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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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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 3 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 Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 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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It All Began When I Met You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
It All Began When I Met You Hiroshi Tamaki, Rin Takanashi, Fumino Kimura
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Bundle of Joy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, Adolphe Menjou
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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The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Just Friends is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Amy Smart
Just Friends is a 2005 American romantic comedy and Christmas film directed by Roger Kumble, and starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein and Christopher Maquette. The plot ...more
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Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn
Four Christmases is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents' homes on Christmas Day. The film is produced by Spyglass Entertainment ...more
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The Best Man Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes
The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Produced by Michael London and distributed by 20th Century Fox, it stars an ensemble cast, including ...more
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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette
About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more
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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Shop Around the Corner is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
The Preacher's Wife Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance
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Holiday Affair is listed (or ranked) 21 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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A Christmas Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Almost Christmas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
ScribbleScrabble added Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker
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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Surviving Christmas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Morrison, Christina Applegate
Surviving Christmas is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate and Catherine O'Hara. Despite being a Christmas movie, ...more
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Stuck in Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Rom-Coms
Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins
Stuck in Love is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Josh Boone. An acclaimed writer (Greg Kinnear), his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly), and their teenaged children (Nat Wolff ...more