The trees are going leafless, the wind carries a chill and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has begun its inevitable, dreadful climb to the top of Google search trends. The holidays are here. And even if you’re not one for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, snowy streets and bundled jackets, you have to admit — the holiday season has produced some very popular movies.
This list includes the 25 highest-grossing holiday films ever made. You might be surprised that a few staples didn’t make the list, like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which lost $525,000 in 1946. “A Christmas Story,” which faithfully replays on cable for 24 hours from Christmas Eve through Christmas day every year, only made $20.6 million at the box office in 1983.
To even the playing field, we adjusted each movie’s gross for inflation and are only using domestic grosses (meaning the U.S. and Canada). Not all of these films are great or must-sees, and some of them even lost money, but the majority are big-budget films that deserve your attention — and those that don’t will function just fine as background fodder while you wrap gifts.
Note: Most box office stats are from Box Office Mojo.