17 of the best Christmas movies of all time

From Elf and Home Alone to White Christmas and Santa Claus the Movie - everyone has a favourite Christmas film.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 2:14 pm
Updated Monday, 14th December 2020, 2:20 pm
Which tops your Christmas movie list?

We've made a list of great Christmas films (and checked it twice) - is your favourite on there?

Released in 1946, this classic tale tells the story of a George Bailey who has so many problems and is thinking about ending it all until his guardian angel shows him what his town would have looked like if it hadn't been for all his good deeds.
Made in 1985 the British-American Christmas film stars Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston in the title role.

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Released in 1990 with Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, this classic Christmas film shows an eight-year-old troublemaker protecting his house from a pair of burglars
Christmas movie or not? Released in 1988, starring Bruce Willis as a cop who tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza.
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn.
In 2003 we were introduced to Buddy in the film Elf, the hilarious movie about the guy raised by elves at the North Pole, but who discovers his real dad lives in New York.
Recounting the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
The Snowman is based on Raymond Briggs' 1978 picture book The Snowman. It was released in 1982.
Released in 2000, The Grinch is annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer in the village of Whoville and so teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by being a spoilsport.
Released in 2006, The Holiday tells the story of two women from different countries who swap homes for the holidays to get away from their relationship issues. With Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.
When Santa's son Arthur learns that owing to a glitch a little girl's Christmas gift has been misplaced, he sets out on a mission to deliver the present before it is too late.
Back in 2004 The Polar Express told the story of a young boy who boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Released 2004. The Kranks scandalise everyone when they declare that they won't be celebrating Christmas - until their daughter decides to visit home and embark on a mad rush to organise Christmas.
In 1989, Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he touches seems to bring on a hilarious domino of disasters.
After crashing his sleigh and coming to the attention of the local police, Santa Claus asks a father and son for help to round up his reindeer so he can make sure Christmas isn't ruined.
Released in 1996, this family film shows saleman Howard, promising his son a Turbo Man for Christmas - fighting everything, and everyone, that gets in his way!
Another classic with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen planning a yuletide miracle.