Best Movies To Watch On Christmas

Here are our picks for the best movies for the holidays!

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It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

A downtrodden family man gets to experience what life would be like if he were never born. Hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, this Christmas classic is a must see movie for people of all ages. It's a romantic, dramatic, and comedic look at small town life and the impact just one man can have on those around him. This is a superbly crafted film from top to bottom with it's cunning direction, clever writing, believable acting, and moving music. This is one you should watch with the whole family every year.

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Director: Frank Capra

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra based on The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern

Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Feylen, and Gloria Grahame

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematographers: Joseph Walker and Joseph Biroc

Editor: William Hornbeck

Release Date: December 20, 1946

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Budget: $3.18 million

Box Office Gross: $3.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

A man claiming to be Santa Claus is put on trial after others question his mental health.

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Director: George Seaton

Writer: George Seaton

Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, and Philip Tonge

Composer: Cyril J. Mockridge

Cinematographers: Llyod Ahern and Charles G. Clarke

Editor: Robert L. Simpson

Release Date: June 4, 1947

Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Budget: $630,000

Box Office Gross: $2.7 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954)

Two soldiers become entertainers after the war and throw a party for their former commanding officer at a hotel during the holidays. The joyous music and wonderfully choreographed dance sequences make this a delightful holiday treat. The cast is magnificent as each of them play their roles with fervor. There's plenty of fun romance and hilarious comedy too. It's also got an ending that'll tug on your heartstrings.

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank

Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Composer: Irving Berlin

Cinematographer: Loyal Griggs

Editor: Frank Bracht

Release Date: October 14, 1954

Running Time: 2 hours

Budget: $3 million

Box Office Gross: $30 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Upset by the commercialism of the holiday season, Charlie Brown tries to direct a Christmas play. This short film with the Peanuts gang is a funny and meaningful seasonal story. The animation is great, that iconic music is superb, and the voice actors do a brilliant job bringing these characters and this purposeful story to life.

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Director: Bill Melendez

Writer: Charles M. Schultz

Cast: Peter Robbins, Chris Shea, Kathy Steinberg, Tracy Stratford, Bill Melendez, Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Karen Mendelson, and Geoffrey Ornstein

Composer: Vince Guaraldi

Release Date: December 9, 1965

Running Time: 25 minutes

Budget: $96,000

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story (1983)

A child who only wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, experiences all of the strange American holiday traditions. This film has become as much a tradition as the events depicted in the movie. There are solid performances here as we follow a quintessential small town family as they buy a Christmas tree, visit Santa at the mall, and bundle up for cold weather. It's a hysterical look at the oddity of our Christmas traditions.

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Director: Bob Clark

Writers: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark based on In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Cast: Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Zach Ward, Yano Anaya, Tedde Moore, and Jeff Gillen

Composers: Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza

Cinematographer: Reginald H. Morris

Editor: Stan Cole

Release Date: November 18, 1983

Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes

Budget: $3.3 million

Box Office Gross: $20.6 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (1984)

After a boy receives a small creature as an early Christmas present, he accidentally transforms it into an army of monsters who terrorize his small town. This is an excellent horror/comedy that solidified the popular genre mashup. It's got some great scares but never becomes too horrifying for younger viewers. The stunning puppetry and special effects help make this one really remarkable.

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Director: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus

Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman, and Keye Luke

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematographer: John Hora

Editor: Tina Hirsch

Release Date: June 8, 1984

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Budget: $11 million

Box Office Gross: $153.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

An aging police officer teams up with a wild detective to track down a dangerous drug lord. This is the ultimate buddy cop film. It's full of witty one-liners and exciting action sequences. The casting of the two leads is fantastic with Gibson and Glover playing perfectly off each other. They add layers and depth to their characters in each and every important scene. Even though the plot doesn't have much to do with Christmas, it does take place during the holidays, so it counts and is a welcome respite from the overwhelming sentimentality for us action junkies.

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Director: Richard Donner

Writer: Shane Black

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, and Jackie Swanson

Composers: Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton

Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Editor: Stuart Baird

Release Date: March 6, 1987

Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Budget: $15 million

Box Office Gross: $120.2 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Scrooged (1988)

Scrooged (1988)

A heartless business man learns humility and selflessness through a series of bizarre encounters from the great beyond. This Christmas comedy is a bold, modern take on the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It's well made and teaches us important lessons through the prism of the greedy world Hollywood. Bill Murray is at his absolute best here playing a slimeball who is met with his own mortality and hubris.

