The best holiday movies of all-time

'Tis the season to watch these classics on repeat.

Every year around this time we gather around the fire (or our space heaters) and curl up to a growing list of Christmas and holiday movies. With options that are endless, we’ve put together the best of the best to get you in the spirit again .

Here are the best Christmas movies of all-time.
 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Directed by Frank Capra

It’s a Wonderful Life is a film that should be honoured all 365 days of the year, but is traditionally admired around the holidays. George Bailey touched the hearts of millions everywhere when he showed the world just how wonderful life can be if you simply allow yourself to appreciate what you have — regardless of how big or small it is.
 

A Christmas Story (1983)

Directed by Bob Clark

All Ralphie wanted for Christmas was a BB gun, and as kids we totally understood what it felt like to finally unwrap the one thing your heart desired. A Christmas Story was an instant classic and is adored each year by so many people that most television stations began airing it as a marathon.
 

Scrooged (1988)

Directed by Richard Donner


This 1988 retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol sees Bill Murray in somewhat familiar 1980s territory among ghosts. Come for the modern version of a classic, stay for the cameos from musical legends such as Miles Davis, Robert Goulet, and Paul Shaffer.
 

Die Hard (1988)

Directed by John McTiernan

You know this one had to make the list and we doubt anyone would argue. Die Hard is the holiday classic we never knew we needed. By pairing an incredible supporting cast with everyone’s favourite dad, John McLane gifted us with an action-packed film filled with enough one-liners to last a lifetime.
 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Like most holiday films, Christmas Vacation is one that you never grow sick of thanks to its writer and producer, John Hughes — the same man who brought to life Home Alone and Home Alone 2. We simply can’t resist spending time with the Griswold family to once again watch Clark hilariously fail at trying.
 

Home Alone (1990)

Directed by Chris Columbus

Arguably the best Christmas film there is, Home Alone (not to mention Home Alone 2) is the definition of instant classic. We should all give thanks to Kevin McAllister each day for his tireless effort in educating us all on the dangerous of living without adult supervision. Not the least of which involved some of the best home safety tips around.
 

A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Directed by Brian Henson


Another telling of the Dickens classic, this time featuring the Muppets and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.
 

The Santa Clause (1994)

Directed by John Pasquin

For those that were on the cusp of realizing Santa may not be real, the release of The Santa Clause in 1994 likely had you questioning everything you’d heard about the man in red. Add to the mix Scott Calvin’s plethora of dad jokes and Christmas puns and you’ve got yourself the perfect family film.
 

Love Actually (2003)

Directed by Richard Curtis

It’s not the traditional story found in the growing catalogue of holiday films, but Love Actually has gained a loyal following from adults that want to laugh and cry at the prospect of love during the most wonderful time of the year. Its ensemble cast is beyond perfect, and most of us still can’t believe that The Walking Dead’s Rick was that guy.
 

Elf (2003)

Directed by Jon Favreau

It’s the film that spawned endless amounts of catchphrases, most of which we still keep in high rotation this time of year. Elf is equal parts funny, ridiculous, and heart-warming due in large part to its star, Will Ferrell. It truly needs no further explanation.
 
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