It’s that time of year again! Here’s our annual ranking of every single movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol, from the worst to the best.
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A Christmas Carol Movies Ranked: From Worst to Best
A Christmas Carol is a story that has been adapted to the screen many times. Here is a ranking of the best and worst Christmas Carol movies, from worst to best.
The Muppet Christmas Carol: This 1992 movie is widely considered to be one of the worst adaptations of the classic tale. The Muppets are not well-suited to the material, and the humor falls flat.
Scrooge (1935): This classic film, starring Charles Laughton as Ebenezer Scrooge, is one of the best adaptations of Dickens’ story. The film is beautifully made and faithful to the source material.
The Best Christmas Carol Movies
It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out the Christmas decorations, bake some cookies and curl up with a warm drink and a good movie. If you’re looking for some Christmas movies to watch, why not try one of the many adaptations of A Christmas Carol?
There have been countless adaptations of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, and while not all of them are great, there are definitely some stand-out films. Here are our picks for the best A Christmas Carol movies, ranked from worst to best.
The Best Christmas Carol Movies:
-A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
-The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
-A Christmas Carol (1984)
-Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
The Worst Christmas Carol Movies
No Christmas is complete without at least one screening of a “Christmas Carol” movie. Whether it’s the Muppets, Bill Murray, or the Mr. Magoo versions, there is a “Christmas Carol” movie out there for everyone. However, not all of these movies are created equal. Here is a ranking of the worst to best “Christmas Carol” movies.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
2. Bah Humbug! (1995)
1. A Christmas Carol (2009)
The Top 10 Christmas Carol Movies
The Top 10 Christmas Carol Movies
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good movie. And what better genre to watch than a Christmas Carol? Whether you prefer your holiday tales to be heartwarming or haunting, there’s sure to be a Christmas Carol movie on this list that will fit your mood. So without further ado, here are the top 10 Christmas Carol movies, ranked from worst to best.
10. A Christmas Carol (1984)
This made-for-TV movie starring George C. Scott is widely considered to be the worst adaptation of A Christmas Carol ever made. It’s plagued by bad acting, cheap production values, and a totally unmotivated Scrooge (played by Scott). Avoid this one if you can.
9. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
While The Muppet Christmas Carol is by no means a great movie, it’s still an enjoyable watch thanks to the charming performances by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The film also features some of the best songs of anyChristmas Carol adaptation, making it worth checking out for that reason alone.
8. Ebeneezer (1978)
This little-known animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol is actually quite good, despite its low budget production values. It’s worth seeking out for fans of the genre who are looking for something different.
7. A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)
This Lifetime original movie stars Vanessa Williams as Ebony Scrooge, a successful but selfish pop star who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts. It’s campy and over-the-top, but it’s also surprisingly sweet and entertaining.
6. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) This beloved Disney short features all of your favorite mouseketeers in an adaptation of the Dickens classic. It’s perfect for younger viewers or anyone who wants a quick dose of holiday cheer.
5. An AmericanChristmasCarol (1979) This made-for-TV movie starring Henry Winkler as Scrooge is one of the most underrated adaptations of the story out there. It may not be perfect, but it’s definitely worth watching if you can find it. 4 . AChristmasCarol (1951) This classic film starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge is widely considered to be one of the best adaptations of Dickens’ story ever put to film. If you only watch one version of AChristmasCarol , make it this one . 3 . The Nightmare BeforeChristmas (1993) This stop-motion animated masterpiece from Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington , the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town , who becomes obsessed with Santa Claus and decides to kidnap him . 2 . It ’ s a Wonderful Life (1946) Although it ’ s technically not aChristmasCarol movie , this classic film starring James Stewart is still one of the most beloved holiday movies ever made . 1 . A Muppet FamilyChristmas (1987) This made – for – TV movie is easily the best adaptationofAChristmasCarolinexistence . It features all – new songs , an emotionally resonant story , and charming performances by Jim Henson ’ s beloved puppets .
The Bottom 10 Christmas Carol Movies
This year, escape the turkey-induced food coma by marathon watching some of the best Christmas Carol movies out there. However, if you’re in the mood for a little bit of a laugh (or a cry), check out our list of the bottom 10 Christmas Carol movies, ranked from worst to best.
