The Top 50 Classic Christmas
Plot: A severe blizzard engulfs the town where the Engels family have gathered to spend Christmas, cutting them off from food and resources. But they are not alone ...
Starring: Home grown talent Toni Collette and Adam Scott, of Parks & Rec fame.
Why We Love It: The Krampus is an ancient demonic spirit who punishes those who have lost the Christmas spirit - an anti-Santa if you will!
Suitable For: Fans of both Christmas and horror, but best wait until the kids have gone to bed!
49. Bad Santa
Film: Bad Santa
Plot: Every year Willie gets a job as a department store Santa and his friend Marcus gets a job as an elf. Together, they rob the department stores after hours and seem hell-bent on a life of crime and debauchery - until Willie meets a boy who really believes that he is Santa.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Bernie Mac
Why We Love It: It's everything most Christmas films aren't - crass, graphic, funny and a little bit gross.
Suitable For: Adults Only
48. Christmas With The Kranks
Film: Christmas With The Kranks
Plot: Stricken with empty-nest syndrome, husband and wife Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas and go on a 10-day Caribbean cruise instead. The fall-out from this less than conventional decision is intense. The Kranks become pariahs in the community, until circumstances dictate that they must organise their usual Christmas party with only 12 hours to spare.
Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Ackroyd
Why We Love It: This film captures what it must be like for that one family everyone knows who hosts 'The Christmas Party'.
Suitable For: Anyone who knows what its like to be the regular Christmas host.
47. Just Friends
Film: Just Friends
Plot: Before he was Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds played Chris Brander, a high school outcast who reinvents himself after years of being 'just friends' with his teenage crush. When Chris returns to his hometown for the Christmas holidays, he gets another chance to win the girl of his dreams over.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris
Why We Love It: It captures that feeling of returning to the town you grew up in for Christmas
Suitable For: Couples and anyone who loves an easy-viewing rom-com
46. Jack Frost
Film: Jack Frost
Plot: When Jack Frost, father and lead singer of the band, is killed in a car accident, he comes back to life as snowman
Starring: Micheal Keaton, Kelly Preston
Why We Love It: This touching movie sensitively focuses on what it is like for some children who are without a parent at a Christmas.
Suitable For: All the family.
45. Fred Clause
Film: Fred Clause
Plot: Fred Clause is the lesser-known brother of Santa Clause and is estranged from his North Pole family. But when Fred needs money for bail, he has no choice but to get in contact with his world famous brother.
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Ludacris, Kevin Spacey, Vince Vaughn, Elizabeth Banks, Kathy Bates, Miranda Richardson
Why We Love It: Santa gives to the children of the world and Fred, who works as a repossession agent, takes! It's a classic case of sibling rivalry.
Suitable For: Family and fans of Vince Vaughn in general.
44. Christmas in Connecticut
Film: Christmas in Connecticut
Plot: Elizabeth may be a famous food writer, much loved for her stories about her husband and family life in Connecticut, but she's really a singe lady living in New York. When her boss asks her to host a Christmas dinner party, she's forced to head to Connecticut to keep up the illusion.
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan
Why We Love It: It's still funny and entertaining after all these years. Christmas in Connecticut has real staying power.
Suitable For: Fans of old Christmas movies
43. Eyes Wide Shut
Film: Eyes Wide Shut
Plot: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman sizzle in this erotic psychological drama. Married couple Alice and Bill discuss episodes of unfulfilled temptation, and when Alice admits she has fantasised about being unfaithful, a disturbed Bill leaves on a night-long adventure.
Starring: Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Why We Love It: Hear us out, this is a Christmas film! If you pay close attention, you'll see that iconic director Stanley Kubrick placed Christmas trees in the background of multiple scenes.
Suitable For: Cinephiles, but certainly not suitable for children.
42. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Film: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Plot: Seven years have passed since Harold and Kumar escaped Guantanamo Bay, and these former best friends have gone their separate ways. Harold is a high-flying business man but Kumar is broke still lives in their old apartment. When some Christmas mail for Harold arrives at Kumar's places by mistake, Kumar attempts to deliver it to its rightful owner.
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, Danneel Harris, Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, Elias Koteas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, David Krumholtz, Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris.
Why We Love It: You don't have to think very hard in order to follow this screwball comedy.
Suitable For: Fans of the Harold & Kumar series.
