RAVE Reviews, the site that publishes rankings based on advanced data-driven analysis, has published its ranking of the “50 Best Christmas Movies,” available at https://www.ravereviews.org/entertainment/50-best-christmas-movies/. There’ll be plenty of controversy here, so feel free to make comments below or add to the list.

RAVE Reviews says: “Watching classic Christmas movies during the holiday season has become somewhat of a tradition. If you want to wrap up a day of decorating and shopping with a movie on the couch, it becomes too cold outside for your kids to play, or you just ate an entire roll of Toll-House cookie dough and want to snuggle, RAVE has ranked the 50 best Christmas movies to get you started.”

From movies about a grumpy green dude with obvious childhood emotional trauma, to an off duty police officer fighting German terrorists in a high rise, RAVE says it has found something for everyone to enjoy.

“With the holiday season in full swing, we decided to compile a list of popular holiday films. Our goal is simple: motivate people to dust off the classics and go for a nostalgic spin,” said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE Reviews.

In determining which movies to feature, RAVE compared reviews from sources like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, then focused on data such as holiday spirit, snow factor, and “holiday centrality” (whatever that last phrase means).

RAVE’s list of featured movies in alphabetical order includes:

A Christmas Carol – 1951
A Christmas Prince – 2017
A Christmas Story – 1983
A Christmas Tale – 2008
Arthur Christmas – 2011
Bad Santa – 2003
Batman Returns – 1992
Ben is Back – 2018
Black Christmas – 1974
Brazil – 1985
Carol – 2015
Die Hard – 1988
Elf – 2003
Fanny and Alexander – 1982
Gremlins – 1984
Happy Christmas – 2014
Holiday Inn – 1942
Home Alone – 1990
Hook – 1991
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1967
It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946
Jingle All the Way – 1996
Joyeux Noel – 2005
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – 2005
Krampus – 2015
Love Actually – 2003
Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944
Miracle on 34th Street – 1947
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – 1991
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989
Polar Express – 2004
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – 2010
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 1964
Scrooged – 1988
The Bishop’s Wife – 1947
The Family Stone – 2005
The Holiday – 2006
The Long Kiss Goodnight – 1996
The Man Who Invented Christmas – 2017
The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992
The Night Before – 2015
The Night of the Hunter – 1955
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
The Preacher’s wife – 1996
The Santa Clause – 1994
The Shop Around the Corner – 1940
Trading Places – 1983
While You Were Sleeping – 1995
White Christmas – 1954




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Martin Dew



Aug 30, 2018
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Interesting list they have there.

Diehard a Christmas movie? Nope.
Batman Returns?
Trading Places?


Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
Feb 24, 2000
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Not only that, it seems to consider any film that is set over or around the Christmas holiday to be a "Christmas film." While I disagree with almost all of those inclusions, I will give them Die Hard. We watch it every Christmas.

Colin Jacobson

Senior HTF Member
Apr 19, 2000
Only in the sense that the time table they live in is Christmas time, The stories have nothing to do with Christmas.

NOT Christmas movies. :)
I maintain a page on my site dedicated to reviews of holiday DVDs/BDs:


I'm pretty flexible about what I consider to qualify, but I'd never have thought to include a bunch of those.

"Batman Returns"?

I do view "Die Hard" as a Christmas movie because so much of the material relates to the holiday, but many of these offer only the most tangential connection.


Tommy R

Apr 17, 2011
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I just never understood why there is so much talk around whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie while Lethal Weapon gets no such attention. Lethal Weapon > Die Hard, IMHO.

Malcolm R

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Feb 8, 2002
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Die Hard was released in July. If it was intended as a holiday movie, it would have been released in the holiday season.

Just because a film takes place in December does not make it a Christmas movie.

David Weicker

Senior HTF Member
Feb 26, 2005
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Die Hard was released in July. If it was intended as a holiday movie, it would have been released in the holiday season.

Just because a film takes place in December does not make it a Christmas movie.
The film takes place at a Christmas Party, has Santa Claus (with machine gun), and even a Christmas present

Edit: As a side-note, Miracle On 34th Street was released in June!
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