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The Best Christmas Rom-Coms  

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List Rules Romantic comedies where Christmas or the Christmas season is an important part of the story, no Hallmark movies

The Christmas season is a practically perfect setting for a romantic comedy. There are quirky families to meet, hopeful Christmas wishes, and traditions to uphold. The best romantic Christmas movies find a way to wrap it all together with a bow and a smile.

We're not looking at Hallmark Christmas movies, which are a spectacular genre all on their own. These are holiday rom-coms that either had a traditional theatrical release or premiered on a movie streaming service. There are romantic comedies where Christmas itself isn't the primary focus, like Sleepless in Seattle, Desk Set, and About a Boy. Other films are centered around Christmas, like Love Actually and The Holiday. How the Christmas holiday is woven into the story may vary, but one thing remains consistent - love is the reason for the season.

This list of the best Christmas rom-coms has everything from the 1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy to new movies like 2018's The Princess Switch, but if we've forgotten a good romantic Christmas movie that was made by someone other than Hallmark, be sure to add it! Which of these romantic comedies are the best Christmas romances?

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more
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The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet
The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both ...more
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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt
Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, ...more
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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman
While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Frederic Lebow. It stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit ...more
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The Princess Switch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Michael Rohl. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they ...more
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The Shop Around the Corner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan
The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Frank Morgan. The screenplay was ...more
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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
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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Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Bridget Moynahan
Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom. The music score is composed by Alan ...more
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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell
Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie
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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
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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Last Christmas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
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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Holiday Affair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Harry Morgan
Holiday Affair is a black-and-white 1949 light romantic comedy film starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. In this modest film, directed and produced by Don Hartman, Mitchum expanded from his ...more
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The Knight Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui
The Knight Before Christmas is a 2019 American Christmas comedy film directed by Monika Mitchell. A medieval English knight, Sir Cole Christopher Frederick Lyons (Josh Whitehouse), is magically ...more
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The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young
The Bishop's Wife, also known as Cary and the Bishop's Wife, is a Samuel Goldwyn romantic comedy feature film from 1947, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven in a story about an ...more
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Christmas in Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy directed by Peter Godfrey, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet.
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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
The Preacher's Wife Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance
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A Christmas Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight
A Christmas Prince is a 2017 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Alex Zamm. When a reporter (Rose McIver) goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince ...more
18
The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen
The Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the second installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause. It was filmed ...more
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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle
The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the ...more
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Christmas in July is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Dick Powell, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn
Christmas in July is a 1940 comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges based on his 1931 play A Cup of Coffee. It was Sturges' second film as writer-director, after The Great McGinty, ...more
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Fitzwilly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, Norman Fell
Fitzwilly is a 1967 film directed by Delbert Mann, based on Poyntz Tyler's 1960 novel A Garden of Cucumbers and adapted for the screen by Isobel Lennart. Its title refers to the nickname of its ...more
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Remember the Night is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway
Remember the Night is a 1940 American romantic comedy/drama Christmas film directed by Mitchell Leisen, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. The film was written by Preston ...more
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Love Finds Andy Hardy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner
Love Finds Andy Hardy is a 1938 romantic comedy film which tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time. It stars Mickey Rooney, Lewis ...more
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All I Want for Christmas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen, Thora Birch
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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The Best Man Holiday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan
The Best Man Holiday is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and a sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man. When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas ...more