From Netflix to Hallmark, here are 65 of the best Christmas movies of all time that were recommended by YOU including my own top 10 faves!
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I love Christmas; wrapping presents, hanging stockings over the fire, and watching the lights twinkle on the tree. I also love the Christmas movies – from the timeless classics to the festively cheesy Hallmark flicks – I love them all.
Last year I asked you to share with me your Christmas movie favorites, so I could find some new recommendations and compile a master list, and wow, did you ever deliver!
Below are 55 reader-recommended Christmas movies (from YOU), then my top 5 Hallmark Christmas movies, and lastly, my top 5 all-time favorite Christmas movies, including my #1 favorite Christmas movie that I have watched EVERY Christmas Eve for the last 2 decades.
But let’s not stop here! Last year I updated the list based on your added suggestions, and I will do the same this year. Please share your new favorites in the comments below so we can keep this list going!
Reader-Recommended Christmas Movies
(remember these are reader recommendations not mine. 🙂 )
My Top 5 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies
This heading really should say my top 5 favorite Hallmark-ish Christmas movies of all time because these are not all Hallmark movies, but I think you get the point.
If you do not like the cheesy and predictable girl meets boy – life gets in the way of girl and boy – followed by love conquering all – kind of 90-minute plotline then just keep scrolling.
You have been warned.
My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies Of All Time:
This movie melts my heart every time. Young Mara Wilson as the little girl who isn’t allowed to believe in magic is the cutest and Richard Attenborough as the man who believes himself to be Santa Claus is simply lovely in this adaptation of Miracle on 34th St.
Tim Allen makes me laugh. Laughter + Story Of Christmas Magic = Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies.
What makes this movie a top 5 for me is the music. The storyline is sweet as well, and Tom Hanks has nothing but my admiration as an actor, but it is really the soundtrack that makes this a Christmas regular in our home.
2. The Snowman
Speaking of soundtracks, let me introduce you to a film that has one of the most magical scores I have ever heard. This British classic is strictly music without any words, and my kids still sit mesmerized through the entire thing. It is a lovely testimony to the power of music to convey emotion. The song where they are “flying through the air” gives me goosebumps every time.
The BEST Christmas movie of all time: The Muppet Christmas Carol
We started watching this movie years ago as a family growing up on Christmas Eve. Now a decade later, we watch this movie with our kids every Christmas Eve. Michael Caine is the definitive Ebenezer Scrooge, and the fact that he is acting opposite fabric puppets makes his performance all the more masterful. And yet again, the music in this movie is nothing short of Christmas magic.
One of my readers apologized for her lengthy list of Christmas movie recommendations, and I said it is not possible to have too many Christmas movie ideas.
What movies would you add to this list?!
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Zach and I were thinking about this this year. Our kids still have not seen home alone. I forget about it sometimes cuz it’s older, but we might have to introduce that one to our kids, except I’m nervous that they’ll get some ideas. , I mean, I guess watch at your own risk. Welcome to the Imperfectly Empowered Podcast with DIY Healthy Lifestyle blogger on a former empowering you to transform your life. One imperfect day at a. If you have not entered yet to win the $100 Amazon giveaway in celebration of the upcoming 100th episode of the Imperfectly Empowered Podcast. Be sure to do so. Don’t miss your chance to enter. You can click on the link in the show notes on the blog post. If you’re watching on YouTube, click on the description below in celebration. Really of you and the fact that I am here because of you, as I’ve mentioned, if you, One of the ways you can enter is by leaving a review on Apple, which I’d be so grateful for. That helps the podcast, which was your favorite episode over this last year. Mention it in the review. Give a shout out to the guest. I will make sure they see it. I would not be here without you, so grateful for you. Be sure to enter the give. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. Maybe . Yes, we have a Christmas episode. Don’t hate me, those of you who don’t like anything Christmas before Thanksgiving, I get very excited about Christmas and Christmas movies, so I realize Thanksgiving is not here yet, but ti the season it is coming, the Christmas stuff is out. I’m not bypassing Thanksgiving. However, in celebration of the season to help you get ready. I am sharing 65 of the best ever Christmas movies, my favorite Christmas movies of all time. What happened is, a year ago around this time, I pulled my audience, so on my blog and my social media and I said, Share with me your favorite Christmas movies cuz I don’t know about you, but I love recommendations. And oftentimes I’m scrolling through and I think like, Man, I just wish if somebody could let me know, did they watch this? Is it worth it? Because so often descriptions and trailers are useless. So I pulled my audience and oh my word, did they deliver? They gave me so many recommendations. I did update the list after I posted it last year, and I’m going to ask for the same thing at the end of the list. This year, I have decided it needs to become a yearly tradition because new Christmas movies come out every year and I will keep the list updated. Listen, maybe in 10 years we’ll have like hundreds . Wouldn’t that be awesome? So from Netflix to Hallmark. Here are 65 of the best Christmas movies. 55 of them. The first 55 are reader recommended Christmas movies. I have also watched a lot of these, but not all of them. And then the last 10 are my top five Hallmark Christmas movies, and then my top five. All time. Favorite Christmas movies that we watch year after year, including my number one favorite Christmas movie that I have watched every Christmas Eve for probably the last 20 years. Can you guess what it is? I know everyone’s tradition is a little different, but see if you can figure it out by the time we get to that point. Okay, Reader recommended Christmas movies. Like I said, some of these I have seen, some of these I haven’t. I also want to make a note before I start reading these off. There are links to every single one of these movies on the blog post on my website, hammers and hogs.com. There’s a link to every single one of. On YouTube. I’m not sure how many we can link, but we will make sure we get as many of them as possible in the description for you for easy access. But here we go. Finding Father Christmas, the Christmas ornament, Midnight masquerade, 12 dates of Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, the night before Christmas. That is, The night with a K N I G H T holiday in the Wild. A castle for Christmas. This one was fun. It was bringing back Scottish roots for us. Operation Christmas drop. A fun fact, this was shot on an island that my cousin is from, and it’s also kind of cool because it’s a similar Polynesian. Culture to where we are adopting from. So that was kind of a fun fact. Also super cool about this movie. It is based on a true story, and I won’t spoil it, but basically, from what I understand, this is something that the Army still does to this day. You can imagine. Operation Christmas drop, they are dropping things out of planes. It’s really an incredible story. I really appreciated the, just the historical accuracy of it was really, really fascinating. And my cousin actually verified this from Experience Holiday, White Christmas, sister, sisters da da, right? Think that’s how it goes. , if anyone knows that song really well. You can tell me if I was off pitch there. I can’t remember exactly how it goes, but that’s the one that always comes to mind other than I’m dreaming of Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Anyway, moving on. I’m so excited for Christmas, you guys. I’ve not started playing Christmas music yet. It’s all in my own head, , And you might be thinking, Anna, I keep it. Keep the music in your head. I apologize. Moving on. I will stop singing a Christmas Prince. The Princess Switch. There’s like three of these now. This is with Vanessa Huggins, the girl that was in high school. Musical, fun fact, single all the way Christmas with a Prince. Die Hard . I remember when I pulled everyone last year, and a couple people mentioned Die Hard. Apparently this is. This is one up for debate, but as is Iron Man three. Remember, these are reader recommendations, not mine, but apparently these are two that have been thrown into the mix by some of my male readers, if you will. So take that for what you will die hard and Iron Man. Three. Love Hard a boy called Christmas. I had a lot of people recommend that one. I’ve actually not seen that one yet. Claw. Or Klaus, I guess I should say. K L A U S. I just saw, I think there’s a second one out. I forget where I saw that. Netflix maybe. I think there’s a second one, Klaus. So if you like the first one, a very nutty Christmas, Noel Christmas Chronicles, the holiday calendar, the fourth wise. Holiday Inn. This one’s an old one. This is like Bang Crosby, Fred ae. I’ve not seen this one either, but a couple people. Apparently this is a favorite at this one’s also older. Christmas in Connecticut, The Family Stone, Bridget Jones Diary. It’s a Wonderful Life. Christmas with the Cranks. That one’s with Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. I’ve not seen that one either. Home alone. , We were thinking, Zach and I were thinking about this this year. We, our kids still have not seen home alone. I forget about it sometimes cuz it’s older. But I, We might have to introduce that one to our kids, except I’m nervous that they’ll get some ideas. I mean, I guess watch at your