Santa Claus

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means that winter is not just coming -- it's finally here. The cold temperatures will keep many people indoors for the foreseeable future, with plenty of idle time to pass by. The more refined folks might opt for a good book to settle down with, but if reading's not your thing, fear not -- there are plenty of quality movies available for streaming from the comfort of your own home.

To help get everyone into the holiday spirit, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked the 60 best Christmas movies you can stream. To do this, PrettyFamous found all movies with at least one online streaming source -- Netflix, HBO, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, Tubi TV or Youtube -- and over 1,500 IMDb votes. Films are then ranked according to their Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, IMDb rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and its inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. In the case of a tie, the movie with the higher inflation-adjusted cumulative box office gross ranks higher. To qualify for our ranking, a film is considered a Christmas movie if it contains Christmas themes in its plot or title.

There are some timeless classics that make the cut -- "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" are must-sees -- as well as some more contemporary films that have become holiday staples, like "Elf" and "The Polar Express." From earnest, wholesome tales of Christmas miracles to crude comedies, there's something for every type of film buff this winter.

Note: All films were available for online streaming as of Nov. 11. Descriptions for each movie are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.

#60. "Silent Night"

Buffalo Gal Pictures / Anchor Bay Films

Smart Rating: 51.08

Release year: 2012
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue

A vicious killer dressed as Santa Claus hides in plain sight during a small town's annual Christmas festivities.

#59. "Michael"

Turner Pictures / New Line Cinema

Smart Rating: 51.67

Release year: 1996
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt

Tabloid employees (Andie MacDowell, William Hurt) investigate a rumor about an angel (John Travolta) and find a surprising creature with healing powers and a lot of sex appeal.

#58. "The Santa Clause 2"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Smart Rating: 51.81

Release year: 2002
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz

Scott Calvin's world turns upside down when he's dealt a double whammy of bad news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year's naughty list, but Scott has to marry by Christmas Eve, or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

#57. "12 Dates of Christmas"

ABC Family

Smart Rating: 51.88

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: Netflix, iTunes
Starring: Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Peter MacNeill

After a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, Kate (Amy Smart) wakes up to find she is re-living that same day over and over again.

#56. "All Is Bright"

Greenestreet Films / Anchor Bay Films

Smart Rating: 53.56

Release year: 2013
Streaming sources: iTunes
Starring: Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, Sally Hawkins

Two shady French-Canadians (Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti) hatch a get-rich-quick scheme, selling Christmas trees in New York City.

#55. "Ernest Saves Christmas"

Touchstone Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures

Smart Rating: 54.36

Release year: 1988
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark

Nitwit Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus (Douglas Seale) who is in Florida on a deadline to recruit a new Santa (Oliver Clark).

#54. "A Princess for Christmas"

Mediapro Studios / Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Smart Rating: 58.27

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Katie McGrath, Roger Moore, Travis Turner

A woman (Katie McGrath) escorts her niece and nephew (Travis Turner) to spend the holidays with their grandfather (Roger Moore), an English duke.

#53. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Universal Pictures / Universal Studios

Smart Rating: 58.41

Release year: 2000
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski

A curmudgeon (Jim Carrey) living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

#52. "Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!"

Disney Channel

Smart Rating: 58.61

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry

Chaos strikes when a woman (Leigh-Allyn Baker) and her daughter (Bridgit Mendler) get separated from their family during the holidays.

#51. "Santa Claus: The Movie"

TriStar Pictures

Smart Rating: 59.01

Release year: 1985
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Dudley Moore, David Huddleston, John Lithgow

Santa (David Huddleston) and an elf (Dudley Moore) foil a New York toy manufacturer's (John Lithgow) scheme to get rich off Christmas.

#50. "A Christmas Horror Story"

Copperheart Entertainment / Image Entertainment

Smart Rating: 63.25

Release year: 2015
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer

Not even Santa Claus is safe from the evil that descends on Bailey Downs, a small town that is suddenly plagued with malevolent spirits, zombie elves and Krampus -- the anti-Santa Claus.

#49. "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage"

Sterling Media / Lionsgate

Smart Rating: 63.67

Release year: 2008
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter O'Toole

Inspired by his mentor (Peter O'Toole), a young artist (Jared Padalecki) paints a mural of his hometown.

#48. "Nothing Like the Holidays"

2DS Productions / Anchor Bay Entertainment

Smart Rating: 63.7

Release year: 2008
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña

Secret revelations, major life changes and inevitable bickering mark a Chicago family's (John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña) Christmas reunion.

#47. "Babes in Toyland"

Hal Roach Studios / Loew's, Inc.

Smart Rating: 67.04

Release year: 1961
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime
Starring: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello

Barnaby and his henchmen try to keep Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) from Mary Contrary (Annette Funicello).

#46. "Make the Yuletide Gay"

Guest House Films / TLA Releasing

Smart Rating: 68.84

Release year: 2009
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube
Starring: Keith Jordan, Adamo Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsch

Olaf (Keith Jordan) is an openly gay college student while at school, but he is afraid to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents.

