CHRISTMAS "DRAMA" MOVIES ON DVD

A Listmania! list by Steven H Propp (Sacramento, CA USA)
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The list author says: "Are you one of those people/couples/families who watch Christmas movies from Thanksgiving through the New Year? And are on the lookout for some movies to add to your yearly "rotation"? Well, here are some suggestions...

I didn't have enough room to include "Nobody's Fool," "A Perfect Day," "Samantha - An American Girl Holiday," "Francis Ford Coppola Presents William S. Burroughs' The Junky's Christmas," "While You Were Sleeping," and "The Family Man," which aren't as "Christmas-sy" as most of these movies.

(Also see my lists, "Sentimental Christmas Movies," "Christmas 'Romance' Movies," "Christmas 'Family' Movies," "Christmas Comedy Movies," "Classic Christmas Movies," "Black (African-American) Christmas Movies," and my five lists of "Christmas Programs for Children.")"
An American Christmas Carol
1.  An American Christmas Carol DVD ~ Henry Winkler
The list author says:
  "An adaptation of the classic set in 1933, where the townspeople are trying to hold onto their Christmas spirit during the Great Depression. But old Mr. Benedict Slade is mercilessly repossessing their prized goods, until he is visited by ghostly messengers."
$69.99   Used & New from: $23.74
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)

The Angel Doll
2.  The Angel Doll DVD ~ Betsy Brantley
The list author says:
  "A boy from a poor family tries to find a way to buy his younger sister (who has polio) an "angel doll" for Christmas, to accompany her favorite book, "The Littlest Angel.""
$9.99   Used & New from: $2.13
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Angel in the Family
3.  Angel in the Family DVD ~ Meredith Baxter
The list author says:
  "A woman and her estranged sister are reunited after their father (who has never accepted the loss of his wife) suffers a mild stroke. But then the mother miraculously begins appearing..."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Child's Christmas in Wales
4.  A Child's Christmas in Wales DVD ~ Denholm Elliott
The list author says:
  "On a rainy Christmas Eve, a grandfather not only shares some heartwarming memories with his grandson, Thomas---he relives them."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Christmas At Maxwell's
5.  Christmas At Maxwell's DVD ~ Andrew May
The list author says:
  "Andrew Austin has everything: successful career in the wine business; two children; and wife who was his highschool sweetheart.  But the wife becomes extremely ill,  and they retreat to their summer home on Lake Erie to celebrate their last Christmas in peace."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Christmas Blessing
6.  The Christmas Blessing DVD ~ Rob Lowe
The list author says:
  "Sequel to "Christmas Shoes"; Nathan Andrews is now a medical resident who, after he loses a patient, begins to rethink his career and moves back home with his father. When then the lives of the woman he loves and an innocent young boy are in crisis, he finds himself questioning God, fate and the fragility of life. ("Christmas Hope" is third in the trilogy.)"
$5.69   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

The Christmas Box / Timepiece
7.  The Christmas Box / Timepiece DVD ~ Richard Thomas
The list author says:
  ""CHRISTMAS BOX": A man consumed with work is unhappy about his family's insistence on sharing a lonely mansion an icy, humorless widow, with whom they develop loving ties; but she is haunted by a past tragedy. "TIMEPIECE": Begins 16 years later, then goes back to the 1940s, when the woman and her late husband (an arms dealer) marry and endure both a bogus murder trial and a crushing family loss."
$69.99   Used & New from: $29.89
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

A Christmas Carol
8.  A Christmas Carol DVD ~ Patrick Stewart
The list author says:
  "There are of course lots of versions of this story, in addition to the classic Alastair Sims one; you should also check out the George C. Scott version."
$8.96   Used & New from: $0.24
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Christmas Clause
9.  The Christmas Clause DVD ~ Lea Thompson
The list author says:
  "A top-rated female lawyer has three kids and a husband who take up all her time. Just days before Christmas, she sees Santa at the Mall and wishes for a different life---but ultimately finds that life as a single, successful lawyer with her own firm (and her pick of suitors) is unsatisfying."
$14.31   Used & New from: $2.94
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
10.  Christmas Comes to Willow Creek DVD ~ John Schneider
The list author says:
  "Two long-feuding brothers must work together to deliver Christmas provisions by truck to Alaska; they also learn to forgive each other on the way."
$22.99   Used & New from: $4.54
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