41. Trading Places
Film: Trading Places
Plot: A modern take on Mark Twain's 'The Prince & The Pauper', Eddie Murphy plays a streetwise hustler who switches lives with Dan Aykroyd, a wealthy Wall Street managing direrctor.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Ackroyd
Why We Love It: The perfect casting choices mean that Murphy and Ackroyd effortlessly bounce off each other.
Suitable For: Fans of 1980s comedy
40. Four Holidays
Film: Four Holidays
Plot: In in effort to avoid having to spend time with both sets of divorced parents, couple Brad and Kate pretend to be called overseas for charity work so that they can go on vacation undetected. But when wild weather ruins their plans, they are left with no option but to have four holidays with each of their biological parents.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughan, Robert Duvall
Why We Love It: When it comes to the logistical nightmare that is touching base with all your family members during the Christmas break, Four Holidays is far too real.
Suitable For: Anyone who has disparate family.
39. Surviving Christmas
Film: Surviving Christmas
Plot: Intent on spending Christmas in his former childhood home, wealthy advertising executive Drew pays the new family living there $250,000 to let him spend the holidays with them.
Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara
Why We Love It: Despite the unrealistic premise, Surviving Christmas is about the importance of family.
Suitable For: Fans of lighthearted goof-ball comedy.
38. Christmas Evil
Film: Christmas Evil
Plot: A disturbed man obsessed with Santa Claus goes on a murderous rampage dressed as The Fat Man himself. Enough said.
Starring: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull
Why We Love It: Cult director John Waters is a huge fan of Christmas Evil, recording feature-length commentary for the movie’s Blu-ray re-release in 2014, so if it's good enough for John Waters its good enough for us.
Suitable For: Lovers of the psychological slasher genre
37. You've Got Mail
Film: You've Got Mail
Plot: In this remake of ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ two business rivals are unaware that they are caught up in an online relationship with the other.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
Why We Love It: This was the third time Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were paired together for a film, and it's a winning combination.
Suitable For: Anyone that remembers the joys of dial-up internet.
Plot: Don't expose it to bright light. Don't get it wet and never, ever feed it after midnight. When Billy Peltzer receives a Mogwai for Christmas, he gets a whole lot more than he ever bargained for.
Starring: Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates
Why We Love It: Gremlins is the perfect combination of horror and comedy. We all want our own Mogwai, but we'll pass on having a Gremlin.
Suitable For: anyone who loves retro 80s films.
35. Black Christmas
Film: Black Christmas
Plot: Another slasher x Christmas collaboration, Black Christmas takes place in a snow covered village where a creepy attic-dweller has it out for a group of sorority sisters.
Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
Why We Love It: Its a classic slasher movie set to a Yuletide backdrop - what's not to love!
Suitable For: Fans of old school horror.
Plot: It's Christmas with the yuppies in this satirical late 90's Christmas romp.
Starring: Carolyn Farina, Allison Parisi, Will Kempe
Why We Love It: With dialogue like "It's a tiny bit arrogant of people to go around worrying about those less fortunate" Metropolitan is just so darn quotable!
Suitable For: Fans of indie film.
33. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Film: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Plot: What would you do if Santa was real and buried in a mass grave in Finland? What if Santa was real and buried in a mass grave somewhere in Finland? Would you let it slide, or would you do what this young father and son team do, and investigate?
Starring: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Tommi Korpela
Why We Love It: This Finnish dark fantasy horror is a real change of pace
Suitable For: Anyone with a penchant for the whimsical and the strange
32. The Preacher's Wife
Film: The Preacher's Wife
Plot: Denzel is an Angel sent to Earth to help rekindle a marriage between Whitney Houston's choir singer and her pastor husband.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B Love
Why We Love It: Denzel Washington isn't known for his romantic comedy roles, so this departure from his usual genre is refreshing.
Suitable For: Whitney Houston fans who want to get into the Christmas spirit.
Plot: On Christmas Eve, transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. Best friend and fellow transgender sex worker Alexandra is trying to get people to attend her musical performance, but will Sin-Dee Rella's hunt for her boyfriend's other woman derail everything?
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone, Mya Taylor
Why We Love It: The film was shot on three iPhone 5s smartphones, and it explores the platonic relationship between two transgender women.
Suitable For: Any who is a fan of Tarantino movies, as this Sean Baker film is very much up that alley.
