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The absolute worst Christmas movies ever made, ranked from the most popular to the least, based on the votes of the Ranker community. This list features Christmas movies that bombed in the reviews, many of which are very popular titles.What are the absolute worst Christmas movies ever made?

Though many Christmas films are holiday season classics, they aren't on this list. The only films on this list are movies about Christmas, that are also absolutely terrible. Some are sequels of good films (Home Alone 3) and some star actors who found incredible success elsewhere in their acting careers, but not when it came to holiday films (Affleck and Gandolfini in Surviving Christmas).

This list includes other terrible Christmas titles such as Jingle All the Way, Ernest Saves Christmas, Jack Frost, Fred Claus, and Scrooged. Vote up the most horribly awful Christmas movies below, or add one you absolutely can't stand if it isn't already listed.
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carlybobarly added Saving Christmas Kirk Cameron, Darren Doane

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WarrenMitchell added A Christmas Story 2 Daniel Stern, Stacey Travis, Garry Chalk A Christmas Story 2 is a 2012 film directed by Brian Levant and starring Braeden Lemasters. The movie is a sequel to the 1983 & 1994 films A Christmas Story & My Summer Story ...more

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Home Alone 3 Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith, Marian Seldes Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is the third film in the Home Alone series and the first not to feature actor Macaulay Culkin, director ...more

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An American Carol Paris Hilton, Kelsey Grammer, Bill O'Reilly An American Carol is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Zucker and starring Kevin Farley. In some other countries the film is known as Big Fat Important Movie. Presented from a ...more

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Surviving Christmas 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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Elves Deanna Lund, Dan Haggerty, D.L. Walker Elves is a 1989 American horror film directed by Jeffrey Mandel and starring Dan Haggerty, Deanna Lund and Ken Carpenter.

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Connie Sellecca, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a 2001 film based on the classic holiday song of the same name. The movie's tagline was "Christmas is coming, and Santa's a dirty rat." I Saw Mommy ...more

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WarrenMitchell added This Christmas Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Jessica Stroup This year, Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. ...more

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list ...more

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Christmas Carol: The Movie Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage, Michael Gambon A Christmas Carol is a 2001 British live action/animated film based on Charles Dickens's classic novella. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami, the film features the voices of numerous actors including ...more

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Black Christmas Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan and starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Hudson, Lacey ...more

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Christmas Caper Shannen Doherty, Ty Olsson, David Lewis Christmas Caper is an ABC Family Original Movie. It aired on November 25, 2007 on ABC Family as part of their 25 Days of Christmas. The film stars Shannen Doherty, Ty Olsson, Sonya Salomaa and ...more

The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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Mixed Nuts Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart Mixed Nuts is a 1994 American Christmas comedy film directed by Nora Ephron, based on the 1982 French comedy film, Le Père Noël est une ordure. Co-written by Ephron and her sister ...more

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Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass filmed in stop-motion animation in the style of its 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed ...more

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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is a 1972 children's fantasy film made by R. Winer to frame Barry Mahon's Childhood Productions films for a Christmas release. The threadbare plot concerns Santa ...more

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Nothing like the Holidays Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo Nothing Like the Holidays is a 2008 film about a Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in Chicago facing what may be their last Christmas together. It is directed by Alfredo De ...more

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 Tara Buckman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Linnea Quigley Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 slasher film written and directed by Lee Harry, and co-written by Joseph H. Earle. It is the sequel to 1984's Silent Night, Deadly Night, and was ...more

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Santa's Slay James Caan, Fran Drescher, Bill Goldberg Santa's Slay is a 2005 Christmas black comedy horror film that stars former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg as Santa Claus. The movie was written and directed by David Steiman, a former ...more

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Just Friends 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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WarrenMitchell added Beethoven's Christmas Adventure John Cleese, Tom Arnold, Dee Bradley Baker Beethoven's Christmas Adventure is a 2011 comedy film written by Daniel Altiere and Steven Altiere and directed by John Putch.

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The Christmas That Almost Wasn't Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer, Valentino Macchi The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and was originally released by Childhood Productions Inc. On television, the movie had traditional ...more

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WarrenMitchell added Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams Friday After Next is a 2002 comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. It is the third film in the Friday series, and the sequel to the 2000 film Next Friday. As of ...more

The Best "Christmas Adjacent" Movies That Aren't About Christmas

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Santa Buddies Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies spin-off series as well as the ninth film in the Air Bud franchise. It was released on November 2,

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A Merry Friggin' Christmas

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Bush Christmas John McCallum, Chips Rafferty, Nicky Yardley Bush Christmas is a 1947 Australian–British comedy film directed by Ralph Smart and starring Chips Rafferty. It was one of the first movies from Children's Entertainment Films, later the ...more

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Fred Claus Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan Fogelman and Jessie Nelson, and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. The film was released on ...more

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film produced by Ira R Barmak, written by Michael Hickey, directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. and starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan ...more

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The Nativity Story Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig The Nativity Story is a 2006 epic biblical drama film based on the nativity of Jesus starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Filming began on May 1, 2006, in Matera, Italy, and ...more

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Jack Frost Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston Jack Frost is a 1998 Christmas comedy fantasy drama film, starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston. Keaton stars as the title character, a man who dies in a car accident and comes back to life ...more

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The Perfect Holiday Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard 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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Bad Santa Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy crime film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, ...more

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Ernest Saves Christmas Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more

The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies

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One Magic Christmas Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Harnois, Sarah Polley One Magic Christmas is a 1985 American Christmas fantasy film directed by Phillip Borsos. It was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and stars Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton. It was shot ...more

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Santa Claus José Elías Moreno, Amando Arriola, Jose Luis Aguirre When Lucifer sends a demon to ruin Christmas by killing Santa, the jolly gift-giver joins forces with his trusted ally, Merlin the Wizard. Together, they set out to stop the wicked demon from ...more

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Deck the Halls Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Broderick Deck the Halls is a 2006 American family comedy film set during the Christmas season in Massachusetts. It stars Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, and Kristin Chenoweth and is ...more

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa ...more

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Four Christmases 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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Prancer Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Johnny Galecki Prancer is a 1989 family film starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell and was directed by John D. Hancock. It is set in Three Oaks, Michigan, where town exteriors were filmed. ...more

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All I Want for Christmas 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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Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, with Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, James ...more

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Christmas with the Kranks Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It was directed by Joe Roth with a screenplay by Chris Columbus, ...more

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The Night Before Keanu Reeves, Lori Loughlin, Theresa Saldana The Night Before is a 1988 film starring Keanu Reeves and Lori Loughlin. Reeves plays Winston Connelly, the so-called high school nerd and vice president of the Astronomy club. Loughlin plays ...more

The Very Best Christmas Beers

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The Santa Clause 2 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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I'll Be Home for Christmas Jessica Biel, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Gary Cole I'll Be Home for Christmas is a 1998 Christmas family comedy film. It stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole, Eve Gordon, Sean O'Bryan, and Andrew Lauer.

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Scrooge Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by ...more

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Jeffrey Goupil added Love Actually 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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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Christmas Movies
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more