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1 Citizen Kane (1941) -- An early scene shows the young Charles Foster Kane receiving a sled as a Christmas gift from his guardian, Mr. Thatcher. 19281
2 The Godfather (1972) -- Christmastime in 1945 forms the backdrop for several murders in Mafia crime drama. 13769
3 Mean Girls (2004) -- Teenage schoolgirls sing and dance to '"Jingle Bell Rock." 9000
4 Toy Story (1995) -- The final scene takes place on Christmas Day. 7520
5 Goodfellas (1990) -- A scene has the mobster protagonists celebrating Christmas after pulling off the Lufthansa heist in December 1978. 6522
6 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) -- Inhabitants of Halloween Land do a number on Christmas. 6059
7 I Am Legend (2007) -- A viral outbreak occurs on Christmas Eve, and quickly spreads across the entire planet. 5754
8 American Psycho (2000) -- Serial killer Patrick Bateman takes a break from his reign of terror to attend a Christmas party given by his fiancée. 5063
9 Cast Away (2000) -- On Christmas Eve a FedEx plane crashes near an uninhabited island, where the only survivor lives for the next four years. 4961
10 Love Actually (2003 film) -- Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. 4920
11 Die Hard (1988) -- On Christmas Eve, terrorists seize control of a Los Angeles skyscraper. 4420
12 Gremlins (1984) -- Bad things happen when a Christmas gift gets wet. 4290
13 Catch Me If You Can (2002) -- An FBI agent pursues an identity-changing con artist over a period of several years. The film includes a number of scenes that take place on different Christmases. 4269
14 Edward Scissorhands (1990) -- A man with scissors for hands adjusts to life in suburbia after the death of his creator, and later he sees the Christmas holiday season. 4247
15 Legion (2010) -- God loses faith in humankind and sends his angels to slaughter them all on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Charlie's baby is born, and is deemed the new savior of mankind. 3781
16 Enemy of the State (1998) -- A man is pursued by rogue agents, after he unknowingly obtains incriminating evidence on them, while shopping for Christmas gifts for his family. 3720
17 Rocky IV (1985) -- An epic boxing match between the USSR's Captain Ivan Drago and the USA's Rocky Balboa on Christmas Day. 3637
18 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) -- Around Christmas, a man goes on a sexual odyssey that leads to a mysterious orgy and possibly murder. 3461
19 Batman Returns (1992) -- Batman battles the Penguin, Catwoman, and a corrupt industrialist during the Christmas holiday. 3339
20 Home Alone (1990) -- Kevin McCallister is left behind in the house as his family travels to Paris, and must foil a pair of neighborhood burglars. 3090
21 It's a Wonderful Life (1946 film) -- Classic tale, climaxing at Christmas, of a man who gets to see what his hometown would be like had he never lived. 3056
22 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) -- C.S. Lewis tale, in which the return of Christmas to the frozen fantasy world of Narnia is the first sign of its liberation. 3049
23 Brazil (1985) -- At the start of the film, a man is arrested by the secret police during the holidays when he is mistaken for a terrorist due to a misprinted file. Near the end, the main character is visited by his boss who is dressed as Santa Claus on his way to a charity event. 3018
24 Ghostbusters II (1989) --The entire film is set during Christmas and New Years season in New York City, and a Christmas tree is visible during at least one scene. 2587
25 Love Story (1970) -- Romance blossoms between wealthy law student and doomed schoolteacher. A scene has the young man raising money by selling Christmas trees. 2561
26 Ordinary People (1980) -- Affluent suburban family struggles with the aftermath of one son's death and the other's attempted suicide. Includes some Christmas scenes. 2443
27 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992 film) --Kevin gets onto the wrong plane and flies to New York where he stops thieves from robbing the toy store. 2434
28 Home Alone (1990 film) --Kevin accidentally gets left behind during Christmas break and defends his house against robbers. 2219
29 Annie Hall (1977) -- A scene has Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) forced to attend a Christmas party in Hollywood. 2091
30 Das Boot (1981) -- German U-boat makes a perilous mission during World War II. Includes a Christmastime scene aboard a supply ship. 1937
31 CBC's The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (2002) -- Hosted by David Foley, this parody of Christmas specials and many classic Christmas stories follows David and friends as he seeks to learn the meaning of Christmas Specials, beyond selling knick-knacks for $49.99. 1932
32 Donnie Brasco (1997) -- FBI agent infiltrates '70s crime family. A scene has characters celebrating Christmas by exchanging cards stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. 1927
33 Rent (2005) -- The first half of the movie takes place on Christmas Eve and the days leading up to the new year. The second half of the movie shows the events of the next year, with the movie ending on Christmas Eve. 1914
34 A Christmas Carol (2009), Walt Disney Pictures/ImageMovers Digital performance capture film starring Jim Carrey. 1902
