The best Christmas films of all time (so far…)

From action heroes and naughty Santas, to magical classics and oh-so-cute kids, our Christmas movie round-up has got your holiday viewing covered. Whether pacifying the kids, placating family feuds or feeling the love, a good yuletide flick is the answer to everything. Which will leave you the most warm and fuzzy inside? Our festive factor reveals all...

The best Christmas films of all time (so far…)

From action heroes and naughty Santas, to magical classics and oh-so-cute kids, our Christmas movie round-up has got your holiday viewing covered. Whether pacifying the kids, placating family feuds or feeling the love, a good yuletide flick is the answer to everything. Which will leave you the most warm and fuzzy inside? Our festive factor reveals all...

Elf

Released: 2003

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

IMDB rating: 6.9

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa.”

Best for: Avoiding Christmas day family arguments: bickering is the last thing on people's minds when Buddy starts working his magic.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Released: 1993

Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara

IMDB rating: 8.0

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “Well, well, well. What have we here? Sandy Claws, huh? Ooo I'm really scared! So you're the one everybody's talking about?”

Best for: Those who want to get into the Christmas spirit (maybe even have a sing-song), but can’t stand cheesy, festive romcoms.

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Home Alone

Released: 1990

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

IMDB rating: 7.4

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “Keep the change, ya filthy animal!”

Best for: Nostalgia. We’ve seen this film hundreds of times and it’s still brilliant, despite the grainy picture and dodgy VHS tape.

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Bad Santa

Released: 2003

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham

IMDB rating: 7.1

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “You know what I see when I look at you? America's got a sad future ahead of it.”

Best for: If you’re newly single and need to avoid the likes of Love Actually at all costs to sustain sanity.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Released: 1994

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott

IMDB rating: 6.4

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “Mr. Collins, I hope you've taken down that old TV antenna. I ripped my pants on it last year.”

Best for: Countering the kids’ ‘Santa isn’t real’ speculations. Come on, admit it, after watching this film, we ALL believe.

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Scrooged

Released: 1988

Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe

IMDB rating: 7.0

Festive factor:

Favourite two-liner: Claire Phillips: “Taxi! Can you get me to the IBC building in three minutes?”

Ghost of Christmas Past: “Which floor?”

Best for: Learning the lessons of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with lots of LOLs along the way.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Released: 2000

Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley

IMDB rating: 6.0

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “It’s because I’m green isn’t it?”

Best for: Soothing the post-present-opening-come-down. Instant perspective: the Grinch could have stolen them and you wouldn’t have any.

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Gremlins

Released: 1984

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

IMDB rating: 7.2

Festive factor:

Favourite quote: Mr. Corben: “What is that dog doing in here?” Gerald: “Peltzer, this is a bank, not a pet-store.” Mr. Corben: “Very good, Gerald.” Gerald: “Thank you, Mr. Corben.”

Best for: Satisfying your festive cute fix. Sure, they’re no kittens or puppies – but there’s something adorable about these fluffy little gremlins.

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The Polar Express

Released: 2004

Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter

IMDB rating: 6.6

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: "Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."

Best for: Keeping the little ones entertained while you’re cooking Christmas lunch. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Die Hard

Released: 1988

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

IMDB rating: 8.2

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”

Best for: Those who prefer a badass action film, with just a hint of Christmas cheer.

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The Snowman

Released: 1982

Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs

IMDB rating: 8.2

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: Urm, there’s no talking?!

Best for: Having on in the background whilst you unwrap your pressies (well, it’s not like you need to follow the dialogue).

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Love Actually

Released: 2003

Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson

IMDB rating: 7.7

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “I love you even when you’re sick and look disgusting.”

Best for: Hugh Grant fans who can’t help but rewind his Girls Aloud’s Jump routine a gazillion times.

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It's a Wonderful Life

Released: 1946

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

IMDB rating: 8.6

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband.”

Best for: Embracing the uber cheesiness that is Christmas and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s OK – just go with it.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Released: 1992

Starring: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

IMDB rating: 7.7

Festive factor:

Favourite one-liner: “Mother always taught me: ‘Never eat singing food.’"

Best for: Miss Piggy fans. So that’s everyone then.

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The Holiday

Released: 2006

Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

IMDB rating: 6.9

Festive factor:

Favourite quote: Amanda: “Are you D-I-V-O-R-C-E-D?” Graham: “No W-I-D-O-W-E-R.”

Best for: ALL women. Especially, those who want to reminisce about the beauty of Jude Law in his prime.

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The Santa Clause

Released: 1994

Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Steve Rudnick

IMDB rating: 6.4

Festive factor:

Favourite quote: Scott Calvin: “You know, you look pretty good for your age.” Little Elf Judy: “Thanks, but I’m seeing someone in wrapping.”

Best for: The perfect balance of festive LOLs and Christmas cheesiness.

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