Skip to main content

The best Christmas movies on HBO Max (November 2022)

The calendar has officially turned to November, which means it’s now completely acceptable to get into the Christmas spirit. (For some, it’s always acceptable, but now it’s really acceptable.) HBO Max knows what time of year it is, and it’s ramping up its collection of Christmas movies, including a new update to a Christmas classic. These are the best Christmas movies on HBO Max right now.

Looking for more holiday picks? We’ve also assembled guides to the best Christmas movies on Netflix and the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime.

A Christmas Story Christmas (2022) new
A Christmas Story Christmas
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Zack Ward
Directed by Clay Kaytis
Nearly 40 years after the original, A Christmas Story is getting a sequel! A now grown-up Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) returns to his old house on Cleveland Street to try to give his kids the kind of magical Christmas he experienced as a kid. But between reconnecting with childhood friends and reconciling the passing of his Old Man, things don’t go as smoothly as Ralphie hoped.
Four Christmases (2008) new
Four Christmases
41 %
pg-13 88m
Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall
Directed by Seth Gordon
When you’re in a relationship, you have to spend Christmas with two different families. It’s stressful, right? Well, in Four Christmases, that idea is taken to its greatest extent as Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) get caught red-handed in their annual ruse of avoiding their families during the holidays. Suddenly, each of their single parents knows Brad and Kate have been trying to get out of Christmas, and everybody wants a piece of them on Christmas Day.
Arthur Christmas (2011) new
Arthur Christmas
69 %
pg 97m
Genre Drama, Animation, Family, Comedy
Stars James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy
Directed by Sarah Smith
Everybody knows that each Christmas, Santa and an army of dutiful elves manage to produce and distribute gifts to children all over the world. But how do they do it? Well, Arthur Christmas tells you through the lens of Santa’s misfit son, Arthur (James McAvoy). When one of the 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa gets mistakenly overlooked, Arthur takes it upon himself to execute an unauthorized mission to get the last present to the other side of the world before Christmas morning.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945) new
Christmas in Connecticut
64 %
pg 102m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet
Directed by Peter Godfrey
Soak up some classic Christmas vibes with Christmas in Connecticut! Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, one of America’s most famous food writers, who adopts a persona as a hard-working farm woman and perfect housewife and mother. Unfortunately, it’s all a lie. In real life, she’s an unmarried New Yorker who can’t use a toaster — she’s just been taking recipes from her friend, Felix (S.Z. Sakall). So, when her magazine publisher decides to send a heroic sailor, Jefferson (Dennis Morgan), to spend Christmas with Elizabeth as a publicity stunt, she has to pull out all the stops to fake it until she makes it.
The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday
52 %
pg-13 136m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Christmas can be a wonderfully romantic time, or it can be devastatingly painful. For Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), it’s the latter — just on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. After each woman experiences a bad breakup, they go on a house-swap website, deciding to trade their Los Angeles and U.K. homes to be alone for the holidays. However, when they get set up in their temporary new homes, they soon find potential new romances have come knocking.
A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story
77 %
g 93m
Genre Comedy, Family
Stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
Directed by Bob Clark
If you grew up in the ’80s, or heck, any decade after that, Bob Clark’s classic comedy of childhood Christmas obsession is about as good as it gets as far as Christmas movies goes. All young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants to find under the tree is an “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle.” But, as he’s told over and over again by his over-protective parents: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” But Ralphie’s dream won’t be crushed as he does whatever it takes to let Santa know what he wants. A Christmas Story is a hilarious glimpse into one family’s life in small-town Indiana in the 1940s, and all the foibles and magic the holidays bring.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
46 %
pg 104m
Genre Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor
Directed by Ron Howard
The live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved Christmas story doesn’t hit quite the same as the animated version, but it’s some good fun nonetheless. Jim Carrey stars as the reclusive green Grinch who hates how much the citizens of Whoville love Christmas. So, he resolves to steal it. With the help of his reluctant dog, the Grinch comes down from the mountain top and swipes absolutely everything holiday-related from Whoville. But when he meets the adorable Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch struggles to maintain his grouchiness.
Gremlins (1984)
70 %
pg 106m
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Directed by Joe Dante
When you think about it, Gremlins is really just about the worst Christmas ever. A gadget salesman wants to make a splash for his son on Christmas so he brings home a “mogwai,” a special creature that hates bright light, can never get wet, and should never be fed after midnight. Of course, his son proceeds to do all of these things to his mogwai, Gizmo, soon unleashing a gang of gremlins on the town on Christmas Eve.
8-Bit Christmas (2021)
8-Bit Christmas
66 %
pg 98m
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, Sophia Reid-Gantzert
Directed by Michael Dowse
This HBO Max Original takes place in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s. It’s something of a refresh of A Christmas Story as 10-year-old Jake Doyle (Winslow Fegley) makes it his life’s (or at least his Christmas) mission to get the latest 8-bit gaming system for Christmas.
8-Bit Christmas | Official Trailer | HBO Max

Editors' Recommendations

Movie images and data from:
Nick Perry
Nick Perry is a freelance writer who bounced from Hollywood to Silicon Beach to pajama pants. His work has been featured on…
The best romance movies on Netflix right now
Daisy Edgar-Jones in Where the Crawdads Sing.

It's never easy to find love, but despite the threat of heartache, some of us remain romantics at heart. Netflix has embraced the romance genre with a rich selection of films that doesn't settle for just rom-coms. These are the movies that pull on our heartstrings and captivate viewers with intense love affairs, betrayals, despair, drama, redemption, and even a few thrills.

Netflix is always adding new movies as other titles leave as part of the constant churn of content. Regardless, we've made it our mission to stay on top of everything by updating our list of the best romance movies on Netflix right now. These are the films that collectively remind us what it's like to be in love.

Read more
The best family movies on Netflix right now
The chickens in Chicken Run.

Family movie night is a sacred thing. Nobody wants to waste it by scrolling endlessly trying to find a movie you all agree on. If you're a Netflix subscriber, you have access to an enormous library of family-friendly films -- more than enough to get overwhelmed.

To help you save some time and stress, we've searched the library for the month of May and identified the best options. These are the best family movies on Netflix right now.

Read more
The best movies on Hulu right now (May 2023)
Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.

You may have noticed that there are very slim pickings for new movies on Disney+. But that's not a problem that is shared by its corporate sibling, Hulu. Unlike Disney+, the start of May brought several new titles to Hulu, including films from other studios as well as selections from the iconic movie library of 20th Century Studios.

Thanks to Hulu's lack of content restrictions, new movies are coming all of the time. There's even a Hulu original remake of White Men Can't Jump that is slated to debut near the end of the month. But if you want to find something to watch sooner, we've updated our list of the best movies on Hulu right now.

Read more