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20 best movies like Elf (2003)

List of the best movies like Elf (2003): Santa Claus: The Movie, Jingle All the Way 2, Prince Charming, Northpole: Open for Christmas, Doctor Dolittle, The Night Before, Fred Claus, A Princess for Christmas, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, Pete's Dragon.

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Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:47
CharactersHeroes, Family, Elves, Santa Claus, Street children
PlotAdventure, Snow, Holidays
PlaceVillage, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Fancy, Touching

The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf, strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus, Reporters
PlotFight, Life, Snow, Toys, Cheating
PlaceUSA, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleUnexpected ending, To cry

Larry's daughter wants only one thing for Christmas - a talking bear. His daughter's step-dad intends to make sure that Larry can't get one.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersCinderella, Family, Losers
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Wedding, Fulfillment of desires, True love
PlaceNew York
StyleFancy, Touching

After an extramarital indiscretion, a fairy-tale prince and his sidekick are turned into frogs for all eternity or until the prince can convince a maiden to kiss and then marry him.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersFamily, Elves, Santa Claus
PlotLove, Friendship, Inheritance, Holidays, Rivalry
PlaceHotels, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, Light, Soulful, Touching

A successful businesswoman, Mackenzie, inherits her beloved aunt's inn, and chooses to restore the hotel to its original grandeur only to sell it right before Christmas. Unbeknownst to Mackenzie, she receives some unexpected help from a team of elves headed by the cheerful Clementine, who helps Mackenzie rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersAnimals, Heroes, Family, Friends, Parrots
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Islands, Africa, England
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Fancy, Touching

A veterinarian who can communicate with animals travels abroad to search for a giant sea snail.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration03:03
CharactersChildrens, Angels, Thieves, Jews, Family
PlotRelationship, Friendship, Religious
PlaceParty, Metro, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleTwisted plot, Inspirational, Heavy, Makes me think, Touching

In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus, Losers, Brothers, Wizards
PlotLife, Snow, Toys, Family life, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Light, To cry

Fred Claus and Santa Claus have been estranged brothers for many years. Now Fred must reconcile his differences with his brother whom he believes overshadows him. When an efficiency expert assesses the workings at the North Pole and threatens to shut Santa down, Fred must help his brother to save Christmas.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersHorses, Family, Maids, Orphans
PlotTravel, Snow, Holidays
PlaceEngland, Castle, Estate
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry

After her sister and brother-in-law's tragic death, an American woman who is the guardian for her young niece and nephew is invited to a royal European castle for Christmas by her late brother-in-law's father, the Duke of Castlebury. Feeling out of place as a commoner, she is determined to give her family a merry Christmas and surprises herself when she falls for a handsome prince.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersElves, Santa Claus
PlotTravel
TimeNew Year

Kate Pierce is reluctantly spending Christmas with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack. But when the North Pole and Christmas are threatened to be destroyed, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, New Zealand
Duration02:18
CharactersDragons, Wolves, Rabbits, Bears, Family
PlotAdventure, Life, Investigation, Friendship, Family life
PlaceForest, USA, Small cities
TimeNight
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Touching

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales... until she meets Pete, a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Elves, Santa Claus
PlotHolidays
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

Kris Kringle's daughter, Noelle, sets off on a mission to find and bring back her brother, after he gets cold feet when it's his turn to take over as Santa.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Horses, Family, Puppies, Cats
PlotLove, Friendship, Freedom
PlaceTrains
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Cute, Touching

The love story between a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a streetwise mongrel named Tramp. Lady finds herself out on the street after her owners have a baby and is saved from a pack by Tramp, who tries to show her to live her life footloose and collar-free.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
CharactersElves, Santa Claus
PlotFulfillment of desires, Holidays
TimeNew Year

Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine (Summer Glau) wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole. When Santa receives an emergency wish from a little boy in Los Angeles, he puts Christine on a special assignment, sending her to L.A. to give the VanCamp family—mom Sara (Eva La Rue), dad Scott (Dan Gauthier), and their two kids Ally (Izabela Vidovic) and Will (Mason Cook)—a holiday wake-up call. Will Christine fail her assignment and be sent back to the North Pole for good, or will the VanCamps come to their senses about the meaning of Christmas?

