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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies  

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List Rules Up vote the Christmas movies you feel most guilty watching!

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all enjoy some guilty pleasure Christmas movies. After all, what better way than watching cheesy Christmas films to help get you into the holiday spirit? Here, you'll find a list of some of the most delightfully corny Christmas movies that are kinda the best on a cold winter's night. 

There's no need to feel dumb admitting that sometimes the cheesiest, nicest, and simplest of movies are the best when it comes to holiday nostalgia. After all, what's more cozy than enjoying the memories of those magical childhood Christmases than reliving your favorite adventures with Frosty, Rudolph, and of course, Santa himself?

Be sure to vote up your favorites to let everyone know which are the best guilty pleasure Christmas movies of all time.

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith
This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Re... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Janis Orenstein
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christma... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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#71 of 600 The Best Animated Films Ever #547 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #90 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
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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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe
Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was ...more

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Mickey's Christmas Carol... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge
Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. It was directed and produced by Burny ...more

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Miracle on 34th Street ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more

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Home Alone 2: Lost in Ne... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry
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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The Santa Clause Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
The Santa Clause is a series of comedy films starring Tim Allen. The film series began with The Santa Clause (1994). It was followed by The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The ...more
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Elf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Mickey's Once Upon a Chr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt Disney Home Video and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis
Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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The Muppet Christmas Car... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold
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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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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Holiday Inn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin
Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the film has twelve songs written expressly for the ...more

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Mickey's Twice Upon a Ch... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Kellie Martin
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a 2004 computer-animated direct-to-video fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Disney Toon Studios and the sequel to 1999's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. The ...more

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Prancer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Johnny Galecki
Prancer is a 1989 family film starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell and was directed by John D. Hancock. It is set in Three Oaks, Michigan, where town exteriors were filmed. ...more

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Last Christmas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Last Christmas Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
Last Christmas is a 2019 British romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig. Working as an elf in a Christmas shop, a woman (Emilia Clarke) encounters a man (Henry Golding) who may be exactly ...more
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Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy
Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ...more

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more

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Ernest Saves Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney
Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more

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The Long Kiss Goodnight ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox
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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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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