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Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Mitch Glazer and Michael O' Donoghue based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwaite, David Johansen, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard

Composer: Danny Elfman

Cinematographer: Michael Chapman

Editors: Fredric Steinkamp and William Steinkamp

Release Date: November 23, 1988

Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Budget: $32 million

Box Office Gross: $60.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard (1988)

When terrorists take over a skyscraper full of hostages, it's up to one tough cop to stop them. This holiday classic is also a genius action film. The dialogue is spectacular, the fights and shootouts are intense, and the acting performances are phenomenal. This one actually has a lot to do with Christmas as it's about a family struggling to stay together in the midst of the chaos. Bruce Willis plays his most famous character, John McClane, a wisecracking New York police officer, and Alan Rickman also gives us the best movie villain of all time in the charismatic and clever Hans Gruber. It's a blast from start to finish.

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Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza based on Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelina, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, De'voreaux White, William Atherton, Clarence Gilyard, Hart Bochner, and James Shigeta

Composer: Michael Kamen

Cinematographer: Jan de Bont

Editor: Frank J. Urioste and John F. Link

Release Date: July 15, 1988

Running Time: 2 hours 12 minutes

Budget: $28 million

Box Office Gross: $140.8 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark Griswold welcomes his extended family to stay at his home for the holidays and chaos ensues. This is the funniest Christmas movie ever made. It's got so many relatable moments and characters and each line of dialogue is highly quotable year round. The performances are totally believable no matter how ridiculous the situation becomes. It's also got lots of heartfelt moments and shows us what the holidays are all about.

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Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, Cody Burger, Ellen Hamilton Latzen, Doris Roberts, E.G. Marshall, Diane Ladd, John Randolph, Nicholas Guest, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Brian Dole-Murray, Natalia Nogulich, Mae Questel, and William Hinckey

Composer: Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematographer: Thomas E. Ackerman

Editors: Jerry Greenberg and Michael A. Stevenson

Release Date: December 1, 1989

Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Budget: $25 million

Box Office Gross: $71.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

A child is left behind while his family goes overseas on vacation, and he must defend his home when bandits try to break in. This is a hysterical holiday hit. There's some excellent slapstick comedy and brutal action here. It's the ultimate wish fulfillment for kids of all ages and has a beautiful life lesson in the midst of it too. It's basically Die Hard for children.

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Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Macauley Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, and Roberts Blossom

Composer: John Williams

Cinematographer: Julio Macat

Editor: Raja Gosnell

Release Date: November 16, 1990

Running Time: 1 hour 43 minutes

Budget: $18 million

Box Office Gross: $476.7 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman Returns (1992)

The enigmatic billionaire Bruce Wayne must don the cape and cowl again to must face off against two new villains who threaten his city. With this sequel to the original 1989 hit, Tim Burton let his gloriously freaky vision shine. It's a dark and brooding action movie with scary characters and frightening action sequences. Everything works due to the gothic take on this comic book world that the filmmakers created. Here we have the Caped Crusader fighting bad guys during Christmastime which is why this unique entry is on our list.

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Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Daniel Waters from a story by Daniel Waters and Sam Hamm

Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Michael Murphy

Composer: Danny Elfman

Cinematographer: Stefan Czapsky

Editor: Chris Lebenzon

Release Date: June 19, 1992

Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes

Budget: $80 million

Box Office Gross: $266.8 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

When the mayor of Halloweentown is transported to Christmastown, he transforms that world into the image of his own. This creepy stop-motion feature is an impressive achievement in the astonishing art form. The music is unforgettable and the performances are marvelous. It's a great movie for either of the two holidays depicted, but works best for Christmas since that season represents the main thrust of the story.

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Director: Henry Selick

Writer: Caroline Thompson

Cast: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page, Ed Ivory,  Paul Reubens, and Danny Elfman,

Composer: Danny Elfman

Cinematographer: Pete Kozachik

Editor: Stan Webb

Release Date: October 29, 1993

Running Time: 1 hour 16 minutes

Budget: $18 million

Box Office Gross: $76.2 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)

A suburban dad gets transformed into Santa after accidentally killing the jolly man in red. It's a dark premise for such a fun-filled family film, but it's all done rather tastefully. There are plenty of funny moments, lots of great performances, and some good writing in this one. It's also full of weighty and dramatic moments that somehow never manage to bog down the fun storyline. This is a family classic of the holiday genre.

