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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A Christmas Prince
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28. A Christmas Prince

Release Year: 2017
Directed By: Alex Zamm
Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight, Sarah Douglas, Daniel Fathers, Alice Krige, Tahirah Sharif, Richard Ashton, Teho Devaney, Vaughn Joseph, Honor Kneafsey, Amy Marston, Joel McVeagh, Emma Louise Saunders, Paul Courtenay Hyu

In the past few years, the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie has blown up. We were getting new romantic holiday-themed movies premiering every week, featuring stars like Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert and even one starring Mariah Carey. Last year, Netflix got in on the business with A Christmas Prince, and it was a hit.

A Christmas Prince stars iZombie star Rose McIver as Amber Moore, a young magazine journalist tasked with covering a press conference in Aldovia. Following his father’s death, Prince Richard will take the throne, but he’s a notorious playboy and there are rumors that he will abdicate. But during her investigation on the crown prince, Amber gets more than she bargained for when the two start to fall for each other…obviously.

Upon release, Netflix binge-watchers couldn’t stop streaming or talking about A Christmas Prince, whether it was in pure delight of its holiday fluff or to poke fun at its Hallmark-esque story. Nonetheless, the success proved important, and Netflix sanctioned a sequel: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Schmaltzy or not, A Christmas Prince is a new streaming favorite and a surefire staple.