Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / MGM/UA Entertainment Company

There's nothing like a Christmas movie to get you excited for the holiday season. These films are often heartwarming, funny and remind you why this particular time of year is so special. Especially after the tumult of 2016, many could use a couple of Christmas movies to revive a sense of calm and warmth in our year.

With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked all the top Christmas-themed movies that should be on your watch list. To make sure the films ranked have a measure of popularity, films had to have at least 5,000 IMDb votes. The cream of the crop was then ranked on their Smart Ratings. A Smart Rating is a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Score, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. In the case of a tie, the movie with more IMDb votes was favored.

You've probably already seen "Love Actually" and "Elf" a million times, so it's time to diversify. There are hundreds of other films that have yet to bring you that old yuletide joy.

Note: Descriptions for each movie are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote. Some of these movies may not be about Christmas itself, but take place during Christmas time.

#55. "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas"

Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Home Video

Smart Rating: 76.23
Release year: 1999
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor

Mickey and his friends tell three stories, including "A Very Goofy Christmas" and "Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi."

#54. "Happy Christmas"

Lucky Coffee Productions / Magnolia Pictures

Smart Rating: 76.74
Release year: 2014
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber

An immature party girl (Anna Kendrick) moves in with her brother's family to get over a breakup and throws their lives out of whack.

#53. "The Polar Express"

The Polar Express

Smart Rating: 79.79
Release year: 2004
Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump," "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

#52. "Miracle on 34th Street"

Hughes Entertainment / 20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 79.98
Release year: 1994
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott

Six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins). When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy's, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself. His assertions are met with scoffs and threats of institutionalization, but a young lawyer, along with Susan and Dorey, comes to his defense.

#51. "Scrooged"

Mirage Productions / Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.11
Release year: 1988
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe

In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.

#50. "The Holiday"

Relativity Media / Universal Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.32
Release year: 2006
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.

#49. "Prancer"

Nelson Entertainment / Orion Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.46
Release year: 1989
Starring: Sam Elliott, Rebecca Harrell, Cloris Leachman

Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. It's supposed to be a secret, but eventually a store Santa Claus (Michael Constantine), the girl's dad (Sam Elliott) and the entire town find out about Prancer, leading to big problems for Jessica and her family.

#48. "The Ref"

Touchstone Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.84
Release year: 1994
Starring: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey

Bickering spouses (Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey) annoy the cat burglar (Denis Leary) who takes them hostage in their Connecticut home.

#47. "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas"

New Line Cinema / Warner Bros. Pictures

Smart Rating: 81.29
Release year: 2011
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris

Six years after their last adventure, stoner pals Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart and found new friends. As each is busy making holiday preparations, a mysterious package mistakenly arrives on Kumar's doorstep. Unfortunately, Kumar's attempt to redirect the package to Harold goes up in smoke, along with a prize Christmas tree belonging to Harold's father-in-law. The pair's journey across New York City to find a replacement tree threatens to blow Christmas Eve sky-high.

#46. "The Night Before"

Good Universe / Columbia Pictures

Smart Rating: 81.31
Release year: 2015
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie

For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.

#45. "This Christmas"

Rainforest Films / Screen Gems

Smart Rating: 84.28
Release year: 2007
Starring: Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine

At holiday time, family matriarch Ma'Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light, especially concerning Marine Claude's (Columbus Short) true military status, Quentin's (Idris Elba) debts and teenage Baby's (Chris Brown) secret plans to become a singer.

#44. "The Santa Clause"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures

Smart Rating: 84.45
Release year: 1994
Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he's dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn't a dream after all, and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

#43. "Love Actually"

StudioCanal / Universal Pictures</p><p>

Smart Rating: 84.99
Release year: 2003
Starring: Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

#42. "Bell, Book and Candle"

Phoenix Productions, Inc. / Columbia Pictures

Smart Rating: 85.8
Release year: 1958
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

In the late 1950s, Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a modern-day witch living in New York City's Greenwich Village. When she encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson (James Stewart), she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. Gillian takes added pleasure in doing so because Henderson is engaged to her old college rival (Janice Rule). However, Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd, which poses a problem: she will lose her powers if she falls in love.