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Director: John Pasquin

Writers: Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick

Cast: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, David Krumholtz, and Peter Boyle

Composer: Michael Convertino

Cinematographer: Walt Lloyd

Editor: Larry Bock

Release Date: November 11, 1994

Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Budget: $22 million

Box Office Gross: $189.8 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Jingle All the Way (1996)

When a father forgets to purchase his son's Christmas gift, he must traverse the city to hunt down the world's most popular toy. This offbeat comedy is a relatable adventure through the holiday shopping season. It's got a lot of moments that'll make you laugh-out-loud and some fun action in it too. You'll be quoting this film all the time thanks to it's funny lines of dialogue. It remains one of Schwarzenegger's most underrated films.

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Director: Brian Levant

Writer: Randy Kornfield

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman, Jake Lloyd, E.J. De La Pena, Jim Belushi, Martin Mull, and Robert Conrad

Composer: David Newman

Cinematographer: Victor J. Kemper

Editors: Kent Beyda, Wilton Henderson, and Adam Weiss

Release Date: November 22, 1996

Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

Budget: $75 million

Box Office Gross: $129.8 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

An outcast looks to ruin the holiday season for all of the prejudiced inhabitants of the seemingly pleasant city of Whoville. Turning one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved tales into a feature length film is a difficult task which these filmmakers somehow pulled off. The costumes and sets are outstanding and the acting performances are just as good. The music is haunting and the moral lesson is important, relevant, and tear-inducing.

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Director: Ron Howard

Writers: Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Cast: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christine Baranski,

Composer: James Horner

Cinematographer: Don Peterman

Editors: Dan Hanley and Mike Hill

Release Date: November 17, 2000

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Budget: $123 million

Box Office Gross: $345.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

The Family Man (2000)

The Family Man (2000)

A self-obsessed businessman living the life of a bachelor is thrown for a loop when he wakes up one day married with a family. This is very much a throwback to It's a Wonderful Life but manages to stand apart due to it's modern setting, new cast, and heartfelt story. There are excellent performances here and an emotional tale about what's really important. 

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Director: Brett Ratner

Writers: David Diamond and David Weissman

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni, Jermy Piven, Lisa Thornhill, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer, Harve Presnell, Francine York, and Don Cheadle

Composer: Danny Elfman

Cinematographer: Dante Spinotti

Editor: Mark Helfrich

Release Date: December 22, 2000

Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes

Budget: $60 million

Box Office Gross: $124.7 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

When a human who is raised by elves discovers his true parentage, he must travel to New York City to find his real family. A modern classic of the Christmas genre, this movie has become a staple in most households. Will Ferrell's performance is one for the ages as his childlike innocence is totally believable. The hilarious situations and dialogue help bring this fantasy to vibrant life.

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Director: Jon Favreau

Writer: David Berenbaum

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Mary Steinberger, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart, and Ed Asner

Composer: John Debney

Cinematographer: Greg Gardiner

Editor: Dan Lebental

Release Date: November 7, 2003

Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Budget: $33 million

Box Office Gross: $220.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

The Santa Clause 2 (2004)

The Santa Clause 2 (2004)

This sequel has the new Santa find out he has to get married or else all of Christmas will be threatened. In the follow-up to the 1996 original, Tim Allen again charms in the lead role, but the rest of the production is overblown with too many storylines and characters to keep any kind of meaningful focus. However, there are still plenty of funny scenes, and it's heartwarming story that will satisfy fans of the original. 

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Director: Michael Lembeck

Writers: Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, and John J. Strauss

Cast: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Elizabeth Mitchell, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, Liliana Mumy, David Krumholtz, Spencer Breslin, Aisha Tyler, Peter Boyle, Jay Thomas, Michael Dorn, Kevin Pollak, and Art LaFleur

Composer: George S. Clinton

Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg

Editor: David Finfer and Edward A. Warschilka

Release Date: November 1, 2002

Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Budget: $65 million

Box Office Gross: $172.9 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express (2004)

A young boy is whisked away onboard a magical train to the North Pole. This is a stunning achievement in visual effects as the motion capture technology translates these beautiful performances to the big screen in a dazzling way. It's got heart-pounding action sequences, memorable music, and is an enjoyable tale about the power of belief.