own Risk Miracle on Christmas, a match made at Christmas, Too close for Christmas, The Christmas card. All I want for Christmas, the shop around the corner broadcasting Christmas, a Cinderella story, A Christmas wish, a country Christmas. The 2013 version. My reader told me to clarify that I guess there’s more than one small town. Santa Annie clause is coming to town. I had never heard of that one. Remember the night the. Instant Family Holiday, the 1938 version, Eloise at Christmas time, Daddy’s Home. Two Deck. The Halls jingle all the way, one and two, a Madea Christmas. That’s with Tyler Perry. If anyone is not familiar with that line, those are usually pretty funny. The Nutcracker and Four Realms, Pete’s Christmas. We’re getting to the top 10. Good luck, Charlie. It’s Christmas . Sounds like something my grandfather would say. Good luck, Charlie. 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Okay, countdown number five, a California Christmas. This one is on Netflix and fun fact, I did not know this. Somebody pointed this out. Apparently the couple in this Netflix, there’s two parts actually I just saw there’s a a California Christmas two. Now they’re actually married in real life, which I think is awesome. I love that. I think he might have been the producer, but anyway, so that’s kind of fun. I love that. Especially when you don’t realize it and it’s like, Oh my gosh, they’re actually married. So cute. I did not know that until after I posted it. It really is cute. A California Christmas number four, the spirit of Christmas. I, I really like this one. It’s um, he’s basically, The ghost of Christmas that’s trapped in this time loop. And anyway, if you enjoy like the time fantasy element to it, which I’m a huge fantasy genre fan, so add that to cheesy predictable love story. Christmas please, top five for sure. Love at the Christmas table. I have realized that the girl who is in this movie, and of course I don’t know the actress’s name, she shows up more than once on this list. So apparently I like her, but this one is so cute. Just to give you a little plot story, I’ve already watched this one and it’s not even Thanksgiving . I’ve already watched this one, this season, but basically they grow up together. Meeting their families all get together at Christmas time every single year, and she basically falls in love with them. They fall in love with each other over the course of their 30 years meeting at the Christmas table every year. And it’s just really, really, it’s really sweet. I loved this one. Love at the Christmas table. Number two, a Cinderella Christmas. Not a shocker. Traditional Cinderella story tale’s old as time I. I still love it. No shame. Cheesy. I don’t have to tell you the plot line because you are probably very familiar with it, but I like it all the same. Okay. My number one favorite Hallmark Christmas movie is with the same girl in love at the Christmas table. It’s terrible. I don’t have her name written down here, and it’s called a Crown for Christmas. Again, similar to the Cinderella story, except there’s a kid involved, which always warms my heart as a mom. I don’t know. I always love the, again, very classic, cheesy hallmark story, but you know, it’s like a single parent who has a young child and they meet a single without a child. It’s basically a prince with a. Or King with a child and then a nanny who ends up becoming more than the nanny. Spoil alert. I love it though. I love it. The little girl in it is adorable. Top favorite. Oh, and I have to tell you, the selling point of this one ladies is, I think his name’s Rupert Jones. He’s also in Persuasion, The Jane Austin movie by, I think it would’ve been Masterpiece. I can’t remember. He’s phenomenal. I mean, he’s one of those British actors who. You could convince me there’s actually a touch of royalty in his blood, just the way that he carries himself and he’s very, very convincing as British royalty. Uh, he’s brilliant in this movie. He’s also brilliant in persuasion. Okay, my top favorite Christmas movies of all time, of all time. Number five, Miracle. 34th Street. This is the one with Richard Attenborough. It’s the newer one and it melts my heart every time I see it. The young actress, Mara Wilson as the little girl who isn’t allowed to believe in magic is just adorable. She is the cutest, and Richard Attenborough, of course, is the man who believes himself to be Santa Claus. It is just, it is such a lovely adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street and. Everything about it conveys the magic of Christmas in a very heartwarming way. So Miracle on 34th Street, and it’s Richard at it’s Richard Attenborough. He’s just fabulous. Number four on a very different note, The Santa Claus by Tim Allen. Tim Allen makes me laugh and give me some laughter. Christmas Magic and it’s gonna hit the top five. . I love the first one. I mean a couple. I think there’s two or three. Good grief, but it just, it makes me laugh. It’s funny, the little boy’s adorable. The Santa Claus. Number three, the Polar Express. What makes this movie a top five for me is