To Get in the Spirit, Check These Out

“The Little Drummer Boy” (1968), directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. 30 minutes. No rating.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” directed by Rankin and Bass. 53 minutes. No rating.

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” directed by Rankin and Bass. 53 minutes. No rating.

“A Very Merry Cricket” (1973), directed by Chuck Jones. 26 minutes. No rating.


“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), directed by Jones. 26 minutes. No rating.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965), directed by Bill Melendez. 25 minutes. No rating.

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), directed by John Hughes. 100 minutes. Rated R.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), directed by George Seaton. 96 minutes. No rating.


“The Nutcracker” (1977), directed by Tony Charmoli. 79 minutes. No rating.

“March of the Wooden Soldiers” (1934), directed by Gus Meins. 73 minutes. No rating.

“A Christmas Carol” (1951), directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. 86 minutes. No rating.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), directed by Frank Capra. 129 minutes. No rating.


“The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), directed by Henry Koster. 108 minutes. No rating.

“The Bells of Saint Mary’s” (1945), directed by Leo McCarey. 126 minutes. No rating.

“Holiday Inn” (1942), directed by Mark Sandrich. 101 minutes. No rating.

“Christmas in Connecticut” (1945), directed by Peter Godfrey. 101 minutes. No rating.


“Ernest Saves Christmas” (1988), directed by John R. Cherry III. 92 minutes. Rated PG.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989), directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. 97 minutes. Rated PG-13.

“A Christmas Story” (1983), directed by Bob Clark. 98 minutes. Rated PG.

“Scrooged” (1988), directed by Richard Donner. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13.


“Die Hard” (1988), directed by John McTieman. 131 minutes. Rated R.

“Lethal Weapon” (1987), directed by Richard Donner. 105 minutes. Rated R.

“Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984), directed by Charles E. Sellier. 92 minutes. No rating (but very graphic).