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Director: Robert Zemekis

Writers: Robert Zemekis and William Broyles Jr. based on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Cast: Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Josh Hutcherson, Nona Gaye, Chantel Valdivieso, Megan Moore, Tinashi, Isabella Peregrina, Ashly Holloway, Jimmy Pinchak, Peter Scolari, Hayden McFarland, Jimmy Bennett, Matthew Hall, Eddie Deezen, and Michael Jeter

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematographers: Don Burgess and Robert Presley

Editors: R. Orlando Duenas and Jeremiah O'Driscoll

Release Date: November 10, 2004

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Budget: $165 million

Box Office Gross: $310.6 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

An aging couple change their vacation plans when their daughter decides to come home for the holidays, forcing them to decorate their home in a very short amount of time to the amusement of their neighbors. This is an underrated comedy with a unique premise. It's got a really funny cast and some entertaining moments throughout it's brief running time, including many we can all relate to. Put this one on if you're in need of some laughs.

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Director: Joe Roth

Writers: Chris Columbus

Cast: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Akroyd, Dava Hulsey, Erik Per Sullivan, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, Austin Pendleton, and Julie Gonzalo

Composer: John Debney

Cinematographer: Don Burgess

Editor: Nick Moore

Release Date: November 24, 2004

Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes

Budget: $60 million

Box Office Gross: $96.6 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

The Nativity Story (2006)

The Nativity Story (2006)

A young woman is told by an angel she will give birth to the Son of God, but she must make a journey with her betrothed husband to be counted in the census by command of Caesar Augustus. This is an amazing depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ with great production design and wonderful performances. The greatest story ever told comes to vibrant life in this realistic, and dramatic telling of the events surrounding the first Christmas.

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Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Writer: Mike Rich

Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abass, Shaun Toub, Shohreh Aghedashloo, Stanley Townsend, Alexander Sidigg, and Ciaran Hinds

Composer: Mychael Danna

Cinematographer: Elliot Davis

Editors: Robert K. Lambert and Stuart Levy

Release Date: December 1, 2006

Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

Budget: $35 million

Box Office Gross: $46.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

The sinister Jack Frost looks to take Santa's place as king of the North Pole. This final entry in the Santa trilogy is a lackluster sequel for the most part. However, it still has a few laughs and some heartwarming moments. Fans of the series will want to check it out since it does do a better job than it's predecessor at focusing the plot and bringing the characters closure.

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Director: Michael Lembeck

Writers: Ed Decter and John J. Strauss

Cast: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Liliana Mumy, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, Spencer Breslin, Eric Lloyd, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, and Martin Short

Composer: George S. Clinton

Cinematographer: Robbie Greenberg

Editor: David Fifner

Release Date: November 3, 2006

Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes

Budget: $12 million

Box Office Gross: $110.8 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

A ruthless businessman is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future who each teach him meaningful lessons. Another leap forward in performance capture film technology, this version of the classic tale is a feast for the eyes. It's a gorgeous looking movie full of brilliant performances and powerful music. This is the most recent retelling of the story, and perhaps it's most frightening, but remains a movie that the entire family will enjoy.

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Director: Robert Zemekis

Writers: Robert Zemekis based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright, and Carey Elwes

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematographer: Robert Presley

Editor: Jeremiah O'Driscoll

Release Date: November 6, 2009

Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Budget: $185 million

Box Office Gross: $325.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)

Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)

Woody, Buzz and the gang are taken by their new owner Bonnie to a friend's house and end up having to fight for survival in a battle against some very dangerous new toys. A short film from the folks at Pixar, this one's set on Christmas Day just after Bonnie and her neighbor friend have opened their new gifts. It's both hilarious and action-packed with illustrious animation, matchless music, and distinguished performances. This short film tells a joyous tale of the season in typical Disney fashion.

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Director: Steve Purcell

Writers: Steve Purcell

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, Kevin McKidd, Steve Purcell, Don Rickles, Timothy Dalton, Joan Cusack, Jonathan Kydd, Emma Hudak, Lori Alan, R.C. Cope, and Emily Hahn

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Cinematographer: Joseph Walker, and Joseph Biroc

Editor: William Hornbeck

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Running Time: 22 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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