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Christmas is approaching, so here is CinemaFriend’s list of Best Modern Christmas films so far… (by Christmas film we mean a film of any genre -not an animated one- that takes place during Christmas time).

Scrooge (1970) – Drama, Family

Trading Places (1983) – Comedy

A Christmas Story (1983) – Comedy

Gremlins (1984) – Comedy, Horror

Scrooged (1988) – Comedy, Drama

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) – Comedy, Family

Die Hard (1988) – Adventure

Christmas Vacation (1989) – Comedy

Home Alone (1990) – Comedy, Family

Die Hard 2 (1990) – Adventure

Batman Returns (1992) – Adventure

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Comedy, Family

Miracle on the 34th Street (1994) – Drama, Family

The Santa Clause (1994) – Comedy, Family

While You Were Sleeping (1995) –  Comedy, Romance

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Comedy, Family

The Family Man (2000) – Comedy, Romance

Bad Santa (2003) – Comedy

Elf (2003) – Comedy, Family

Love Actually (2003) – Comedy, Romance

Noel (2004) – Drama

Joyeux Noel (2005) – Drama

The Family Stone (2005) – Comedy, Romance

The Holiday (2006) – Comedy, Romance

Four Christmases (2008) – Comedy, Romance

PS. #1 There are also movies which take place at New Year’s Eve (the whole film or a part of it):

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

New Year’s Eve (2011)

PS. #2 There are some family movies which don’t take place during Christmas time but are very suitable for these days:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – Adventure, Family

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) – Adventure, Family

The Golden Compass (2007) – Adventure, Family

See also:

Best Classic Christmas Movies

Best Animated Christmas Movies

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