#45. "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

George Stevens Productions / United Artists

Smart Rating: 71.24

Release year: 1965
Streaming sources: iTunes, Tubi TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Max von Sydow, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker

The life of Jesus (Max von Sydow) unfolds according to the Bible, from birth to the resurrection, on an epic scale.

#44. "The Christmas Card"

RHI Entertainment / Sonar Entertainment

Smart Rating: 71.28

Release year: 2006
Streaming sources: Hulu, Tubi TV, Netflix, YouTube, Google Play
Starring: Ed Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans

Home on leave, a soldier (John Newton) visits a small town and falls for the woman (Alice Evans) who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops.

#43. "Krampus"

Legendary Entertainment / Universal Pictures

Smart Rating: 72.84

Release year: 2015
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

Members (Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, Toni Collette) of a dysfunctional family face the wrath of Krampus, an ancient demon from European folklore who punishes naughty children at Christmastime.

#42. "The Nativity Story"

Temple Hill Entertainment / New Line Cinema

Smart Rating: 74.32

Release year: 2006
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

King Herod's obsession with an ancient prophecy threatens Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) as they await the birth of Jesus.

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

Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Home Video

Smart Rating: 76.23

Release year: 1999
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
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."

#40. "A Christmas Kiss"

Moody Independent / Ion Television

Smart Rating: 76.59

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, Google Play
Starring: Elisabeth Röhm, Laura Breckenridge, Brendan Fehr

Trapped in an elevator, a designer (Laura Breckenridge) shares an impulsive kiss with the boyfriend (Brendan Fehr) of her new boss (Elisabeth Röhm).

#39. "Happy Christmas"

Lucky Coffee Productions / Magnolia Pictures

Smart Rating: 76.74

Release year: 2014
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
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.

#38. "The Polar Express"

Castle Rock Entertainment / Warner Bros. Pictures

Smart Rating: 79.79

Release year: 2004
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Tom Hanks, André Sogliuzzo, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak

The conductor (Tom Hanks) of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus.

#37. "Scrooged"

Mirage Productions / Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.11

Release year: 1988
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe

A ruthless TV-network chief (Bill Murray) meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

#36. "The Holiday"

Relativity Media / Columbia Pictures

Smart Rating: 80.32

Release year: 2006
Streaming sources: iTunes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law

Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from England, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends.

#35. "One Magic Christmas"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Smart Rating: 80.43

Release year: 1985
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Basaraba

A guardian angel (Harry Dean Stanton) helps a poor, weary woman (Mary Steenburgen) whose family faces eviction at the holidays.

#34. "Prancer"

Nelson Entertainment / Orion Films

Smart Rating: 80.46

Release year: 1989
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Sam Elliott, Rebecca Harrell, Cloris Leachman

A widower's (Sam Elliott) daughter (Rebecca Harrell) finds a wounded reindeer that she is sure must be from Santa's sleigh.

#33. "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas"

New Line Cinema / Warner Bros. Pictures

Smart Rating: 81.29

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris

Six years after their last adventure, the infamous stoners (John Cho, Kal Penn) reunite on Christmas Eve to find a replacement tree for the one Harold sent up in smoke.

#32. "Foster"

Reliance Big Pictures / SC Films

Smart Rating: 81.47

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu
Starring: Toni Collette, Ioan Gruffud, Maurice Cole

A wise, 7-year-old boy (Maurice Cole) helps his adoptive parents (Toni Collette, Ioan Gruffudd) save their relationship.

#31. "Holiday in Handcuffs"

Alberta Film Entertainment / ABC Family

Smart Rating: 81.89

Release year: 2007
Streaming sources: iTunes
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post

To fool her parents, a waitress (Melissa Joan Hart) kidnaps a customer (Mario Lopez) and forces him to pretend to be her beau.

#30. "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas"

Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Smart Rating: 82.48

Release year: 2004
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett

Mickey Mouse (Wayne Allwine), Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo), Goofy (Bill Farmer) and friends take part in a series of holiday adventures.

#29. "This Christmas"

Rainforest Films / Screen Gems

Smart Rating: 84.28

Release year: 2007
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine

A matriarch (Loretta Devine) assembles her brood for their first holiday reunion in four years, but secrets come to light and family ties become strained.

#28. "The Santa Clause"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Smart Rating: 84.45

Release year: 1994
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson

An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

#27. "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

The Hallmark Channel

Smart Rating: 84.7

Release year: 2008
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play
Starring: Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns, Warren Christie

A snowbound stranger (Warren Christie) brightens the holidays for a retired police officer (Henry Winkler) and his niece (Brooke Burns).

#26. "Love Actually"

Love Actually

Smart Rating: 84.99

Release year: 2003
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth

A prime minister (Hugh Grant), an office worker (Laura Linney), a pop star, a jilted writer (Colin Firth), married couples and various others deal with relationships in London.

#25. "Holiday Affair"

RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 85.17

Release year: 1949
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey

A war widow (Janet Leigh) has a 6-year-old son, and two men (Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey) who want to marry her for Christmas.

#24. "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie"

NBC / MGM International TV Distribution

Smart Rating: 85.19

Release year: 2002
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, David Arquette

Kermit tries to save the theater from a banker (Joan Cusack) who wants to demolish it and open a trendy nightclub.

