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Underrated Christmas Movies

These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time.  Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.

The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.

Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?

Jingle all the way — Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad are the stars of this film. But it's still a fun, mad-cap adventure about the lengths one man will go to get the season's "It" toy.

Santa Claus the movie — John Lithgow chews the scenery as a villainous toy baron in this oft-forgotten film about Santa's origins and a plot against Christmas.

Year without a Santa Claus — Not as popular as classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion holiday films like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, Year Without a Santa Claus has its own charm, especially in its southern United States setting and the show-stealing songs of Heat Miser and Snow Miser.