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Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

Be honest: You started thinking about Christmas well before the Thanksgiving tryptophan began working its way through your system. It’s OK, because this is a safe space — a place where you can indulge your inner elf with as many Christmas movies as your heart desires no matter the time of year.

Rotten Tomatoes has put together a guide to every single Christmas movie available on Netflix — at least in November and December of 2018 — because we’re here to enable your holiday movie addiction. This list includes classics (White Christmas) and anti-holiday comedies (Bad Santa); feel-good rom-coms (Love Actually) and Netflix originals (Christmas Chronicles, A Christmas Prince).

The films are organized below first based on their Tomatometer score (from Fresh to Rotten), then alphabetically for those without scores. We also tossed in a few others because tis the season to indulge. Remember: The disgustingly high number of Christmas movies you’ll watch between now and 2019 is a secret just between you and your Netflix history. Enjoy!

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 41.351%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: One week before Christmas, Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, switches places with Stacy, a "commoner" from Chicago, who looks... [More]
Directed By: Michael Rohl

#56
Adjusted Score: 26.281%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner,... [More]
Directed By: Luc Vinciguerra

#55

Bad Santa (2003)
78%

#55
Adjusted Score: 84.133%
Critics Consensus: A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny.
Synopsis: The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy. Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton)... [More]
Directed By: Terry Zwigoff

#54

Get Santa (2014)
77%

#54
Adjusted Score: 73.426%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's days before Christmas and reindeer are found running loose through the streets of London. Meanwhile an astonished 9 year-old... [More]

#53

White Christmas (1954)
76%

#53
Adjusted Score: 80.8%
Critics Consensus: It may be too sweet for some, but this unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite is too cheerful to resist.
Synopsis: This Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby is a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge- where it is... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 27.887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this delightful holiday romance, a New York journalist heads to Eastern Europe for Christmas to report on a prince... [More]
Directed By: Alex Zamm

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 70.958%
Critics Consensus: A Very Murray Christmas preaches effectively to the converted with a parade of superstar guests and hummable songs that - combined with the host's trademark presence - adds up to a unique holiday experience.
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#50

Love Actually (2003)
63%

#50
Adjusted Score: 68.443%
Critics Consensus: A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.
Synopsis: All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard... [More]
Directed By: Richard Curtis

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 71.065%
Critics Consensus: Viewers seeking a fresh holiday viewing option -- or those simply in the mood for Santa Kurt Russell -- should find The Christmas Chronicles well worth a yuletide stream.
Synopsis: THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, a holiday adventure from producer Chris Columbus ("Home Alone", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone") and director... [More]
Directed By: Clay Kaytis

#48

The Nutcracker (1993)
57%

#48
Adjusted Score: 37.011%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A magician with secrets, an enchanted gift, a guiding angel and a visit through the Land of Snow to the... [More]
Directed By: Emile Ardolino

#47
Adjusted Score: 55.619%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.
Synopsis: The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#46

Uncle Nick (2015)
50%

#46
Adjusted Score: 20.832%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lewd, drunken Uncle Nick (Brian Posehn, Mr. Show, The Sarah Silverman Program) stumbles his way through his brother's cookie cutter-family's... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kasick

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 13.943%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young woman must deliver a Christmas card to a family friend in order to claim her inheritance. Along the... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#44

Red Christmas (2017)
47%

#44
Adjusted Score: 37.136%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and... [More]
Directed By:

#43
Adjusted Score: 10.388%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A handful of Walt Disney's best loved characters appear in this direct-to-video release, which tells three different tales of the... [More]

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 9.296%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Eric Roth (Luke Grimes) goes on an impulsive journey to find the father he never knew, his search takes... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#41

A Christmas Star (2015)
38%

#41
Adjusted Score: 12.666%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young girl born under the Christmas star believes she has the gift to perform miracles.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Elson

#40

Believe (2016)
33%

#40
Adjusted Score: 8.394%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O'Quinn) struggles between his desire for... [More]
Directed By: Billy Dickson

#39

Bad Santa 2 (2016)
23%

#39
Adjusted Score: 27.426%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with the same scatological and misanthropic humor as its predecessor but precious little of its heart or genuine wit, Bad Santa 2 presents a foulmouthed shadow of Christmas past.
Synopsis: BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award (R)-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as America's favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 20.954%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the... [More]
Directed By: John Stephenson

#37

Santa Buddies (2009)
20%

#37
Adjusted Score: 3.464%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Talking puppies head to the North Pole on a mission to help Santa (George Wendt) save Christmas in this charming... [More]
Directed By: Robert Vince

