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    24 Underrated Christmas Movies That Should Be An Annual Tradition

    There are enough movies here for each day from Dec. 1 to Christmas Eve.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community what their favorite ~underrated~ Christmas movie is. Here are some of the most popular responses!

    1. Arthur Christmas

    Sony Pictures

    Arthur Christmas!! I hardly see anyone talk about it and it’s such a shame because it’s honestly so heartwarming and truly encapsulates the feeling of Christmas. Plus it has an INCREDIBLE voice cast.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    2. The Apartment

    United Artists

    My favorite Christmas movie is also the only one ever to win the Best Picture Oscar: The Apartment (1960). It's all about how lonely people survive the Christmas season; the cast, led by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, is top-notch; and it doubles as a needle-sharp indictment of corporate dehumanization. And it has one of the greatest final lines in cinema history.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    3. The Night Before


    Overall, I'm kinda done with modern adaptations of A Christmas Carol, but The Night Before is the exception. Seth Rogen is beyond hilarious in this movie, and the rest of the cast — including Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and Ilana Glazer — is also great. VERY R-rated, but pretty fun.

    —Andy Golder

    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    4. 12 Dates of Christmas

    John Medland / ABC FAMILY

    I absolutely love 12 Dates of Christmas. It's very Groundhog's Day in that she lives Christmas Eve over and over again, which is always fun, but it's also very sweet. I watch a few times every year.


    Available on: Amazon (purchase)

    5. Jingle All the Way

    20th Century Fox

    Without fail we watch Jingle All the Way every year. A lot of younger people in my experience haven’t seen it or aren’t familiar with it. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a workaholic dad going to extreme lengths to obtain a coveted toy for his young son. Funny, action-packed, and it has a great cast.


    Available on: Hulu

    6. I'll Be Home for Christmas


    I'll Be Home For Christmas! It's got a star-studded cast. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole. It has a great balance of comedic and heartfelt moments. Such a great movie. It's always a holiday must-see for us!


    Will be available on Disney+ when it launches Nov. 12.

    7. While You Were Sleeping

    Buena Vista

    While You Were Sleeping is my Christmas movie. It’s not Christmastime without it!


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    8. A Muppet Christmas Carol


    I don’t know if it’s underrated, but my favorite Christmas movie is A Muppet Christmas Carol. I watch it on Christmas Eve every year and have gotten my kids into watching it too. I love all the songs and Rizzo and Gonzo are really funny!


    Will be available on Disney+ when it launches Nov. 12.

    9. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas


    Yes, it's a straight-to-video sequel, but it manages to keep the spirit of the original while telling a new story.


    Will be available on Disney+ when it launches Nov. 12.

    10. The Shop Around the Corner


    It's very old, but it's the most lovely romantic story, acted so well, and the film just goes by so quickly. James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are perfectly pitted against each other and the support characters provide excellent entertainment. Along with Uncle Buck and A Muppet Christmas Carol, this is the film that as a family we sit down to watch every year.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    11. 'Twas the Night


    'Twas the Night was my favorite Christmas film growing up; no one I mention it to seems to have heard of it. It's got Bryan Cranston in it! Great film.


    Will be available on Disney+ when it launches Nov. 12.

    12. Annabelle's Wish


    It's a cheesy animated TV movie that was only shown once or twice about a calf named Annabelle who is born on Christmas and wants to be a reindeer. All the barnyard animals get to speak on Christmas, and Annabelle befriends Billy, a boy who lives on the farm and can't speak. It has cute songs and some great voice actors, like Rue McClanahan. I believe it was sponsored by the Make a Wish program, and I'm so glad my parents taped it on a VHS all those years ago. We watch it every year!


    Available on DVD

    13. The Addams Family (1991)


    I don’t care what you say! The Addams Family is a Christmas movie. It’s the same principle as Die Hard — if a movie takes place during Christmas, it’s a Christmas movie. End of discussion.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    14. Grumpy Old Men

    Warner Bros.

    The best Christmas movie ever (except for maybe Die Hard). Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon at their finest.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    15. The Family Stone

    Warner Bros.

    The Family Stone is the greatest, sweetest, funniest Christmas movie. Every year I watch it and laugh and cry. Gah, I just love it.


    Available on: Hulu with Cinemax add-on

    16. Just Friends

    New Line Cinema

    Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart is the most underrated film of all time that happens to be a Christmas movie.


    Available on: Netflix

    17. Anna and the Apocalypse


    It has Christmas, singing, and zombies... What more could you want?!?


    Available on: Amazon with EPIX add-on

    18. "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" from Mr. Bean

    View this video on YouTube

    The Mr. Bean Christmas special is unbelievably hilarious, but it's something no one thinks of watching. There's a part where Mr. Bean pretends to lay siege on a toy nativity scene. He literally attacks baby Jesus with a plastic Dalek and then drives the sheep off in a toy farm truck, all while making ridiculous sound effects.


    Available on: YouTube

    19. Meet Me in St. Louis


    The song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was written for the film. It goes through every season so I start watching in October.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    20. Scrooged


    It just isn't Xmas 'til I have watched Scrooged! What's not to love about a retelling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray in the lead role! I am genuinely filled with joy when they all start singing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" at the end of the film. If this film doesn't make you feel festive you must have a swinging brick instead of a heart!


    Available on: Hulu with Starz add-on

    21. Nativity!

    BBC Films

    Nativity! with Martin Freeman doesn't get the recognition it deserves. It's a BBC film about a Christmas-hating teacher who has to organize the nativity play at the primary school he works at, and is overheard lying that his ex-girlfriend is going to bring film producers over from Hollywood to watch it. It's a funny, feel-good, family-friendly movie that I watch every year without fail.


    22. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather


    Such a crazy concept but Terry Pratchett somehow made it work.


    Available on: Amazon (purchase)

    23. Mickey's Christmas Carol

    It's only 25 minutes long and very childlike in places but I've watched it every Christmas Eve since I was a toddler. It's a perfect little dose of Christmas.


    Available on: Amazon (rent/purchase)

    24. And finally, Little Women

    MGM, Sony

    Little Women (1949, but any version really) is a non-Christmas movie I always watch at Christmas.


    Available on: Netflix (1994 version)

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