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The Best Christmas Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

The Best Christmas Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

Here is Movieguide®’s list for the best friendly and faith-filled holiday flicks to enjoy this holiday season, available to stream on Amazon Prime!

 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Quality:
****
Content:
+3
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is the Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed about the struggling owner of a small-town savings and loan company who’s at the end of his rope but, with the help of a bumbling but lovable angel, discovers he’s the richest man in the world! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is arguably the best movie ever made. It’s certainly the most uplifting movie ever made, an instant masterpiece by Director Frank Capra with brilliant performances by Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and a cast of terrific character actors.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
THE POLAR EXPRESS is a fun-tastic holiday adventure for the whole family about a boy who travels on a magical train to the North Pole. THE POLAR EXPRESS lacks any references to Jesus Christ, the real reason for the Christmas season, but it is superbly done and contains positive moral lessons for children of all ages.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS shows just how Santa Claus gets all those gifts to the children on Christmas Eve. Playful and heartwarming, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS has a strong moral worldview that stresses every child is valuable, but it also has an emphasis on Santa and the “magic” of Christmas.

THE GRINCH (2018)

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
THE GRINCH (2018) is a great movie about the true meaning of Christmas triumphing over alienation and materialism. It features powerfully loving parents and children, a joyous community of inspired Whos, and a terrific character arc for the Grinch, plus great Christmas carols and hymns focusing on Jesus Christ and His redemptive divinity, lordship and love.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1999)

Quality:
***
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Patrick Stewart is faithful to the story and more Gospel-oriented than the other productions. Though some of the scenes become redundant and the Ghost of Chirstmas Past appears to be effeminate, Scrooge is reborn, and this production focuses on the real meaning of Christmas.