Numerous adaptations of ‘A Christmas Carol’ have been made for the big screen. The following is a ranking of the 30 most popular adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, from the poorest to the finest. These adaptations range from traditional stories to modern interpretations each bringing its own take on the timeless story.
Some of the standout adaptations include the 1951 film starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge and there are also more unconventional adaptations like the 1992 film ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol,’ which infuses humor and charm into the classic tale. Whether you prefer a faithful adaptation or a creative one, just check out the below list of 15 movies which is certainly a version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to suit everyone’s taste.
‘A Christmas Carol’ Holiday Classic Ranked
There are many different films that have been adapted from A Christmas Carol, which makes it difficult to pick which of these versions is the best.
Various adaptations offer various points of view, such as looking at a female version of Scrooge or presenting a darker and more supernatural take on the story. One of the most well-known and well-loved classics is The Muppet Christmas Carol, which combines the whimsical nature of the Muppets with a retelling of the story that is both sentimental and accurate.
A Christmas Carol (2004 film) – starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jane Krakowski as Ghost of Christmas Past and Jesse L. Martin as Ghost of Christmas Present.
The Muppet Christmas Carol – It is the first Muppet film to be produced after the deaths of Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, and Richard Hunt, the performer of the Muppets; the film is dedicated to both of them. Starring Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh and Meredith Braun.
A Christmas Carol (1984 film) – casting George C. Scott – Ebenezer Scrooge, Mark Strickson – Young Ebenezer Scrooge, Frank Finlay – Marley’s Ghost and Angela Pleasence – Spirit of Christmas Past
A Christmas Carol (1984 film) – George C. Scott, Mark Strickson, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward and Michael Carter
Ebenezer (film) – Jack Palance, Ricky Schroder and Amy Locane. In the United States, it was first broadcast on TNT on November 25, 1998, and it was a television film that had a high production value. It is a title that is not widely known and is only occasionally seen.
Spirited (film) – Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, Octavia Spencer and Sunita Mani. It is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella ‘A Christmas Carol’.
It’s Never Too Late (1953 film) – It is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Filippo Walter Ratti. Starring Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò, Isa Barzizza and Luigi Batzella.
Ebbie – casting Susan Lucci, Wendy Crewson, Ron Lea as Paul and Molly Parker. It is a 1995 TV movie directed by George Kaczender, written by Ed Redlich.
Ms. Scrooge – Cicely Tyson has presented a version of the character for Hallmark in 1997. The majority of Scrooge films are portrayed by elderly men, and they are typically set in Victorian London.
My Dad Is Scrooge – It is a 2014 Canadian Christmas fantasy family which casts Brian Cook as EB, Christian Kerr as Oliver and Eva Greig as June.
Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost – It is a 1901 British short silent drama film. It is the earliest film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.
Scrooge & Marley (2012 film) – This ‘A Christmas Carol’ adaptation movie is retold from a gay perspective, co-directed by Richard Knight Jr. and Peter Neville, and co-written by Knight, Ellen Stoneking, and Timothy Imse.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – It is a 2009 American romantic comedy and film was released on May 1, 2009. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert, Emma Stone, and Michael Douglas.
It’s Christmas, Carol! – Film stars Norman Smiley, Vampiro, and Scott Steiner which is a 2012 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol (2020 film) – A 2020 British Christmas drama dance film stars Siân Phillips, Michael Nunn, Grace Jabbari as Belle and Brekke Fagerlund Karl.
Karroll’s Christmas – It is a 2004 American made-for-television Christmas comedy film. Movie stars Tom Everett Scott as Allen Karroll, Wallace Shawn as Zeb Rosecog and Larry Miller as Barry Freedman.