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Top 10 Christmas Films

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With the holiday season in full swing, people (and families) all across the globe are watching Christmas films. I’m sure most of us all watch the same batch of X-Mas films given that there aren’t a ton of great ones out there as of right now, but I thought I’d share my personal favorites in this week’s top 10 list anyway. On with the festive list!

  1. A Christmas Story- This is far and away the movie I have seen the most in life. It is endlessly quotable, endlessly watchable, and it never gets old. It’s a flat-out perfect movie for the whole family.
  1. It’s A Wonderful Life- The rare film that actually gets better and more poignant the older you get. Much like “A Christmas Story,” this is a timeless masterpiece.
  1. Bad Santa- A rude, crude, and hilarious movie with heart. The entire ensemble cast (especially Billy Bob Thronton) gives their A game here.
  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- The crème de la crème of dysfunctional family Christmas movies.
  1. Home Alone- Nothing says Christmas like elaborate traps, a delicious cheese pizza, the Wet Bandits, and “Angels With Filthy Souls.”
  1. Love Actually- Some may write this off as a sappy rom-com, but this interconnected multi-character movie is a surprising and rewarding story about love. It’s worth watching just for the huge cast alone.
  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol- An underappreciated Christmas movie that doesn’t get the airplay it deserves. It’s a truly clever adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” that utilizes the Muppet characters exceedingly well.
  1. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)- While the 1994 version is admirable, the original 1947 Santa centric movie has LONG been a holiday classic and for good reason.
  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)- Forget about the bloated 2000 live-action film. The classic Boris Karloff narrated animated TV movie is the only one to watch.
  1. The Santa Clause (1994)- Maybe it’s because I grew up with this movie, but I have a real fondness for this one. It’s a touching father-son story that puts a spin on the Santa Claus mythology.

Notables: “Gremlins,” “Elf,” “The Shop Around The Corner,” and “Die Hard.”

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