Christmas is upon us, and with it comes the usual array of holiday highlights: the eggnog, the tinsel, the presents, the caroling and, best of all, the excuse to watch a bunch of great movies about Santa Claus.


But while Hollywood has given us just about every kind of Santa you could think of over the last century -- replacement Santas ('The Santa Clause'), animated Santas ('The Nightmare Before Christmas'), even serial killer Santas ('Silent Night, Deadly Night') -- there's one kind of Santa we've seen far too few of: believeable Santas.

With that in mind, then, we thought we'd get into the holiday spirit by celebrating those performances that did manage to get Kris Kringle so perfectly correct that even now, the thought of them makes us believe in Santa once again. And so, without further ado, here's our list of the Most Believable Santas.
Miracle on 34th Street Movie Poster
Miracle on 34th Street
PG1994
In Theaters on November 18, 1994

Six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a... Read More

Ernest Saves Christmas Movie Poster
Ernest Saves Christmas
PG1988
In Theaters on December 19, 2000

Santa Claus (Douglas Seale) is looking for his successor, and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell (Jim... Read More

Elf Movie Poster
Elf
PG2003
Based on 38 critics

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood... Read More

November 28, 2017
Get More Showtimes
Bad Santa Movie Poster
Bad Santa
R2003
Based on 38 critics

In this dark comedy, the crotchety Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Tony Cox) reunite... Read More

The Polar Express Movie Poster
The Polar Express
G2004
Based on 36 critics

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an... Read More

Miracle on 34th Street Movie Poster
Miracle on 34th Street
1947
In Theaters on 1947

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an... Read More

December 12, 2017
Get More Showtimes
Fred Claus Movie Poster
Fred Claus
PG2007
Based on 31 critics

Of the two Claus brothers, Fred (Vince Vaughn) is the troublemaker and polar opposite of his saintly... Read More