10 Best Underrated Christmas Movies

December 18, 2021 | Benjamin Carpenter

Christmas is almost upon us and with it comes a plethora of holiday movies, decorations, and music to spread the Christmas spirit. However, as much as we all love the Christmas classics such as A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and Elf, sometimes we crave a fresh movie to watch for the holiday. A movie that has similar quality and tone to the classics, but a whole new storyline. In this blog post, we have compiled the 10 most underrated Christmas movies that you can add to your holiday movie watchlist.

 

10 Most Underrated Christmas Movies

10. The Best Man Holiday

The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to The Best Man, which was released in 1999. Both movies created by Malcolm D. Lee, The Best Man movies have an ensemble cast of Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Regina Hall, and Terrance Howard. The Best Man holiday is about college friends who reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays and discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten relationships to be reignited. The movie is full of comedy as well as drama and for fans of the cast, it’s easily enjoyable.

 

Where To Watch The Best Man Holiday

Peacock
Hulu w/ Live TV

 

9. The Preacher’s Wife

The Preacher’s Wife is a remake of The Bishop’s Wife from 1947, which was based on a novel with the same name. Originally, the story was about an angel who is sent to help a Bishop and his wife raise money for a church. In The Preacher’s Wife, the story is about an angel who is supposed to help a pastor over his midlife crisis, but gets distracted by the cleric’s lovely young wife. Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston’s dynamic chemistry on-screen together and Houston’s powerful singing voice make The Preacher’s Wife a Christmas movie to remember.

 

Where To Watch The Preacher’s Wife

Hulu w/ Live TV

 

8. The Family Man

Nicolas Cage is one of the most entertaining actors of the current era. He can give performances that range from lovable hero to a deranged criminal. In The Family Man, Cage plays the former. The movie is about a fast-lane investment broker who gets the chance to see how the other half lives when he wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. The Family Man has a crowd-pleasing story with an emotional core that can win over most audiences.

 

Where To Watch The Family Man

Prime Video w/ AMC+
Sling

 

7. The Christmas Chronicles

We’ve seen Tim Allen as Santa Claus and now Kurt Russell takes up the mantle in The Christmas Chronicles. The movie tells the story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. Russell gives an endearing performance as Santa and the movie captures the right balance between cheesy and heartfelt. The Christmas Chronicles puts a fresh spin on a Christmas story and Santa Claus in general.

 

Where To Watch The Christmas Chronicles

Netflix

 

6. Little Women

This romantic drama is not inherently a Christmas movie, but the focus on family and the events that take place around Christmas makes it an excellent movie choice to watch around the holidays. Little Women, which was originally a novel, has been adapted into a movie three times with the most recent adaptation directed by Greta Gerwig in 2019. The movie is about Jo March as she reflects back on her life and tells the beloved story of the March sisters Рfour young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. Gerwig creates a deeper look into the characters and has stellar performances from Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Timoth̩e Chalamet.

 

Where To Watch Little Women

Starz

 

5. The Holiday

Similar to Little Women, The Holiday is not inherently a Christmas movie. Instead, it is a movie that takes place around the holiday season. The Holiday is a romantic comedy that follows two women who are looking to escape their guy problems and swap homes in each other’s countries. With a score from Hans Zimmer and a cast of Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law, and Cameron Diaz, The Holiday creates an experience beyond any generic romance movie.

 

Where To Watch The Holiday

Hulu

 

4. Get Santa

Santa Claus, in many ways, is the figurehead of Christmas and it’s no surprise that many beloved Christmas movies center around the jolly old man. Get Santa is a movie about Santa and it tells a fresh story that is both hilarious and full of Christmas magic. The movie follows a father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover that Santa Claus crashed his sleigh and is on the run from the police. Get Santa is entertaining, family-friendly, and worth watching for the unusual premise alone.

 

Where To Watch Get Santa For Free

YouTube

 

3. The Man Who Invented Christmas

We’ve all heard of A Christmas Carol, one of the most famous and influential stories of all time. Well, The Man Who Invented Christmas puts a unique spin on the typical Scrooge narrative and gives us a look into the man behind it, Charles Dickens. The movie tells the story of how Charles Dickens came up with and developed the idea of A Christmas Carol. Although the film is not entirely historically accurate, there are enough accurate details to give viewers a general idea of Dickens’s backstory. The Man Who Invented Christmas is one of the best underrated Christmas movies, as well as an educational film to watch if you want to learn more about arguably the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

 

Where To Watch The Man Who Invented Christmas

Hulu

 

2. Arthur Christmas

A popular trend with stories centering around Santa Claus is to instead shift the focus on Santa’s family. Arthur Christmas is an animation that focuses on Santa Claus’s children. The animation is about Santa’s clumsy son Arthur who sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours. Arthur Christmas is a compelling addition to the Santa Claus lore, where the mantle of Santa is passed down in a family from generation to generation. It also has enthralling characters that are easy to fall in love with.

 

Where To Watch Arthur’s Christmas

Hulu w Live TV

 

1. Klaus

Klaus tops our list of underrated Christmas movies because it tells a unique new story that has beautiful animation. Klaus brings a comedic adventure that also has a valuable message: A simple act of kindness always sparks another. The animation is about a new postman who befriends a toy-maker when their gifts melt an age-old feud and accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. Klaus is a recent Christmas release that is weird, complex, and a modern Christmas classic.

 

Where To Watch Klaus

Netflix

 

Different Christmas Movies To Add To Your Watchlist

Christmas is a time where traditions and family are celebrated. Many people like to watch the same movies every year to get into the Christmas spirit. However, even though traditions are important, it’s also sometimes fun to switch things up and watch new movies that you haven’t seen before. We hope these 10 movies give you a new perspective of Christmas and an interesting break from your typical Christmas movie list.

 

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