The Best Movies Released Christmas Day Films

The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

4.5k votes 428 voters 50k views 66 items tags f p @

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!
List Photo: user uploaded image
  • 8 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 135
    - 37
    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  2. 2
    + 121
    - 36
    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

    ;
  3. 3
    + 139
    - 48
    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

    ;
  4. 4
    + 148
    - 55
    Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

    ;
  5. 5
    + 113
    - 45
    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    ;
  6. 6
    + 116
    - 35


    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

    ;
  7. 7
    + 87
    - 43
    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

    ;
  8. 8
    + 76
    - 46
    The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

    ;
  9. 9
    + 66
    - 25
    The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

    ;
  10. 10
    + 77
    - 44
    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

    ;
  11. 11
    + 61
    - 38
    The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

    ;
  12. 12
    + 73
    - 40
    Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman

    ;
  13. 13
    + 50
    - 45
    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

    ;
  14. 14
    + 54
    - 47
    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Tom Urie, Raymond Mearns, Paul Bandey

    ;
  15. 15
    + 49
    - 37
    The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

    ;
  16. 16
    + 64
    - 37
    Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  17. 17
    + 58
    - 33
    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

    ;
  18. 18
    + 59
    - 43
    Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    ;
  19. 19
    + 43
    - 47
    Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen

    ;
  20. 20
    + 36
    - 49
    Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton

    ;
  21. 21
    + 29
    - 11
    The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    added by Rolling Stone Lists
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

    ;
  22. 22
    + 31
    - 13
    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  23. 23
    + 12
    - 7


    Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

    ;
  24. 24
    + 36
    - 41
    The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson

    ;
  25. 25
    + 37
    - 37
    Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

    ;
  26. 26
    + 20
    - 19
    Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  27. 27
    + 33
    - 59
    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

    ;
  28. 28
    + 27
    - 31
    Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

    ;
  29. 29
    + 22
    - 47
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parn... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell

    ;
  30. 30
    + 31
    - 41
    Ali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

    ;
  31. 31
    + 13
    - 26
    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    added by Logan2011
    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

    ;
  32. 32
    + 14
    - 11
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  33. 33
    + 24
    - 40
    Four Rooms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Madonna, Salma Hayek, Bruce Willis

    ;
  34. 34
    + 25
    - 38
    Match Point is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

    ;
  35. 35
    + 24
    - 37
    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

    ;
  36. 36
    + 23
    - 35
    Altered States is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

    ;
  37. 37
    + 30
    - 52
    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

    ;
  38. 38
    + 17
    - 40
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

    ;
  39. 39
    + 13
    - 15
    Michael is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    added by Logan2011
    John Travolta, Carla Gugino, Andie MacDowell

    ;
  40. 40
    + 20
    - 35
    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill

    ;
  41. 41
    + 9
    - 12
    47 Ronin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

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

    ;
  42. 42
    + 18
    - 39
    It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

    ;
  43. 43
    + 8
    - 14
    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day

    added by Logan2011
    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

    ;
  44. 44
    + 2
    - 7

    added by Logan2011
    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

    ;
  45. 45
    + 1
    - 6

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

    ;
  46. 46
    + 15
    - 40
    Kate & Leopold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber

    ;
  47. 47
    + 17
    - 43
    Evita is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Billie Piper

    ;
  48. 48
    + 16
    - 44
    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Req... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Kristen Hager, Sam Trammell, Reiko Aylesworth

    ;
  49. 49
    + 11
    - 36
    I.Q. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Released Christmas Day


    Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Stephen Fry

    ;
  50. 50
    + 1
    - 7

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

    ;
67 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >