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The Best Christmas Movies on Kanopy

Finding a good Christmas movie 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 of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Stalag 17

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8.0/10
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84/100
Released: 1953
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but does it extend to spying for the Germans?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Fanny & Alexander

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8.1/10
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83/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama, Fantasy

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 subscription service (Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. Black Christmas

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7.2/10
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77/100
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 TV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shout Factory TV, Shudder & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Rare Exports

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6.7/10
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77/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland and an "archeological" 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. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare - a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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5. The Man Who Invented Christmas

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7.0/10
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75/100
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), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. Mon oncle Antoine

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7.6/10
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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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7. The Silent Partner

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66/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Miles Cullen is a bored teller at a bank in a Toronto mal. When he accidentally learns that his bank is about to be robbed, instead of informing his bosses or contacting the police, he cleverly devises a way of keeping the cash.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. The Canal

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5.8/10
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66/100
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 TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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9. Satan

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54/100
Released: 2006
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: A group of young people leaves a disco and bumps 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).

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10. Submergence

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52/100
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 stream on a popular subscription service (Starz & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & PlayStation Store).

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11. The Holly and the Ivy

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51/100
Released: 1952
Drama

What it's about: An English clergyman's neglect of his grown children, in his zeal to tend to his parishioners, comes to the surface at a Christmas family gathering.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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12. Christmas Cracker

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6.1/10
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37/100
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).