Top 10 Christmas Films
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Bad Santa- A rude, crude, and hilarious movie with heart. The entire ensemble cast (especially Billy Bob Thronton) gives their A game here.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- The crème de la crème of dysfunctional family Christmas movies.
- Home Alone- Nothing says Christmas like elaborate traps, a delicious cheese pizza, the Wet Bandits, and “Angels With Filthy Souls.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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