#41. "Home Alone"

Hughes Entertainment / 20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 85.8
Release year: 1990
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

#40. "Christmas in Connecticut"

Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 86.04
Release year: 1945
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet

While recovering in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) grows familiar with the "Diary of a Housewife" column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). Jeff's nurse arranges with Elizabeth's publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth's bucolic Connecticut farm with her husband and child. But the column is a sham, so Yardley hastens to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm.

#39. "The Best Man Holiday"

Blackmaled Productions / Universal Pictures

Smart Rating: 86.06
Release year: 2013
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall

Nearly 15 years after they were last together as a group, college friends Lance (Morris Chestnut), Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau) and Mia (Monica Calhoun) finally reunite over the Christmas holidays. Though much has changed in their lives, the friends discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.

#38. "Eyes Wide Shut"

Pole Star / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 86.95
Release year: 1999
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack

After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group, attends one of their meetings and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.

#37. "8 Women"

Canal+ / Mars Distribution

Smart Rating: 87.08
Release year: 2002
Starring: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux

At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration -- their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house. Comedic situations arise with the revelations of dark family secrets. Eight women. Each is a suspect. One of them is guilty. Which one is it?

#36. "Tuesday, After Christmas"

BV McCann-Erickson / Lorber Films

Smart Rating: 87.17
Release year: 2011
Starring: Mimi Branescu, Maria Popistasu, Mirela Oprisor

Middle-aged Paul (Mimi Branescu) lives in a pleasant Bucharest apartment with his wife, Adrianna (Mirela Oprisor), and their 9-year-old daughter. But unbeknown to Adrianna, Paul is also having an affair with the family's dentist, Raluca (Maria Popistasu). As Christmas approaches, Paul finds himself forced to choose between the woman with whom he has shared the last decade of his life and the passionate new partner who has given him a revitalized image of himself.

#35. "While You Were Sleeping"

Hollywood Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.

Smart Rating: 87.49
Release year: 1995
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher

Lonely transit worker Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) pulls her longtime crush, Peter (Peter Gallagher), from the path of an oncoming train. At the hospital, doctors report that he's in a coma, and a misplaced comment from Lucy causes Peter's family to assume that she is his fiancé. When Lucy doesn't correct them, they take her into their home and confidence. Things get even more complicated when she finds herself falling for Peter's sheepish brother, Jack (Bill Pullman).

#34. "About a Boy"

StudioCanal / Universal Pictures

Smart Rating: 87.52
Release year: 2002
Starring: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz

A comedy-drama stars Hugh Grant as Will. Will is a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.

#33. "Bad Santa"

Columbia Pictures Corporation / Dimension Films

Smart Rating: 87.54
Release year: 2003
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly

In this dark comedy, the crotchety Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Tony Cox) reunite once a year for a holiday con. Posing as a mall Santa and his elf, they rip off shopping outlets on Christmas Eve. This year, however, Willie is falling apart. He's depressed and alcoholic, and his erratic behavior draws the suspicion of mall security (Bernie Mac). But when befriending a small boy brings out his kinder side, Willie begins to wonder if there is still some hope for him.

#32. "Batman Returns"

PolyGram Pictures / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 87.57
Release year: 1992
Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck's timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

#31. "We're No Angels"

Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 87.68
Release year: 1955
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov

After breaking out of prison on Devil's Island, Joseph (Humphrey Bogart) and his two cohorts flee to a nearby town and hide in a shop run by kindhearted Felix (Leo G. Carroll), his wife (Joan Bennett) and their daughter. The three men plan to rob the store and board a ship the next day, but they soon change their minds after sharing Christmas dinner with the family. When they learn of the family's financial troubles, the convicts decide instead to carry out a few good deeds.

#30. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

John Hughes Entertainment / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 87.77
Release year: 1989
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and children as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

#29. "Elf"

Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions / New Line Cinema

Smart Rating: 87.78
Release year: 2003
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, his father is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

#28. "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale"

Cinet / Kinology

Smart Rating: 87.86
Release year: 2010
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila

A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this is a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari's father (Jorma Tommila) captures a feral old man (Peeter Jakobi) in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing.

#27. "The Muppet Christmas Carol"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures

Smart Rating: 88.27
Release year: 1992
Starring: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle -- weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases: past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

#26. "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"

Recorded Picture Company / Palace Pictures

Smart Rating: 88.34
Release year: 1983
Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto

During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara (Takeshi) become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence (Tom Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs.

