Fabulous Christmas Movie Decades Bonanza

A list of 25 must-see, unknown or simply underrated Christmas movie gems. 

A List Like No Other

  • If you are tired of the same movies year after year discover here titles that will  delight you.
  • You won't find this list anywhere else; I've compiled a dream of a list unlike any other!
  • Each title has been cherry-picked and is either a must-see, underrated or an unknown gem.
  • There is something for every member of the family. So make sure to wrap up and enjoy!

Hi, I’m David Appleford. Everyone knows the seasonal classics, but here you’ll find films that may have slipped under your yuletide radar. Happy viewing and Merry Christmas.

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Redefining the Christmas movie list.

Look at the broad yuletide spectrum of Hollywood and big screen Christmas movies and you’ll see a pattern. A handful of classics from the 40's and 50's, no real interest in the 60's, questionable quality in the 70's, a breakthrough in the 80's, and a steady stream in the 90's, even if the quality remained absent. Then came the new millennium and things were different.

Decade after decade, we have seen a wonderful plethora of Christmas movies that don't seem make it to today's tiresome lists. Ready for your Christmas movie feast? 

The List You Won't Find Anywhere Else.
50 Years of
Absolute Delight!

***Each section links to an article PACKED with David’s unique insights!***

Pulling Out Some Crackers


1. Babes in Toyland (1961)
2. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
4. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
5. The Christmas that Almost Wasn't (1966)

Bleak Midwinter's


1. Scrooge (1970)
2. Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)
3. Black Christmas (1974)
4. Blue Christmas (1978)
5. An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas

Dreams of Falling Snow and Flying Reindeers


1. A Christmas Story (1983)
2. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983)
3. The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1984)
5. Prancer (1989)

Fruit, Nuts & a Good Date


1. All I Want For Christmas (1991)
2. A Midnight Clear (1992)
3. Mixed Nuts (1994)
4. Trapped in Paradise (1994)
5. Jack Frost (1998)

Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas

Good or Bad Santa?


1. The Family Man (2000)
2. Bad Santa (2003)
3. Joyeux Noël (2005)
4. The Family Stone (2005)
5. This Christmas (2007)

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David Appleford
Film, Theatre, Radio & TV Critic

About David Appleford

David Appleford has reported on films and theatre at radio and TV stations around the United States since the early eighties. Originally from Essex, England, David moved to the United States in 1982 to write film and theatre reviews plus articles for local magazines. He is a published playwright and has won several entertainment awards. David is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle, the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the American Theatre Critics Association. 

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