Top 10 Christmas movies to get you into the holiday spirit

Troy Zaher


It’s that time of year again, where Christmas trees come out, and Santa starts making his list. It’s also the perfect time to start taking out the holiday movies and get your family in the spirit of things. So put on a sweater, pour some hot cocoa, turn on the fire, and get into the spirit of the season with these classics. You can rent nearly all of them for just $3.99 through Amazon.

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Top 10 Christmas movies to get you into the holiday spirit

10. Home Alone

While any movie in this series is a delight to watch, nothing is quite as magical as the first “Home Alone.” This movie contributed to a great trend of good but mischievous kids that has branched out into many other holiday classics.

Home Alone

From: Amazon Prime Video

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

While many Christmas movies have a clear leniency toward children, this is a great alternative for those looking for more adult humor.

8. A Christmas Carol

One of many Christmas classics, the story of Scrooge and his ghosts has been told in so many ways over the years. Each adaptation brings its own level of flare to the story, and it’s worth watching a variety. Maybe you like the one with Michael Caine and the Muppets. Maybe you prefer Bill Murray in “Scrooged.” Maybe you’re a Mickey Mouse lover. In particular, we recommend Disney’s version with Jim Carrey.

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Not everyone considers this to be a Christmas movie since it follows a more Halloween theme, but that makes it perfect for anyone missing the spooky movies we were all enjoying in October. It’s a great movie to have help you transition from Halloween to Christmas.

6. Gremlins

Forgot this one was a Christmas movie, didn’t you? Not everyone considers Gremlins to be a Christmas movie because of its dark tones. However, this also makes it a great option for the lovers of the dark and spooky who often miss out on those types of movies during this time of year.


From: Amazon Prime Video

5. The Grinch / How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Another movie that’s been remade quite a few times, we recommend going out and watching the new Grinch movie, which is already in theaters now! Alternatively, Jim Carrey’s Grinch is great choice for anyone looking to rent a movie at home instead.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown’s Christmas tale has crossed over multiple generations, and a surefire way to trigger nostalgia. From Charlie’s pathetic little tree to Linus’ heartfelt retelling of Christ’s birth story to the classic Peanuts dance numbers, this classic really nails the conflicting emotions we encounter each December.

3. Love Actually

This is the Christmas love story that inspired multiple romantic comedy holiday knockoffs such as “Valentine’s Day,” and “New Year’s Eve.” It’s impossible to resist this romantic tale, and it’s a great choice for any couples out there.

Love Actually

From: Amazon Prime Video

2. Elf

One of the more recent successful holiday movies, no one can forget the hilarious take on Santa’s elves that Will Ferrell was able to accomplish in this movie. Also keep your eyes peeled for “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage before his big break.


From: Amazon Prime Video

1. A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” is one of a number of classic lines this movie is known for. Christmas just isn’t complete without a rewatch of this sarcastic, silly, funny gem. Just remember to keep your tongues off the flagpole this winter!

A Christmas Story

From: Amazon Prime Video

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Of course, any list of Christmas movies is subjective and there are far more classics worth your time. If you’re looking for even more movies to check out, be sure to see the recommendations from our Softonic Solutions community! You can vote on your choices and submit new ones. (We noticed “Die Hard” isn’t listed there, and that is totally a Christmas movie.)

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