10. The Grinch (2018)
The Grinch is a 2018 computer-animated holiday film produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it is the third screen adaptation of the story following the 1966 TV special of the same name and the 2000 live-action feature film. The plot follows The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, as they live a curmudgeonly life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet, hating everything about Christmas and especially Whos. After hearing that Christmas would come anyway despite his efforts to stop it, he comes up with a diabolical plan to steal it from Whoville by dressing up as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
9. Santa with Muscles (1996)
In Santa with Muscles, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan plays an amnesia-suffering mall Santa who’s really an escaped convict when he takes shelter in an orphanage on Christmas Eve and pretends to be Kris Kringle to win over its owner (Ed Begley Jr.). But once he does win her over – and consequently finds himself assuming responsibility for caring for a group of young orphans – he finds that maybe playing make-believe isn’t such a bad thing after all. In one scene, Hogan – as Santa – even beats up some thugs while shopping for presents at Toys “R” Us. It’s… unique, to say the least.
8. Surviving Christmas (2004)
In Surviving Christmas, !=Drew Lachey starred as Tom Valco, a rich ad executive who offers CB Woodruff $250,000 to spendChristmas with his family in their home in Colorado after seeing them interact through their living room window while flying overhead on his private jet during Christmastime one year earlier while being dumped by his girlfriend Allison (played by Christina Applegate). Hilarity ensues as Valco tries unsuccessfully to ingratiate himself into their lives – including attempting to buy their love by showering them with gifts – before learning that money can’t buy happiness or familial bonds… especially around the holidays.
7. Jingle All The Way (1996)
Jingle All The Way is probably best remembered for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s over-the-top performance as Howard Langston, a workaholic father who finds himself in competition with Myron Larabee (played by Sinbad) for an elusive Turbo Man action figure on Christmas Eve after forgetting to buy one for his son Jamie (played by Jake Lloyd). In addition to physical altercations and various shenanigans involving Santa Claus impersonators, Langston also takes things too far when he breaks into Larabee’s home and pretends to be Santa in order to snoop around and see if he has Turbo Man before he does… which is just creepy when you think about it.
6. Blackchristmas (2006)
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The Best and Worst Christmas Carol Movies
From Worst to Best, these are the Christmas Carol Movies
-The Grinch (2018)
-A Christmas Carol (2009)
-The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
-Christmas with the Kranks
-Jingle All the Way 2
-It’s a Wonderful Life
-Miracle on 34th Street
– Home Alone
– Die Hard
The Top 5 Best Christmas Carol Movies
While many versions of A Christmas Carol exist, these are the top 5 best rated by movie critics.
#1. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
#2. Scrooged (1988)
#3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
#4. A Christmas Story (1983)
#5. Elf (2003)
The Top 5 Worst Christmas Carol Movies
The Top 5 Worst Christmas Carol Movies
1. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)
2. Themallow Man (2004)
3. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
4. Jack Frost (1997)
5. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
The Best Christmas Carol Movies of All Time
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
6. National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation (1989)
7. Elf (2003)
8. The Polar Express (2004)
9. A Christmas Carol (2009)
10. White Christmas (1954)
The Worst Christmas Carol Movies of All Time
1. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
This sequel is easily the worst of the trilogy, with an uninspired plot, cringe-worthy jokes, and Tim Allen sleepwalking through his performance as Santa.
2. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
This tortured holiday comedy tries to mine laughs from its “bah humbug” premise (a couple decides to skip Christmas) but only ends up being a big bummer.
3. Surviving Christmas (2004)
A rich guy (Ben Affleck) pays a family to spend Christmas with him, and hilarity does not ensue. This lousy comedy also features some truly awful Christmas songs.
4. Jack Frost (1998)
In this sentimental disaster, a father is killed in a car accident and then comes back as a snowman. It’s more depressing than magical.
5. Jingle All the Way (1996)
This “comedy” about two dads (Arnold Schwarzenegger andSinbad) vying for the same toy on Christmas Eve is more frustrating than funny.