35 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989 film) -- As usual, the Griswold family plans turn to disaster, this time at Christmas. 1900
36 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) -- A crook poses as an actor and gets tangled up in a crime during a Christmas setting. 1738
37 Die Hard 2 (1990) -- On Christmas Eve, terrorists seize control of air traffic control at a Washington DC airport. 1718
38 A Christmas Story (1983) -- All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. 1704
39 Trading Places (1983) -- A rich man and a poor man switch classes as part of a social experiment through the holiday season. 1699
40 The Holiday (2005) -- Two women swap homes for the holidays and meet up with their dream men. 1692
41 Moonstruck (1987) -- Romantic comedy-drama takes place during, or just prior to, the holiday season. 1686
42 Babe (1995) -- The segment "Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat" takes place on Christmas Day. 1645
43 Serendipity (2001) -- Opening scene set to Cool Yule at Bloomingdale's during the Christmas rush. John and Sara meet when they both reach for the same pair of gloves, which they are buying to be Christmas presents. 1644
44 Sleepless in Seattle (1993) -- Woman responds to plea from lonely widower on Christmas Eve radio program. 1633
45 Lethal Weapon (1987) -- A young suicidal cop is partnered with a veteran officer to solve a murder during the holidays. 1562
46 Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) -- Songwriter Dave Seville takes in three chipmunks, who can sing, during the Christmas season. The movie features the classic "Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)". 1560
47 Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) -- Trying to secure a new job in order to obtain legal custody of his son, Ted Kramer interviews for one (and gets it) during an office Christmas party. 1514
48 Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) -- The title character is introduced to her primary love interest at her parents' Christmas party, among several holiday-themed scenes. 1475
49 About a Boy (2002) -- A bachelor enjoys a life of ease thanks to the royalties from a Christmas song his father composed. 1463
50 Just Friends (2005) -- Record producer inadvertently comes home for Christmas 100 pounds lighter, and tries to rekindle the flame with his high school crush; hilarity ensues. 1343
51 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) -- A holiday-themed sequel to the animated Disney theatrical film. 1321
52 Elf (2003) -- A human, raised at the North Pole, searches for his family in New York. 1314
53 The Polar Express (2004) -- A magical train takes a boy and other children who stop believing in Santa Claus up north to meet the man himself. 1309
54 Holiday Inn (1942 film) -- Musicians prepare for a white Christmas at a cozy lodge. 1287
55 Ernest Saves Christmas (1988 film) -- Everyman-type Ernest helps Santa. 1186
56 The American President (1995) -- Has a scene with the White House staff at a party in the Executive residence. 1149
57 In the Good Old Summertime (1949) -- Musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner. 1110
58 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) -- Naive mail clerk is installed as president of a manufacturing company. Film takes place during the holiday season. 1074
59 Soldier (1998) -- Includes a Christmas party among the settlers before Todd's exile. 1021
60 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) -- Claymation adaptation of the popular song. Rudolph, and Hermey the Misfit Elf, overcome rejection for their differences and help Santa Claus make his Christmas Eve trip. 1016
61 The Apartment (1960) -- A young executive climbs the corporate ladder by loaning out his apartment to bosses for their extramarital trysts. The bulk of the film takes place between Christmas and New Year's Eve. 1008
62 The Family Stone (2005 film) -- Uptight woman wants acceptance from eccentric clan at Christmastime. 997
63 The Family Man (2000) -- Modern take on It's a Wonderful Life. A man who is given the chance to see what his life would have been like if he'd stayed with his college girlfriend. 995
64 Bad Santa (2003) -- A conman poses as Santa to rob stores on Christmas Eve. 964
65 Jingle All the Way (1996 film) -- Dad, while searching for season's hot toy, finds season's true meaning. 912
66 While You Were Sleeping (1995) -- After a lonely transit worker saves a man on Christmas Day, she spends the holidays with his family and pretends to be his fiancee while he lies in a coma. 892
67 The Santa Clause (1994 film) -- When Santa falls off his roof, a harried ad exec is required to assume the mantle. 881
68 Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) -- Nudist aliens take over the world, and the Planet Express crew are made homeless at Christmas. Also, Santa Claus helps in the final battle. 839
69 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) -- In one chapter, a Missouri family has itself a merry little Christmas. 838
70 An Affair to Remember (1957) -- Lovers are parted after a planned liaison is thwarted by a car accident. Film climaxes on Christmas Eve. 795
71 Black Christmas (1974, remade 2006) -- A stranger terrorizes sorority girls during the holiday break. 787
