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The Best Christmas Rom-Coms 

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Updated December 20, 2019 2k votes 183 voters 4.9k views 55 items

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, tropes galore, 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, 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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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wayne Wang

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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The Shop Around the Corn... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

Released: 1940

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

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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The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young

Released: 1947

Directed by: Henry Koster

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) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott

Released: 1945

Directed by: Peter Godfrey

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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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

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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Christmas in July is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Dick Powell, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn

Released: 1940

Directed by: Preston Sturges

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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The Best Man Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

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
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All I Want for Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
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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Fitzwilly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, Norman Fell

Released: 1967

Directed by: Delbert Mann

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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Bundle of Joy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1956

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Bundle of Joy is a Technicolor musical remake of the comedy film Bachelor Mother, which starred Ginger Rogers. It stars Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Adolphe Menjou. An unmarried salesgirl ...more
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Love Finds Andy Hardy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner

Released: 1938

Directed by: George B. Seitz

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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Remember the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1940

Directed by: Mitchell Leisen

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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Holiday Affair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Harry Morgan

Released: 1949

Directed by: Don Hartman

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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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Released: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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Bell, Book and Candle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Quine

Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard Quine, based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten, which stars James Stewart and Kim ...more
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Susan Slept Here is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Red Skelton

Released: 1954

Directed by: Frank Tashlin

Susan Slept Here is a 1954 American romantic comedy film starring Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds. Shot in Technicolor, the film was based on the play of the same name by Steve Fisher and Alex ...more
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The Perfect Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Lance Rivera

The Perfect Holiday is a 2007 family comedy film starring Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, and Terrence Howard and is produced by Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah, who also ...more
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Desk Set is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell

Released: 1957

Directed by: Walter Lang

Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more
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Bachelor Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn

Released: 1939

Directed by: Garson Kanin

Bachelor Mother is an American comedy film directed by Garson Kanin, and starring Ginger Rogers, David Niven, and Charles Coburn. The screenplay was written by Norman Krasna based on an Academy ...more
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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
The Preacher's Wife Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance

Released: 1996

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

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) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Last Christmas Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Paul Feig

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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Almost Christmas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
ScribbleScrabble added Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker

Directed by: David E. Talbert

Almost Christmas is a 2016 American Christmas comedy-drama film written and directed by David E. Talbert. The film follows a dysfunctional family that comes together for the holidays for the ...more
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A Christmas Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight

Released: 2017

Directed by: Alex Zamm

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