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Christmas is a time to spend quality time with family members and have a lot of fun. During the holidays, many families would plan weekend getaway, parties, or get together with their friends and relatives. It is also the time, when cinema halls are flocked with movie buffs. While many people make their bookings in advance and head towards the nearest theater to watch Christmas releases, others would prefer to entertain themselves by sitting in their living room’s couch. For them, watching movies at home is convenient and more fun than being in cinema halls. Moreover, today’s sophisticated DVD players with woofer system can create the same theatrical effect at home. If you are also planning to watch movies at home during Christmas, then read the article. Check out our compilation of top Christmas movies.

Popular Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies #1: A Christmas Carol (1938)

Movie Name: A Christmas Carol
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn, Barry MacKay
Genre: FantasyFamilyDrama
Release Date: 16 December 1938
Running Time: 69 Minutes

‘A Christmas Carol’ is one of the all-time hits, based on the festival. Although the story told by ‘A Christmas Carol’ has been redone for a number of times, the version filmed in the movie has touched millions of hearts. It remains one of the classic Christmas movies. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and directed by Edwin L. Marin, Reginald Owen played the lead role of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1938). The movie is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novelette.

Christmas Movies #2: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Movie Name: It’s A Wonderful Life
Directed by: Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Gloria Grahame
Genre: FantasyFamilyDrama
Release Date: 20 December 1946
Running Time: 130 Minutes

Another classic Christmas movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a story about a man facing the hardships of life. The 1946 movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra, with the star cast including James Stewart and Donna Reed. The film is loosely based on the story “The Greatest Gift“, authored by Philip Van Doren Stern. If you want to watch a family entertainer on Christmas, then this movie is what you need. The film is listed as one of the all-time hit Christmas movies.

Christmas Movies #3: A Christmas Story (1983)

Movie Name: A Christmas Story
Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
Genre: ComedyFamilyDrama
Release Date: 18 November 1983
Running Time: 93 Minutes

To share lighter moments with your loved ones, you may watch a classic comedy, this Christmas. The Bob Clark film ‘A Christmas Story’ would serve the purpose. Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon fitted into the lead roles of the film. It is the narration of a young boy during the 1940s, which tells us his experience in the holidays, leading up to Christmas and ultimately, Christmas day itself. The story has been written in the point of view of the child.

Christmas Movies #4: Home Alone (1990)

Movie Name: Home Alone
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara
Genre: ComedyFamilyDrama
Release Date: 10 November 1990
Running Time: 103 Minutes

‘Home Alone’, a Chris Columbus movie, is based on the adventures of a mischievous boy Kevin McCalister (Macaulay Culkin), alone at home during the holiday season, when his big family leaves for a vacation. Although the film doesn’t depict any legendary character, nor does it tell a Christmas story, it gives you the feel of the festival. Thus, it makes itself one of the all-time hit Christmas movies. If you want to laugh out loudly with your family, then ‘Home Alone’ is a must-watch, during the festive season.

Christmas Movies #5: The Santa Clause (1994)

Movie Name: The Santa Clause
Directed by: John Pasquin
Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz, Peter Boyle
Genre: ComedyFamilyDrama
Release Date: 11 November 1994
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1994, the English movie ‘The Santa Clause‘ is truly a family entertainer. The comedy flick features Tim Allen as a divorced father – Scott Calvin and his spoilt brat son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd). The movie catches the real essence of Christmas and invokes the festive spirits in its audience. The legendary character Santa Claus is depicted in this movie. Hence, ‘The Santa Clause’ is a must-watch during the holiday season.

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