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The Best Christmas Rom-Coms

Updated December 14, 2020 3.3k votes 256 voters 7.5k views56 items

List RulesRomantic 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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    Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak

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    Dick Powell, William Demarest

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    Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray

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    Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis

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    Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

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