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The Best Christmas Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good Christmas movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Christmas movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Fanny and Alexander

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8.1/10
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84/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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2. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

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6.7/10
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Released: 2010Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland and an archaeological dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When all the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa's elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle, PopcornFlix, Tubi & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Black Christmas

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74/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix & Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shout Factory TV, Shudder & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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4. The Day of the Beast

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7.4/10
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Released: 1995Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: The story revolves around a Basque Roman Catholic priest dedicated to committing as many sins as possible (Angulo), a death metal salesman from Carabanchel (Segura), and the Italian host of a TV show on the occult (De Razza). These go on a literal "trip" through Christmas-time Madrid to hunt for and prevent the reincarnation of the Antichrist.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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5. The Man Who Invented Christmas

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72/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
Biography, Comedy

What it's about: In 1843, despite the fact that Dickens is a successful writer, the failure of his latest book puts his career at a crossroads, until the moment when, struggling with inspiration and confronting reality with his childhood memories, a new character is born in the depths of his troubled mind; an old, lonely, embittered man, so vivid, so human, that a whole world grows around him, a story so inspiring that changed the meaning of Christmas forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Showtime, Kanopy & fuboTV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. 1985

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 2018
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Morvern Callar

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70/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use both to reinvent her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy).

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8. Mon oncle Antoine

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68/100
Released: 1971
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business. Mon Oncle Antoine is Director Claude Jutra's masterpiece: A poignant, starkly honest, but humane film, shot through with authenticity from beginning to end. Realized with an unflagging artistic vision, Mon Oncle Antoine poetically portrays a young boy's coming of age, vividly capturing the Quebec mining town in which he lives.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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9. The Silent Partner

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67/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Toronto, Canada. A few days before Christmas, Miles Cullen, a bored teller working at a bank branch located in a shopping mall, accidentally learns that the place is about to be robbed when he finds a disconcerting note on one of the counters…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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10. The Canal

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65/100
Released: 2014
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A man who suspects his wife is cheating on him begins having nightmarish visions of an evil presence that he believes inhabits his house.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Satan

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5.6/10
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56/100
Released: 2006
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: A group of young people leave a disco and bump into a shepherd who is ready to spend his night worshipping Satan.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla).

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12. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

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Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Family

What it's about: The siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Submergence

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Released: 2017
Drama, Romance

What it's about: While James More is held captive by terrorists in Somalia, thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, his lover Danny Flinders prepares to dive herself in a submersible into the deep bottom of the ocean, tormented by the memories of their brief encounter in France and her inability to know his whereabouts.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. Christmas Cracker

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36/100
Released: 1963
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: Three separate sequences related to Christmas, animated in different styles: cutout animation of children dancing in the snow to "Jingle Bells," stop-motion animation of toys come to life, and cel animation of a man who seeks the ideal star to top his Christmas tree.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).