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70s The Best '70s Christmas Movies  

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The best 1970s Christmas movies are an interesting mix of lighthearted family films, zany comedies, and even a little holiday horror. On this list, you will find all of the Christmas characters you’ve come to expect from a December movie release: Santa Claus, Rudolph, Jack Frost, and many more!

What are the greatest ‘70s Christmas movies? Let’s start with A Christmas Carol, the 1971 animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’s famous tale. The film starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge, reprising his role from the live-action adaptation twenty years prior. Produced by animation titan Chuck Jones, A Christmas Carol earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Other notable films on this list include Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, A Flintstone Christmas, and the Star Wars Holiday SpecialOne of the top ‘70s Christmas movies has a much darker tone. Black Christmas, the story of a series of grizzly murders in a sorority house around Christmas time, was a low-budget Canadian horror movie that is credited with being one of the first slasher films ever made. If dark flicks are your thing around the holiday season, definitely check it out.  

Vote up the best Christmas movies from the 1970's and add any great 70s Christmas movies we may have forgotten.

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The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn
Mrs. Claus shares the story about the year Santa decided to take a vacation when he becomes convinced that there is no more Christmas spirit and people no longer care. Mrs. Claus sends Jingle ...more
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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa ...more
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'Twas the Night Before Christm... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Paul Lynde, Anne Meara, Martha Raye
'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television special loosely inspired by the 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.
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Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
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The Little Drummer Boy Book II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
The Little Drummer Boy Book II
The special picks up where The Little Drummer Boy left off-- at the little stable in Bethlehem, shortly after the birth of Jesus. Melchior, one of the three kings from the first movie, invites ...more
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Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More
Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and ...more
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Rudolph's Shiny New Year is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Red Skelton
In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New ...more
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A Flintstone Christmas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, Hal Smith
A Flintstone Christmas is a 60-minute animated Christmas television special featuring The Flintstones. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and aired on NBC on Wednesday December 7, ...more
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Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christm... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is a 1977 TV special that is based on the children's story of the same name, directed by Jim Henson. The story tells of Emmet Otter and his Ma, a widow who ...more
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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Michael Redgrave, Joan Sims, Alastair Sim
A Christmas Carol is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's venerable 1843 novella. It was a made-for-television production originally broadcast on ABC in the United ...more
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Nestor the Long-Eared Christma... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Don Messick
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin-Bass. It was first aired on ABC in 1977.
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Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass filmed in stop-motion animation in the style of its 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed ...more
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The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Ed Asner, Stephanie Zimbalist, Bruce Davison
The Gathering is a 1977 ABC made for television drama film. A rare live-action drama film from the Hanna-Barbera studios, it was directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Edward Asner and Maureen ...more
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The House Without a Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Mildred Natwick
The House Without a Christmas Tree is a 1972 television movie, novelized into a children's book by Gail Rock in 1974, that centers on the relationship between Adelaide "Addie" Mills, a ...more
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An American Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Henry Winkler, Dorian Harewood, Michael Wincott
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial A U.S. made-for-TV movie based upon Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol set in Concord, New Hampshire during the Great Depression of the 1930's .
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Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey
Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more
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Star Wars Holiday Special is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
This special is a 1978 American television film. It starred the film's main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films. The show was broadcast in its ...more
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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Walter Brennan
Home for the Holidays is a 1972 American television slasher film from ABC, directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and produced by Aaron Spelling, and starring Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie ...more
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Journey To The Christmas Star is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Agnes Kittelsen, Jakob Oftebro
The Journey To The Christmas Star is a 2012 adventure family film written by Kamilla Krogsveen and directed by Nils Gaup.
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The Christmas Martian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Marcel Sabourin, Catherine Leduc, François Gosselin
The Christmas Martian (Le martien de Noël) is a French-Canadian animated film directed by Bernard Gosselin. The film tells the story of an alien from outer space who befriends two young ...more
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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is a 1972 children's fantasy film made by R. Winer to frame Barry Mahon's Childhood Productions films for a Christmas release. The threadbare plot concerns Santa ...more
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Quincy's Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
Patsy Kensit, Roy Kinnear, Lance Percival
Quincy's Quest is a 1979 British family film directed by Robert Reed, and starring Tommy Steele, Mel Martin and Charles Morgan. In a department store the unwanted toys are set to be destroyed. ...more