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Best Movies The Best '50s Christmas Movies  

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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 wthat 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, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney 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 ...more

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Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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. ...more

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The Great Rupert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Terry Moore, Jimmy Durante, Sara Haden Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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 ...more

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We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone 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 ...more

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The Lemon Drop Kid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Bob Hope, Ann Sheridan, Lloyd Nolan The Lemon Drop Kid is a 1951 comedy film based on the short story of the same name by Damon Runyon, starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. Although Sidney Lanfield is credited as the director, ...more

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Desk Set is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more

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Susan Slept Here is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Red Skelton Susan Slept Here is a 1954 American romantic comedy film starring Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds. Shot in Technicolor, the film was based on the play of the same name by Steve Fisher and Alex ...more

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The Holly and the Ivy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton The Holly and the Ivy is a 1952 British drama film directed by George More O'Ferrall and produced by Anatole de Grunwald. Adapted from a play by Wynyard Browne, it is about an English clergyman ...more

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Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
José Elías Moreno, Amando Arriola, Jose Luis Aguirre Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial When Lucifer sends a demon to ruin Christmas by killing Santa, the jolly gift-giver joins forces with his trusted ally, Merlin the Wizard. Together, they set out to stop the wicked demon from ...more

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Father of Four in the City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Karl Stegger Father of Four in the City is a 1956 Danish family film directed by Alice O'Fredericks.

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O. Henry's Full House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Christmas Movies
Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Anne Baxter Full House is a 1952 film directed by Henry Hathaway.