The Top 25 Christmas movies of all time
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There is that one special day when the whole world comes together to celebrate Giving,  Family and Fun and that is on the 25th of December - Christmas Day. So whether you are fortunate enough to celebrate a 'White Christmas' or not, we can all agree the movies are a very important (non)tradition during the season. Hollywood continues to churn out Christmas movies every year, and it has come a long way since the first one released in 1898.

Christmas themed movies circle around almost every genre - Comedy, Action, Drama, Family and Silent (yes silent). So with 25 days to go till Christmas, BREAKTHROUGH Xclusive has taken it upon themselves to compile a list of the 25 best Christmas themed movies ever made.

25. Santa Claus 
  • Year: 1898
  • Genre: Silent Drama 
  • Starring: Laura Bayley, Harold Smith & Dorothy Smith
  • Why: The first Christmas movie ever made, do we need another reason?

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24. The best man holiday
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Comedy drama
  • Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall & Nia Long
  • Why: When friendship goes way beyond the wedding party.

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23. Trading Places
  • Year: 1983
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd & Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Why: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

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22.The Last Holiday
  • Year: 2006
  • Genre: Romantic comedy    
  • Starring: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J & Gerard Depardieu
  • Why: Reminds you not to wait till the last day to live.

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21. Friday after next
  • Year: 2002
  • Genre: Adult comedy
  • Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps & Kat Williams
  • Why: The back and forth between the two main characters is hilarious.

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20. Just Friends
  • Year: 2005
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart & Anna Faris
  • Why: You can take the dude out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the dude.

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19. A very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Adult comedy
  • Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn & Neil Patrick Harris
  • Why: A Christmas disaster started and ended by friendship.

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18. Love Actually 
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth & Keira Knightley 
  • Why: Makes you believe that love awaits when you least expect it.

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17. Arthur Christmas
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Fantasy animation   
  • Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie & Bill Nighy
  • Why: A miracle always goes the extra mile to find you.

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16. Die Hard
  • Year: 1988
  • Genre: Action thriller
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman & Alexander Godunov
  • Why: Explosions & guns - no Christmas trees were hurt!

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15. The Star
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Animation comedy
  • Starring : Zachary Levi, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry & Keegan-Michael Key
  • Why: With friends like these who needs enemies.

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14. A Christmas carol
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Animation tragicomedy
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth & Robin Wright Penn 
  • Why: A fresh take on the classic 1843 Dickens' novel reminds us that old school values still matter in a modern day world.

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13. Home Alone 3
  • Year: 1997
  • Genre: Family comedy
  • Starring: Alex D. Linz & Haviland Morris,
  • Why: What's not to like about an adorable little suburban boy who outsmarts international terrorists.

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12. The Knight before Christmas 
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse & Emmanuelle Chriqui
  • Why: Every girl dreams of a prince on a white horse: the horse went missing, the knight was very cute.

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11. Fred Claus
  • Year: 2007
  • Genre: Fantasy comedy
  • Starring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti & Elizabeth Banks
  • Why: Not everything is as easy as it looks, especially if Christmas is at stake.

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10. The Christmas Chronicles 2
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Comedy adventure
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn & Tyrese Gibson
  • Why: Awesome graphics - a beauty to watch!

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9. How the Grinch stole Christmas 
  • Year: 2000
  • Genre: Fantasy comedy
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor & Christine Baranski
  • Why: It's kind of hard to hate the grinch when he is played by Jim Carrey, isn't it?


8. Holidate
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Starring: Emma Roberts & Luke Bracey
  • Why: Desperate holiday times call for desperate holiday actions.


7. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Year: 1992
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern
  • Why: What is better than Christmas in New York? Oh, and a cameo appearance of Donald J Trump before he became President Trump!

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6. Office Christmas party
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller & Jennifer Aniston
  • Why: HR's nightmare turned into the company's greatest success - the ultimate team building. 

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5. Jack Frost
  • Year: 1998
  • Genre: Dark fantasy drama
  • Starring: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston & Mark Addy
  • Why: A father who gets a second chance to become the world's coolest dad.

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4. Daddy's Home 2
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Cena & Mel Gibson
  • Why: Too many dads spoil the eggnog.

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3. Deck the halls 
  • Year: 2006
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick & Kristin Davis
  • Why: Despite having bombed at the box office, this Christmas flick won the hearts of all Danny DeVito fans. While the movie is based on a Christmas competition between new neighbors, it lights up the smiles of the entire town and ultimately patches up all the differences on Christmas Day. 
  • Fun Fact: The alternative title for the movie was "Wreck the halls".

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2. Home Alone 1
  • Year: 1990
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern
  • Why: This Christmas classic is a unique tale of family, frivolity and forgetfulness, where Macaulay Culkin portrayed every kid's dream come true, minus the bandits. It also serves as a kind reminder that kids are smarter than you think. The movie was a huge success and is the third highest grossing film of all time.  
  • Fun Fact : The Tarantula on Daniel Sterns face is real, CGI was not yet invented in 1990.

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1. Elf
  • Year: 2003
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan & Zooey Deschanel
  • Why: It is a consummate Christmas movie combining the best elements of the North Pole and New York City with an incredible performance by Will Ferrell that will have you in stitches, if not tears (the hilarious kind). On top of that, it offers a buffet of storylines touching on family, romance, humanity and the magic of Christmas.
  • Fun Fact: The writers originally wanted Jim Carrey to be the lead actor.


By Fabian J Martin, Elena Solina