72 The Night of the Hunter (1955) -- The final scenes of the film have the children enjoying Christmas since the capture of their pursuer. 787
73 Four Christmases (2008 film) -- A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. 770
74 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) -- a 28-minute film in which Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas, by directing a Christmas play while shunning the hyper-commercialization of Christmas. 765
75 Miracle on 34th Street (1994 film) -- 762
76 This Christmas (2007) -- The Whitfield family comes together for their first Christmas in several years. 754
77 The Proposition (2005) -- In 1880s Australia, a captured outlaw is given until Christmas Day to find and kill his murderous older brother. 721
78 Three Days of the Condor (1975) -- Espionage thriller takes place during the holiday season. 708
79 Eight Crazy Nights (2002) -- A half-Jewish, half-Christian man, who gave up on Christmas and Hanukkah after his parents both die around the holidays, is shown the error of his ways when he is forced into community service by refereeing a Junior Basketball team. 691
80 Go (1999) -- Three intertwining plots that happen to involve one drug deal on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. 639
81 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) -- Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favorite. 631
82 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006 film) -- Third film in The Santa Clause series, Santa battles Jack Frost to keep his title. 598
83 Stalag 17 (1953) -- American POWs fight among themselves a few days before Christmas. 557
84 Fanny and Alexander (1982) -- Opening scenes take place at Christmas. 555
85 Scrooged (1988) -- Modern interpretation of Dickens' story, with holiday spirits visiting a cynical TV exec. Starring Bill Murray. 539
86 The Lion in Winter (1968) -- Christmas 1183 is the setting for palace intrigues with King Henry II and family. Remade in 2003. 538
87 Diner (1982) -- Old childhood friends, now grown, get together during the holidays in 1959 Baltimore. 536
88 Reindeer Games (2000) -- Convict released from prison gets caught up in a heist due to mistaken identity. 513
89 Christmas with the Kranks (2004 film) -- When a suburban couple decide to forgo Christmas festivities, preferring to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead, their neighbours refuse to allow such Scrooge-like behaviour. 511
90 Millions (2004) -- Two young British brothers, one very religious, clash over how to spend a chance acquisition of £229,520 (later revealed as stolen) before the fictional conversion to the Euro takes place on or near Christmas Day. 503
91 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (1974) -- An animated account of young Virginia. 496
92 Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) - The controversial slasher film about a murderous Santa Claus. It was followed by four sequels. 484
93 Fred Claus (2007) -- Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. 479
94 The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause (2002 film) -- Sequel to The Santa Clause; Santa must find a Mrs. Claus. 476
95 The Shop Around the Corner (1940) -- Bickering store clerks pine for pen pals as the holidays approach. 475
96 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) -- Mean and stingy green creature wants to ruin the holidays. (Animated; musical) 470
97 Deck the Halls (2005) -- 468
98 Unaccompanied Minors (AKA Grounded) (2006 film) -- Bored kids make up their own holidays whilst stuck in an airport after Christmas. 465
99 Tales from the Crypt (1972) -- The first segment in this horror anthology is about a woman who kills her husband in their house on Christmas Eve, and is thus unable to call the police when a madman in a Santa costume is outside of the house. 458
100 Look Who's Talking Now (1993) -- The Ubriacco family struggles to be together for Christmas. 453
101 Shrek the Halls (2007) -- Shrek's first Christmas flick. 449
102 Tokyo Godfathers (2003) -- A homeless trio (an alcoholic ex-athlete, a teenaged runaway, and an aging drag queen) are redeemed when they discover an abandoned infant at Christmas. 443
103 Jack Frost (1998) -- Dad gets second chance as snowman. 442
104 Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 film) -- Disney's animated film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story. 439
105 The Thin Man (1934) -- Comic murder mystery includes several Christmas scenes. 439
106 White Christmas (1954 film) -- As in Holiday Inn, musicians bring Irving Berlin's lyrics to Vermont lodge. 438
107 Jack Frost (1996) -- Dead serial killer comes back as snowman. 410
108 Mixed Nuts (1994 film) -- Christmas at a crisis hotline center. 405
109 Santa Buddies (2009) -- 400
110 Santa's Slay (2005) -- In this horror/comedy movie it is revealed that Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, but when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways. 397
111 Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) 378
112 Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) -- Biopic for the fat man in the red suit. 373
113 The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) -- A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus to make it snow on Christmas Day, but the machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm. 373