30. A Christmas Prince
Film: A Christmas Prince
Plot: An aspiring journalist is sent to a foreign country to cover a press conference with crowned Prince Richard. A case of mistaken identity means she ends up as tutor to young Princess Emily. Is this just about getting the inside scoop, or is there romance on the cards?
Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight, Sarah Douglas, Daniel Fathers, Alice Krige and Tahirah Sharif.
Why We Love It: This Netflix film is so cheesy, but it's impossible not to like.
Suitable For: Easy viewing with family and friends.
29. While You Were Sleeping
Film: While You Were Sleeping
Plot: An isolated Chicago subway worker rescues the man of her dreams from an oncoming train on Christmas Day. But what she doesn't count on is falling in love with her dream man's brother.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jack Pullman, Peter Gallagher
Why We Love It: While You Were Sleeping follows a formula, but it remains so charming
Suitable For: Families and those who long for 90's nostalgia
28. Almost Christmas
Film: Almost Christmas
Plot: Walter Meyers is a widower who lost his wife a year ago. He's invited his four adult children and extended family to his house to celebrate Christmas, and he knows he'll need a Christmas miracle if they are all going to get along!
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson, Jessie Usher, Danny Glover, Omar Epps, John Michael Higgins, D.C. Young Fly, and Romany Malco.
Why We Love It: Everybody has a dysfunctional family, so it's good to watch one on screen.
Suitable For: Anyone whose family drives them crazy over Christmas.
27. The Night Before
Film: The Night Before
Plot: In 2001, after Ethan's parents are killed in a car accident, his friends Isaac and Chris pledge to spend every Christmas with him. By 2015, the tradition is becoming hard to uphold, but is Ethan ready to let go?
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie
Why We Love It: This is just what you'd expect from a Seth Rogen movie - illicit substances, multiple gags and characters who are struggling to embrace the responsibilities of adulthood.
Suitable For: Anyone who loves a stoner-comedy
Plot: Set in New York City during Christmas 1952, Carol tells the story of a forbidden affair between an aspiring female photographer and an older woman going through a difficult divorce.
Starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett
Why We Love It: It's progressive, it's heartbreaking, it received 5 Golden Globe nominations, 6 Academy Award nominations and 9 BAFTA Award nominations.
Suitable For: Anyone that wants to see Rooney Mara wearing a Santa hat.
25. Bridget Jones's Diary
Film: Bridget Jones's Diary
Plot: From one Christmas to the next, we watch journalist Bridget Jones climb the career ladder and navigate life as a singleton, all the while keeping her eyes open for Mr. Right. Is it Dan Cleaver? Because surely it can't be the Christmas jumper clad Mark Darcy...
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Why We Love It: Anyone that has ever lamented at the pitfalls of the dating scene is able to relate to the trials and tribulation of Bridget Jones.
Suitable For: Watching with someone that you love, exactly as they are.
24. About A Boy
Film: About A Boy
Plot: Based on the 1998 novel of the same name, About A Boy revolves around grumpy, shallow Will who is living off the proceeds of a Christmas song his father wrote. He unexpectedly comes to realise the importance of family Christmases through his serendipitous relationship with young boy Marcus
Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult
Why We Love It: It's a romantic comedy, but it's messy and complex just like real life.
Suitable For: Fans of British humour.
23. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Film: Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Plot: Due to adverse circumstances, two total strangers are forced to take an impromptu cross country road trip in order to make it home in time for the holidays. They hate each others guts - but they have no choice but to work together!
Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy
Why We Love It: Because it's as if Steve Martin and John Candy aren't playing characters, and are just playing themselves instead.
Suitable For: Lovers of Old School comedy
22. Robbie The Reindeer
Film: Robbie The Reindeer
Plot: Robbie, son of a certain famous reindeer, arrives in the North Pole hoping to work as a navigator for Santa. Blitzen, who envies Robbie's red-nosed father, plots to have Robbie kicked off the sleigh team.
Starring: Ardal O'Hanlon, Paul Whitehouse, Jane Horrocks, Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield, Alistair McGowan
Why We Love It: This animated series is perfect for children, but it's so full of higher level jokes and little subtleties that adult watching will love it as well.
Suitable For: Both adults and children alike.
21. Ernest Saves Christmas
Film: Ernest Saves Christmas
Plot: Ernest is working a taxi driver when Santa Clause flags him down. Santa is 151 years old in the shade, and is en route to inform a local celebrity Joe Carruthers that he has been selected to become the next Santa Clause. When Santa leaves his sack in Ernest's taxi, Ernest has no choice but to get involved.