#25. "King of Kings"

Samuel Bronston Productions / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Smart Rating: 88.46
Release year: 1961
Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan

In this reenactment of the life of Jesus Christ, when word spreads throughout Judea that the son of God is to be born in Bethlehem, King Herod demands that all infants be killed. Mary (Siobhan McKenna) steals away with her young son, Jesus, who grows up preaching, performing miracles and acquiring devotees. One of Jesus' (Jeffrey Hunter) followers, Judas (Rip Torn), betrays him and he is sentenced to crucifixion. But Jesus has always known of his fate and has prepared himself for death.

#24. "3 Godfathers"

Argosy Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Smart Rating: 88.46
Release year: 1948
Starring: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr.

Thieves and rustlers Robert Hightower (John Wayne), Pete Fuerte (Pedro Armendáriz) and the Abilene Kid (Harry Carey Jr.) rob a bank in a small Arizona town. Pursued across the desert by the indefatigable Sheriff Buck Sweet (Ward Bond), the trio lose their horses, suffer injuries and come across a stranded woman (Mildred Natwick) who is dying while giving birth. Promising to carry the woman's newborn to safety, the repentant criminals struggle to reach the village of New Jerusalem.

#23. "Arthur Christmas"

Aardman Animations / Columbia Pictures

Smart Rating: 88.89
Release year: 2011
Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

Everyone knows that each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn't know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It's up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa's youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.

#22. "Trading Places"

Cinema Group Ventures / Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 89.24
Release year: 1983
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

#21. "The Bishop's Wife"

Samuel Goldwyn Productions / RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 89.3
Release year: 1947
Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

Dejected by his efforts to raise money to build a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) beseeches heaven for guidance, and is visited immediately by Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be an angel. Henry is skeptical, then annoyed when Dudley ingratiates himself into the household as his assistant -- and worse, wins the attentions of Henry's long-suffering and kindly wife (Loretta Young). When Dudley continues to intervene in Henry's struggles, the bishop decides to challenge heaven.

#20. "A Christmas Carol"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Smart Rating: 90.27
Release year: 1938
Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

Crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) hates Christmas and mistreats his long-suffering employee, devoted family man Bob Cratchit (Gene Lockhart). But a visit from the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Leo G. Carroll) and three Christmas spirits (Lionel Braham, Ann Rutherford, D'Arcy Corrigan) might convince him to change his ways and become more kindhearted. This adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic became a holiday staple for decades.

#19. "Metropolitan"

Westerly Films / New Line Cinema

Smart Rating: 90.71
Release year: 1990
Starring: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Christopher Eigeman

A radical student is adopted by a group of young New Yorkers and serves as a catalyst to alter his and their lives. Gathering in a Manhattan apartment, the group of friends meet to discuss social mobility, Fourier's socialism and play bridge in their cocoon of upper-class society -- until they are joined by a man with a critical view of their way of life.

#18. "March of the Wooden Soldiers"

Hal Roach Studios / Loew's Inc.

Smart Rating: 91
Release year: 1934
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry

Stannie Dum (Stan Laurel) and Ollie Dee (Oliver Hardy) rent rooms in Mother Peep's shoe in Toyland. When Mother Peep can't make her mortgage payment to evil Silas Barnaby (Harry Kleinbach), he attempts to blackmail her into having Little Bo-Peep (Charlotte Henry) marry him, despite the girl's attachment to Tom-Tom Piper (Felix Knight). Stannie and Ollie offer their assistance to Mother Peep, Bo-Peep and Piper, and later enlist an army of wooden soldiers to battle Barnaby's cave-dwelling bogeymen.

#17. "A Christmas Carol"

George Minter Productions / United Artists

Smart Rating: 91
Release year: 1951
Starring: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) has no use for festivity, even at Christmas. After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife (Hermione Baddeley) and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. The ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), appears, warning that Ebenezer will be visited by three more spirits who will show the coldhearted man the error of his parsimonious behavior.

#16. "A Christmas Tale"

Why Not Productions / Bac Films</p><p>

Smart Rating: 91.2
Release year: 2008
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric

When steely French matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) learns she has leukemia, she asks her children and grandchildren at the family Christmas gathering to see if they are eligible to become bone marrow donors. This causes deep friction in the family, especially between Junon's daughter Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) and son Henri (Mathieu Amalric), who already have a tumultuous relationship. Their mother's sickness also recalls the traumatic loss of their brother Joseph when they were children.

