The best Christmas movies of all time

From classic animated flicks and holiday rom-coms to puppet musicals, here are our top festive film picks that aren’t Love Actually
By Time Out editors |
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Tired of hearing the movie Love Actually every time Christmas rolls around? You’re in luck. Because so are we. We’ve gathered six of our favourite holiday films that you can binge-watch over Christmas break.

Film

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Starring Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen and Christine Baranski

The story Jim Carrey stars at the titular Grinch in this live-adaptation of Dr Seuss' classic children's tale about a grumpy, anti-holiday man who tries to ruin Christmas for everyone until he meets with naive Cindy Lou Who.

Film, Comedy

Home Alone

Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern

The story The film that shot young Macaulay Culkin to fame is a total holiday hit. In Home Alone, he plays the troublemaker Kevin Mccallister who accidentally gets left behind when his family leaves for a vacation to France. The exciting idea of freedom quickly takes a bad turn when the young Mccallister encounters two burglars who plan to rob his family home.

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Film, Comedy

Bad Santa

Starring Bernie Mac, Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox

The story Every year on Christmas Eve, Willie and his partner in crime Marcus disguise themselves as Santa and his elf assistant to rob department stores. However on one unlikely day, Willie partners with a lonely kid and they both discover the true meaning of the holiday spirit.

Film, Fantasy

Gremlins

Starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates

The story There are two types of parents in this world: ones that get their children puppies for Christmas, and ones that gift... miniature Furby-lookalike monsters that rip your house apart. Well, unfortunately for Billy Peltzer, his parents fall into the latter category. 

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Film, Family and kids

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Starring Michael Caine, Frank Oz and Steve Whitmire

The story Here's an adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved tale as told by the Muppets. Go on a musical journey with favourites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie the Bear as the gang tries to spread the festive cheer to the ever-so uptight Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine).

Film

Elf

Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel

The story After three decades of growing up in Santa's grotto and raised by elves, Buddy (Will Ferrell) realises that he's actually human. In search of his real family, Buddy goes on an extensive trip to New York.

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