If you looking for a good time to celebrate christmas you should definitely watch our picks for the best modern christmas movies.

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


10. The Night Before (2015)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 2The Night Before is a 2015 Christmas comedy stoner film directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Lizzy Caplan. Three childhood friends have been gathering on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays for the last decade. But now things are getting changed as Isaac prepares to become a first-time father with new responsibilities. The trio decides to make this year’s celebration more exciting by planning a party called the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.

Comedy | Director: Jonathan Levine

Buy The Night Before on Amazon: https://amzn.to/34zi5u6


9. Last Christmas (2019)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 3Last Christmas is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig and starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, and Michelle Yeoh. Things turn against young Kate, who is a dissatisfied Londoner. She works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. However, things begin getting lighter when she meets with Tom who is not only handsome but also a suitable match for her. In the most beautiful time of the year, they start getting closer to each other, which itself becomes the best gift of all.

Comedy, Romance | Director: Paul Feig

Buy Last Christmas on Amazon: https://amzn.to/35ChbOW


8. The Holiday (2006)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 4The Holiday is a 2006 romantic comedy film written, produced, and directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. Iris loves a man who is already interested in and about to marry another woman. Amanda has just become aware of her husband’s infidelity. Both luckless women met with each other online at a home swapping website and switch homes for the holiday, and the romance unfolds from there. Amanda falls in love with Iris’s brother and Iris meets film writer Miles.

Comedy, Romance | Director: Nancy Meyers

Buy The Holiday on Amazon: https://amzn.to/35K8odT


7. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 5The Man Who Invented Christmas is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce. In 1843 London, British author Charles Dickens is suffering financially after writing three consecutive novels. To try to increase his status, he comes up with a new idea to write a Christmas tale and self-publish it in a short span. After his parents’ arrival, bad memories start looming over him and he develop a writer’s block. Now Dickens craves inspiration against his disappointments and his characters’ minds.

Biography, Drama | Director: Bharat Nalluri

Buy The Man Who Invented Christmas on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Q2MwU6


6. A Christmas Tale (2008)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 6When the matriarch of their family falls terminally ill, the dysfunctional Vuillards come together just in time for Christmas to help their mother win the battle against cancer. Directed by Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale is definitely not your typical holiday movie but still manages to stun the audience with its powerful plot and amazing cast. Released in 2008, the French comedy-drama stars Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, and Anne Consigny in lead roles.

Comedy, Drama | Director: Arnaud Deplechin

Buy A Christmas Tale on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YZiMMd


5. Elf (2003)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 7The perfect addition to your Christmas comedy collection, this 2003 Jon Favreau directorial is on the shelf. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Mary Steenburgen, the fantasy comedy revolves around the story of Buddy, a human raised by elves in the North Pole, who upon discovering his identity sets out for New York to find his biological father. So join Buddy as he helps you rediscover the joy of Christmas in a world full of cynics!

Comedy | Director: Jon Favreau

Buy Elf on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ExBWzo


4. Why Him? (2016)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 8A holiday gathering threatens to go off track when Ned Fleming realizes his daughter’s immature tech- millionaire boyfriend Laird is about to pop the question. Why Him? is a 2016 comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg and starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch and Megan Mullally. In contrast to Laird’s honest intentions to be accepted in the family, his well-meaning but raunchy nature will soon form a bitter rivalry between the optimistic tech mogul and the overprotecting father.

Comedy | Director: John Hamburg

Buy Why Him? on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Q26deM


3. Bad Santa (2003)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 9Bad Santa is a 2003 Christmas black comedy film directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham and Bernie Mac. The drunk Willie, a thief, and his partner, the dwarf Marcus, team up together once a year around Christmas dressed like Santa Claus and his helper elf in department stores. On Christmas Eve, the duo comes up with a robbery plan. However, things don’t go according to plan and a kid and a bartender turn their worlds upside-down.

Comedy | Director: Terry Zwigoff

Buy Bad Santa on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2sAtkVP


2. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 10On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a baby in the trash and set out to find its parents. Tokyo Godfathers is a 2003 anime comedy film directed by Satoshi Kon and is loosely based on Peter B. Kyne’s novel Three Godfathers. The movie received an Excellence Prize at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival and won Best Animation Film at the 58th Mainichi Film Awards.

Anime, Comedy | Director: Satoshi Kon

Buy Tokyo Godfather on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PC8EpH


1. Love Actually (2003)

Top 10 Modern Christmas Movies 11

Set one month before the eve of Christmas, Love Actually follows the lives of eight different couples and their unique takes on love and romance. The movie portrays the emotions of love, jealousy, hatred, and romance beautifully. It stars Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley in lead roles. Released in 2003, the movie is directed by Richard Curtis, who manages to capture the difficulties and hardships of various relationships elegantly and pack it all into a perfect Christmas atmosphere.

Romance, Comedy | Director: Richard Curtis

Buy Love Actually on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LR8OqM


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