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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Catch Me If You Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Sherlock Holmes Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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    The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Sword in the Stone Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

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    The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Les Misérables Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Illusionist Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

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    The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Bucket List Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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    Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Grumpy Old Men Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Aviator Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

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    Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Magnolia Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen

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    Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Hoffa Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

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    The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The People vs. Larry Flynt Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

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    Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Jackie Brown Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Chaplin Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parn... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell

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    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

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    Ali is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

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    Four Rooms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Four Rooms Madonna, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis

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    Match Point is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Match Point Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    Altered States is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Altered States Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    The Godfather Part III Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

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    Michael is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill

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    47 Ronin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    47 Ronin Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

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    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Tom Everett Scott

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    Kate & Leopold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Kate & Leopold Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber

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    Evita is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Evita Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper

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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Req... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem Kristen Hager, Sam Trammell, Reiko Aylesworth

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    I.Q. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

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    The Postman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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    The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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