What are the 10 best Christmas movies

A must every year: The 10 best Christmas films of all time

Just in time for the run-up to Christmas, the time of comfort begins again, which is full of rituals. Baking cookies, drinking mulled wine and listening to Christmas carols are on the program for many for the Advent season. Of course, the cozy evenings in front of the TV should not be missing here. Preferably with films that we have associated with Christmas - often since childhood. These old and new classics trigger a cozy feeling and are like a beautiful place that you want to visit again and again.

Since going to beautiful places and meeting friends and family has become more difficult in 2020, the television and the Internet offer a good opportunity to escape from everyday life. Many activities outside of the home that we had taken for granted for a long time have moved in front of the screen. Meetings with colleagues are becoming video conferences, events are streamed and are now predominantly digital instead of analog. Leisure activities are also being relocated to the living room: instead of yoga in the fitness studio, there is a suitable app for the tablet, the vacation to Monte Carlo becomes a visit to a Swiss online casino and the cooking course is replaced with YouTube chefs.

So we are all happy that at least with the tried and tested Christmas series and film classics, some habit is being introduced again. At Christmas, especially this year, the motto is: “Full dose of nostalgia and well-being”. With these 10 films it is guaranteed to succeed.


1. Kevin - Home Alone

The story of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, who is forgotten at home by his family over the Christmas holidays, is practically a centerpiece of pre-Christmas pop culture and even 30 years later still provides material for memes and inside jokes. While the family only noticed on the plane to Paris that they had forgotten Kevin at home, Kevin had to defend the family residence from bandits.


2. Kevin - Alone in New York

In the second "Kevin" film with Macaulay Culkin, little Kevin has to face dangers again. He gets on the wrong plane and lands in New York instead of Florida like his family. There he meets again the monsters who wanted to rob his house in the first film and has to defend himself in the unknown city.


3. Love, in fact

The movie “Love Actually” is 17 years old and die-hard fans have seen it at least as often. The star ensemble around Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and the late Alan Rickman ensures the Christmas spirit and a feel-good atmosphere. Many different love stories run parallel in the film and are about breakups, new beginnings and lots of hope. An absolute must in the run-up to Christmas!


4. Love doesn't need a vacation

When Cameron Diaz aka Amanda and Kate Winslet aka Iris swap houses over the Christmas holidays to get over failed relationships, great feelings are inevitable. What both women hadn't considered is that there are also men in the other place. Iris brother (played by Jude Law) becomes an object of desire for Amanda and Iris gets to know the nice Miles (Jack Black). And one of the most beautiful Christmas romances is already taking its course.


5. Three hazelnuts for cinderella

The film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”, shot in what was then Czechoslovakia, has been part of the Christmas program of several TV stations for over 40 years. The classic fairy tale of Cinderella is given a special note here by three hazelnuts and their magical content. As soon as the first notes of the film music sound and the snow-covered landscape appears on the screen, the winter and Christmas atmosphere is guaranteed.


6. The miracle of Manhattan

“The Miracle of Manhattan” is also particularly easy to watch with children. It's about little Susan, who doesn't believe in Santa Claus, but then meets Kris Kringle. A man who claims to be the real Santa Claus. She wants something unusual from him and has to wait until the end of the film to see if this wish will really come true.


7. Nice presents: Help, it's getting very Christmassy

The slapstick comedy "Schöne Bescherung" with Chevy Chase should not be missing in the cult collection either. The house full of Christmas lights, the bizarre relatives, the huge Christmas tree and the big puzzle about the Christmas bonus. The 80s charm makes the film wonderfully amiable. A little weird, it leaves you in a good mood as well as a cozy, pre-Christmas feeling.


8. The little lord

Just like “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”, “The Little Lord” is an integral part of German Christmas TV. The fate of eight-year-old Cedric, who surprisingly learns that he belongs to an old British aristocratic family, has already softened the hearts of several generations at Advent. The boy is brought to England one day by his grandfather, who at first is not particularly fond of his grandson, but a heartfelt bond develops over the course of the film. The cult classic usually runs a few days before Christmas Eve at prime time at 8:15 p.m.


9. The Stone Family - No engagements

This somewhat newer cult film (2005) shines - similar to Love Actually - with a real star cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton and Luke Willson are among the party. The story revolves around Everett Stone, who spends Christmas with the family like every year. This time, however, he brings his new partner Meredith with him, who is not particularly popular with the family. Meredith invites her sister Julie to support her, so that the romantic and family twists and turns take their course.


10. The polar express

The computer-animated film is not only, as one might at first suspect, suitable for children alone, but also offers entertainment for the whole family. Polar Express with Tom Hanks in the leading role is about a boy who, instead of Santa's sleigh, finds the Polar Express in front of his door shortly before Christmas and promptly gets on. He embarks on an exciting and wondrous journey to the North Pole and gets to know many interesting characters on board.