As the cold winter nights draw in, and houses begin to twinkle in the warm glow of Christmas tree lights, it's a great time for relaxing with a festive movie. Apple's iTunes catalogue has plenty to choose from, ranging from black and white classics, up to technicolour modern marvels.

To help you choose, we've put together a guide to the films that should be on your wishlist this Christmas. If gift giving is more of your focus right now, take a look at our Christmas tech gift guide.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Available from: iTunes
Price: £7.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of arguably the finest version of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzy and crew all bring the traditional Muppet madness, while Michael Caine delivers an excellent Ebenezer Scrooge.

There's also the added bonus of the song 'One more sleep till Christmas', which ushers in the big day in fine fashion.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: The Muppet Christmas Carol

It's a Wonderful Life

Available from: iTunes store
Price: £4.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

When George Bailey decides that everyone in his home town of Bedford Falls would be better off if he just threw himself off a bridge, he's visited by an angel named Clarence who shows him what he really means to his friends and family.

This 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic has lost none of its charm or power over the years, with a message of fighting against greed that rings very true in the current world climate. One to savour.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: It's a Wonderful Life

White Christmas

Available from: iTunes
Price: £4.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

There's not many songs that manage to instantly conjure up festive feelings as well as 'White Christmas'. So, placing it in a fun musical with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, not to mention having Irving Berlin write the score, only makes it a present that anyone would be grateful to receive.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: White Christmas

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas

Available from: iTunes
Price: £5.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

If ever Jim Carrey was born to play a role, then it was the Grinch. In this fantastic adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic, he gurns, grins, and generally steals every scene with a powerhouse performance.

The sets look like they came straight out of the pages of the book, and the humour manages to walk the fine line of being funny to both adults and children.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: The Grinch

Home Alone

Available from: iTunes
Price: £7.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

Nothing speaks of the Christmas spirit more than a heartwarming tale of child abandonment and casual violence. Okay, maybe not. But Home Alone is very good fun.

When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home by his parents as they travel away for Christmas, he not only has to fend for himself but also battle a pair of hapless thieves known as the 'Wet Bandits'.

Using clips from gangster films, iced pathways, and weaponised paint tins, the young fella does a mighty fine job.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: Home Alone

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Available from: iTunes
Price: £7.99 to buy

If you prefer your festive entertainment to be a little less traditional then Tim Burton is your man. In this stop-motion animation movie the director tells the story of Jack Skellington, mayor of Halloween Town, who falls in love with Christmas and decides he can do Santa's job. As you can probably guess, this doesn't quite go to plan.

Funny, poignant, and accompanied by a wonderful score from long-time Burton collaborator Danny Elfman.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Elf

Available from: iTunes
Price: £8.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

Will Ferrell turns in a hilarious performance as Buddy, a man who was accidentally taken to the South Pole by Santa when he was young. Having grown up as an Elf, Buddy decides he wants to find his real father, but isn't too happy with what he discovers.

Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Peter Dinklage provide a stellar supporting cast, but it's the sheer energy and sense of joy that Ferrell brings which makes Elf such an enjoyable movie.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: Elf

Scrooged

Available from: iTunes
Price: £4.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

In this modern - well, 1980s modern - retelling of the Dickens novella, we find Bill Murray as a cynical and jaded television executive desperately in need of the Christmas spirit. So it comes as a surprise to him when he's visited by three.

Carol Kane is the pick of the bunch as a sadistic fairy, but it's Murray on top form that brings the tale alive.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: Scrooged

Miracle on 34th Street

Available from: iTunes
Price: £7.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

When Kris Kringle becomes a last-minute replacement for Santa Claus at Macy's department store, he doesn't realise he'll end up in court. Furthermore, his lawyer has the near-impossible job of convincing the judge and jury that Kringle is in fact the real Father Christmas.

Whether it's the 1947 original, or the 1994 remake, Miracle of 34th Street is still a magical story for the festive season.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: Miracle on 34th Street

Die Hard

Available from: iTunes
Price: £7.99 to buy, £3.49 to rent

What? It's a Christmas film! It's set at Christmas, anyway, and that's a good enough excuse for us. Of course, you could have the likes of Love, Actually, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, Gremlins, and about 20 others, but on our list the final entry is this Bruce Willis masterpiece.

One man taking on a bunch of terrorists, armed only with a vest and bare feet. All to save his wife, and therefore, metaphorically, Christmas! What's not to love? Not to mention a villain for the ages, played by Alan Rickman.

Maybe wait until the kids have gone to bed, though.

Best Christmas movies on iTunes: Die Hard

Okay, those are our favourites. We're pretty sure we'll have missed some of yours, so why not tell us which ones you'd pick and why in the comments section.