the music. The storyline is sweet as well, and Tom Hanks is phenomenal as an actor. If you don’t know, I think he blazed. Uh, I wanna say it’s like five characters in this movie. It might not be quite that many voices, but he does a lot of voices in this movie. Actually, I think it is almost five. Anyway, Google it if you’re interested when you watch it. But he plays multiple voices in this movie, but really it’s the soundtrack that makes this a Christmas regular in our home. The soundtrack makes it magical. Number two, Speaking of soundtracks, my second favorite movie. At Christmas of All Time is one many of you may not be familiar with, and it’s called The Snowman. This is a film that truly has one of the most magical scores I have ever heard. It is a British classic and it is strictly music with no words. There’s no dialogue in this. And yet my children year after year, including myself as an adult, still sit mesmerized every year through this movie. I think it’s 20 to 30 minutes long. It’s a lovely testimony to the power of music to convey emotion. There’s moments in it that I remember my kids would actually feel a little frightened because of the music. And then as soon as that passes and. It’s just, it’s fascinating, especially for younger kids to just watch them engage based on the music alone. It’s a really, really interesting case study, if you will, to note the power of music to convey emotion. But there’s a song that’s called Flying Through the Air. It gives me goosebumps every time. If you appreciate a musical score, you will not regret watching The Snowman. It is my second favorite of all time. The best Christmas movie, however, of all time. The one that we love so much that I in fact, have watched it for probably about 20 years in a row now on Christmas Eve. We started watching this movie years ago as a family myself growing up and now, Two decades later, we watch this movie with our children every Christmas Eve. In fact, my family, my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother and sister-in-law, if they are here that year for Christmas, come over to our house and watch this movie as well. We’re still watching it as a family. 20 years later. It is. Can you. It feels like Christmas da. Anyone? Anyone? . You’re like on a shut up and just tell me the name of the movie. It is The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I should have actually started singing the Love song. The Love. How’s that one go? Da. I can’t remember the words. It’s so funny cuz we used to fast forward it all the time as kids. And then did you anyone notice who loves this movie? That there’s a version that cuts out this song? It’s almost like, it’s almost like the, they pulled their audience and everyone was like, Oh my gosh, just get rid of it. We all fast forward through. But then my brother texted me. Apparently the version on Disney Plus or something is the full version, which includes this song . Anyway, fun fact. It’s really funny though. I feel like everyone fast forwards through that. Although I will throw this out there as a British literature fanatic myself, the book is phenomenal. People forget that this is actually a Charles Dick. Book, but I highly recommend reading the Christmas Carol. Just be aware it is not quite as uplifting as the movie and that love story is actually quite sad. But Michael Kane is the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. And the fact that he is acting opposite fabric puppets makes his performance all the more masterful in my mind. Every year I watch this, I admire his performance. It’s truly impressive that this is such a popular, well known Christmas movie, Loved by many, and Michael Kane’s basically acting opposite fabric on somebody’s hand. I mean, really it’s, it’s an incredible. Incredible concept. And again, music in this movie is nothing short of Christmas magic. When I pulled my audience last year and I asked for your recommendations, one of my readers, she sent me this, I think 2020 of her favorite, and I got a lot of responses and she goes, I am so sorry. As I was typing these, by the time I press send, I realized I sent you probably 20. Recommendations and she apologized and I said, Okay, it is not possible to have too many favorite Christmas movie. So if I missed one that you think should be added to this list, or maybe it’s a new one that came out this year and I haven’t like gotten through, I’m giving this to you ahead of time so that you know what to search for and click and add it to your watch list. So at any point feel free to add more to this list and I will make sure that we update this year after year. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way. So much to be grateful for including Christmas movies. Thanks for listening to this episode of the Imperfectly Empowered Podcast. I would love to hear your thoughts from today, Head to your preferred podcasting platform, and give the show an honest review and let me know what you think. Remember, you cannot be redefined, only redeveloped, one imperfect day at a time. Your story matters and you are loved.