The 30 Best Holiday Movies, Ranked in Order!

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:10 p.m. ET

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It's not the holiday season without holiday movies. Nothing puts you in the celebratory mood like the films that have warmed your heart for years! Here's our very subjective ranking of the best holiday movies ever. See if your favorite made the cut!

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Four christmases

30. Sometimes, it just sucks seeing your family during the holidays. We appreciate Four Christmases for keeping it real.

While you were sleeping

29. The Sandra Bullock rom-com While You Were Sleeping kicks off when she saves Peter Gallagher's life on Christmas Day. She can't help but love his family based on their cozy holiday traditions!

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28. What, you don't think of the AIDS musical Rent as a holiday film? Then remember how it's bookended by New Year's Eve, a day that forces people to reevaluate what they're been through and their hope for the future. Seasons of looooooove.

Last Holiday

27. Queen Latifah plays a department store employee in Last Holiday who finds out she has a brain tumor and will only make it through one last Christmas season. She decides to live it up, and so should you!

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Ill be home for chirstmas

26. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, please come back to us. I'll Be Home for Christmas ruthlessly capitalized on his heartthrob status at the time, but that doesn't mean it's not an excellent film.

Die hard

25. For the viewers who can't stomach too much holiday cheer, try Die Hard. John McClane has to save a Christmas Eve party gone very, very awry.

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24. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale show the power of fate (and New York!) in the wintry romantic comedy Serendipity.

Home alone 2

23. An underrated sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of the best movies for capturing the magic of the Big Apple during the holidays.

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Little women

22. The 1994 adaptation of Little Women spans many years of the ladies' lives, but it includes many happy New England Christmases.

Deck The Halls

21. What is the holiday season if not a time for neighbors to compete? Deck the Halls sets the very weird pairing of Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick up for disaster, and our entertainment.

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The Family Stone

20. Meeting your significant other's parents at the holidays is really tough, as poor Sarah Jessica Parker learns in The Family Stone. Who can't relate!

About a boy

19. Christmas is a recurring touchstone in the sweet comedy-drama About a Boy.

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Santa Claus

18. How do you make it funny that you accidentally killed Santa Claus? Have Tim Allen become the new one, as he does in The Santa Clause.

Look whos talking now

17. The trilogy wraps up with Look Who's Talking Now, in which you can hear the thoughts of the cute dogs. More movies with talking dogs, please!

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Its a wonderful life

16. It's a classic for a reason: It's a Wonderful Life never lets you down.

The grinch

15. No one could bring the Grinch alive like Jim Carrey, who is perfect in the live-action film from 2000.

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Youve got mail

14. The Nora Ephron classic You've Got Mail is a romantic comedy set at the most lonely possible time for single people: the holidays, of course.

The muppet christmas carol

13. The Dickens classic is way more fun when reenacted by puppets, in The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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Jingle All The Way

12. Arnold Schwarzengger. The perfect toy. The cutest kid. Oh, and Sinbad. Jingle All the Way has got a little something for everyone.

Miracle on 34 street

11. Gosh, Mara Wilson was adorable. See her at peak cute in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

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The grinch 2

10. It's not hard to make your heart grow three sizes in one evening. Just watch the original, cartoon of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Christmas Vacation

9. Clark Griswold has been making your family seem normal since the early '80s, but he is never better than in the riotous National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

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Love actually

8. Looking for a heart-warming holiday story? How about eight of them? The modern classic is packed with stars, happy moments, and adorable accents.

The Holiday

7. If you're looking for a brand-new Christmas-y film, try the criminally underrated The Holiday.

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Home alone

6. Delightfully subversive, Home Alone allows that sometimes the holidays actually make you realize how much you hate your family... until they're taken away from you.

Frosty the snowman

5. It's simple: It's not the holiday season without a viewing of the 1969 cartoon Frosty the Snowman.

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4. We love the herky-jerky stop-motion animation of the playfully weird Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We want to be dentists too, Herbie!

Charlie brown

3. Just the happy music from A Charlie Brown Christmas is enough to get us in the spirit, no matter the time of year.

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Christmas story

2. Much thanks to TBS, the channel that plays A Christmas Story on repeat for 24 hours every year. It's our favorite new holiday tradition!



1. We love Elf for many reasons: the sweet story, the endlessly quotable lines, and the way it made us feel that the next great holiday classic could still be around the corner. Happy holidays!


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