Just as we all have our own family traditions when it comes to the holidays, we all have distinct favorites when it comes to holiday movies. Some of us love the classics, like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn and White Christmas. Some of us prefer more recent movies like Love Actually, Elf and The Polar Express. Or there's the ones in between, such as A Christmas Story, Home Alone and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
That last title also fits in with a certain kind of holiday movie with edge. In that category you've got Scrooged, Bad Santa, Die Hard and anything written by Shane Black, including Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and this year's Iron Man 3. Beyond that are the holiday horror flicks, namely Black Christmas; Silent Night, Deadly Night; Rare Exports and, a bit tamer, Gremlins. Also, let's try to remember those movies we forget are Christmas movies, like Brazil, Friday After Next, About a Boy, Batman Returns, Trading Places and The Thin Man.
What makes a great holiday movie? A good moral lesson? Hilariously dysfunctional family scenes? Someone being terrible while wearing a Santa suit? Nobody can answer that with any fact, because while there are titles that are more popular than others, there's just no strong consensus for what is the very best Christmas movie of all time.
This week we polled Twitter users for their pick for the best, and we got a lot of different answers... and an interesting, very modern winner among them. Here are the results followed by a few sample tweets:
Die Hard - 3
Scrooged - 1
Love Actually - 1
White Christmas - 1
Home Alone - 1
A Christmas Carol (1951) - 1
Eyes Wide Shut - 1
Jingle All the Way - 1
Roger and Me - 1
@thefilmcynic Jingle All the Way. It's an incredibly dark comedy that shields younger viewers until they can piece the references together.— john lichman (@jlichman) December 19, 2013
@thefilmcynic 1. Die Hard, 2. Gremlins, 3. A Christmas Story— justin robinson (@TheJSRobinson) December 19, 2013
@thefilmcynic Die Hard. If you don't count that, then ELF.— Daniel Howat (@howatdk) December 19, 2013