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersDogs
PlotWedding, Snow, Holidays, Gifts
PlaceParty, USA
TimeNew Year, Winter
StyleRomantic, To cry

When a reporter encounters the eldest son of a famous political family at a mountain retreat, she winds up pretending to be his girlfriend over Christmas so he can save face with his family. Should she secretly expose newsworthy scoops about the famous family in order to save her job, or trust that she's falling in love for real? Stars Patricia Richardson and Katrina Law.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, comedy, adventure, family, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
CharactersMonkeys, Artists, Good people
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceCircus
StyleKind

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
CharactersKings, Sisters, Princesses, Artists
PlotJealousy, Snow, Cheating, Holidays
PlaceTrains, Castle, Cemetery, Small cities, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleCute, Fascinating, Touching

Allie Foster, a struggling New York artist, reluctantly accepts to act as a governess to a rebellious Princess Theodora of Winshire. When Allie forms an unlikely bond with the princess, she attracts the attention of the handsome King Maximillian, who’s facing an arranged marriage against his heart’s wishes. As Christmas Eve draws near, Allie finds herself swept up in romance, royalty and the spirit of the holidays.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
CharactersFamily, Actors
PlotTravel, Supernatural, True love, Ghosts
PlaceLos Angeles
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry

Sloan is beautiful, stylish, and on the fast track to success at her public relations firm. After her client Caitlin ends up in a coma and becomes her own personal ghost of Christmas past, present, and future; she finds out first hand that her unethical ways needs to change and reuniting with a past jilted lover may be the answer.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersFamily
PlotTime travel, Divorce, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleFancy, Touching

A ne'er do well father and ex-husband who always raced his way through the holidays is forced to relive Christmas Day time and again until he gets it right in this family oriented fantasy comedy starring Jay Mohr. It's Christmas time once again, and as usual Kevin (Moore) is scrambling to get his son Ben a last minute gift before stopping by his ex-wife Jill's house for a quick swig of eggnog. Ben can't stand Jill's impossibly perfect new boyfriend, and the prospect of spending the entire evening with his former inlaws is nearly too painful to ponder. But this Christmas things are going to be different, because this Christmas might just last forever. At first Kevin resists the curious development by simply reverting to his childish ways, though he is about to find out that sometimes in order to build a better future one must finally make amends with the past. ~ Jason Buchanan

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersFamily
PlotAdventure, Holidays
PlaceAircraft
TimeNew Year

Five disparate kids snowed in at the airport on Christmas Eve learn some lessons about friendship when they launch a bid to get back to their families and outsmart a disgruntled airport official who wants to keep them grounded.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus
PlotLife, Family life
PlaceNew York
TimeNew Year
StyleFancy, Touching

Two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, family
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersTeens, Geniuses, Family, Twins
PlotSoccer, Holidays
PlaceCanada
TimeNew Year, Winter
StyleFancy, Touching

An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family's terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover and his family a Christmas they will never forget.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, musical, adventure, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersPirates, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Love triangle, Missing people, Blackmail
StyleFancy

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with Olive's fiancé, Bluto.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersCinderella, Gnomes
PlotAdventure, Magic

After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince. There's just one problem - he's in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White. Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil...

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:29
CharactersFamily
PlotLife, Friendship, Family life
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleTouching

As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:34
CharactersDogs, Animals, Teachers, Bears, Tigers
PlotFriendship, Happiness
PlaceTrains, Forest, Party
StyleCute, Soulful, By books, Deep Meaning, Makes me think

Christopher Robin, the boy who had countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, has grown up and lost his way. Now it’s up to his spirited and loveable stuffed animals, Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of the gang, to rekindle their friendship and remind him of endless days of childlike wonder and make-believe, when doing nothing was the very best something.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, family
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:31
CharactersElves, Scammers, Santa Claus, Lawyers, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Snow, Toys, Holidays, Gifts
PlaceParis, France
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Light

Christmas is on its way and with it disaster. The 92,000 responsible for manufacturing children's toys all become sick at the same time! It's a tough moment for Santa, better known as Father Christmas. He's left no choice: he must make an emergency trip to Earth with his reindeer to search for a remedy. When he arrives, he must find some allies to save the magic of Christmas.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersFamily, Losers
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, Body exchange, Fulfillment of desires
PlaceNew York
StyleCute, Fascinating, Touching

A young boy, Josh Baskin makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world?

Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:28
CharactersFamily, Santa Claus
PlotTime travel, Divorce, Cheating, Family life, Holidays
TimeNew Year
StyleCute

Now that Santa and Mrs. Claus have the North Pole running smoothly, the Counsel of Legendary Figures has called an emergency meeting on Christmas Eve! The evil Jack Frost has been making trouble, looking to take over the holiday! So he launches a plan to sabotage the toy factory and compel Scott to invoke the little-known Escape Clause and wish he'd never become Santa.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:32
CharactersDogs, Sharks, Family
PlotLife, Family life
PlaceParty, Kitchen
StyleLight

Newlyweds Nick and Suzanne decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor with a bizarre approach to business.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersDogs, Family, Santa Claus, Sisters
PlotFriendship, Breakup, Snow, Holidays
PlaceSmall cities
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Touching

Jackie Foster, a dynamic Assistant District Attorney and single mom, is looking forward to wrapping up her latest case and spending Christmas with Gracie, her adorable and precocious, eight-year old daughter. But when Jackie’s estranged dad, Jack , a gruff retired police officer, unexpectedly shows up at her door, they will be forced to confront old wounds.





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