1. The Family Man


This unexpectedly charming Christmas movie focuses on missed opportunities and the pain of what might have been. The fantasy twist and happy ending makes The Family Man a great choice for holiday viewing.

2. Love Actually


A dizzying array of interlocking story lines converge in this unexpectedly charming film.

It qualifies as a Christmas movie in that it takes place during the holiday season, but this unique romantic comedy is suitable for viewing any time of the year.

3. Deck the Halls


Anyone who has ever decorated their home for the holidays will be able to identify with this one.

The fun begins when neighbors have it out over a Christmas display that is nearly visible from space. Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick star in this funny and charming holiday movie.

4. Polar Express


The Polar Express is perhaps the best family Christmas movie to appear in recent memory. Unlike some animated Christmas movies, this charming tale of a train to the North Pole is one the whole family – from the youngest kids to their visiting grandparents – can enjoy together.

5. Bad Santa


This is definitely not a Christmas movie for the little ones, so wait until they go to bed to pop it into the DVD player or order it on Netflix.

This raunchy comedy will have the adults laughing long after the real Santa Claus has come and gone.

6. The Santa Clause


The Santa Clause and its sequels are among the best loved Christmas movies of the last decade. This charming tale of a reluctant Santa is sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering.

7. Arthur Christmas


Expectations were rather low when this one was first released, but it turned out to be an unexpectedly good Christmas movie. In fact, this quirky film has made many lists of top 10 modern Christmas films.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas


This live action remake of the beloved Dr. Seuss cartoon has a charm all its own. Fans of Jim Carrey are sure to love it, and the kids should enjoy it as well.

9. Elf


Fans of Will Ferrell will recognize his eccentric brand of humor in this witty and wonderful Christmas movie. But Elf is worth a look even if you are not a fan of the Saturday Night Live album.

This movie is charming and funny – the perfect top off to your holiday season.

10. The Holiday


Love is in the air in this romantic comedy. Two women, each with their own romantic problems, swap homes (and countries) for the holidays. Each one meets a local man and romance ensues.