Starring: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clarke, Noelle Parker
Why We Love It: This xmas comedy film really is a laugh a minute, despite it being over 30 years old.
Suitable For: Families and fans of the 'Ernest' franchise
20. Jingle All The Way
Film: Jingle All The Way
Plot: If workaholic father Howard doesn't get his hands on the best-selling Turboman doll for his son, Christmas is cancelled.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and Phil Hartman
Why We Love It: Every year there's a new toy that is all the rage, and every year parents will do anything to get their hands on one. While Jingle All The Way was not an instant smash hit, it definitely taps into the underlying dangers of consumerism.
Suitable For: Any parent who has ever frantically shopped for the latest fad.
19. Deck The Halls
Film: Deck The Halls
Plot: Christmas aficionado Steve is preparing for another perfect Christmas with his family, when new neighbours The Halls move in across the street. After looking at his new house on MyEarth, car salesmen Buddy Hall decides he wants to be able to see his house from space, and this ambition brings serious tension to the neighbourhood.
Starring: Danny DeVito, Mathew Broderick
Why We Love It: Every knows one street in their hometown where neighbour's compete to have the most lights up, so in that sense Deck The Halls is only too relatable.
Suitable For: Family viewing.
18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Film: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Plot: Based on the children's picture book by Dr Seuss, The Grinch is determined to steal Christmas away from the festive residents of Whoville.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Taylor Momsen
Why We Love It: Jim Carrey's performance as The Grinch is iconic.
Suitable For: Fans of the tales of Dr Seuss, and anyone who loved The Cat in The Hat
17. The Holiday
Film: The Holiday
Plot: LA-based Cameron Diaz and English rose Kate Winslet agree to swap houses for the holidays, in pre-Air BnB 2006. Both women are looking for a change of scene, but neither suspects that they're about to find love.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law
Why We Love It: You can't make a list of Christmas movies without including The Holiday. This romantic comedy is funny, heartwarming, an all round crowd-pleaser.
Suitable For: Romantics
16. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Film: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Plot: Charlie Brown turns away from the commercialism of the Christmas season and searches for its true meaning instead.
Starring: Peter Robbins, Tracy Stratford, Chris Shea
Why We Love It: Even though this isn't a film, this Peanuts Christmas special will never go out of fashion.
Suitable For: The young and old alike.
15. Miracle on 34th Street
Film: Miracle on 34th Street
Plot: Every child in New York believes that the Coles Department Store Santa is real - every child that is, except 6 year old Susan.
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Mara Wilson, Robert Prosky
Why We Love It: This 1994 remake is every bit as good as the 1947 original.
Suitable For: Family Christmas viewing.
14. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Film: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Plot: Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, inadvertently arrives in Christmas Town and decides that he and all his subjects will try their hand at celebrating this unfamiliar holiday.
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman
Why We Love It: Who knew that Christmas and Halloween would work so well together?
Suitable For: Tim Burton fans and those who appreciate stop-motion animation.
13. The Polar Express
Film: The Polar Express
Plot: Based on the children's book of the same name, The Polar Express is about a young boy who boards a mysterious train that is bound for the North Pole.
Starring: Tom Hanks
Why We Love It: The Polar Express is one of those classic Christmas movies that reminds its viewers of the true meaning of the season.
Suitable For: Families and fans of 3D animation.
12. Ruldoph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Film: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Plot: Animated stop-motion at its very best, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer may be a television special that's over 50 years old, yet it hasn't aged a day.
Starring: Burl Ives, Larry Mann, Billie Richards
Why We Love It: How can you not love the story of Rudolph rises above the teasing of the other reindeer, and the scenes on the Island of Misfit Toys are still tear-jerkers.
Suitable: For toddlers, families and the nostalgic
11. Arthur Christmas
Film: Arthur Christmas
Plot: It’s Christmas every day for Arthur, son of Santa. But when Arthur's Dad's high tech sleigh malfunctions and one child us left without a gift, clumsy Arthur is forced to leave the North Pole to advert disaster.
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Michael Palin, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Eva Longoria, James McAvoy, Ashley Jensen, Marc Wootton, Ramona Marquez.
Why We Love It: Watching Santa adopt a technological approach to world-wide present delivery makes for comedy gold.
