If you are looking for a real classic movie to celebrate christmas you should definitely watch our picks for the best classic christmas movies.

The movies in this list all came out before the year 2000.


10. Scrooged (1988)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 2When a cynical and cruel television executive forces his staff to work on the holidays, he is visited by three ghosts who try to rejuvenate his Christmas spirit. Regarded as one of the best Christmas films of all time, Scrooged manages to impress the audience with its hilarious plot and amazing screenplay. Directed by Richard Donner and released in 1988, the Christmas comedy stars Bill Murray, Karen Allen, and John Forsythe in lead roles.

Comedy | Director: Richard Donner

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9. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 3Meet me in St. Louis follows the story of the Smiths, a well-off family with four beautiful daughters living in St. Louis. When the family finds out that Mr. Smith has been transferred, the girls are forced to leave their home and travel to New York with their father. Released in 1944, the musical comedy stars Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor and Lucille Bremer in lead roles. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the movie was deemed a classic and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Comedy, Musical | Director: Vincente Minnelli

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8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 4The Nightmare Before Christmas follows the story of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween town, who finds a secret portal to the Christmas town and decides to celebrate Christmas. The animated dark fantasy film was directed by Henry Selick and was released in 1993. The film managed to impress critics and audience with its engaging plot won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The voice cast includes Chris Sarandon as Jack and Catherine O’Hara as Sally.

Animations, Fantasy | Director: Henry Selick

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7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 5When a new Santa Claus at the Macy’s Department Store claims to be the real deal, he is deemed insane and is institutionalized. However, a young, kind-hearted lawyer agrees to fight his case and prove his sanity in the court. Directed by George Seaton, Miracle on 34th Street was nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered a Christmas classic. Released in 1947, the Christmas comedy stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn in the lead roles.

Comedy | Director: George Seaton

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6. White Christmas (1954)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 6When Bob Wallace and Phil Davis become a famous song-dance duo after leaving the army, they meet their match in the form of Betty and Judy. The four must now work together to save the failing inn of Thomas F. Waverly, the boys’ former commanding officer. The musical comedy was released in 1954 and turned out to be a commercial success. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the movie stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in lead roles.

Comedy, Musical | Director: Michael Curtiz

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5. Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 7Three Wishes for Cinderella is a 1973 Czechoslovak/East German fairy-tale film directed by Václav Vorlíček. The story retells the classic Cinderella fairy tale and follows Popelka, an independent young girl who is a servant in the house of her stepmother. When she comes across three magical acorns, she is granted a single wish for each one of them. The movie had its international premiere in East Berlin in 1973 and is until today a popular Christmas holiday movie in many European countries.

Fairy-tale | Director: Václav Vorlíček

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4. Home Alone (1990)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 8When an eight-year-old is accidentally left alone by his family during the Christmas holidays, the task of protecting his home falls on him as Harry and Marv arrive to rob the place. Released in 1990, the movie stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in lead roles. Directed by Chris Columbus, Home Alone was nominated for two Academy Awards and managed to become a classic owing to its hilarious plot and an amazing score.

Comedy | Director: Chris Columbus

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3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 9Things predictably start to go awry when the Griswolds try to celebrate their seasonal Christmas holidays. The movie serves as the third chapter in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series and is regarded as a modern Christmas classic. Released in 1989, the Christmas comedy stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in lead roles. Under the powerful direction of Jeremiah S. Chechik, the film managed to dazzle the audience with its unique plot and received critical and commercial acclaim.

Comedy | Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

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2. A Christmas Story (1983)

Regarded as one of the best Christmas films of all time and directed by Bob Clark, A Christmas Story follows the life of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker as he tries to convince his parents, Santa Claus and his teachers to give him a Red Ryder BB gun as a Christmas present. Released in 1983, the Christmas comedy stars Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin in lead roles. The film managed to win two Canadian Genie Awards and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry.

Comedy | Director: Bob Clark

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1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies 10It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart, Henry Travers and Donna Reed. The story follows George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others. When a financial disaster on Christmas Eve lets George think about suicide an angel comes along and shows him how different life in his community would be if he had never been born. The movie has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.

Fantasy, Drama | Director: Frank Capra

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