#23. "Home Alone"

Hughes Entertainment / 20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 85.8

Release year: 1990
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

Accidentally left by his Paris-bound family, an 8-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) makes mincemeat of two burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) in the house.

#22. "Christmas in Connecticut"

Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 86.04

Release year: 1945
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet

The publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) of a women's magazine has his best columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) play holiday host to a Navy hero (Dennis Morgan).

#21. "The Best Man Holiday"

Blackmaled Productions / Universal Pictures

Smart Rating: 86.06

Release year: 2013
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall

Long-forgotten rivalries and romances reignite when college friends (Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall) have a Christmas reunion nearly 15 years after the last time they saw one another.

#20. "Bad Santa"

Tryptich Pictures / Dimension Films

Smart Rating: 87.54

Release year: 2003
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly

Two criminals (Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox) disguise themselves as St. Nick and an elf to rob stores at Christmastime.

#19. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

John Hughes Entertainment / Warner Bros.

Smart Rating: 87.77

Release year: 1989
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid

The Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin (Randy Quaid) pulls up in an RV.

#18. "Elf"

Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions / New Line Cinema

Smart Rating: 87.78

Release year: 2003
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

Adopted as a baby by one of Santa's elves (Bob Newhart), a man (Will Ferrell) leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York.

#17. "The Muppet Christmas Carol"

Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Smart Rating: 88.27

Release year: 1992
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh

Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends play Dickens characters as Scrooge (Michael Caine) meets the spirits of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

#16. "King of Kings"

Samuel Bronston Productions / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Smart Rating: 88.46

Release year: 1961
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan

Orson Welles narrates the story of Jesus (Jeffrey Hunter) including the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper, the Passion and the Resurrection.

#15. "Arthur Christmas"

Aardman Animations / Columbia Pictures

Smart Rating: 88.89

Release year: 2011
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

Santa's youngest son (James McAvoy) sets out on an urgent mission to deliver a present to a forgotten child before Christmas morning dawns.

#14. "The Bishop's Wife"

Samuel Goldwyn Productions / RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 89.3

Release year: 1947
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

A suave angel (Cary Grant) saves a woman (Loretta Young) and her Episcopal husband (David Niven) from spiritual doubt and marital woe.

#13. "Mickey's Christmas Carol"

Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distributions

Smart Rating: 89.39

Release year: 1983
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime
Starring: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith

An adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge.

#12. "A Christmas Carol"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Smart Rating: 90.27

Release year: 1938
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

Dickens' London miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

#11. "The Snowman"

Snowman Enterprises / NCircle Entertainment

Smart Rating: 90.29

Release year: 1982
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime
Starring: Raymond Briggs, David Bowie

After an English boy makes a snowman on Christmas Eve, it comes to life to take him on an adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

#10. "March of the Wooden Soldiers"

Hal Roach Studios / Loew's, Inc.

Smart Rating: 91

Release year: 1934
Streaming sources: Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime, Google Play
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry

After messing up a toy order from Santa Claus, Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) rescue Bo-Peep (Charlotte Henry), Tom-Tom and other Mother Goose characters from Toyland miser Barnaby.

#9. "A Christmas Tale"

Why Not Productions / Bac Films

Smart Rating: 91.2

Release year: 2008
Streaming sources: iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussilon, 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.

#8. "Gremlins"

Gremlins

Smart Rating: 91.6

Release year: 1984
Streaming sources: iTunes, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

An inventor (Hoyt Axton) gives his son (Zach Galligan) an odd little creature that multiplies into monsters which wreck the town.

#7. "White Christmas"

Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 92.45

Release year: 1954
Streaming sources: iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Former Army buddies (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye) put on a show with a sister act to save their general's hotel in Vermont.

#6. "Edward Scissorhands"

20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 93.95

Release year: 1990
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest

A deceased inventor's unfinished creation (Johnny Depp) becomes an instant celebrity when a cheery suburbanite (Dianne Wiest) brings him home.

#5. "A Christmas Story"

20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 94.07

Release year: 1983
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

#4. "Miracle on 34th Street"

20th Century Fox

Smart Rating: 94.99

Release year: 1947
Streaming sources: iTunes, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu
Starring: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn

An adwoman's (Maureen O'Hara) lawyer boyfriend (John Payne) tries to prove that Macy's Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is the real thing.

#3. "Holiday Inn"

Paramount Pictures

Smart Rating: 95.11

Release year: 1942
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

At his New England inn, a singer (Bing Crosby) competes with a dancer (Fred Astaire) for the affections of a beautiful woman (Marjorie Reynolds).

#2. "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Touchstone Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures

Smart Rating: 95.5

Release year: 1993
Streaming sources: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play
Starring: Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens

The Pumpkin King gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween in an animated tale from the mind of Tim Burton.

#1. "It's a Wonderful Life"

Liberty Films / RKO Radio Pictures

Smart Rating: 96.56

Release year: 1946
Streaming sources: iTunes
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Ruined by a miser (Lionel Barrymore) on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man (James Stewart) sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.