Christmas movies in the USA

Every Christmas, movie classics like "Home Alone," "It’s a wonderful life," and "How the Grinch stole Christmas" provide the best holiday entertainment. We present our top 12 American Christmas movies.

US Christmas movie: the best classics

Come Christmas, and you certainly want to cozy up on the couch with a glass of eggnog in your hand and an American Christmas classic on TV. We recommend these movies to indulge in nostalgia:

A Christmas Carol

Old but gold! The 1984 classic "A Christmas Carol" tells the world-famous story of the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, the rich but mean-spirited man is being haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. The experiences turn the bitter Ebenezer into a better and generous person.

A must-see, without which Christmas would not be Christmas!

It’s a Wonderful Life

A beautiful film that touches the heart: "It's a Wonderful Life" from the year 1946 tells the story of a man named George Bailey, played by James Stewart, who loses his will to live on Christmas Eve and wants to kill himself.

Clarence, the "angel second class," is sent to Earth to stop George from carrying out his plan. George's life story is told in various flashbacks, and eventually, he learns how the lives of his family and friends would have been without him. Heart-touching and beautiful!

A Christmas Story

"A Christmas Story" by director Bob Clark was filmed in 1983 and takes place in the US state of Indiana in the 1940s. The comedy features a little boy named Ralphie, who wants an air rifle for Christmas, which is called “Red Ryder BB Rifle” and has a built-in compass.

Descriptions of the film range from "heartwarming" to "black humor," and as unusual as Ralphie's Christmas wish is, this film is just as amusing. Watch this US Christmas classic and find out what Ralphie's desire is all about and if it will be granted or not!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

He is the undisputed star of Santa's sleigh: Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. The story of the extraordinary reindeer is based on a children's coloring book and has been adapted for film several times since the 1960s.

He is the undisputed star of Santa's sleigh: Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. The story of the extraordinary reindeer is based on a children's coloring book and has been adapted for film several times since the 1960s.

Rudolph is mocked and excluded by his fellow reindeer because of his unusually bright red nose. On Christmas Eve, however, his supposed flaw turns out to be fortunate. He is able to lead Santa's sleigh through bad weather and is eventually praised for his heroism and achievement

A wonderful Christmas classic for the whole family!

US Christmas movie: hilarious comedies

Americans are true masters at making comedies. So, if you want to spend your Christmas with plenty of laughter, you've got a lot to choose from. Our four favorites ensure a good mood time and time again:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

He is green, he is hairy – and he hates Christmas! That's why the Grinch tries to steal the presents of the residents of Whoville and spoil their Christmas. And yet, we love the grumpy Grinch, his nasty comments, his black humor, and, of course, his faithful dog Max.

In 2000, star comedian Jim Carrey embodied the Grinch in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and created one of the most popular American Christmas movies. Frightfully beautiful!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

You'll laugh with all your heart when the Griswold family celebrates their typical American holiday in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation". During the preparations, family father Clark, played by comedy legend Chevy Chase, stumbles over pretty much every obstacle in his path. And, of course, the beloved family members also provide plenty of bizarre scenes!

It's great Christmas fun that doesn't lose its hilarity even when watching it for the 10th time!

Jingle All the Way

Christmas is just around the corner: Howard Langston, businessman and family father, has promised his neglected son to gift him a Turboman action figure for Christmas. Unfortunately, the stressed Howard forgets to purchase the figure. On Christmas Day, he therefore has to go in search of the toy, which is already sold out everywhere.

The 1996 comedy "Jingle All the Way" features Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his funniest roles – adventurous, chaotic, hilarious, and heartwarming.


Buddy is a human who, as a baby, is mistakenly taken to the North Pole by Santa Claus and then raised there by a childless elf. Gradually, he realizes that he is much bigger and unlike the other elves. So, one day, "Papa Elf" opens up to him that he has been adopted and is a human being.

Buddy then sets off to New York City to find his biological father. But also in the "city that never sleeps," Buddy quickly realizes that he is different and encounters many obstacles. However, when Santa is in trouble, Buddy helps him to the best of his ability to save Christmas.

"Elf" is chaotic, imaginative, amusing, and a Christmas essential.

US Christmas movies for children

Of course, the US television program has some highlights for the youngest ones too. Here are our best Christmas movies for kids:

Home Alone

Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy, lives with his parents and siblings in a Chicago suburb. When the family wants to leave for their Paris Christmas vacation, Kevin is forgotten at home in the chaos of the travel preparations. Now, the boy has the entire house to himself and defends it with a lot of cleverness against the two burglars Harry and Marv.

Pure chaos, lots of humor, and worth seeing every year: "Home Alone" made lead actor Macaulay Culkin world-famous and is one of the most popular films of the 1990s.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Two years after the success of "Home Alone," Kevin once again gets lost on his way to a family vacation. In the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," he boards the wrong plane and lands in New York City without his family, but with their vacation money.

Kevin stays in luxury hotels, visits New York's sights, and meets not only Donald Trump but also his old adversaries Harry and Marv. A visually stunning and amusing film for the entire famil

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas isn't what it used to be and has lost its true spirit - that's how Charlie Brown feels about the holiday season. He, therefore, decides to perform this year's Nativity play at school, but this turns out to be more complicated than expected.

The Peanuts have always been a classic for young and old! And also, in the cartoon "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the Peanuts will enchant you with their unique charm

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty is a little snowman who is brought to life by a magic cylinder. But one day, the winter weather changes, and it starts to thaw. Not particularly good conditions for a snowman. Frosty has to go where it is always cold: to the North Pole! The trip there is difficult and not without danger. But help is coming, from none other than Santa Claus himself!

The animated film "Frosty the Snowman" was first broadcast in 1969 and is still a firm part of the annual television program of American families. Entertaining and charming, everyone loves Frosty!

More about Christmas in the USA

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