The Family

Christmas Film Index

With the cold, dark nights drawing in and Christmas on the horizon, settling down with the family to watch a festive film is a great way to spend time together. But deciding on the film is always the hard part...

From animated classics to new live actions, which Christmas films can truly be crowned the best for a festive, family film night with the kids? We’ve collected data on the top 50 family Christmas films and ranked them from the most to least Christmassy to get you in the mood for the 2020 holiday season.

Top 3 Ultimate Family Christmas Films

1

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

2

A Christmas Story (1983)

3

Arthur Christmas (2011)

The Top 50 Best Family Christmas Film List

Rank
Name of
Film
Year
released
IMDb
Audience
Score (/10)
Metacritic
Score
(/100)
Cumulative
Worldwide Gross
Box Office Revenue
Adjusted for
Inflation
(Cumulative
Worldwide)
Christmas
Rating
Total
Christmas
Ranking (/100)

Methodology

We collected a list of Christmas films from Wikipedia’s List of Christmas films and supplemented this list with films from Country Living and Good House Keeping. Christmas horror films were removed as they were deemed unsuitable for children and family-friendly audiences. Short films, direct-to-video and made-for-television films were also not included.

We analysed each movie on the following four factors, giving each movie a normalised score out of 100 for each factor. The four factors include IMDb’s audience rating, Metacritic’s critic rating, the cumulative worldwide gross box office revenue figures from IMDb and a 3-point ‘Christmas’ score. Box office revenue was adjusted for inflation using the US Inflation Calculator to analyse how much these films would have made if they were released in 2020. We then took an average score across all four factors for our final Christmas score.