Suitable For: Both kids and big-kids
10. The Santa Clause
Film: The Santa Clause
Plot: After Father Christmas has an accident, father Tim Allen must take step up to the plate. But it turns out he's signed up for a lot more than he bargained for as he starts to literally morph into Santa himself!
Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, and Wendy Crewson
Why We Love It: The transformation that takes Tim from suburban Dad to Jolly Old Saint Nick is what makes this a must watch Christmas movie.
Suitable For: Family viewing
Plot: Bill Murray places a cold-hearted, cynical television executive who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen
Why We Love It: Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol has been reimagined several times, but never quite like this version.
Suitable For: Bill Murray fans
8. The Snowman
Film: The Snowman
Plot: Raymond Briggs’s book comes to life as a young boy's magically snowman becomes real for one glorious night. There is no dialogue, yet the animated film remains so powerful.
Why We Love It: Nominated for an Oscar, the song "Walking In The Air" never fails to give us goosebumps.
Suitable For: Any who has ever wished that their Snowman could come to life.
Plot: Santa inadvertently brings a baby boy back to the North Pole after visiting man orphanage and his elves take a shine to the human child. They name him Buddy and Papa Elf elects to raise him. It soon becomes abundantly clear to Buddy that he himself is not an elf and, after finding out his biological father is on Santa's 'Naughty List', Buddy journeys to New York City to redeem him.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel
Why We Love It: Buddy the Elf's boundless enthusiasm for the Christmas season is infectious
Suitable For: Anyone who is obsessed with Christmas.
6. It's A Wonderful Life
Film: It's A Wonderful Life
Plot: James Stewart's imminent suicide on Christmas Eve causes his guardian angel to spring into action, showing him how different the community of Before Falls would be if he had never existed.
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed
Why We Love It: Frequently mentioned on classic Christmas movie lists, It's A Wonderful Life is incredibly uplifting and gives every viewer a new found appreciation for their life and the people in it.
Suitable For: Movie buffs.
5. Love Actually
Film: Love Actually
Plot: Nine intertwined stories all focus on each character's experience with the most powerful emotion - love. One of Richard Curtis's many successful films, Love Actually is guaranteed to melt the heart of any Christmas Grinch.
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson
Why We Love It: Because Hugh Grant, dancing to 'Jump For My Love' in Number 10 Downing Street, is everything.
Suitable For: Anyone who has ever been in love.
4. Die Hard
Film: Die Hard
Plot: It's Christmas Eve and NYC cop John McClane is planning to reconcile with his estranged wife when a bunch of trigger-happy terrorists throw a spanner in the works
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, Hart Bochner, Dennis Hayden, Robert Davi, Grand L. Bush
Why We Love It: It IS a Christmas film ok! We don't care what anyone else says.
Suitable For: Anyone looking to inject a little adrenaline into their Christmas
3. National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
Film: National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
Plot: The Griswalds are back at it again, and this time they're reluctantly hosting several mad-cap relatives for Christmas - and with a new pool to pay off, will Clark get his holiday bonus in time?
Starring: Chevy Chase, Johnny Galecki, William Hickey, Randy Quaid, John Randolph, Beverly D'Angelo, Miriam Flynn, Juliette Lewis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Doris Roberts
Why We Love It: National Lampoon Christmas Vacation is undoubtedly the best movie in the National Lampoon franchise.
Suitable For: Families and fans of classic 80's comedies.
2. Home Alone
Film: Home Alone
Plot: Kevin's large family has boarded a plane for Paris, but they've forgotten one thing - Kevin himself! When burglars look to take advantage of the supposedly empty McCallister household, it's up to Kevin to defend his castle.
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
Why We Love It: This was Macaulay Culkin's break out role, and it taps into every young kid's dream to have the house entirely to themselves.
Suitable For: Anyone in touch with their inner child.
1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Plot: Based on the plot of Charles Dicken's famous novella A Christmas Carol, Michael Caine plays the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who despises Christmas and all that comes with it.
Starring: Michael Caine, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, the entire Muppet Gang that we know and love!
Why We Love It: This was the first Muppet film to be produced in the wake of creator Jim Henson passing away, and you can tell that director Brian Henson wanted it to be done right.
Suitable For: Everyone! There isn't a single soul who could dislike this Christmas film, and if they say otherwise then they're clearly lying.