It has become a trend for us to celebrate Christmas, the most important holiday of the whole year, by watching Christmas-themed movies during the holidays together with our family. If you are just beginning the preparation for your family parties and feeling annoyed to pick up the most ideal Christmas films from a good amount of holiday movies to get into the spirit of Christmas, you can simply follow the tips here to find out the best Christmas movie collection on iTunes Store, including the family-friendly Christmas movies, as well as the classic ones of all time or made in most recent years.
Top 10 Christmas Films for Kids & Family on iTunes
No.10 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Also known as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, this film is telling the story of Jack Skeletonize, a being from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town" and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences. Since it was met with both critical and financial success, Walt Disney Pictures reissued this film and re-released it annually in the Disney Digital 3-D format from 2006 to 2009.
No.9 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Released in December 1992, The Muppet Christmas Carol is an adaption of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. It was the first Muppet film released after the deaths of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fellow puppeteer Richard Hunt. This film is dedicated to their memories.
No.8 A Christmas Carol (2009)
A Christmas Carol is Disney's 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. As an animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel of the same name and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, this movie tells about the story of a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
No.7 DreamWorks Holiday Classics (2012)
Featuring 1 hour 12 minutes long, this movie contains four holiday specials in total. It was directed by Tim Johnson, David Soren and Gary Trousdale. In this holiday film, you will see those zany zoosters from Madagascar save Christmas, Donkey puts on a caroling Christmas Shrek-tacular and Po prepare for his favorite holiday, the Winter Feast. It could be one of the most family-friendly movies to watch in this Christmas.
No.6 Arthur Christmas (2011)
Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
No.5 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Distributed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, this Christmas film was based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss focusing on a creature who is intent on stealing Christmas. Once released, The Grinch has been number-one film in the United States for 4 weeks and has become the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time with $345,141,403 worldwide, only behind Home Alone.
No.4 Rise of the Guardians (2012)
It's an American 3D computer-animated fantasy film based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series. This film tells a story about Guardians Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman, who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch Black from engulfing the world in darkness. It's nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and also the last film by DreamWorks Animation to be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
No.3 The Polar Express (2004)
This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
No.2 Elf (2003)
This American comedy movie is one of the most popular Christmas film for years. It has grossed $220,443,451 worldwide after released on November 2003. Directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum, the story of Elf is about one of Santa's elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes.
No.1 Home Alone (1990)
Stars Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone was the highest-grossing comedy of all time till 2009 with $476,684,675 box office worldwide. It mainly tells a story about an 8-year-old boy Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left behind by his parents while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars. It spawned a successful franchise, with another three sequels produced in 1992, 1997 and 2002 respectively.
10 Best Classic Christmas Movies of All Time
If you prefer to watch the classics other than those family-friendly movies of Christmas, you are then suggested to look at the following 10 best classic holiday movies for Christmas of all time, with a brief storyline provided for each film.
A Christmas Story (1983) - Ralphie, a 9-year-old boy has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.
It's A Wonderful Life (1947) - An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
White Christmas (1954) - A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Holiday Inn (2008) - At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
Christmas In Connecticut (1945) - A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
Prancer (1989) - A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.
The Mrs. Claus (2002) - A stressed out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she wishes to see what her life would be like if she had chosen to pursue her career in Law rather than marrying and becoming a working mother.
The Santa Claus (1994) - A divorced father whose strained relationship with his son begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) - The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Most Recently Holiday Movies for Christmas
Asides from those top family movies and classic movies, there are also some other great Christmas movies made in most recent days you may find in iTunes Store. We listed the 10 most popular ones for your reference as below:
- Four Christmases (2009)
- Love Actually (2003)
- A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)
- This Christmas (2007)
- The Family Man (2000)
- The Family Stone (2005)
- The Holiday (2006)
- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
- A Colbert Christmas (2008)
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Enjoy Christmas-themed iTunes Movies on Any Media Devices
When you got a Christmas movie from iTunes, you may have the need to watch the movie on portable devices or home theatre system with your family and friends. But since all iTunes movies are locked by iTunes FairPlay DRM protection, you can't transfer the movies from iTunes library to non-Apple devices directly. If you don't have any Apple device to stream those Christmas movies to watch on the go or via TV set, you'll need the help of TunesKit iTunes DRM Video Converter, a 3rd-party DRM removal software to get rid of the DRM restriction from the iTunes movies in the first place. It's one of the best and smartest iTunes DRM video converter dedicated to removing iTunes DRM as well as converting iTunes movies from protected M4V format to common MP4 by preserving original video resolution, 5.1 surround audio and subtitles. It takes 3 simple steps to go through the whole DRM removing process: "Add iTunes movies - adjust output settings - begin to remove DRM and convert iTunes M4V to MP4". Or you can visit this page How to Remove DRM Protection from iTunes Movies with TunesKit for a complete guide on it.
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Matt Smith is an amateur writer engaged in Tuneskit in 2013. He is a movie lover who write a lot of movie reviews for many websites and blogs.