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The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

From Home Alone and Elf to classics like Miracle on 34th Street, we’ve made our list of great holiday films and checked it at least twice. Now, to all you nice boys and girls out there, we present the Best Christmas Movies ever!

#101
Adjusted Score: 20446%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dolly Parton's (Alyvia Alyn Lind) father (Ricky Schroder) tries to raise enough money to buy his wife (Jennifer Nettles) a... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#102
#102
Adjusted Score: 62952%
Critics Consensus: Though the movie is visually stunning overall, the animation for the human characters isn't lifelike enough, and the story is padded.
Synopsis: Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#103
#103
Adjusted Score: 59747%
Critics Consensus: Though it's harmless as family entertainment and has moments of charm, The Santa Clause 2 is also predictable and forgettable.
Synopsis: Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

#104
Adjusted Score: 56534%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it's up to... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#105

Noelle (2019)
55%

#105
Adjusted Score: 56342%
Critics Consensus: The always charming Anna Kendrick does her best, but Noelle's progressive take on a timeless tale is unfortunately subdued.
Synopsis: Kris Kringle's daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who... [More]
Directed By: Marc Lawrence

#106

Last Holiday (2006)
55%

#106
Adjusted Score: 59633%
Critics Consensus: Although Queen Latifah's bountiful life-affirming spirit permeates the film, director Wayne Wang is unable to revive this remake with any real flair.
Synopsis: The discovery that she has a terminal illness prompts introverted saleswoman Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) to reflect on what she... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#107

The Family Man (2000)
53%

#107
Adjusted Score: 57980%
Critics Consensus: The Family Man's earnest attempt to remind audiences that it's a wonderful life too often steers into schmaltz, although Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni's romantic rapport adds a dash of sincere sweetness.
Synopsis: Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman.... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#108

Love Hard (2021)
52%

#108
Adjusted Score: 52677%
Critics Consensus: Love Hard's interesting setup and charming cast have a definite rom-com appeal, even if the story never quite develops its main characters' love connection.
Synopsis: An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise... [More]
Directed By: Hernán Jiménez

#109
Adjusted Score: 43000%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, royal look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to audacious doppelgänger Fiona -- and her... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#110

The Family Stone (2005)
52%

#110
Adjusted Score: 57744%
Critics Consensus: This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.
Synopsis: Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) wants to bring his girlfriend, Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), to meet his bohemian Connecticut family... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Bezucha

#111

The Holiday (2006)
50%

#111
Adjusted Score: 56282%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.
Synopsis: Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Meyers

#112
Adjusted Score: 50056%
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

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 50122%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer must save the day when Happy, the new baby New Year, goes missing. Father Time asks... [More]

#114

The Apology (2022)
52%

#114
Adjusted Score: 52231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Twenty years after the disappearance of her daughter, recovering alcoholic Darlene Hagen is preparing to host her family's Christmas celebration... [More]
Directed By: Alison Locke

#115
Adjusted Score: 54624%
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: In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#116

Red Christmas (2016)
48%

#116
Adjusted Score: 48076%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A widow and her bickering family gather at her remote estate on Christmas Eve. She must soon protect them all... [More]
Directed By: Craig Anderson

#117
#117
Adjusted Score: 47802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ginny (Mary Steenburgen) has a difficult time mustering Christmas spirit due to her husband Jack's (Gary Basaraba) unemployment and her... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Borsos

#118
#118
Adjusted Score: 47043%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Congressional aide Erica Miller lands at a beachside Air Force base, where she clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz over his... [More]
Directed By: Martin Wood

#119

Last Christmas (2019)
46%

#119
Adjusted Score: 56985%
Critics Consensus: Likable leads, terrific behind-the-scenes talent, and an intriguing musical hook aren't enough to save Last Christmas from its poorly conceived story.
Synopsis: Nothing seems to go right for young Kate, a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#120

Holidate (2020)
45%

#120
Adjusted Score: 47681%
Critics Consensus: Holidate's self-aware approach to rom-com formula is refreshing, but it's offset by a questionable premise and unnecessarily vulgar jokes.
Synopsis: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#121

Fatman (2020)
44%

#121
Adjusted Score: 50299%
Critics Consensus: Fatman takes a surprisingly serious approach to a potentially ludicrous twist on the Santa Claus legend, aiming for edgy but mostly missing the mark.
Synopsis: To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S.... [More]
Directed By: Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms

#122
#122
Adjusted Score: 17623%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#123
#123
Adjusted Score: 48526%
Critics Consensus: Its cast of gifted comics is good for a handful of laughs, but Office Christmas Party's overstuffed plot ultimately proves roughly as disappointing as its clichéd gags and forced sentimentality.
Synopsis: When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his chief technical officer... [More]
Directed By: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

#124

Black Christmas (2019)
40%

#124
Adjusted Score: 45468%
Critics Consensus: Better than the 2006 remake yet not as sharp as the original, this Black Christmas stabs at timely feminist themes but mostly hits on familiar pulp.
Synopsis: Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays as students travel home to spend time with their families. But as... [More]
Directed By: Sophia Takal

#125
#125
Adjusted Score: 11709%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man seeking the father he has never met ends up barricaded inside of a liquor store with five... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#126
#126
Adjusted Score: 16951%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a 'second... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#127
#127
Adjusted Score: 35631%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. With his very... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Donnelly

#128
#128
Adjusted Score: 38271%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Every Christmas Jackie sends a boastful holiday newsletter that makes her old college friend Charlotte feel like a lump of... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#129
Adjusted Score: 37114%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The traditional holiday romance movie, from the writer of "You Light Up My Christmas" and the director of "The Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Clare Niederpruem

#130
Adjusted Score: 22080%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew a sacred truce, but when the priceless treaty disappears,... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 36416%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa Claus (Douglas Seale) is looking for his successor, and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) is just... [More]
Directed By: John R. Cherry III

#132
#132
Adjusted Score: 38554%
Critics Consensus: Featuring twice the moms but roughly half the laughs, A Bad Moms Christmas is a slapdash holiday sequel that falls short of the original with a disappointing dearth of good cheer.
Synopsis: Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms:... [More]
Directed By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

#133
#133
Adjusted Score: 33090%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Eddie Garrick (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) is a good-hearted man who has turned his back on Christmas due to a traumatic... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

#134

Four Christmases (2008)
25%

#134
Adjusted Score: 30574%
Critics Consensus: Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.
Synopsis: When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) must spend... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#135

Bad Santa 2 (2016)
23%

#135
Adjusted Score: 28914%
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: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus,... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#136

Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
21%

#136
Adjusted Score: 27553%
Critics Consensus: A formulaic comedy that's unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy's Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast.
Synopsis: Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

#137
Adjusted Score: 21709%
Critics Consensus: It boasts a few laughs, but overall, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas ranks among Perry's least entertaining or substantive works.
Synopsis: Madea (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece, Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford), to the small town of Buck Tussel to pay a... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#138
#138
Adjusted Score: 22703%
Critics Consensus: Arnold Schwarzenegger tries his best, but Jingle All the Way suffers from an uneven tone, shifting wildly from a would-be satire on materialism to an antic, slapstick yuk-fest.
Synopsis: Workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to make things up to his son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd), and wife, Liz (Rita... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

#139
Adjusted Score: 19023%
Critics Consensus: Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.
Synopsis: Christmas cheer turns into holiday chaos when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) for... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

#140

The Mean One (2022)
21%

#140
Adjusted Score: 21641%
Critics Consensus: A killjoy entry into the debauched children's story horror canon, The Mean One delivers a seasonally macabre bag of lime green coal.
Synopsis: One Christmas Eve in a sleepy mountain town, Cindy's family is killed and her Christmas is stolen by a bloodthirsty... [More]
Directed By: Steven LaMorte

#141

The Killing Tree (2022)
17%

#141
Adjusted Score: 5982%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a scorned widow casts an ancient spell to resurrect her executed husband. However, when the spell goes... [More]
Directed By: Rhys Frake-Waterfield

#142

Black Christmas (2006)
14%

#142
Adjusted Score: 15977%
Critics Consensus: A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.
Synopsis: The holiday season turns deadly for a group of sorority sisters (Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Michelle Trachtenberg)... [More]
Directed By: Glen Morgan

#143
#143
Adjusted Score: 14079%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boyd is forced to spend Christmas at his parents' house and has to hit the road with his eccentric father... [More]
Directed By: Tristram Shapeero

#144

Mixed Nuts (1994)
13%

#144
Adjusted Score: 14669%
Critics Consensus: Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers -- and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans.
Synopsis: Philip (Steve Martin) manages a suicide-prevention hotline called Lifesavers, assisted by Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) and Catherine (Rita Wilson). On... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

#145

Deck the Halls (2006)
6%

#145
Adjusted Score: 8938%
Critics Consensus: Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.
Synopsis: Steve (Matthew Broderick), suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds a wrinkle in his well-ordered existence with the arrival of his... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

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