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The Best '50s Christmas Movies 

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Updated December 11, 2019 504 votes 136 voters 4.8k views 11 items

List Rules Vote up films released in the '50s where the Christmas season is a main theme of the film

The weather outside is frightful, but the best '50s Christmas movies are here to keep you warm and cozy during the cold November and December months. The modern tradition of watching holiday films next to a roaring fire, surrounded by loved ones dates all the way back to the birth of cinema. Each year, holiday movies are released in order to celebrate that magical time of year when families gather together, exchange gifts, and enjoy Christmas films from all decades.

So what are the top ‘50s Christmas movies? There were only a handful of Christmas movies released in the 1950s that earned a spot on this list, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some classics in the bunch. For instance, there’s 1954’s White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and featuring the musical stylings of Irving Berlin. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz, the Oscar-winning director of Casablanca. Curtiz also directed the ensemble comedy We’re No Angels, released in 1955. Featuring heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart and Basil Rathbone, the film was one of the year’s top box office hits.

Here, you’ll also find an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in the form of 1951’s Scrooge. Vote up the best '50s Christmas movies!

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
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White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film Holiday Inn. Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the earlier film. Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film is notable for being the first to be released in VistaVision, a widescreen process developed by Paramount that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film; this large-area negative was used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35mm prints. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, + more

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
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Scrooge is a 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the United States. The film also features Kathleen Harrison in an acclaimed turn as Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's charwoman. George Cole stars as the younger version of Scrooge, Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit, Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins, a debtor, Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin, a role created for the film, Ernest Thesiger as Marley's undertaker and Patrick Macnee as young Jacob Marley. Michael Hordern plays Marley's ghost, as well ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Michael Hordern, Hermione Baddeley, + more

Released: 1951

Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst

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We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
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We're No Angels is a 1955 Christmas comedy film starring an ensemble cast of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll. Shot in both VistaVision and Technicolor, the Paramount Studios production was directed by Michael Curtiz, who had directed Bogart in Casablanca when both were under contract to Warner Brothers. It is one of Bogart's rare comedies. The screenplay was written by Ranald MacDougall, based on the play My Three Angels by Samuel and Bella Spewack, itself was based upon the French play La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll, + more

Released: 1955

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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The Great Rupert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
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The Great Rupert, is a 1950 comedy family film, produced by George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel and starring Jimmy Durante, Tom Drake and Terry Moore. It is based on a story, written by Ted Allan, which has also been published as a children's book under the title "Willie the Squowse". The story revolves around a little animated squirrel who, with lots of charm, accidentally helps two economically distressed families overcome their obstacles. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Terry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Sara Haden, Tom Drake, Frank Orth, + more

Released: 1950

Directed by: Irving Pichel

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