The Best Christmas Rom-Coms

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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  • The Holiday
    Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Nancy Meyers
  • Love Actually
    Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Colin Firth
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Richard Curtis
  • While You Were Sleeping
    Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
  • Last Christmas
    Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Serendipity
    John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Peter Chelsom
  • Happiest Season
    Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Clea Duvall
  • White Christmas
    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Preacher's Wife

    The Preacher's Wife

    Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Penny Marshall
  • Almost Christmas
    Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Gabrielle Union
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: David E. Talbert
  • The Holiday Calendar
    Katerina Graham, Ethan Peck, Quincy Brown
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Bradley Walsh
  • The Shop Around the Corner
    Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
  • The Knight Before Christmas
    Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Monika Mitchell
  • Sleepless in Seattle
    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Nora Ephron
  • The Princess Switch
    Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Mike Rohl
  • The Bishop's Wife
    Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Henry Koster
  • The Perfect Holiday
    Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Lance Rivera
  • Christmas in Connecticut
    Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Peter Godfrey
  • The Best Man Holiday
    Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
  • A Christmas Prince
    Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Alex Zamm
  • Bell, Book and Candle
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Richard Quine
  • Desk Set
    Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Walter Lang
  • Scrooged
    Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • The Family Man
    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Brett Ratner
  • Last Holiday
    Queen Latifah, Gérard Depardieu, LL Cool J
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Wayne Wang
  • All I Want for Christmas
    Ethan Embry, Thora Birch, Harley Jane Kozak
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Robert Lieberman