Ranking Movie Santas: From Brilliant To Just Plain Bad

Ho, ho, w-ho is the baddest Claus of all?

1. Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough), Miracle On 34th Street

20th Century Fox

The most brilliant of them all, because he’s the real Santa, duh. His sign language conversation with Sami still makes us cry.

2. Santa (Edward Asner), Elf

New Line Cinema

“Santa! Oh my God! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!”

3. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), The Santa Clause trilogy

Walt Disney Pictures

SC may have started out a little bad, but once he embraced his new role, he became one of the sweetest Saint Nicks around.

4. Santa (Leslie Nielsen), All I Want For Christmas

Paramount Pictures

First of all, look at teeny tiny Thora Birch. Secondly, what kind of Santa would help two little kids get their parents back together? A great one, that's what kind.

5. Nick Claus (Paul Giamatti), Fred Claus

Warner Bros.

That awkward moment when you're born as Santa and your big brother tries to stick his oar in. Nick Claus handles it pretty well considering. 

6. Nick St. Nicholas (Kelsey Grammer), Mr St. Nick

Hallmark Entertainment

Never underestimate a Hallmark movie Santa, especially when he happens to be played by Frasier Crane.

7. Nicholas St. North (Alec Baldwin), Rise Of The Guardians

Dreamworks Animation

The leader of all the Guardians, sure, and with a Russian accent to boot. Bit cranky, though.

8. Malcolm Claus (Jim Broadbent), Arthur Christmas

Aardman Animations

He has a lot of high-tech tomfoolery, so Malcolm's hardly a traditional Santa in our books. Nice guy, though.

9. Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck), Reindeer Games

Dimension Films

Dressing up as Santa to rob a casino on Christmas Eve is almost as bad as it gets. Almost. 

10. Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), Bad Santa 


But, of course, there could be no badder Santa than sex-addicted, alcoholic, professional robber Willie. The crown’s all yours, Billy Bob; we'll see you at the cinema for Bad Santa 2.


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