Ranked: The Best Hallmark Christmas Movies

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Operation Christmas: Hallmark

18. Operation Christmas (2017). Total score: 82.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 69. Directed by David Weaver. Starring: Tricia Helfer, Marc Blucas
Plot summary: As her new romance blossoms, a single mother is dismayed when her boyfriend, a military sergeant, is deployed right before Christmas. Determined to not let it ruin the holidays for her and her children they decide to give back to the struggling military families on his base and, as their efforts go viral, they are rewarded in ways they never imagined.
What the audience said about Operation Christmas: "Being ex-military I thoroughly enjoyed this movie of military family needs. If you never lived on a base as a military member or family you would not understand the bond. You do feel alone but that bond of brotherhood/sisterhood goes beyond words."

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The Christmas Box: Hallmark

17. The Christmas Box (1995). Total score: 83%. Amazon user score: 94. IMDb score: 72. Directed by Marcus Cole. Starring: Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara, Annette O'Toole
Plot summary: A ski-shop owner reluctantly moves himself, his wife, and his daughter in to an estate as live-in help for an elderly widow. While struggling to balance his career and family life, he has recurring dreams about an angel.
What the audience said about The Christmas Box: "Yes, the overall message of knowing what to truly value most has been done many times by Hollywood. But the understated performances from O'Hara and Richard Thomas along with a good story really make this movie well worth watching."

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The Color of Rain: Hallmark

16. The Color of Rain (2014). Total score: 83%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 70. Directed by Anne Wheeler. Starring: Lacey Chabert, Warren Christie
Plot summary: After cancer claims Matt Kell's life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support.
What the audience said about The Color of Rain: "It was good to see the young couple face some adversity and ultimately take the path that was best for them together with their families, rather than let 'well-meaning' others influence their decisions. The fact that it is based on a true story and that good came from tragedy gives me faith in people."

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Silent Night: Hallmark

15. Silent Night (2002). Total score: 83.5%. Amazon user score: 90. IMDb score: 77. Directed by Rodney Gibbons. Starring: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Romano Orzari, Alain Goulem
Plot summary: Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front.
What the audience said about Silent Night: "Had me in tears. A lovely film to watch at Christmas time."

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Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle: Hallmark

14. Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle (2018). Total score: 83.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 71. Directed by Michael Robison. Starring: Jill Wagner, Luke Macfarlane
Plot summary: Maggie, a single mom, has to balance her career and her son, Jordan. Jordan finds a tutor named Casey to help him at school, and Casey becomes like a father figure. Will the three of them find happiness and love once again?
What the audience said about Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle: "This movie was beautifully written, nicely shot, and surprisingly well-acted!"

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A Bramble House Christmas: Hallmark

13. A Bramble House Christmas (2017). Total score: 83.5%. Amazon user score: 94. IMDb score: 73. Directed by Steven R. Monroe. Starring: Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Liam Hughes, Teryl Rothery
Plot summary: Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why his father left a nurse named Willa $100,000, and goes undercover to investigate. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep her from ever trusting him again?
What the audience said about A Bramble House Christmas: "A beautiful story which entwines two families through the magic of Christmas: love, romance, healing, and a few miracles along the way."

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Crown for Christmas: Hallmark

12. Crown for Christmas (2015). Total score: 83.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 71. Directed by Alex Zamm. Starring: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones, Ellie Botterill, Pavel Douglas, Colin McFarlane
Plot summary: Allie has taken care of her brothers and sisters ever since their parents died when they were just kids, and now, she and her sister Lisa work as maids in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate, Allie meets Ryland, a King in disguise staying at the hotel, and on the very same day loses her job due to unruly hotel guests.
What the audience said about Crown for Christmas: "If you like clean, good fun movies with old-fashioned values and happy endings, this one's for you. My daughters and I love it."

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A Dog Named Christmas: Hallmark

11. A Dog Named Christmas (2009). Total score: 84%. Amazon user score: 94. IMDb score: 74. Directed by Peter Werner. Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond, Noel Fisher
Plot summary: A developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."
What the audience said about A Dog Named Christmas: "This movie focuses on something that is not very prevalent in today's modern, instant gratification society. Namely, that of persisting and working hard now and not seeing the reward until much later - perhaps even years later."

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The Good Witch's Gift: Hallmark

10. The Good Witch's Gift (2010). Total score: 84.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 73. Directed by Craig Pryce. Starring: Catherine Bell, Chris Porter, Catherine Disher
Plot summary: Almost as soon as Jake and Cassie decide to get married on Christmas Eve, complications arise. Ex-con Leon Deeks arrives in town, and Jake is asked by the mayor to make him his top priority. At the same time, Jake's having trouble securing the wedding license since he can't find Cassie's documents proving her existence.
What the audience said about The Good Witch's Gift: "I like that they always have a 'moral to the story' and offer up gentle solutions and the offer to make better choices, instead of revenge, gratuitous violence, pyrotechnics or foul language."

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A Gift Wrapped Christmas: Hallmark

9. A Gift Wrapped Christmas (2015). Total score: 84.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 73. Directed by Lee Friedlander. Starring: Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne, Anna Van Hooft.
Plot summary: Personal shopper Gwen's newest client, Charlie, is a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son, Owen, during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.
What the audience said about A Gift Wrapped Christmas: "This is the best Christmas movie I've seen in a long time, and it's mostly due to Meredith Hegner (Gwen). She pretty much carries it with her cheerful, kind, ray-of-sunshine-on-a-cloudy-day, quirky-Meg-Ryanesque personality. And her stilettos."

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The Christmas Secret: Hallmark

8. The Christmas Secret (2014). Total score: 84.5%. Amazon user score: 96. IMDb score: 73. Directed by Norma Bailey. Starring: Bethany Lenz, John Reardon
Plot summary: While her life is falling apart, single mom Christine finds a magical family heirloom that leads to love and good fortune during Christmas.
What the audience said about The Christmas Secret: "I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but it had all the makings of a Christmas feast with the trimmings - a hint of mystery, Dickensian touch of pathos and hard luck, a touch of romance, and, of course, a happy ending."

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The Christmas Card: Hallmark

7. The Christmas Card (2006). Total score: 84.5%. Amazon user score: 98. IMDb score: 71. Directed by Stephen Bridgewater. Starring: Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans.
Plot summary: In the midst of war in Afghanistan; Captain Codey Cullen (John Newton; "Desperate Housewives") is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman ("The Chris Isaak Show") from the small picturesque town of Nevada City; California. As months pass; the card never leaves his side; giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her. When Cody returns to the States; he finds himself coincidentally welcomed by her family and friends; but he remains hesitant to reveal the fateful connection that brought him to her.
What the audience said about The Christmas Card: "I basked in the cozy, small-town Christmas atmosphere. Shot on location, snow-laden Nevada City and its outskirts are something to look at. I marveled at the Spelmans' roomy log house, the cheer and glow of it. I savored the performances. You never catch the actors trying too hard."