While it can be great to watch a good Christmas movie to put you in the festive mood and bring a bit of cheer into the home during this particularly challenging Christmas, finding a good Christmas movie is hard.
There are classics out there, but you have probably seen them a hundred times. And, there are also some really, really terrible Christmas movies out there.
Don’t worry, we have filtered through what is out there on the streaming services and narrowed it down to the best options. Check out the best Christmas movies on Netflix here, and Hulu users should look here.
But for Amazon Prime subscribers, here is your definitive list.
While Will Ferrell’s comedy can be a bit much, he hits just the right note in this Christmas treat that can be enjoyed by adults and children together.
Ferrell is a human orphan that was adopted by one of Santa’s elves as a baby and grew up in Christmas land. But one day he decides to find his real father, who turns out to be a classic Scrooge character. Can he transform him with his good cheer?
The Grinch (2018)
This is one of two Grinch films on this list, which is deserving because Dr Seuss has created the perfect Christmas character.
This animated feature tells the classic story. The Grinch doesn’t like Christmas, so he decides to destroy the Christmas of the happy people in his neighboring village by stealing all their Christmas stuff. But he learns that Christmas is about much more than just presents and decorations.
Home Alone (1990)
There is no more Christmas film like the original Home Alone film, except perhaps Home Alone 2 and Die Hard.
Today we are left wondering how parents could accidentally fly off on a Christmas break and leave one of their kids at home. While the premise is unbelievable, the antics are fun, and there is just the right amount of Christmas heart.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This movie features Jim Carrey in the star role, and he does a fantastic job of bringing the grumpy but loveable green monster to life.
The poetic lines of the book are worked perfectly into the dialogue, and the film gets to the heart of the story without being too sappy. It is hard to believe that it is Taylor Momsen that plays the adorable child at the center of the story.
Last Christmas (2019)
It is enjoyable to see Emilia Clarke stretching her acting muscles outside the world of Game of Thrones.
She plays a woman whose life feels surreal after a major health crisis. She is now working in a Christmas store despite being very disillusioned about the holiday. She meets a man, played by Henry Golding, who starts to teach her how to open up again. Of course, it all happens at Christmas.
Office Christmas Party (2016)
The office Christmas party is an annual right of passage, which always involves a bit too much booze, loose tongues, and someone regretting something.
This movie perfectly plays on these fears. It stars a great ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and Jennifer Aniston. Of course, there is also an important business deal on the table behind the scenes, and someone must choose between winning and doing what is right (this is a Christmas movie).
If you prefer your Christmas films a bit less festive, check out this comedy-horror starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.
As a dysfunctional family argues over Christmas, their son unwittingly calls on a Christmas demon to come and help show them the spirit of Christmas, or else.
Love Actually (2003)
While it is difficult to discuss this movie with anyone without debating how deeply flawed the characters in this movie are and some of the really horrible things that they do, it is still good fun.
Follow a collection of characters as they seek out love, all culminating at Christmas. Starring Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, and probably every other British actor that you can name.
The Polar Express (2004)
This is a live-motion capture animation film that brings the 1985 Children’s book of the same name to life.
On Christmas Eve a young boy encounters a train on its way to the North Pole outside his house. He is invited on board with some other children to visit Santa (stranger danger anyone). Naturally, at some point, the children will need to save Christmas.
The Snowman (1982)
This is a beloved Children’s classic for 40 years and is an easy way to put the household in the mood, even if it’s only on in the background.
Based on the book of the same name, the story is told through image and sound, and is wordless except for the central theme song Walking in the Air.
What To Watch Next?
After Christmas, if you are looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020 and hello to a new (and hopefully better) year, why not indulge in some laughs. Check out our list of the best comedy movies on Prime. If you are feeling more sentimental, then why not try these good romance films on Prime.