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The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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!

The Best Movies Released Christmas Day Films
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

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    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

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    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

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    Madonna, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis

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    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

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    Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper

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