Great Christmas Movies
Classics & Modern-Day
(chronological by film title)
Intro | Classics (1) | Classics (2) | Modern-Day (1) | Modern-Day (2)
Great Christmas Movies: What are some of the best Christmas (or holiday) movies? The holidays are definitely about mandatory viewing of some of the best theatrically-released films that capture the spirit of the times - a regular pasttime in addition to other December traditions such as lighted trees, holly berries and mistletoe. They tell of good tidings, lessons to be learned about being generous rather than greedy, getting together with family members, showing love and cheer, and consuming great food.
It should also be noted that the holiday season hasn't always had the film industry's emphasis on increasing yearly grosses or the release of many Oscar-worthy (or prestige) titles - during what should now be termed the "award season." In the old days, classic Disney animated features were often re-released for the holidays, in addition to light-hearted comedies and musicals. The trend to release large-scale pictures during the holidays began in the mid-1970s, with the release of King Kong (1976), Superman: The Movie (1978), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
[Trivia Note: A few of the classic Christmas films, such as Holiday Inn (1942) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947), weren't even released during the holidays, but during the summer months!]
There are some bona-fide traditional classics here, lots of Christmas or holiday-themed films - and some dark comedies (although Gremlins (1984) and Die Hard (1988) - all tangential Christmas films - aren't included here). Many have wonderful nostalgic ingredients that make them perfect for viewing.
PS: Made-for-TV movies, specials, and animations (such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman) are not included.