10 Must See Movies This Christmas

10 must see movies this christmas

Movie Suggestions: 10 Must See Movies This Christmas

It’s Christmas and we at Popcorn Cinema Show thought it was time to pick a few great movies to watch and get us in the mood for all the festivites. Well here are 10 must see movies this Christmas for you to consider.

Scrooge (1951)

  • Produced and Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
  • Running Time 86 Mins
  • Music by Richard Addinsell
  • Starring Alastair Sim ; Mervyn Johns ; Michael Hordern ; George Cole

Scrooge (1951) starring the great Alastair Sim, based on one of best Christmas stories of all time, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

There are many versions of this classic tale but none in my opinion quite capure the mood and atmosphere of the Alastair Sim film.

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Take a look at the original 1951 trailer

Scrooge (1951) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

scrooge aka a christmas carol

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

  • Directed by Frank Capra
  • Written by Frances Goodrich ; Albert Hackett ; Frank Capra
  • Running Time 130 Mins
  • Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Starring James Stewart ; Donna Reed ; Lionel Barrymore ; Thomas Mitchell ; Henry Travers

What 10 Must See Movies This Christmas list would be complete without the classic It’s A Wonderful Life? George Bailey (James Stewart) has reached the end of the line with no way out, enter Clarence an Angel yet to earn his wings to show George the true worth of his life. 

A genuine Christmas classic that is enjoyed by many each year. Great stuff…

Take a look at the original 1951 trailer

or maybe you prefer the 2012 trailer

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

  • Directed by Jeremiah Chechik
  • Written by John Hughes
  • Running Time 93 Mins
  • Music by Angelo Badalamenti
  • Starring Chevy Chase ; Beverly D’Angelo ; Randy Quaid ; Johnny Galecki ; Juliette Lewis

It’s Christmas so that means it’s time to spend some time with the Griswalds!  This outing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, sees Clark Griswald (Chevy Chase) on a mission to have the perfect Christmas, with all the family generations coming together at Clark’s home. 

Alas you know all will not go well and what a ride we are taken on. Right from the beginning when the Griswalds are on their way to choose the tree we are treated to some great comedy car action.

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Take a look at the original 1989 trailer

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

  • Directed by Henry Koster
  • Based on The Bishop’s Wife by Robert Nathan
  • Running Time 109 Mins B/W
  • Music by Hugo Friedhofer
  • Starring Cary Grant ; Loretta Young ; David Niven 

Starring Cary Grant as Dudley an Angel sent to help Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who has lost touch with what really matters in life. 

The Bishop is struggling to raise enough money to build a new cathedral.  In fact the catherdral is all consuming leaving his wife Julia (Loretta Young) wondering what has happened to the man she fell in love with.

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Take a look at the original 1947 non-trailer

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Gremlins (1984)

  • Directed by Joe Dante
  • Executive Producer Steven Spielberg
  • Written by Chris Columbus
  • Running Time 106 Mins
  • Music by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Starring Zach Galligan ; Phoebe Cates ; Hoyt Axton
  • Frances Lee McCain ; Polly Holliday ; Corey Feldman

When Billy Peltzer receives a Christmas present from his father he finds he has a new pet, a mogwai named Gizmo.  But his new friend comes with rules such don’t put him in sunlight, don’t get him wet and most important of all, don’t feed him after midnight. 

You know it’s only a matter of time before one or more of these rules are broken, let the fun begin…

Take a look at the original trailer

Gremlins (1984) is available now on 4K, blu-ray & DVD


Halfway through my 10 Must See Movies This Christmas and there still some crackers to come (pun intended)

Santa Claus The Movie (1985)

  • Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
  • Written by David Newman & Leslie Newman
  • Running Time 108 Mins
  • Music Score by Henry Mancini
  • Starring Dudley Moore ; John Lithgow ; David Huddleston
  • Judy Cornwell ; Burgess Meredith ; Don Estelle

This had to be on the list of 10 Must See Movies This Christmas, perfect for all family, ideal for Christmas Eve viewing.  Santa has a corporate rival who’s wants put an end to him.

Take a look at the original 1985 trailer

Santa Claus The Movie (1985) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

Santa Claus - The Movie (1985)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

  • Directed by Brian Henson
  • Based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
  • Running Time 86 Mins
  • Music by Miles Goodman
  • Starring Michael Caine ; Steven Mackintosh ; Meredith Braun
  • Robin Weaver ; Jessica Fox

Who doesn’t like the Muppets?  The good news they are bang on form in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992).  Gonzo narrates as Charles Dickens.

Scrooge is played by Michael Caine and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit.  But what about Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear?  They play Emily Cratchit and Fozziwig respectively.

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Take a look at the original 1992 trailer

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Die Hard (1988)

  • Directed by John McTiernan
  • Written by Steven E. de Souza & Jeb Stuart
  • Running Time 132 Mins
  • Music Score by Michael Kamen
  • Starring Bruce Willis ; Alan Rickman ; Alexander Godunov ; Bonnie Bedelia

Time to up the action this Christmas and what better way than to watch Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988).  Plenty of action, gunfire and explosions all set at Christmas at the Nakatomi Plaza building during an office party. 

John McClane of the NYPD just happens to be meeting his wife when all hell breaks out, great stuff!!!

Take a look at the trailer, like you have not seen this movie many many times , you are probably quoting lines right now…

Die Hard (1988) is available now on 4K, blu-ray & DVD

Die Hard (1988)

Scrooged (1988)

  • Directed by Richard Donner
  • Based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
  • Running Time 111 Mins
  • Music by Danny Elfman
  • Starring Bill Murray ; Karen Allen ; John Forsythe ; Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Carol Kane ; Robert Mitchum ; Michael J. Pollard ; Alfre Woodard

Bill Murray plays a top TV executive in charge of running the station and it’s Christmas and that means a live show.  Yes this is the wacky comedy version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol so you probably already know the story. 

However this is the comedy version and Bill Murray puts in an outstanding performance making this a truly great watch.

Check out the trailer

Scrooged (1988) is available now on blu-ray & DVD.

Scrooged (1988)

The Snowman (1982)

  • Directed by Dianne Jackson
  • Running Time 27 Mins
  • Written by Raymond Briggs
  • Music by Howard Blake
  • Walking in the Air sung by Peter Auty

If you from the UK The Snowman is a must watch every Christmas, it’s simply magical.  It’s an animated film about a boy who makes a snowman that comes to life and takes him on a wondrous adventure. 

It’s only 27 mins long and made for TV but this is indeed a MUST SEE this and every Christmas!

Good news if you live in the UK it is being shown on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on Channel 4, enjoy.

There’s no trailer so take a look at this clip…

The Snowman (1982) is available now on blu-ray & DVD

The Snowman (1982)

Those are our 10 Must See Movies This Christmas. We hope you get around to seeing some if not all of the movies on the list this Christmas. All that remains is to wish you all


Let us know in the comments which Christmas films you intend to watch this year.

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