7 Best Christmas Movies Like ‘Spirited’ To Watch If You Liked the Ryan Reynolds Movie

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Ryan Reynolds is definitely one of the most funniest and in-demand actors working in Hollywood right now, and Will Ferrell‘s comedic chops are unparalleled in the entertainment industry. When you put them both together you get a Christmas movie called Spirited. Christmas spirit in these times is a very hard task, for some people just some Christmas songs and decorations might do, but for other people, they need a visit from the “ghosts of Christmas present, past, and yet to come.” Spirited is directed by Sean Anders with a script co-authored by Anders and John Morris.

The comedy film is based on the 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and illustrated by John Leech. The novella originally told the story of an elderly gentleman named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed into a kinder man after he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and the Future. Spirited won’t be the first adaptation of the novella, and it certainly won’t be the last. The upcoming film is joining the ranks of films like Scrooged (1988), A Christmas Carol (2009), and many more. So, if you liked the Ryan Reynolds Christmas movies here are some more movies you should watch next.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Synopsis: Discover the magic of the Mean One this holiday season! Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard and Oscar®-winning producer Brian Grazer bring Christmas’ best-loved grump to life with the help of the irrepressible Jim Carrey as The Grinch. Why is The Grinch (Carrey) such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and The Grinch’s world upside down, inside out… and funny side up in her search for the true meaning of Christmas.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

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Synopsis: Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery Nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths old scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

A Christmas Carol (1999)

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Synopsis: Patrick Stewart stars as Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who gets his terrifying comeuppance when he imagines he’s visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past.

Bad Santa

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Synopsis: Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, and Lauren Graham, Bad Santa follows criminals Willie and Marcus as they disguise themselves as Santa Claus and his elf and travel across the country to major malls, using the good will people have toward Santa to rob the mall stores blind. The problem is, Willie can’t stand kids and it’s all he can do to keep himself from getting fired while on the job. Their plan still progresses beautifully until the two reprobates meet an introverted 8-year-old boy who thinks Willie is the real Santa Claus. Overweight, awkward, and the frequent target of bullies, the boy manages to arouse something like sympathy from Willie, who tries to give him some advice and develops something vaguely resembling Christmas spirit along the way.

The Grinch

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Synopsis: Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, The Grinch is fun for the whole family!


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Synopsis: One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys… Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf–and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father (James Caan)–who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother (Mary Steenburgen) and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny–to save Christmas for New York and the world!​


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Synopsis: High-spirited high jinks on Christmas Eve put Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in a ghostly time warp in this hilarious take-off of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Cross, who has made the meteoric rise from the depths of the mailroom to TV network president, is mean, nasty, uncaring, unforgiving and has a sadistic sense of humor – perfect qualities for a modern-day Scrooge. Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and, finally, a ghoulish, seven-foot headless messenger from the future.