Top 20 Christmas movies suitable for adults


What I consider to be my top 20  Christmas movies suitable for adults 

Some are oldies, one is certainly not traditionally Christmassy, a few are sappy but I’m sure there is something here to suit your tastes, but  most aren’t that suitable for children

I have my top Christmas movies for children listed HERE
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20. Rare Exports (2010)
Ever wondered where the myth of Father Christmas came from? This Finnish rewrite suggests Santa is a nightmarish beast supported by an army of ravenous elves.A bizarre horror-spin on Christmas stories . True to legend, the ‘real’ Santa cares if you’re naughty or nice… but only because he kills anyone who’s in the naughty category.  Rated R for nudity and language





19. Deck the Halls
Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
Rated PG for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language



18. The Christmas CardThe Christmas Card
In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Captain Cody Cullen (John Newton, “Desperate Housewives”) is touched by lovely card sent by Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) from the small picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.



The Lemon Drop Kid17. The Lemon Drop Kid
Bob Hope is a con man raising cash during Christmas time by swindling Salvation Army donators. Full of Bob Hope’s quick wit, physical comedy, and musical numbers (the movie introduced “Silver Bells”).




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16. Jingle All the Way (1996)

A father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.
Unfotunately, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Arnold must travel all over town and compete with everybody else “Shopping would never get that crazy!”



15. Surviving Christmas 2004

Surviving ChristmasBen Affleck and James Gandolfini are good fun as a wayward Christmas hater and his stand-in father figure. A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference






14. A Christmas Carol (2009)A Christmas Carol

Thanks to the magic of motion capture animation, Jim Carrey was able to play Ebenezer Scrooge at every age and all three of the visiting Ghosts. The highlight here is the film’s frightening tone. Director Robert Zemeckis wanted to turn the spirit-filled tale into a certified ghost story.



13. Christmas wChristmas Kranksith the Kranks
With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute. Awful people celebrate Christmas too! Based on a novel by John Grisham.



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12. Bad Santa (2003)
A miserable conman (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Rated R for language, strong sexual content and some violence



11. The HolidaChristmas movies mytravelswithmymum.comy (2006)

Two women Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy (Jude Law, Jack Black )and fall in love.


Four Christmases





10. Four Christmases(2008)

A couple (Reese Witherspoon , Vince Vaughn) struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day
Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language


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9. White Christmas (1954)
A successful song-and-dance team Bing Crosby Danny Kaye become romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney George Clooney’s aunt ) and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.”I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.”



Joyeux Noël


8. Joyeux Noël (2005)

The story behind one of the famous legends of World War One, as French, Scottish and German soldiers from opposing trenches agree to a Christmas Day truce to bury their dead and play football. The heartbreaking Joyeux Noël , I dare you not to tear up as the ceasefire begins and a German private sings Silent Night and is accompanied by a Scottish bagpipe player from across No Man’s Land.


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7. We’re No Angels (1955)
Three escaped Devil’s Island convicts (Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov) hide out in a local grocery store, only to have a seasonal change of heart about their bad-boy behaviour. The three convicts spend Christmas night with the grocer and his family and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them.


Miracle On 34th Street



6.  Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

Susan Walker (Natalie Wood) is convinced that Macy’s department store Santa Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwen) is the real thing. The authorities aren’t so sure, and start court proceedings to have him locked up.
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5. The Bishop’s Wife  1947
Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young.A Christmas classic. As the romantic tale opens, a bishop prays for guidance about building a new cathedral. But when an angel arrives, his guidance isn’t reserved for just fundraising.


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4. Nativity! (2009)

Primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) has to put on the ultimate nativity play when a lie about Hollywood filming the event goes viral. Most of the film is improvised, with the producers telling the actors what would happen in the scene, and the actors acting it out, with no script. The climactic performance in Coventry Cathedral, featuring schoolkid TJ dangling high above the ground on wires as the Angel Gabriel.

Life Of Brian
3. Life Of Brian (1979)
Of course it’s a Christmas movie. The whole point is that Brian (Graham Chapman) was born at the same time as Jesus.
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.The opening sequence, in which three not-so-wise-men get hopelessly lost and arrive in Brian’s stable makes me cry with laughter. I love Monty Python

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2. Love, Actually (2003)
Love it or loathe it, this movie might be the most Christmassy movie of modern times.
It isn’t a perfect Christmas film, because you can’t sit down and watch it with your children and grandparents, there’s a bit too much nudity and profanity for that! However, while not a perfect Christmas film, it’s as close as an R-rated romantic comedy ensemble can get, and it’s definitely a prefect rom-com . It gets everything right, as a Christmas movie made just for adults, and if you’ve not seen it yet then believe me when I say you’re missing not just the best Christmas movie of the last decade but an instant classic Christmas film of all time. It’s hilarious, it’s sad, it’s thoughtful, it’s fun, and you come to care what happens to all of these people and you want them to finish the holiday happier than when they started out.

My number one pick

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Clark Christmas Movies mytravelswithmymum.comW. Griswold (Chevy Chase) is hell bent on having an old-fashioned family Christmas in his home, relatives and all. Of course,nothing is that easy. There are so many hilarious scenes in this movie, it would be difficult to list them all. You have everything from an electrocuted cat,sewer explosion,  to a house with the brightest Christmas light display known to man. Let’s not forget the dried up turkey, the saucer sled and the dog/squirrel chase! Merry Christmas, Shitter was full!

Ohh who plays Rusty Griswold..Have I seen him anywhere lately
The Language and some crudity is the only thing stopping this being my allround family favourite Christmas movie

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5 Comments on Top 20 Christmas movies suitable for adults

  1. Hey,
    thanks for linking up to December Links Party on TLV Birdie Blog! I am really glad to have you around and to create the magical winter mood together!:)

    Oly / TLV Birdie Blog

  2. BritishMumUSA // December 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    Love the list, and I LOVE LOVE ACTUALLY, my hubs and I watch it EVERY Christmas, love that movie!!!!!

  3. Jennifer Abel // December 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm // Reply

    Thanks for linking up with us ,so good to see you covered adult movies.

  4. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages // December 20, 2014 at 8:31 am // Reply

    This is great, everyone seems to forget the adults at Christmas. Thanks again for joining in the Christmas Link Party

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