Christmas time. However, what’s wrong with sugar-coated your Christmas a little bit with such story? The more you watch it, the better it gets.  The Holiday is a great movie to curl up to and it gives you the warm fuzzy feelings, as expected from a romantic comedy.

A Christmas Carol

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Year: 2009

Rating: 6.8/10 (IDM) | 5.9/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

Retelling Charles Dickens’ classic novel “A Christmas Carol”, this animated movie is about a Victorian-era miser who doesn’t share the merriment of Christmas. He gets visited by three spirits and has to take on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Review:

Although it’s an animated movie, you’ll find it fit adults more with the deeply meaningful lessons behind the story. The journey of Scrooge to his early life to learn about his mistakes and find his way back to be a good man, is both exciting and thrilling to watch. Not to mention that, the visuals are pretty impressive, especially with the ghostly three spirits who are made so alive and fanciful.

A Christmas Story

best christmas movies

Year: 1983

Rating: 8.0/10 (IDM) | 8.5/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

It’s the story of 9-year-old Ralphie who wants just one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder BB rifle. Ralphie needs to convince everyone – his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Review:

A Christmas Story is one of the classic Christmas movies of all time. The movie is a holiday perennial with its warmly nostalgic and dark humor. There are many iconic scenes in this movie that keep you watching it year after year.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Year: 1989

Rating: 7.6/10 (IDM) | 6.2/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas together. But soon it turns out to be a big disaster.

Review:

Getting its title as “the Christmas classic for all ages” and one of the “top Christmas movies of all time”, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation shows us that Christmas is a happy time – yes, a busy –time, yes, and it can be a total disaster too. However, in the end, no matter how bad it seems, Christmas is still a joyful time for you to be with your family.

Elf

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Year: 2003

Rating: 6.9/10 (IDM) | 7/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

The movie is about an “adult” elf finding his true identity in the USA. Buddy is raised as an elf at the North Pole, however, due to his size, he can’t perform elf tasks. After learning that he is human, Buddy returns to the US to find his father.

Review:

This movie is all about Christmas spirit and it brings you a wonderful and enjoyable feeling. The cast is amazing and so is the storyline. With this movie you’ll be touched by how Christmas can be such a magical time.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Year: 1993

Rating: 8.0/10 (IDM) | 8.2/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King in Halloweenland. Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, he is still bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he discovers Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.

Review:

As expected from Tim Burton,The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm and a pie-eyed magic that hypnotizes everyone. In a unique and wondrous world with truly breathtaking visual landscape, you’ll be drawn every time watching this memorable holiday classics of all time.

Joyeux Noel

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Year: 2005

Rating: 7.8/10 (IDM) | 6.8/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

The story happened in 1914, World War I on Christmas Eve. Numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal and unauthorized truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood (IDM).

Review:

If you want to change the atmosphere and try a new kind of Christmas movie, then Joyeux Noel is a brilliant option. Not only shows us the foolishness of wars, the religious cause of wars but also gives us a different view of “the enemy” – turns out that they’re like us too.

Bad Santa

best christmas movies

Year: 2003

Rating: 7.1/10 (IDM) | 6.7/10 (Rotten Tomatoes)

Plot:

A conman and a thief teams up with a midget to rob stores on Christmas Eve. However, all they have are problems from a troublesome kid.

Review:

Again, don’t watch this movie with your kids.

What do you do when you get tired of your life and want to stand up for something? Robbery is sure not a good answer but hell, Willie – the conman in this movie doesn’t care. Despite the strong language and the “vulgar assault on the Christmas spirit” like some people complain about this movie, it’s actually a contrast story of how a man who loses his faith can find it again and start his life over.

Which Christmas movies are your favorites?

Above are the top Christmas movies that you can watch year after year and never get bored of them. Plus, they all have a deep meaning behind the story that warms up our heart.

When the Christmas trees get dressed up, the snow starts falling, the lights are twinkling, snuggle to your beloved and watch these worth-going-to holiday movies.

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