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The Best '60s Christmas Movies

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List RulesVote up films released in the '60s where the Christmas season is a main theme of the film

The best ‘60s Christmas movies will you make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Some of the most recognizable faces in Christmas movie history can be found right here, such as Ed Wynn, Sally Dryer, Boris Karloff, and more! If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, these 1960s Christmas films are definitely for you. 

While there were not a ton of Christmas-themed releases in the 1960s, the films that did come out are genre classics. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang appear in A Charlie Brown Christmas, while Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman star in films of their own. In addition, one of the Christmas season’s best villains, The Grinch, shows up in the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The film was later remade with Jim Carrey in the title role. And we certainly can’t forget the most recognizable Christmas figure of them all-- Santa Claus! This list features French filmmaker Jean Eustache's take on Good St. Nick in the short film, Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes. It stars top French New Wave icon, Jean-Pierre Léaud.

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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer1
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    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!2
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Frosty the Snowman3
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    Frosty the Snowman

    June Foray, Paul Frees

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas4
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins

    Released1965

    Directed byBill Melendez

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Little Drummer Boy5
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    The Little Drummer Boy

    Greer Garson, Zero Mostel

    Released1968

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol6
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    Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

    Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam

    ReleasedDecember 18, 1962

    Directed byAbe Levitow

    Animated version of the Dickens classic, with Mr. Magoo as Mr. Scrooge.Amazon buy button
  • Babes in Toyland7
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    Babes in Toyland

    Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Donohue

    Babes in Toyland is a 1961 Walt Disney Christmas musical film in Technicolor, directed by Jack... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Magic Christmas Tree8
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    The Magic Christmas Tree

    Willard W. Willingham, Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard C. Parish

    The Magic Christmas Tree is a Christmas-themed fantasy-adventure film about a boy who uses a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Christmas That Almost Wasn't9
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    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

    Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer

    Released1966

    Directed byRossano Brazzi

    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians10
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    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon

    Released1964

    Directed byNicholas Webster

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  • Jack Frost11
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    Jack Frost

    Anatoly Kubatsky, Alexander Khvylya

    Released1964

    Directed byAlexander Rou

    Jack Frost is a Soviet film originally released in 1964. It was based a traditional Russian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes12
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    Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes

    Jean Piere Leaud, Jean Eustache

    Released1965

    Directed byJean Eustache

    Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus is a fifty minute film starring French nouvelle vague icon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cash on Demand13
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    Cash on Demand

    Peter Cushing, Richard Vernon

    Released1961

    Directed byQuentin Lawrence

    Cash on Demand is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Quentin Lawrence and starring Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • My Night at Maud's14
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    My Night at Maud's

    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Leonid Kogan

    Released1969

    Directed byÉric Rohmer

    My Night at Maud's is a 1969 French drama film by Éric Rohmer. It is the third film in his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pocketful of Miracles15
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    Pocketful of Miracles

    Ann-Margret, Bette Davis

    Released1961

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 American comedy film starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Christmas Kid16
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    The Christmas Kid

    Jeffrey Hunter, Louis Hayward

    Released1967

    Directed bySidney W. Pink

    The Christmas Kid is a 1967 western film directed by Sidney W. Pink and distributed in America... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Lion in Winter17
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Plácido18
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    Plácido

    José Luis López Vázquez, Manuel Alexandre

    Released1961

    Directed byLuis García Berlanga

    Plácido is a 1961 Spanish black comedy film directed by Luis García Berlanga, nominated to the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Next Year, Same Time19
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    Next Year, Same Time

    Ulla Jacobsson, Hans Posegga

    Released1967

    Directed byUlrich Schamoni

    Next Year, Same Time (aka Alle Jahre wieder) is a 1967 West German drama film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Lively Christmas Eve

    Erwin Geschonneck, Mathilde Danegger

    Released1962

    Directed byGünter Reisch

    A Lively Christmas Eve (aka Ach, du fröhliche) is a 1962 East German Christmas comedy film,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Merry World of Léopold Z

    Paul Hébert, Guy L'Écuyer

    Released1965

    Directed byGilles Carle

    La vie heureuse de Léopold Z is a 1965 comedy-drama by Gilles Carle that played a key role in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Carol for Another Christmas22
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    A Carol for Another Christmas

    Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland

    Released1964

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television movie, scripted by Rod Serling as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Christmas Tree

    William Holden, Virna Lisi

    Released1969

    Directed byTerence Young

    L'Arbre de Noël is a 1969 French drama film directed by Terence Young. It was defined as "the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button