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The Best '70s Christmas Movies

Updated December 10, 2019 1.8k votes 306 voters 13.4k views22 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Xmas films that were released in the 1970s

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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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth

    Released1974

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #187 of 373 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#27 of 101 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    'Twas the Night Before Christm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    Paul Lynde, Anne Meara

    Released1977

    Directed byTim Kiley

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television special loosely inspired by the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Jack Frost

    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Little Drummer Boy Book II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    The Little Drummer Boy Book II

    The special picks up where The Little Drummer Boy left off-- at the little stable in...amazon buy button
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    Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Scrooge

    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney

    Released1970

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rudolph's Shiny New Year is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies

    Released1976

    In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #329 of 572 The Best Animated Films Ever#128 of 317 The Best Movies For Kids

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    Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Released1977

    Directed byJim Henson

    Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is a 1977 TV special that is based on the children's story of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Flintstone Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    A Flintstone Christmas

    Mel Blanc, Henry Corden

    Released1977

    Directed byCharles August Nichols

    A Flintstone Christmas is a 60-minute animated Christmas television special featuring The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    A Christmas Carol

    Michael Redgrave, Joan Sims

    Released1971

    Directed byRichard Williams

    A Christmas Carol is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Gathering is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    The Gathering

    Ed Asner, Stephanie Zimbalist

    Released1977

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    The Gathering is a 1977 ABC made for television drama film. A rare live-action drama film from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The House Without a Christmas  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies

    Released1972

    Directed byPaul Bogart

    The House Without a Christmas Tree is a 1972 television movie, novelized into a children's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #73 of 106 The Best Kids Movies Of The 1970s#41 of 48 The Best Nebraska Movies

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    An American Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    An American Christmas Carol

    Henry Winkler, Dorian Harewood

    Released1979

    Directed byEric Till

    A U.S. made-for-TV movie based upon Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol set in Concord, New... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Black Christmas

    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #153 of 714 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#93 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

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    Nestor the Long-Eared Christma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

    Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro

    Released1977

    Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is a Christmas television special produced in stop... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Home for the Holidays

    Sally Field, Eleanor Parker

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

    Home for the Holidays is a 1972 American television slasher film from ABC, directed by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #33 of 40 The Best Slashers of the 1970s#5 of 39 The Best Sally Field Movies

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    Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is listed (or ranked) 18 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Christmas Martian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    The Christmas Martian

    Marcel Sabourin, Catherine Leduc

    Released1971

    Directed byBernard Gosselin

    The Christmas Martian (Le martien de Noël) is a French-Canadian animated film directed by...amazon buy button
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    Star Wars Holiday Special is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Star Wars Holiday Special

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, Steve Binder, David Acomba

    This special is a 1978 American television film. It starred the film's main cast while... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Journey To The Christmas Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Journey To The Christmas Star

    Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Agnes Kittelsen

    Released2012

    Directed byNils Gaup

    The Journey To The Christmas Star is a 2012 adventure family film written by Kamilla Krogsveen...amazon buy button
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    Quincy's Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Christmas Movies
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    Quincy's Quest

    Patsy Kensit, Roy Kinnear

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Reed

    Quincy's Quest is a 1979 British family film directed by Robert Reed, and starring Tommy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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