114 The Nativity Story (2006) -- The Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. 363
115 Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) -- A Puerto Rican family, living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago, face what may be their last Christmas together. 357
116 The Preacher's Wife (1996) -- Remake of The Bishop's Wife. 355
117 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) -- Kermit is shown what life would be like for the rest of the Muppets without him, in this spoof of It's a Wonderful Life. 354
118 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) -- Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. 353
119 The Matador (2005) -- Businessman and hit man strike up an odd friendship. The second half of the film takes place during the Christmas season. 353
120 The Ice Harvest (2005) -- A seemingly perfect crime on Christmas Eve spirals out of control. 350
121 A Christmas Memory (1966) -- Award-winning adaptation of Truman Capote's poignant, nostalgic reminiscence about his childhood best friend — a childlike elderly relative with whom he makes fruitcakes and other gifts, in Depression-era Alabama. 313
122 Surviving Christmas (2004 film) -- A young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. 306
123 Christmas Carol: The Movie, (2001), an animated film starring the voices of Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage and Michael Gambon. 303
124 The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) -- (Claymation) Santa decides to take a holiday one year. So Mrs. Claus corrals Heat Miser and Snow Miser, along with children of the world, to show Santa that people still believe in him. 302
125 The Perfect Holiday (2007 film) -- A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother. 302
126 Bell, Book and Candle (1958) -- Modern-day witch tries to woo unsuspecting publisher. The first part of the film takes place at Christmas. 295
127 The Sure Thing (1985) -- Hostility turns to romance as college students travel cross-country during Christmas break. 288
128 Hogfather (2006) -- It's Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened. 287
129 Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008) -- An adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Barbie. 274
130 I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998 film) -- A college student finds it hard to get home for the holidays. 265
131 Going My Way (1944) -- Young priest is mentored by his aging predecessor in urban parish. Film concludes with a Christmas Eve scene. 263
132 Santa Baby (2006 TV) -- Mary Class is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her innovative ideas for running Christmas. 262
133 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2002 film) -- When a young boy catches his mom kissing Santa, he decides to be as naughty as he can until he drives Santa back to the North Pole. 244
134 Noel (2004) -- A series of events link five disparate strangers in New York on Christmas Eve. 240
135 Scrooge (1951) -- Dickens' ghostly meditation on the holiday. This version of the story, with Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, is regarded as one of the best. 240
136 The Great Ziegfeld (1936) -- A scene has the Broadway impresario lavishing his family with Christmas presents. 233
137 Scrooge (1970) -- A musical adaptation of Dickens' tale, starring Albert Finney as in the title role. 224
138 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) -- Memoir of girl's coming of age in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn includes scene of her impoverished father bringing home a vendor's discarded Christmas tree for the holiday. 224
139 Holiday in Handcuffs (2007) -- A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas. 223
140 Santa with Muscles (1996) -- An evil millionaire gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus. 220
141 Auntie Mame (1956) -- One scene has free-spirited eccentric Mame Dennis attempting to support herself as a Macy's sales clerk during the holidays. 218
142 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983) -- A church Christmas pageant touches the hearts of a family of juvenile deliquents. 216
143 The Associate (1996) -- A woman making it on Wall Street by creating a pretend male partner. During Christmas Eve, she is hounded by everyone about the fictional man she created. Eventually she finds out that the man is inducted into the hall of fame. 212
144 All That Heaven Allows (1955) -- Lonely widow seeks love with younger gardener in the face of her adult children's disapproval. Includes a memorable Christmas scene. 208
145 Make the Yuletide Gay (2009) -- An openly gay college student struggles with concealing his sexual orientation from his parents when he goes home for Christmas. 206
146 Lady in the Lake (1947) -- Noir mystery takes place on Christmas Eve. 203
147 The Odessa File (1974) -- Political thriller is set around Christmas, and has "Christmas Dream" as its theme song. 202
148 Funny Farm (1988) - A couple buys their dream farmhouse in the country, but end up divorcing. They attempt to sell their farmhouse by bribing the local townspeople to create the perfect fantasy Christmas to impress prospective buyers. 202


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