Christmas Hope
11.  Christmas Hope DVD ~ Madeleine Stowe
The list author says:
  "Third part of the "Christmas Shoes" and "Christmas Blessing" trilogy (although not really related, story-wise). A single mom dies on her way to work just a few days before Christmas, leaving behind a young daughter. A social worker (who lost her own son a few years ago) with a pilot husband offers to keep the girl for a few days until they can find the next of kin."
$4.92   Used & New from: $0.87
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)
12.  Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark) DVD ~ Billy Ray Cyrus
The list author says:
  "(Set in the 1960s) Two families (one black, one white) come together through tragedy and Christian love ... despite racism in the town."
$4.62   Used & New from: $1.50
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

A Christmas Memory
13.  A Christmas Memory DVD ~ Patty Duke
The list author says:
  "When Buddy is abandoned by his parents at the age of seven, he is dumped in the small-town home of some older unmarried cousins. He develops a lasting friendship with one of the older, simpler sisters."
$6.00   Used & New from: $1.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek
14.  Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek DVD ~ David Carradine
The list author says:
  "The Franklin and Red Eagle families are well-known rivals on the lawless western frontier. When disaster strikes, these two families are forced to confront their many differences, as lives hang in the balance."
$5.56   Used & New from: $0.39
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
15.  The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey DVD ~ Joely Richardson
The list author says:
  "When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that linked him to his dead father, his mother persuades a reclusive woodcarver to make a replacement, and allow her son to watch him carve it. As Christmas approaches, the three of them struggle to come to terms with putting their unhappiness behind them."
$4.69   Used & New from: $1.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

The Christmas Story Lady
16.  The Christmas Story Lady DVD ~ Jessica Tandy
The list author says:
  "An elderly lady has a gift for storytelling that brings a troubled family together and envelops them in a world of imagination."
$8.43   Used & New from: $4.02
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Christmas Visitor
17.  A Christmas Visitor DVD ~ William Devane
The list author says:
  "A family struggling to deal with the death of their son (who died in the Gulf War) has not celebrated Christmas since. Then a mysterious visitor arrives, and shows them what Christmas is all about."
$39.99   Used & New from: $9.85
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Christmas Wish
18.  The Christmas Wish DVD ~ Frank Birney
The list author says:
  "A Christmas entry into a deceased Grandfather's journal every Christmas Eve, 'visit Lillian,' has his wife and grandson wondering, who is Lillian? The grandmother asks her grandson to find out who Lillian is..."
$22.89   Used & New from: $5.59
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
19.  Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol DVD ~ Matt Smith
The list author says:
  "Combination of "A Christmas Carol" with Dr. Who sci-fi."
$9.99   Used & New from: $5.62
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Dog Named Christmas DVD (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
20.  A Dog Named Christmas DVD (Hallmark Hall of Fame) 
The list author says:
  "A family with a 20-year-old developmentally-challenged son takes a dog for the holidays, although the father is opposed."
$24.95   Used & New from: $13.93
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Gathering (2 Disc Special Edition includes The Gathering, Part II)
21.  The Gathering (2 Disc Special Edition includes The Gathering, Part II) DVD ~ Ed Asner
The list author says:
  "PART 1: For years, hard-driving businessman Adam Thornton neglected his family. Now, with a diagnosis of only weeks to live, he arranges a Christmas reunion---despite long-time emotional wounds. PART 2: Two Christmases later, the wife is running the company, but she is wooed by a financier---who her children fear is more interested in the business, than in her."
$16.68   Used & New from: $7.87
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

The Gift of Love
22.  The Gift of Love DVD ~ Marie Osmond
The list author says:
  "In the early 20th-century, a teenage orphan comes to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle. Despite a stormy encounter with a handsome Swiss immigrant, and her arranged engagement to a sickly bird watcher, the two fall in love."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

A Hobo's Christmas with Bonus CD: Christmas Magic
23.  A Hobo's Christmas with Bonus CD: Christmas Magic DVD ~ Barnard Hughes
The list author says:
  "A long-time hobo makes one last attempt to reunite with his family for the holidays. His son (a single dad with two young children), has never forgiven him for leaving, but reluctantly lets him visit for Christmas week; the old man wins the love of his grandchildren, and then his son."
$5.93   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Holiday Baggage
24.  Holiday Baggage DVD ~ Barry Bostwick
The list author says:
  "A woman invites her ailing but estranged husband to spend the holidays, but he must first try to reconcile with his two adult daughters."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Home By Christmas
25.  Home By Christmas DVD ~ Rob Stewart
The list author says:
  "A dedicated homemaker in an affluent neighborhood discovers that her husband is cheating on her. During the pending divorce, she is left with nothing except her car and meager child support checks, so her 16-year old daughter ungratefully moves in with her father and his girlfriend. The mother is reduced to living in her car, as she tries to get a real estate license..."
$6.37   Used & New from: $4.21
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Homeless for the Holidays
26.  Homeless for the Holidays DVD ~ Matt Moore
The list author says:
  "A marketing expert is blamed for an error in product labeling, and his affluent family may be homeless by Christmas Day."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The House Without a Christmas Tree
27.  The House Without a Christmas Tree DVD ~ Jason Robards
The list author says:
  "Addie (who lost her mother when she was young) wants to have a Christmas tree, but her father refuses. Her Grandmother explains that memories of Christmases past are too painful for her father. When she wins a tree at school, her father is enraged..."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