#36

Pottersville (2017)
0%

#36
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Seth Henrikson

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After accidentally destroying a bag of Christmas wishes from a small town on the eve of Christmas Eve, two junior... [More]
Directed By: Neale Kimmel

#34
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When the Abominable Snowman and his two kids are chased out of their hideaway by a scientist determined to capture... [More]
Directed By: Chad Van De Keere

#33
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Self-centered, unemployed good ol' gal Cindy (Taryn Manning) has been popping out kids by different Daddy's since she was knee... [More]
Directed By: Ron Carlson

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bickering family head to a cabin for the holidays and provide temporary shelter to another family, whose display of... [More]
Directed By: George Erschbamer

#31
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 'Tis the season to celebrate with everyone's favorite St. Bernard, Beethoven, in an all-new, heartwarming holiday adventure where the hilarious... [More]
Directed By: John Putch

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An elf must get Santa's broken sleigh back in time for Christmas.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jay Surridge

#29
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard.... [More]
Starring: Martin Short
Directed By: Tony Collingwood

#28
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Gwyneth Hayden is a 30-something marketing executive with a top-notch career, killer wardrobe, dream apartment and great friends. She thinks... [More]
Directed By: Corbin Bernsen

#27
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Marita Grabiak

#26
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A headstrong woman fights the odds to save her family's Smoky Mountain berry farm, even calling in a favor from... [More]
Directed By: Gary Wheeler

#25
Adjusted Score: 36.137%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#24
#24
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A rebellious girl is sent to live with her grandmother on a horse ranch at Christmas and becomes determined to... [More]
Directed By: Douglas B. Maddox

#23
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#22
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With Christmas quickly approaching, our old friend Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat scramble to find the... [More]
Directed By:

#21

Dear Santa (2011)

#21
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestly takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling... [More]
Directed By: Jason Priestley

#20
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale is the story of a privileged 21-year-old college student Luce Lockhart (Lexi Giovagnoli, 1 Chance 2... [More]
Directed By: Letia Clouston

#19
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Join your favorite DreamWorks friends for these four holiday specials. Watch as those zany zoosters from Madagascar save Christmas, Donkey... [More]

#18
#18
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Polar opposites meet and fall in love, but it isn't long before their relationship is on the rocks. In order... [More]
Directed By: Temple Mathews

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 10.325%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future.... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Walsh

#16
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jilted by her high-powered fiance just before Thanksgiving, and terrifed of disappointing her demanding mother, Hillary Burns hires an unemployed... [More]
Directed By: Jim Fall

#15
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman unexpectedly has a fatal accident just before Christmas, and to her surprise she isn't granted entry into Heaven... [More]
Directed By: Edmund Entin, Gary Entin

#14
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Po celebrates Winter Feast, his favorite holiday. Every year, Po and his father hang decorations, cook together and serve noodle... [More]
Directed By: Tim Johnson

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A newly-single woman finds herself torn between two men after she kisses a handsome man on an elevator around the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Feifer

#12
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This home video release finds an interesting way to repackage older Disney cartoons. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the... [More]

#11
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Join Mickey, Minnie, and special guest Santa Clause as they attempt to teach Donald Duck the true meaning of Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Matthew O'Callaghan

#10
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Kenny Young

#9
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Pettersson promised the best Christmas ever to Findus, but unfortunately everything starts to go wrong. Fearing that Christmas may end... [More]
Directed By:

#8
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By:

#7

Santa Claws (2014)

#7
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa is allergic to cats, so he has a policy against delivering them as gifts. But little Tommy has been... [More]
Directed By: Glenn R. Miller

#6
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The mischievous Santa Pups stow away on Mrs. Claus' shed during a trip to Pineville, and stir up trouble when... [More]
Directed By: Robert Vince

#5
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa's loyal, four-legged companion Paws enlists the aid of a fun-loving orphan and his faithful friends to help save Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Robert Vince

#4
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A lawyer travels to Vermont to broker the sale of an inn and learns that it is haunted by a... [More]
Directed By: David Jackson

#3

Tree Man (2016)

#3
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Every holiday season, hundreds of Christmas tree sellers from across North America descend upon the streets of New York City... [More]
Starring:

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An all-new holiday adventure featuring the Trolls. When the Queen of the Trolls, Poppy, finds out that the Bergens do... [More]
Starring: Anna Kendrick
Directed By: Joel Crawford

#1
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Kenny Young

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Holiday Baggage
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Dreamworks Home for the Holidays
The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas
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