The Definitive List of Best Christmas Movies!


As it has now passed the 8th of December, we are officially allowed to celebrate Christmas in all it’s wonderful glory & watch our favourite Christmas Movie!

I wanted to address something which has divided the nation recently – what truly is the greatest Christmas movie of all time and let me be strict here, there is only one correct answer!


Definitive Top 10 Christmas Movies:


#10 Bad Santa (2003)



A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

This is a dark comedy which is thoroughly entertaining. In what is my favourite Thornton performance, he manages to make me laugh and want to hate him all within a few minutes. As good as Thornton is, the star performer in this movie is Thurman Merman, played by Brett Kelly. He is the kid which is befriended by Thornton! So good! A worthy watch.

Check it out on IMDB


#9 Elf (2003)



After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Elf is a one of Will Ferrell’s best movies. He brings an innocent humour to a family friendly Christmas movie! In this movie he struggles to cope with life in the real world and the constant struggle for his father’s affection.

Also nice to see the character development portrayed by James Caan. A heartless business mogul who warms to Buddy’s festive cheer, eventually.

Check it out on IMDB


#8 Scrooged (1998)



A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Bill Murray, enough said.

Check it out on IMDB


#7 The Santa Clause (1994)



When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

One of the first Christmas movie memories I have of when I was a child. At the time Tim Allen was household name for his work on Home Improvement but this pushed him into a whole new level of stardom. After accidentally killing Santa he unwittingly became the new Santa, because, logic. This is a really nice warm loving Christmas movie which will stand the test of time and one which kids of any generation will love.

Maybe skip the sequels though.

Check it out on IMDB


#6 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)



An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

The definition of a classic. My father’s favourite Christmas film. (probably only Christmas movie he’ll watch!). But I must admit, I love it. Fantastic acting and an age-old theme of what would happen if..

James Stewart plays the part of the local hero George Bailey who gives everything for the people in his community to save them from the evil Mr. Potter (Think Mr. Burns of the 1940’s). The black and white version is great, but the remastered in-colour upgrade is a must watch for any Christmas movie fan!

Check it out on IMDB


#5 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)



The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Let alone Christmas Movies, this is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. I love Chevy Chase, a definite guilty pleasure and he does such a great job as Clark Griswold in this movie that it will most definitely span the test of time.

Check it out on IMDB


#4 Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)



A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer’s scheme to take over Christmas.

I adore this film. Genuinely one of my most treasured childhood memories is watching this for the first time at my auties house after school one day. It’ll never win any awards for its screenplay or acting, but it’s just so full of Christmas cheer. From special reindeer food, the super-dooper-looper rescue and the wonderfully evil John Lithgow this movie is just beautiful.

Check it out on IMDB


#3 Love Actually (2003)



Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

I might get a bit of abuse from the lads on this one but I don’t care. This hits me right in the feels every single time. Sure, you have to let your imagination stretch to believe everything you’re seeing, but that’s the beauty of movies. Believing in what is seemingly unbelievable. It is heartwarming, exciting, caring and tragic all in one go! If your heart doesn’t break when Emma Thompson confronts Alan Rickman or when Andrew Lincon tells Kiera Knightley that he loves her using the cue-cards then you’re a stronger person than I am!

But it’s the otherside of the movie which makes it special, the side where love triumphs. To see Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon get out of their own way and get together is most heartwarming! But to see little Sam (Liam Neeson’s son) break through airport security just to tell a girl he loves her is truly moving!

Check it out on IMDB


#2 Home Alone (1990)



An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

To some people it is absolute blaspheme that Home Alone is not number one on this list. Well sorry folks, it’s good, but it’s not quite Carling! Home Alone is an amazing Christmas Movie, and if you’re looking for a family friendly Christmas movie then yes, this would be number one.

Recently the local cinema had this on re-release so I had the opportunity to see this on the big-screen with a packed screen. It was amazing, being able to laugh out loud with strangers at a movie we’ll have all seen hundreds of times before was an added level of enjoyment I got to experience.

This movie has everything you could want and is rightfully at the business end of this list! It is one which will be watched every Christmas (at least once) every year as long as I grace this beautiful earth.

Check it out on IMDB


#1 Christmas Movie of all time: Die Hard



John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Debate over, Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time!

John McClane is the ultimate Christmas hero who saved the day and runs off into the sunset with the love of his life after thwarting the extremely well choreographed heist attempt on the Nakatomi Tower on Christmas eve.

Hans Gruber, the bad guy excellently portrayed by Alan Rickman, has many fantastic scenes in this film and his tet a tet with McClane throughout the film is highly entertaining.

One of my favourite characters is the cop on the outside of the tower who McClane befriends, Sgt Al Powell! The two strike up an unlikely friendship while McClane attempts to hunt out the bad guys!

The reason I have this has my number one Christmas movie of all time is simple, it has a bad-ass lead character who stops the bad guys and saves Christmas! A simple plot line but an oh-so-effective one! John McClane, you are my hero!

Check it out on IMDB


Honourable Mentions

  • The Holiday
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Jingle All The Way
  • Miracle on 34th St.
  • Trading Places
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Office Christmas Party


What do you think, have we left any out? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to Like & Share and be sure follow us on Social Media for more lists like this.

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2Bit Sports Co-Founder. Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Inappropriate Innuendo. Steven Fitz likes long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners, but only on the second Tuesday of every other month. Football, Wrestling & Junkyard Dog who's disgruntled nature is bound to upset the PC brigade.

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