#15. "Scrooge"

Cinema Center Films / National General Pictures

Smart Rating: 91.48
Release year: 1970
Starring: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans

Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney) is the definition of a miser. He is rich, but completely stingy with his money, and he exploits the good nature of his employee Bob Cratchit (David Collings). On Christmas Eve, however, Scrooge is in store for a rude awakening when he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley (Alec Guinness), who informs him that he is going to be visited by three ghosts, including the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Edith Evans), Present (Kenneth More) and Future.

#14. "Gremlins"

Amblin Entertainment / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 91.6
Release year: 1984
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

#13. "Lethal Weapon"

Silver Pictures / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 91.82
Release year: 1987
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs' volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals -- if it doesn't kill them both first.

#12. "The Man Who Came to Dinner"

Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 92.09
Release year: 1941
Starring: Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan

While on a speaking tour in Ohio, opinionated and arrogant radio personality Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) injures himself slipping on ice and becomes an unexpected houseguest for a prominent area family, the Stanleys. Whiteside proceeds to make brash proclamations and offer his unsolicited advice to the family members. When a romance begins between Whiteside's assistant, Maggie Cutler (Bette Davis), and a local reporter, Bert Jefferson (Richard Travis), he interferes with that as well.

#11. "White Christmas"

Paramount Pictures</p><p>

Smart Rating: 92.45
Release year: 1954
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties. His quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly back in business!

#10. "The Bells of St. Mary's"

Rainbow Productions / RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 93.05
Release year: 1945
Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers

Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is transferred to the Roman Catholic inner-city school St. Mary's, where he quickly falls into conflict with its headmistress, Sister Mary (Ingrid Bergman). Their primary disagreement has to do with the deteriorating school itself. Father O'Malley feels it should be abandoned and the children sent to other schools. Sister Mary and the other nuns, however, believe there is still hope, possibly in the form of charity from a wealthy business owner (Henry Travers).

#9. "Meet John Doe"

Warner Bros.</p><p>

Smart Rating: 93.3
Release year: 1941
Starring: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold

A reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) writes a fictitious column about someone named "John Doe," who is distraught at America's neglect of the little people and plans to kill himself. The newspaper then hires a ballplayer-turned-hobo (Gary Cooper) to pose as John Doe. In a series of radio addresses written by a publisher with fascist leanings, Doe captures the public's imagination. When he finally realizes he has been used, Doe comes to his senses and becomes the man he never knew he could be.

#8. "Edward Scissorhands"

20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 93.95
Release year: 1990
Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being -- the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast.

#7. "A Christmas Story"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / MGM/UA Entertainment Company

Smart Rating: 94.07
Release year: 1983
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle." Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

#6. "Miracle on 34th Street"

Hughes Entertainment / 20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 94.99
Release year: 1947
Starring: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

#5. "Holiday Inn"

Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 95.11
Release year: 1942
Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

In this Irving Berlin musical, Jim (Bing Crosby) and Lila are members of a performing trio who plan to quit and run a country hotel. When Lila says she has fallen in love with the dancer in the act, Ted (Fred Astaire), Jim leaves town with a broken heart. After turning the inn into a holidays-only live entertainment venue, Jim winds up booking -- and falling for -- Linda (Marjorie Reynolds). But when Ted shows up at the place after being dumped by Lila, he too sets his sights on beautiful Linda.

#4. "Meet Me in St. Louis"


Smart Rating: 95.23
Release year: 1944
Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Leon Ames

"Meet Me in St. Louis" is a classic romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love -- accompanied by song, dance and period costumes -- conquers all.

#3. "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Touchstone Pictures / Buena Vista International

Smart Rating: 95.5
Release year: 1993
Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

#2. "The Shop Around the Corner"


Smart Rating: 96.32
Release year: 1940
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan

Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest. Klara and Alfred are constantly at odds with each other, butting heads and disagreeing on almost everything. Both are enamored of their respective pen pals, who serve as welcome distractions in their lives. Little do they know, they are each the other's pen pal and, despite outward differences, have unwittingly fallen in love through their letters.

#1. "It's a Wonderful Life"

Liberty Films (II) / RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 96.56
Release year: 1946
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.