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1. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 421,653 | Gross: $285.76M

2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 368,534

3. Elf (2003)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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64 Metascore

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 197,063 | Gross: $173.40M

4. The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

TV-PG | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.5
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A medieval English knight is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.

Director: Monika Mitchell | Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Ella Kenion

Votes: 7,635

5. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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38 Metascore

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

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 79,482 | Gross: $60.33M

6. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 123,449 | Gross: $20.61M

7. Bad Santa (2003)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter

Votes: 128,815 | Gross: $60.06M

8. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 18,457

9. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 45,266 | Gross: $50.08M

10. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 29,196 | Gross: $4.05M

11. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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44 Metascore

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko

Votes: 68,934 | Gross: $33.33M

12. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.3
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48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine

Votes: 61,832 | Gross: $57.01M

13. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.8
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31 Metascore

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 59,362 | Gross: $58.85M

14. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G | 126 min | Adventure, Family

7.2
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61 Metascore

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 12,739 | Gross: $40.36M

15. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 224,022 | Gross: $65.21M

16. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 11,178

17. Prancer (1989)

G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 4,202 | Gross: $18.59M

18. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,513 | Gross: $28.20M

19. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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94 Metascore

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 149,595 | Gross: $18.60M

20. Journey Back to Christmas (2016 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.1
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A WWII era nurse is transported in time to 2016 and meets a man who helps her discover the bonds of family and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin, Meghan Heffern

Votes: 1,793

21. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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49 Metascore

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 17,292 | Gross: $12.40M

22. One Magic Christmas (1985)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy

6.6
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An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill

Votes: 2,828 | Gross: $13.68M

23. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

5.8
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34 Metascore

While attending his brother's wedding, a serial womanizer is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone, Michael Douglas

Votes: 79,268 | Gross: $55.25M

24. A Gift Wrapped Christmas (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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Personal shopper Gwen's newest client, Charlie, is a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son, Owen, during a package drop, she is saddened to see just ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Friedlander | Stars: Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne, Anna Van Hooft, Anthony Bolognese

Votes: 1,043

25. A Very Murray Christmas (2015 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

5.5
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Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snowstorm in New York City.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, George Clooney

Votes: 13,069

26. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Votes: 115,832 | Gross: $33.42M

27. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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59 Metascore

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs

Votes: 14,212 | Gross: $70.53M

28. Dead End (I) (2003)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa | Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden

Votes: 24,456

29. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.1
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 9,223 | Gross: $21.00M

30. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

7.6
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 63,528 | Gross: $0.70M

31. Friday After Next (2002)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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35 Metascore

Two cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track the robber down.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don 'D.C.' Curry

Votes: 24,341 | Gross: $32.98M

32. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004 Video)

G | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.6
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Sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Directors: Carole Holliday, Matthew O'Callaghan, Theresa Cullen | Stars: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings

Votes: 3,558

33. A Golden Christmas 3 (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.8
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Heather is a charming, free spirit and Bobby is a naval officer home from serving overseas. Thanks to a fun-filled theater production of "A Christmas Carol," these two unlucky and unlikely people end up falling in love at Christmas.

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Shantel VanSanten, Rob Mayes, Orson Bean, Nikki Deloach

Votes: 579

34. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

5.9
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62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 14,777 | Gross: $17.23M

35. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.8
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After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 19,820

36. Christmas Song (2012 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Family, Music

5.5
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Romance blossoms between two music teachers who compete for the same job.

Director: Timothy Bond | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Gabriel Hogan, Amanda Thomson, Brittany Adams

Votes: 636

37. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

Votes: 20,365 | Gross: $8.20M

38. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.6
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The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh

Votes: 1,291

39. Christmas Cupid (2010 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.6
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Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane's own personal "Jacob... See full summary »

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Jackée Harry, Burgess Jenkins

Votes: 3,343

40. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983 TV Movie)

48 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Loretta Swit, Jackson Davies, Anthony Holland, David Alexander

Votes: 587

41. The Day of the Locust (1975)

R | 144 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton

Votes: 4,636 | Gross: $17.79M

42. The Wishing Tree (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 86 min | Family

6.2
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A special Christmas tree decorated with handwritten wishes helps Evan and his group of orphaned students develop a connection and a sense of family.

Director: Terry Ingram | Stars: Jason Gedrick, Erica Cerra, Richard Harmon, Amitai Marmorstein

Votes: 500

43. Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune

Votes: 3,478

44. While She Was Out (2008)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

4.8
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40 Metascore

A woman out late for Christmas Eve shopping is soon terrorized by a small gang of troublemakers, and she must fight for her life.

Director: Susan Montford | Stars: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Jamie Starr

Votes: 6,215

45. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 15,498 | Gross: $0.01M

46. It's Christmas, Carol! (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

5.9
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The story of driven, heartless, publishing executive Carol Huffler, who on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of her former boss, Eve. Eve tells Carol that she has lost sight of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carrie Fisher, Olivia Cheng, Tygh Runyan

Votes: 642

47. A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007 Video)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.8
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To make sure that his beloved neighbour, Mr Wilson, has the perfect Christmas, the neighbourhood's lively six-year-old, Dennis Mitchell, makes a long list of things one needs to make it work; however, will the old man ever change?

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Maxwell Perry Cotton, Robert Wagner, Louise Fletcher, Isaac Durnford

Votes: 1,684

48. Will Penny (1967)

Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western

7.1
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Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Charlton Heston, Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors

Votes: 3,868

49. Dedication (2007)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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50 Metascore

The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.

Director: Justin Theroux | Stars: Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson, Christine Taylor

Votes: 6,587 | Gross: $0.09M

50. The Oranges (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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46 Metascore

The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney

Votes: 12,166 | Gross: $0.36M



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