30 greatest Christmas movies of all time

POLAR EXPRESS - The Polar Express is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite to tell the tale of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. "The Polar Express" airs on Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas. (WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT)THE CONDUCTOR, HERO BOY
POLAR EXPRESS - The Polar Express is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite to tell the tale of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. "The Polar Express" airs on Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas. (WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT)THE CONDUCTOR, HERO BOY /
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14. Happy Christmas

Release Year: 2014
Directed By: Joe Swanberg
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

Out of all the films on this list, Happy Christmas will be the one to make you scratch your head and say, “When did this movie come out?” It’s not a Christmas movie you hear about every year, or at all really. But until Anna Kendrick’s Disney Christmas film comes out, this little indie serves up a slightly magical and bitingly realistic slice of holiday pie.

Happy Christmas stars Anna Kendrick as wayward 20-something Jenny, who bursts into her older brother Jeff’s (Joe Swanberg) home for the holidays. Jenny is notoriously irresponsible, staying out late drinking and nearly burning down Jeff’s house. His wife, novelist Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), doesn’t appreciate Jenny’s unflappability and carelessness, but they both stand to learn a thing or two from each other. With the help of her friend Carson (Lena Dunham), Jenny helps Kelly break out of her postpartum writer’s block, while Jenny learns about responsibility.

If you’re wondering why you missed Happy Christmas, it’s because it was released on video on demand before receiving a very limited released in theaters. But just because the film made little impact on the mainstream doesn’t mean it packs any less of a punch. Swanberg, who created Netflix’s Easy and directed the service’s film Win It All, reteams with Kendrick following 2013’s Drinking Buddies, and they once again tap into improvised magic. Happy Christmas might not have a ton of Christmas, but it’s got plenty of holiday dysfunction Santa.