Last Updated on 22 September 2023

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 200 best Christmas movies of all time.

I found 38 different ranked lists online of “best Christmas movies of all time” and pulled them all into Excel and merged them all to get this definitive compilation.  See my Methodology page for the research process that was used, including links to all 38 lists that were averaged. Below is the ranked list.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  2. Home Alone (1990)
  3. Elf (2003)
  4. A Christmas Story (1983)
  5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  6. Die Hard (1988)
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  9. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  10. Love Actually (2003)
  11. Gremlins (1984)
  12. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  13. Scrooged (1988)
  14. White Christmas (1954)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
  16. Bad Santa (2003)
  17. The Santa Clause (1994)
  18. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  19. The Polar Express (2004)
  20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  21. A Christmas Carol (1951)
  22. The Holiday (2006)
  23. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  24. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  25. Arthur Christmas (2011)
  26. Jingle All the Way (1996)
  27. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  28. Trading Places (1983)
  29. Holiday Inn (1942)
  30. The Apartment (1960)
  31. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)
  32. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  33. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  34. The Family Stone (2005)
  35. Black Christmas (1974)
  36. The Snowman (1982)
  37. A Christmas Tale (2008)
  38. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  39. A Christmas Carol (1938)
  40. The Best Man Holiday (2013)
  41. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
  42. Lethal Weapon (1987)
  43. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  44. Carol (2015)
  45. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  46. Four Christmases (2008)
  47. Joyeux Noël (2005)
  48. The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  49. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  50. Batman Returns (1992)
  51. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
  52. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
  53. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
  54. The Night Before (2015)
  55. A Christmas Carol (1999)
  56. A Christmas Carol (1984)
  57. Babes in Toyland (1934)
  58. Krampus (2015)
  59. Little Women (1994)
  60. Happy Christmas (2014)
  61. A Christmas Prince (2017)
  62. Mean Girls (2004)
  63. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
  64. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
  65. Tangerine (2015)
  66. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
  67. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
  68. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
  69. About a Boy (2002)
  70. A Christmas Carol (2009)
  71. Toy Story (1995)
  72. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
  73. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
  74. Remember the Night (1940)
  75. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  76. Frozen (2013)
  77. Little Women (2019)
  78. Jack Frost (1998)
  79. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
  80. Serendipity (2001)
  81. Klaus (2019)
  82. Christmas, Again (2014)
  83. Deck the Halls (2006)
  84. Last Holiday (2006)
  85. Mixed Nuts (1994)
  86. The Ref (1994)
  87. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
  88. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  89. Just Friends (2005)
  90. Holiday Affair (1949)
  91. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
  92. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  93. Metropolitan (1990)
  94. In Bruges (2008)
  95. Eastern Promises (2007)
  96. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
  97. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
  98. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
  99. Tuesday, After Christmas (2010)
  100. Scrooge (1970)
  101. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
  102. A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
  103. Black Nativity (2013)
  104. Let It Snow (2019)
  105. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
  106. 2046 (2004)
  107. This Christmas (2007)
  108. The Princess Switch (2018)
  109. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
  110. The Grinch (2018)
  111. Prancer (1989)
  112. 8 Women (2002)
  113. We’re No Angels (1955)
  114. Better Watch Out (2016)
  115. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
  116. Lovely, Still (2008)
  117. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
  118. Santa Claws (2014)
  119. Babes in Toyland (1961)
  120. Last Christmas (2019)
  121. The Ice Harvest (2005)
  122. Christmas Evil (1980)
  123. Almost Christmas (2016)
  124. One Magic Christmas (1985)
  125. Silent Night (2002)
  126. Eloise at Christmastime (2003)
  127. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
  128. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
  129. A Midnight Clear (1992)
  130. Office Christmas Party (2016)
  131. Nativity! (2009)
  132. Fred Claus (2007)
  133. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
  134. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
  135. Toys (1992)
  136. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  137. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998)
  138. Christmas in July (1940)
  139. Die Hard 2 (1990)
  140. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  141. Nutcracker (1986)
  142. The Christmas Wish (1998)
  143. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
  144. The Family Man (2000)
  145. Susan Slept Here (1954)
  146. Brazil (1985)
  147. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
  148. The Merry Gentleman (2008)
  149. Get Santa (2014)
  150. The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
  151. Trolls Holiday (2017)
  152. A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
  153. Ben Is Back (2018)
  154. Ghostbusters II (1989)
  155. The Perfect Holiday (2007)
  156. Holiday Rush (2019)
  157. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
  158. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
  159. Bad Santa 2 (2016)
  160. Home for the Holidays (1995)
  161. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
  162. Trapped in Paradise (1994)
  163. The Oath (2018)
  164. A Prince for Christmas (2015)
  165. All I Want for Christmas (1991)
  166. All Mine to Give (1957)
  167. The Christmas Project (2016)
  168. Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
  169. The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)
  170. Christmas Eve (1947)
  171. Shrek the Halls (2007)
  172. Babes in Toyland (1986)
  173. Christmas in Boston (2005)
  174. Abominable Christmas (2012)
  175. What’s Cooking? (2000)
  176. Christmas Story (Joulutarina) (2007)
  177. White Reindeer (2013)
  178. El Camino Christmas (2017)
  179. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)
  180. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  181. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  182. Noel (2004)
  183. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
  184. The Santa Suit (2010)
  185. A Mom for Christmas (1990)
  186. Crown for Christmas (2015)
  187. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
  188. The Christmas Card (2006)
  189. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
  190. 200 Cigarettes (1999)
  191. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
  192. Friday After Next (2002)
  193. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)
  194. November Christmas (2010)
  195. Will it Snow for Christmas? (1996)
  196. Help for the Holidays (2012)
  197. A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)
  198. The Christmas Candle (2013)
  199. Christmas at Maxwell’s (2006)
  200. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

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