I know, I know, here we go with another list, right? But they’re so much fun…and you’re reading it, so you must be as bad as me! This one is actually numbered, so we can debate my favorite Christmas Movies list, if you like.
10. The Santa Claus
No, this isn’t the greatest movie, but it’s very likable. I enjoyed the Judge Reinhold character (a little too much, actually), Bernard (the head elf)…and the actual premise is kinda clever and, importantly, new. It’s cute.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
I’m not sure if people will argue this because it shouldn’t be on the list at all or because it should be listed higher. Either way, it’s definitely a staple…and this is definitely Cousin Eddie’s best appearance. However, I find the Julia Louis Dreyfus character a little annoying, which is saying a lot given that I’m a HUGE Seinfeld fan.
8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey)
Also not great, but pretty good, as far as remakes of cartoons go. Jim Carrey was great as the Grinch. In fact, so great that it puts this movie on my list of Favorite Christmas Movies.
7. A Christmas Story
Some people consider this the be all, end all of Christmas movies (which would explain its 24-hour rotation on Christmas). I’m actually not the biggest fan anymore, but that’s probably because it’s been shoved down my throat. Don’t get me wrong, I love it — the tongue stuck to the flagpole, the “f-u-u-u-d-g-e” scene, the beautiful, wonderful lamp, the dogs — but it’s just been overdone. That being said, I’ll still watch it a few times this season.
6. Home Alone
I love this movie. I still enjoy it as though it’s the first time I’m watching it. I’m a nerd.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (the original, of course)
This movie is unbelievable. Great story, great acting, great setting (New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the old department stores)…and if you don’t thoroughly enjoy the final courtroom scene, well, there’s no helping you. Doesn’t this movie make you believe in the magic of Christmas, just a little?
Not a popular choice, strangely, but I think it’s wonderful, with its pure childlike innocence and belief in Santa. Clever premise, likable characters, and, overall, just a sweet, touching movie. Nothing earth-shattering, no huge stars, no huge budget, just a nice movie.
I love this movie. It’s witty and sentimental (at times, sappily so) and fun. Lots of big names came together to put a timely and interesting twist on the old classic. One of my favorite Bill Murray performances, actually.
2. The Bishop’s Wife
Many have probably never even seen (or heard of) this film, but it is a fantastic Christmas movie about an angel (Cary Grant) who tries to “help” an Episcopalian bishop (David Niven). He does so, but not in the way the bishop expects. This is, plain and simple, a magical movie that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor. And please don’t bring up the remake, which I won’t even mention by name. Some movies simply shouldn’t be remade. Like this one.
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
Cliche, right? Well, I actually mean it. I adore this movie. I’ve seen it, easily, more than 100 times. Easily. Probably closer to 200. You can’t beat Jimmy Stewart, and the message…how important every individual is to the people in their life, is one that can’t help but bring tears to your eyes. What a fantastic movie. It’s the standard in Christmas movies, and rightly so. If you haven’t seen it (is that even possible?), what are you waiting for?
What are your favorite Christmas movies?
Don’t forget to check out my list of what I consider the Worst Christmas Movies of all time.