The Best Movies Released Christmas Day Films

The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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List Criteria: Only movies initially released (or wide-released) in theaters in the USA on December 25th.

What are the best movies released on Christmas Day? In recent years, December 25 movie releases have become more and more popular, as millions of movie goers seek peace on Earth in quiet movie theaters, away from the hustle, bustle and crazy relatives. Yes, a Christmas Day movie is becoming a huge tradition for many. Major movies are often released around Christmas, but which ones were actually released on the holiday itself? This list includes some of the biggest films that came out on Christmas, so vote for your favorites and vote down any movies you didn't like.

The tradition of major films being released on or around Christmas day really kicked into high gear in the 1990s. Prior to this, a handful of big films had December 25 release dates, but usually only if that date fell on a Friday. Still, going back a few decades, one can find some incredibly brilliant Christmas day film releases, including 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962), 'The Sting' (1973) and 'Empire of the Sun' (1987).

Just because a film is released on Christmas Day, doesn't mean it has a holiday feel-good theme. In fact, it may be just the opposite. Perhaps distributors realize that some people are totally burned out on the whole holiday warm and fuzzy stuff by Christmas night? Films like 'Children of Men,' 'Hoffa' and 'The Godfather Part III' all came out on Christmas Day -- all decidedly non-joyous flicks.

The gifts are opened, the food's been consumed and the football's been watched. What else to do? Sit in a nice, dark theater, sneak in some of the candy Santa brought you, and kick back with a great Christmas Day movie release, of course. Ho ho ho!


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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    The Sting


    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    - 48
    Catch Me If You Can


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    + 147
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    Django Unchained


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    - 44
    Sherlock Holmes


    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Children of Men


    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    As Good as It Gets


    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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    - 25
    The Sword in the Stone


    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

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    The Thin Red Line


    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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  12. 12
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    - 40
    Les Misérables


    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    + 54
    - 46
    The Illusionist


    Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

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  15. 15
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    - 36
    Grumpy Old Men

    ranked low on reranks
    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    - 37
    The Bucket List


    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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    + 57
    - 33
    The Aviator


    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

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    Magnolia


    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Frost/Nixon

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen

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    Hoffa


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton

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    - 6


    Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ranked low on reranks & added by Rolling Stone Lists
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    + 30
    - 13
    Galaxy Quest

    ranked low on reranks & added by Logan2011
    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    + 36
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    The People vs. Larry Flynt


    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    + 37
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    Empire of the Sun


    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    - 18
    Jackie Brown

    added by Logan2011
    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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    Patch Adams


    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell

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    - 31
    Chaplin


    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

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    + 13
    - 25
    Stepmom

    added by Logan2011
    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

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    + 31
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    Ali


    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    + 14
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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    ranked low on reranks & added by ejlinehan
    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

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    + 24
    - 39
    Four Rooms


    Madonna, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis

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    + 25
    - 37
    Match Point


    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

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    + 24
    - 36
    War Horse


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    + 23
    - 34
    Altered States


    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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    + 30
    - 51
    The Godfather Part III


    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    + 13
    - 14
    Michael

    added by Logan2011
    John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

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  39. 39
    + 17
    - 39
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

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  40. 40
    + 20
    - 34
    The Jungle Book


    Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill

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    + 9
    - 11
    47 Ronin

    added by Rolling Stone Lists
    Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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  42. 42
    + 18
    - 38
    It's Complicated


    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

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  43. 43
    + 8
    - 13
    The Faculty

    added by Logan2011
    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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  44. 44
    + 1
    - 5

    added by Logan2011
    Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott

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  45. 45
    + 2
    - 7

    added by Logan2011
    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    No image

    added by Logan2011
    Macaulay Culkin, Claudia Schiffer, Reggie Jackson

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  47. 47
    + 1
    - 6

    added by Logan2011
    Gerard Butler, Jeri Ryan, Nathan Fillion

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  48. 48
    + 1
    - 6

    added by Logan2011
    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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  49. 49
    + 15
    - 39
    Kate & Leopold


    Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber

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  50. 50
    + 17
    - 42
    Evita


    Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper

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