"Extra's" counting down the best Christmas movies to watch while you anxiously await Santa and his sleigh!
The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Polar Express, 2004
On Christmas Eve, a boy who is hoping to believe in the magic of Christmas boards a train that's headed to the North Pole. The film, starring Tom Hanks, is an adaptation of the beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg.
The Santa Clause, 1994
Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, an ad executive who accidentally causes the death of Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve — and is hired to fill his big red suit.
Bad Santa, 2003
A con man, played by Billy Bob Thorton, and his partner, played by Tony Cox, pose as Santa and his Little Helper, and rob department stores on Christmas Eve. This dark comedy is directed by the Coen brothers.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1966
This tale, penned by Dr. Seuss, tells the story of a grumpy Grinch who plans on “keeping Christmas from coming” to Whoville — but he eventually learns the holiday's true meaning.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
Tim Burton's tale of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown who discovers Christmas and wants to give it his own spin, became an instant holiday classic after it premiered in 1993. The film features music by composing great Danny Elfman.
A Christmas Carol, 1951
Bah, humbug! This film, based on Charles Dickens' classic novella, stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy old man who sees the error of his ways after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Home Alone, 1990
Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas — and has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
Babes in Toyland, 1934
Mother Goose rhymes come to life in this classic film! Chaos ensues when Ollie Dee (Oliver Hardy) and Stanley Dum (Stan Laurel) try to borrow money from the their boss, the Toymaker.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised as an elf in the North Pole who realizes that he's different, and sets off to find his true identity in the USA.
Love Actually, 2003
This film, set during Christmastime in London, tells the story of eight people who deal with their love lives in various ways during the holiday season.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989
The third installment in the “National Lampoon” vacation series takes Clark, played by Chevy Chase, and his family through a series of mishaps on their quest for the “perfect” Christmas.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1947
This holiday classic tells the tale of an old man who is institutionalized as insane after claiming to be Kris Kringle — and a young lawyer who comes to his defense by arguing in court that he is the real Santa Claus.
It's a Wonderful Life, 1946
The film tells the story of George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who is depressed and contemplating suicide on the Christmas Eve after World War II — before his guardian angel reminds him of why his life is worth living.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
In this beloved story, based on the comic by Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown is depressed about the holiday season and his pals get together to give him some Christmas cheer.
A Christmas Story, 1983
This film tells the story of “Ralphie” Parker (Peter Billingsley), a boy who wants only one thing for Christmas — an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle — and his quest to get his dream gift.