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The Best '90s Christmas Movies 

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Updated December 20, 2019 9.9k votes 1.3k voters 16.7k views 30 items

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The best '90s Christmas movies are super diverse and unique. Some of them are gritty and adventurous, while others are sweet and family-oriented. Do you prefer something a little darker, a little more fantastical? If so, you might vote for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion dark fantasy romp through an imaginary world of creatures and misfits. Looking for something a bit lighter? Maybe Home Alone is up your alley. The story of a grade school kid named Kevin whose family accidentally leaves for vacation without him, Home Alone is packed with hijinks from top to bottom. When thieves target Kevin’s house, he has to protect himself and his home with every trick he can muster, from boxing glove boobie traps to threatening movie quotes.

This list of the best ‘90s Christmas movies also features plenty of family friendly entertainment, including Jingle All the Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as stressed out fathers seeking an exclusive Christmas toy. For a more sentimental story, look no further than Miracle on 34th Street, a remake of the 1947 classic tale of Santa Clause in New York City. These are just a few examples of the best Christmas movies for kids.

Vote up the best '90s Christmas movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Pasquin

The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

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The Muppet Christmas Car... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Henson

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical ...more

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It's Christmastime Again... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Bill Melendez, Marnette Patterson, Mindy Ann Martin

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bill Melendez

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the 36th prime-time animated TV special based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on ...more
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Miracle on 34th Street ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

Released: 1994

Directed by: Les Mayfield

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield. It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Patrick Stewart, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Hugh Jones

A Christmas Carol is a 1999 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel A Christmas Carol. It was directed by David Jones and stars Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge and ...more

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Home Alone 2: Lost in Ne... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Brian Manasco added Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

Released: 1992

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more

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Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian Levant

Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, with Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, James ...more

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Frosty Returns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss, Jan Hooks

Released: 1992

Frosty Returns is an animated Christmas television special starring Jonathan Winters as the narrator and John Goodman as the voice of Frosty the Snowman. The special was directed by Bill ...more
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Winnie the Pooh and Chri... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jamie Mitchell

Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a Christmas television special based on the Disney television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, originally broadcast on Saturday, December 14, ...more
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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer, Charles Nelson Reilly

Released: 1999

Directed by: Toby Bluth, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Sabella

Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The animated feature stars Joseph Ashton, James Belushi, Lacey Chabert, Raphael Sbarge, Cathy Cavadini, ...more

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The Nutcracker Prince is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Peter O'Toole, Phyllis Diller

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Schibli

The Nutcracker Prince is a 1990 animated romantic fantasy film made by Lacewood Productions and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was directed by Paul Schibli and based on the story ...more

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All I Want for Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
All I Want for Christmas Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen, Thora Birch

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ron Lieberman

All I Want for Christmas is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Lieberman and starring Harley Jane Kozak, Lauren Bacall, Thora Birch, Ethan Randall, and Leslie Nielsen. The ...more

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Mrs. Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter, Terrence Mann

Released: 1996

Directed by: Terry Hughes

Mrs. Santa Claus is a 1996 television musical starring Angela Lansbury as the wife of Santa Claus. The musical score for Mrs. Santa Claus was written by Jerry Herman, the composer of such hit ...more
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The Long Kiss Goodnight ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jodie Foster

Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more

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Father Christmas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Mel Smith, William Dennis Hunt

Released: 1991

Directed by: Dave Unwin

Father Christmas is a 1991 animated short based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975 respectively. It was ...more
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A Flintstones Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Frank Welker, Don Messick, Howard Morris

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joanna Romersa

A Flintstones Christmas Carol is an animated TV movie based on the 1960s series, The Flintstones and on the holiday novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. Produced by Hanna-Barbera ...more
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Olive, the Other Reindee... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Drew Barrymore, Ed Asner, Michael Stipe

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steven Dean Moore

Olive, the Other Reindeer is a CGI animated Christmas television special written by Steve Young, and directed by Oscar Moore. The feature was produced by Matt Groening's The Curiosity Company, ...more
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I'll Be Home for Christm... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Jessica Biel, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Gary Cole

Released: 1998

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a 1998 Christmas family comedy film. It stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole, Eve Gordon, Sean O'Bryan, and Andrew Lauer.

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Ernest Scared Stupid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney, Ernie Fosselius

Released: 1991

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American horror comedy fantasy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fifth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. It has ...more

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The Christmas List is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Stella Stevens, Mimi Rogers, Enuka Okuma

Released: 1997

Directed by: Charles Jarrott

The Christmas List is a 1997 TV movie, shown first on The Family Channel, thereafter on ABC Family during its 25 Days of Christmas programming block. It stars Mimi Rogers.
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The Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Andrew McCarthy, Colin Quinn, Jessica Hecht

Released: 1996

Directed by: Sally Field

The Christmas Tree is a 1996 ABC television film directed by Sally Field.
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Richie Rich's Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Christmas Movies
Michelle Trachtenberg, Eugene Levy, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Murlowski

Richie Rich'$ Christmas Wish is a 1998 direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 film Richie Rich and starring David Gallagher as the titular character. Its plot is similar to It's a Wonderful Life, ...more