27 Classic Christmas Movies You Need to Watch This Year

Best enjoyed with hot cocoa and a cozy blanket.

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If we're living in the Golden Age of television today, you could argue that the 1940s made up the Golden Age of Christmas movies. From Jimmy Stewart's Academy Award-winning performance in It's a Wonderful Life, to Judy Garland's 1944-year debut of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me in St. Louis, these are the films the whole family will adore.

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"The Great Rupert" (1950)

As Christmas approaches, Louie Amendola (Jimmy Durante) and his family, are struggling to make ends meet. Once they find a place to stay without a clue of how they'll pay, money quite literally falls from the ceiling, but they run into some complications during the holiday season. 

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"Home Alone" (1990)

Who can forget 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) and the crazy slew of events that occur once his parents leave for vacation without him? It's a wild adventure that will forever bring out the kid in us.

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"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)

What would happen if you were never born? That's exactly what George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) finds out one Christmas Eve. It's a Wonderful Life is an unparalleled holiday classic and has six Academy Awards to prove it.

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"A Christmas Story" (1983)

Every year we look forward to the 24-hour loop of A Christmas Story on TNT and TBS. Watching little Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) swimming inside his gigantic pink bunny suit never gets old.

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"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)

When a kind old man who claims to be Kris Kringle makes it into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, he finds a skeptic in young Susan, who was raised not to believe in silly fantasies. But as their relationship grows, so does her awe that Santa might be real after all.

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"White Christmas" (1954)

This classic Christmas story unfolds as singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty Haynes (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen), who are on a musical mission to save Vermont's Columbia Inn.

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"Babes In Toyland" (1934)

When a villainous property owner named Barnaby realizes he's been tricked into marrying jokester Stanley Dum instead of Little Bo Peep, he sends his evil bogeymen to destroy Toyland. Time will tell if Stanley and his partner Ollie Dee prevail.

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"Babes In Toyland" (1961)

This Walt Disney remake of the original film was the first adaptation to be released in Technicolor.

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965)

What's Christmas without Charlie Brown? The film was actually predicted to be a flop but surprised its producers by delighting audiences around the world.

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"Holiday Inn" (1942)

This Christmas film starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire and featured music by Irving Berlin (talk about an all-star cast!), including the premiere of "White Christmas."

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"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (1966)

Even adults will enjoy following along as the grumpy Grinch attempts to steal Christmas from the wholesome Whoville.

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"A Christmas Carol" (1951)

This version of A Christmas Carol was actually released under the name Scrooge in the U.K., but the U.S. decided to stick to the original name.We're glad America stuck to its instincts.

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"Gremlins" (1984)

Don't let this adorable creature fool you — he and his googly-eyed crew wreak havoc in this comedy-horror film, which takes place over the holidays.

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"The Bishop's Wife" (1947)

Cary Grant plays Dudley, the angel who does everything but help Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) fund his cathedral.

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"3 Godfathers" (1948)

3 Godfathers has been cast as a retelling of the Three Wise Men — and one of the only western movies to be considered a Christmas classic.

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"Holiday Affair" (1949)

Steve Mason's (Robert Mitchum) kind gesture has Connie Ennis (Janet Leigh) second-guessing everything in this romantic comedy set during Christmas.

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964)

Rudolph saves the day (Christmas, of course!) in this classic movie, based on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," a song we all know and love by Johnny Marks.

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"It Happened On 5th Avenue" (1947)

Michael J. O'Connor (Charles Ruggles), who is known as "the second-richest man in the world," joins a group of squatters in his own home to help his daughter, who has fallen in love with one of them.

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"Remember the Night" (1940)

Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) and John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) fall in love in Remember the Night, but things get complicated, seeing as Lee was caught shoplifting, and John is set to prosecute her after the holidays.

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"Frosty the Snowman" (1969)

Another animated movie inspired by a classic song, Frosty the Snowman was ranked #4 by TV Guide on its list of 10 Best Family Holiday Specials.

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"Christmas In Connecticut" (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck stars in this 1945 film as a writer who is living a lie — a lie that she must make come true if she doesn't want to lose her job.

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"A Christmas Carol" (1938)

If you want to read the book before watching this film adaptation, you'll need to pick up a copy of Charles Dickens' 1843 novelette.

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"The Shop Around the Corner" (1940)

In person, they hate each other. On paper, Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart), who are co-workers at a gift-shop, are falling in love as unrealized pen pals. In 1999, The Shop Around the Corner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

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"Meet Me In St. Louis" (1944)

This musical stars Judy Garland and debuts her singing "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," all of which became instant classics after the film's release.

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"The Apartment" (1960)

The Apartment was produced and directed by Billy Wilder, who also made Some Like it Hot, which was voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute.

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"Bell, Book and Candle" (1958)

Bell, Book and Candle takes place over Christmas and tells the story of a witch who gives up all her magic powers in the name of love.

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"The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942)

This Christmas classic stars Monty Woolley, who plays a man who came to dinner and never left!

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