Need a shot of holiday cheer? Whether you're looking for a classic film, a romantic comedy, or a new kids' flick, there's a Christmas go-to for everyone. Here is our definitive list of the best Christmas movies from the past 75+ years. Now all you need are movie snacks (a.k.a Christmas cookies and festive drinks!).
There's a reason why TBS plays A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight every Christmas. This classic gave us the infamous leg lamp, Red Ryder BB guns, and most importantly taught us to never lick a frozen pole.
Funny men Steve Martin and John Candy team up for a classic holiday tale gone awry. Released in 1987, this film features these two comedians at their best — two rivals trapped in the car on their way home for the holidays.
Just like Elf, this 2003 rom-com that follows the love stories of almost a dozen couples throughout the holiday season has quickly become part of the classic canon of Christmas movies.
In this timeless cartoon, Charlie Brown seeks out the true meaning of Christmas with the help of his friends, dog, and one tiny Christmas tree.
Set in and around a New York department store during the holiday season, this romantic comedy was a box office failure when it came out in 1949 but has since become a Christmas classic after repeated airings on TCM over the years.
The Polar Express (2004) features Tom Hanks in an animated adventure, based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. One little boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole.
Dreading going home to visit your family this year? Watching this Chevy Chase movie will make anything your family does this Christmas seem totally normal in comparison.
This 1946 Frank Capra film isn't just one of the best Christmas movies of all time — it's one of the best movies in general, considering it was nominated for six Academy Awards and it ranks #11 on the American Film Institute's original list of the .
After Kevin McCallister's family leaves him behind by accident while they go on Christmas vacation, the 8-year-old comes up with a brilliant — and hilarious — scheme to prevent burglars from robbing his house.
Kevin McCallister's family manages to leave him behind yet again and this time around he ends up in New York City where he manages to outwit the Wet Bandits one more time.
The story behind the story of how Charles Dickens dreamed up the classic A Christmas Carol stars Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) and is a delight for all ages. Trust us: This film could jump-start joy even in Scrooge.
A homeless group in Tokyo stumbles across an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. This anime reinterpretation of the Nativity story is a surprisingly funny tale of friendship, family, and the universal desire to belong.
The holiday season isn't complete with Julie Andrews. She stars in Eloise at Christmastime as the nanny of a spunky 6-year-old named Eloise, who has a mission to reunite two young lovers — while chasing them around the Big Apple.
If you want to introduce your kids to the classic Christmas tale, start them with this musical featuring all their favorite Muppets like Kermit and Gonzo playing Dickens's characters.
When Kris Kringle goes on trial he'll have you (and especially your kids) believing that Santa is real.
Even though this movie only came out in 2003, this tale of a human man raised as an elf making his way in New York City has quickly become a holiday classic.
This classic, released in 1950, brings together two struggling families and a friendly squirrel named Rupert. Let's just say, the holiday gets rather interesting.
Christmas has a way of bringing everyone together — even when you least expect it. In this modern Christmas movie, Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play an unhappily married couple whose tropical holiday plans get derailed.
When a pair of army pals who become big time stars (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up with two sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) there's nothing that can stop them from saving their former general's Vermont inn, except for a busybody receptionist and a snowless Christmas.
This modernized version of A Christmas Carol stars Bill Murray as a curmudgeonly TV executive who learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Tim Burton blends Christmas and Halloween together in his 1993 stop-motion film in a way that's both spooky and heartwarming all at the same time.
Disney reinterpreted the classic Christmas tale about the residents of Toyland in Technicolor in this 1961 musical starring Annette Funicello.
Does your best friend/dad/significant other refuse to watch Love Actually with you? Then this action movie about an office Christmas party taken over by terrorists might just be the solution. Yippee-ki-yay!
This 1942 Irving Berlin musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire features a song for each holiday of the year but begins and ends with Christmas.
While this 1966 TV short is just 26 minutes long, it would be a Christmas travesty to not include this classic on this list. (Plus, it's good for little kids with short attention spans!)
When a divorced businessman accidentally kills Santa, he must take over the role in this 1994 movie starring Tim Allen.
There are too many film adaptations of Charles Dickens's Christmas story to count, but this 1951 version (originally called Scrooge when it was first released) is considered to be the according to New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.
This romantic comedy about house-swappers finding love abroad will make you want to spend next Christmas in a charming English cottage (and make out with Jude Law).
After a boy breaks three important rules, a cute and fuzzy present spawns evil offspring that ruin Christmas Eve is this comic horror movie.
Santa does the unthinkable and forgets to deliver a gift to a child — and his youngest son Arthur, must make the delivery before dawn. Wry British humor from the Wallace & Gromit team and Pixar-level animation make this a heartwarming flick for the whole family.