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
PG1994
In Theaters on November 18th, 1994

A lawyer (Dylan McDermott) proves a store Santa (Richard Attenborough) is for real. Read More

Elf
PG2003
Based on 38 critics

A man (Will Ferrell) leaves Santa's workshop to search for his family. Read More

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Bad Santa
R2003
Based on 38 critics

Two criminals (Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox) disguise themselves as St. Nick and an elf. Read More

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The Polar Express
G2004
Based on 36 critics

A conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Read More

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Miracle on 34th Street
Not Yet Rated1947
In Theaters on May 2nd, 1947

An adwoman's (Maureen O'Hara) boyfriend (John Payne) defends Macy's Santa (Edmund Gwenn) in court. Read More

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1:30pm
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Fred Claus
PG2007
Based on 31 critics

Santa's (Paul Giamatti) ne'er-do-well brother (Vince Vaughn) puts Christmas in jeopardy. Read More

Ernest Saves Christmas
PG1988
In Theaters on December 19th, 2000

Nitwit Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus (Douglas Seale) in Florida. Read More