I'll Be Home for Christmas
28.  I'll Be Home for Christmas DVD ~ Ann Jillian
The list author says:
  "A surgeon who recently lost his wife returns to his hometown with his daughter to run the local hospital. His father tries to reunite him with his old ex-girlfriend, but he is having difficulty adjusting..."
$24.96   Used & New from: $0.54
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Joyeux Noel (Widescreen)
29.  Joyeux Noel (Widescreen) DVD ~ Diane Kruger
The list author says:
  "On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire."
$19.99   Used & New from: $9.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Man Who Saved Christmas
30.  The Man Who Saved Christmas DVD ~ Jason Alexander
The list author says:
  "Innovative inventor A.C. Gilbert and his brother Frank run a successful toy factory. During WWI, they are pressured to turn the factory into a munitions plant. But he convinces Congress that what America really needs is a little Christmas joy."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.84
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

A Midnight Clear
31.  A Midnight Clear DVD ~ Peter Berg
The list author says:
  "An American Intelligence team comes upon young German soldiers desperate to surrender; but a fatal misunderstanding plunges their efforts into tragedy."
$15.40   Used & New from: $13.06
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Noel
32.  Noel DVD ~ Penelope Cruz
The list author says:
  "On Christmas Eve, come together the lives of five lonely strangers: a divorced book editor (Susan Sarandon) whose mother has Alzheimer's; a mysterious patient across the hall; Nina (Penélope Cruz), who broke her engagement to Mike (Paul Walker) because of his suffocating jealousy;  and a bartender (Alan Arkin) who reveals how his past was forever altered by someone he thinks is Mike."
$14.98   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Note
33.  The Note DVD ~ Genie Francis
The list author says:
  "A female newspaper columnist discovers a note that appears to have been written by a father to his child just minutes before his plane crashed. The reporter--who lost her own husband in a tragic accident--is compelled to figure out who the letter was intended for, and deliver it to that person."
$9.71   Used & New from: $1.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Nothing Like the Holidays
34.  Nothing Like the Holidays DVD ~ John Leguizamo
The list author says:
  "It’s Christmas time in Chicago, and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents’ home to celebrate the season. Traditions are celebrated, secrets revealed, old resentments forgotten, familial bonds re-affirmed, and the healing power of laughter works its magic."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

One Christmas
35.  One Christmas DVD ~ Katharine Hepburn
The list author says:
  "In her final screen performance, Katherine Hepburn plays a wealthy New Orleans socialite whose spinster niece is vulnerable to the gold-digging charms of a con artist (Henry Winkler) whose estranged 8-year-old son has just arrived from Alabama."
$5.30   Used & New from: $1.99
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

One Special Night
36.  One Special Night DVD ~ James Garner
The list author says:
  "Julie Andrews is a widowed pediatric physician and James Garner is a contractor with a wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Due to a winter storm, they end up spending Thanksgiving together in an abandoned cabin, away from their family and friends. The two initially wary strangers soon find they have more in common than either could have anticipated."
$21.99   Used & New from: $4.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

One Magic Christmas
37.  One Magic Christmas DVD ~ Mary Steenburgen
The list author says:
  "A woman's husband has lost his job, and the family must move out of their house. She can't even bring herself to say, "Merry Christmas," but with help from her daughter and a Christmas angel named Gideon, things begin to change."
$8.25   Used & New from: $3.83
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)

Silent Night
38.  Silent Night DVD ~ Linda Hamilton
The list author says:
  "Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, where a German mother and her son seek refuge in a cabin on the war front. When the cabin is invaded by three American soldiers and then by three German soldiers, she convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences and share a Christmas dinner."
$9.99   Used & New from: $4.85
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection - Holiday
39.  Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection - Holiday DVD ~ John Dye
The list author says:
  "Contains four Christmas programs: #110 (Fear Not), #211 (The Feather), #413 (Midnight Clear), & #511 (Angel on the Roof)."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Where God Left His Shoes
40.  Where God Left His Shoes DVD ~ Sakina Jaffrey
The list author says:
  "Gulf War veteran and former prizefighter and his family are evicted; but he can get an apartment if he is employed by Christmas day."
$12.39   Used & New from: $2.60
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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