The Polar Express (2004)
AMC Movie List

Contemporary Holiday Movies

Filmsite.org’s Tim Dirks has spotlighted the 10 all-time greatest Christmas movies, many of which have improved with time. How would you rank them? Vote below. Want to learn how Tim picked them? Click here.

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1 The Polar Express (2004)
Praised for its milestone special effects, The Polar Express showcases an action packed, magical journey to The North Pole.
119 421
2 The Santa Clause (1994)
Dont forget to read the fine print! Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) learns that the hard way after accidentally accepting the role of Santa.
32 350
3 A Christmas Story (1983)

A fishnet leg lamp and a tongue stuck to a frozen pole. Peter Billingsley headlines Jean Shepherd's Christmas memoir.

31 355
4 Home Alone (1990)
Step one: Hold cheeks. Step two: Scream!!! Kevin (Macauley Culkin) defends his home against burglers on Christmas Eve.
30 428
5 Elf (2003)
Both charming and foolish, Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a prime example of a fish out of water as he navigates Manhattan as a 6'3" elf.
16 464
6 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Filled with sight gags and one-liners, Clark (Chevy Chase) and the Griswold family attempt to have an old-fashioned Christmas celebration.
16 452
7 Scrooged (1988)
In a modern spin on Dickens', Scrooge (Bill Murray) is a TV exec and the Ghost of Christmas Past is a wise-guy NYC cab driver.
3 333
8 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Same story, new execution. The Muppets retell the 1843 Dickens tale with Michael Caine portraying Scrooge and Kermit as Bob Cratchit.
-1 331
9 Bad Santa (2003)
Adults only! With excessive profanity and promiscuity, this movie is the polar opposite of your usual holiday flick.
-3 343
10 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Makeup, prosthetics and LOTS of green fur, Jim Carrey delivers as the conniving Christmas-ruining Grinch.
-4 354