List of theatrical Christmas films

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Christmas films
List of theatrical Christmas films
TV and direct-to-video Christmas films
Films relating to Christmas
Christmas television specials (U.S.)

This is a list of Christmas-themed films which received a theatrical release.

Title Year Description
Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost 1901 The oldest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a five-minute silent short directed by Walter R. Booth
A Christmas Accident 1911 A grumpy old man is overwhelmed when the neighbor's daughter offers him her Christmas gift.
Santa Claus vs. Cupid 1915 Two men in Santa Claus suits are rivals for the love of the same woman. A desperate man becomes thief on a Christmas party.
Scrooge 1935 Early film adaptation of Dickens A Christmas Carol, starring Sir Seymour Hicks.
A Christmas Carol 1938 MGM's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story.
Beyond Tomorrow 1940 The first half of this fantasy film takes place on Christmas Eve as three old men befriend two strangers, a young man and woman, who return their wallets. Also titled Beyond Christmas when re-released in 2004.
The Shop Around the Corner Unbeknownst to each other, coworkers become romantic pen pals at Christmastime.
Holiday Inn 1942 Musicians prepare for a white Christmas at a cozy lodge.
Home Alone 3 1997 A resourceful boy is left home alone and has to defend his home from a band of criminals.
I'll Be Seeing You 1944 A war veteran finds romance with a furloughed prisoner during the holidays.
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 A columnist must entertain her boss and a returning war hero for the holidays. Remade for television in 1992.
It's a Wonderful Life 1946 After attempting to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, a man is rescued by a guardian angel and shown what his hometown would be like had he never lived.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947 Macy's Santa, with help from the U.S. Postal Service, restores a little girl's faith. Remade for television in 1955, 1959, 1973.
The Bishop's Wife An angel helps a bishop rearrange his priorities during the Christmas season.
Holiday Affair 1949 Romance blooms between a young widow and a sales clerk at Christmastime.
Scrooge 1951 Dickens' ghostly meditation on Christmas. This version of the story, with Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, is universally regarded as the very best. Titled A Christmas Carol in United States and Canada.
White Christmas 1954 As in Holiday Inn, musicians bring Irving Berlin's lyrics to Vermont lodge. (The story is not a remake, however.)
Babes in Toyland 1961 Disney adaptation of the Herbert operetta.
Scrooge 1970 A musical adaptation of Dickens' tale, starring Albert Finney in the title role.
A Christmas Carol 1971 Oscar-winning animated adaptation, with Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern recreating their roles as Scrooge and Marley's Ghost, narrated by Michael Redgrave; produced by Chuck Jones.
A Christmas Story 1983 Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift.
Mickey's Christmas Carol An animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story starring classic Disney characters.
Gremlins 1984 A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new Christmas present and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town preparing for Christmas.
One Magic Christmas 1985 At Christmastime, an angel shows a young mother the true meaning of the holiday.
Santa Claus: The Movie The story of where Santa Claus came from and his attempts to save Christmas after his elf gets mixed up with an evil toy tycoon.
Less Than Zero 1987 College freshman returns home at Christmas time to find all his high school friends take drugs.
Lethal Weapon Recently widowed undercover cop is teamed up with cop who's too old during the holidays to solve a murder.
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 Ernest P. Worrell helps Santa save Christmas.
Scrooged A modern, dark-humored interpretation of Dickens' story, with Christmas spirits visiting a cynical, selfish TV exec, played by Bill Murray.
Die Hard On Christmas Eve, New York City Police Detective Lieutenant John McClane arrives in Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife, but also had to faced 12 terrorists who set declared war and take by hostages the employees of the Nakatomi Corporation.
Prancer 1989 A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation The Griswold family plans turn to disaster, this time at Christmas.
Home Alone 1990 An eight year old boy is mistakenly left behind during Christmastime and has to defend his house against two burglars.
Maniac Cop 2 A Christmas slasher film sequel to Maniac Cop.[1]
Die Hard 2 Again on Christmas Eve. Los Angeles Police Detective Lieutenant John McClane is waiting for his wife to land at Washington Dulles International Airport when terrorists take over the air traffic control system. He must stop the terrorists before his wife's plane and several other incoming flights that are circling the airport run out of fuel and crash.
All I Want for Christmas 1991 Two kids plot to reunite their estranged parents at Christmas.
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favorite.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Kevin McCallister, now ten years old, mistakenly travels to New York City without his family on Christmas.
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 A remake of the classic film.
The Santa Clause When Santa falls off his roof, a dad is required to take Santa's place.
Jingle All the Way 1996 A dad competes with others to get the sold out hot toy for his son.
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 A son in college has not been home since his mother died and his father remarried. His father offers his vintage car if he is home by a certain time for Christmas.
Jack Frost A father passes away but comes back to life in the form of a snowman.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 A live action film of the Dr. Seuss classic.
The Santa Clause 2 2002 A sequel to The Santa Clause; Santa must find a Mrs. Claus.
Elf 2003 A man raised as an elf in the North Pole searches for his father in New York City.
Bad Santa A dark comedy about a thief disguised as Santa, who learns the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas with the Kranks 2004 When a suburban couple decide to forgo Christmas festivities, preferring to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead, their neighbours refuse to allow such Scrooge-like behaviour.
The Polar Express A magical train takes a boy and other children up to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. An adaptation of the beloved children's book.
Surviving Christmas A lonely millionaire pays a family $250,000 to spend Christmas with him by living in the home that he grew up in.
The Family Stone 2005 An uptight woman meets her fiance's free-spirited family for the first time over the Christmas holidays and chaos ensues.
Deck the Halls 2006 Rival neighbors duke it out when one of them decides to light his house up so it can be seen from outer space.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Santa battles Jack Frost to keep his title.
Unaccompanied Minors Bored kids make up their own holidays while stuck in an airport after Christmas.
Fred Claus 2007 Santa's bitter older brother is forced to move to the North Pole.
This Christmas The Whitfield family comes together for their first Christmas in several years.
What Would Jesus Buy? A documentary focusing on the commercialization of Christmas.
Four Christmases 2008 A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
A Christmas Carol 2009 An animated motion-capture adaptation of the classic story.
Hjem til jul 2010 Set in the small Norwegian town of Skogli, this film looks at those who are desperately trying to (re)connect with their families.
The Nutcracker in 3D Set in 1920s Vienna, this a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve. Live-action 3D adaptation of the ballet.
Arthur Christmas 2011 Santa's youngest son must deliver a bicycle to an overlooked girl before Christmas morning dawns. 3-D/CGI animated film.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Stoner buddies Harold & Kumar cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prized Christmas tree.
Rise of the Guardians 2012 Santa and the Guardians keep children safe and battle Pitch Black.
Switchmas Ira Finkelstein wants to have his Christmas dreams come true. This film is also a Prince and the Pauper adaptation.
Angels Sing 2013 A man tries to regain the holiday spirit after a tragic accident.
Black Nativity 2013 A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives.
The Christmas Candle In 1890, an English village copes with the disappearance of a supposedly miraculous candle. Based on the novel by Max Lucado.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas 2014
Just Friends 2005 The plot focuses on a successful record executive (Reynolds), formerly an overweight high school nerd, who reconnects with his lifelong romantic crush (Smart) after arriving home in New Jersey with a neurotic pop star (Faris) in his company.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005 A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Trading Places 1983 A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.
Batman Returns 1992 When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
While You Were Sleeping 1995 Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother.
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

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  1. ^ "Film/Maniac Cop - Television Tropes & Idioms". Retrieved 30 September 2014.