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The Best '00s Christmas Movies 

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Updated December 16, 2019 2.8k votes 510 voters 12k views 41 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite Xmas films that were released in the 2000s

The best 2000’s Christmas movies are full of family fun, Yuletide romance, black comedy, and a dash of holiday horror. The '00s paved the way for hilarious Christmas feature films, as well as a few adorably cheesy Christmas rom-coms. 

As far as Christmas rom-coms, this list features several beloved films, including Love Actually (starring Hugh Grant) and The Family Stone. Billy Bob Thornton shows us the other side of Christmas in the raunchy comedy Bad Santa, also featured on this list of the top 2000s Christmas movies. Billy Bob also stars in another Christmas black comedy. Co-written by Pulitzer-winning novelist Richard Russo and directed by the late Harold Ramis, The Ice Harvest is one of the funniest and best 2000s Christmas films.

Also on this list you’ll find Reindeer Games, legendary director Jonathan Frankenheimer’s last theatrically-released movie. Vote up the best '00s Christmas movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Re... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Moranis

Released: 2001

Directed by: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys is a 2001 computer-animated feature film directed by Bill Kowalchuk for GoodTimes Entertainment. It was released on video and DVD on ...more

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Mickey's Twice Upon a Ch... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Kellie Martin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Matthew O'Callaghan, Carole Holliday, Theresa Cullen

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a 2004 computer-animated direct-to-video fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Disney Toon Studios and the sequel to 1999's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. The ...more

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It's a Very Merry Muppet... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Mel Brooks

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kirk R. Thatcher

It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is a 2002 NBC television film, directed by Kirk Thatcher and written by Tom Martin and Jim Lewis and stars Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Joan Cusack, ...more
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Mickey's Magical Christm... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
John Cleese, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 2001

Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

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Eloise At Christmastime ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Julie Andrews, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Eloise at Christmastime is a live-action film based on the 1958 book of the same name written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. The film was produced by Handmade Films and DiNovi ...more
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Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
maura-quast added Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ...more

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Recess Christmas: Miracl... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
James Earl Jones, Dick Clark, Michael McKean

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chuck Sheetz, Susie Dietter

Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street is a Disney direct-to-video animated film, released to VHS on November 6, 2001. It is a compilation of four unrelated episodes of the Recess TV series, ...more
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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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Prep and Landing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Sarah Chalke
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'Twas the Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Doris Day, Macy Gray

Released: 2002

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The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Lembeck

The Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the second installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause. It was filmed ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens ...more

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Holiday Heart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Alfre Woodard, Ving Rhames, Mykelti Williamson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Townsend

Holiday Heart is a 2000 TV movie starring Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, and Mykelti Williamson. It was directed by Robert Townsend, aired on the cable TV channel Showtime, and was distributed on ...more

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Christmas with the Krank... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Roth

Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It was directed by Joe Roth with a screenplay by Chris Columbus, ...more
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Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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I Want a Dog for Christm... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Jimmy Bennett, Bill Melendez, Ashley Rose Orr

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bill Melendez, Larry Leichliter

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is one of the Peanuts made-for-television specials. The special first aired on ABC on December 9, 2003. It was released to DVD and VHS by Paramount on ...more
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Fred Claus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Dobkin

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Casper's Haunted Christm... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Brad Garrett

Released: 2000

Directed by: Owen Hurley

Casper's Haunted Christmas is a 2000 direct-to-video film produced by Harvey Comics and Mainframe Entertainment and released by Universal Studios Home Video on October 31, 2000. Unlike its ...more
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Unaccompanied Minors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling, Teri Garr

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul Feig

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Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Seth Gordon

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The Ice Harvest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Quaid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Harold Ramis

The Ice Harvest is a 2005 thriller comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, based on the novel of the same name by Scott Phillips. It stars John ...more
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Noel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Christmas Movies
Penélope Cruz, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2004

Directed by: Chazz Palminteri

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