The Top 10 Best Christmas Movies

Whether you’re a kid who’s waking up to see what Santa left for you under the tree, a parent who takes on the surrogate role of Saint Nicholas, or someone who simply loves to spread good cheer, Christmas is a magical time of year.

Because of this, it’s no wonder that the entertainment industry has capitalized on the emotional and sentimental attachment people have to this time of year. So, regardless of what your movie genre preference is, from the gruesome to the action-packed and everything between, there is a Christmas movie for you.

With hundreds of Christmas titles out there, it was only a matter of time before people began to rank them in order of worst-to-first. Rotten Tomatoes, the leading aggregator of movie and T.V. show reviews from professional critics and fans alike, developed a list of the 25-best Christmas movies of all time.

Below, we’ve condensed the top 10 for you to check out and add to your holiday binge-watch sessions.

#10 A Charlie Brown Christmas

Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (via IMDB)

Released: 1965

Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer

Rating: G

Tomatometer Rating: 92%

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#9 A Christmas Story

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1983

Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin,

Rating: PG

Tomatometer Rating: 89%

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#8 Arthur Christmas

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. (Via IMDB)

Released: 2011

Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

Rating: PG

Tomatometer Rating: 92%

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#7 Die Hard

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1988

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedilia

Rating: R

Tomatometer Rating: 92%

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#6 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1993

Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara

Rating: PG

Tomatometer Rating: 95%

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#5 How The Grinch Stole Christmas

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1966

Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray

Rating: Unrated

Tomatometer Rating: 100%

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#4 The Shop Around the Corner

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1940

Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan

Rating: Passed

Tomatometer Rating: 100%

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#3 Holiday Inn

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1942

Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

Rating: Passed

Tomatometer Rating: 100%

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#2 Miracle on 34th Street

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1947

Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne

Rating: Approved

Tomatometer Rating: 96%

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#1 It’s a Wonderful Life

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (Via IMDB)

Released: 1946

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Rating: PG

Tomatometer Rating: 94%

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What do you think of this list? Do you think something is missing from the list? Let us know in the comments!

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