Congrats! You’ve survived the crowded shopping malls and ridiculous holiday traffic long enough to wake up on Christmas morning with an appetite for one helluva dinner alongside one or two (or three!) essential Christmas movies. But which ones do you watch? Here are five films I whole-heartedly recommend …
Agree with people who mentioned Scrooged--needs to be on the list. Love the inclusion of Gremlins--everyone forgets about that. Several of these are answers to the "obscure quote/popular Christmas movie" quiz here: [BLOCKED WEBSITE]
That old claymation movie that slowly disappeared years ago about the Long-eared Donkey, "The Little Drummer Boy", and the very sad but great "The Little Matchstick Girl". Various versions of "A Christmas Carol". Veggie Tales Christmas Bundle, Santa Clause the Movie (Dudley Moore), Harry Potter 1,
Anyone remember, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlos Minotti. And, how about King of Kings? The cutesy movies are fun but these have great memories and meaning for me.
it's a wonderful life-hello...your choicesare pathetic
Ok. Here's my top five list: White Christmas, A Christmas Carol (with Alastair Sim), A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's a Wonderful Life! Honorable Mention: Elf, The Santa Clause, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Home Alone, and Holiday Inn,
I agree with all the above mentioned, albiet, Bad Santa cannot be shown with the little kiddies around. Did anybody mention Jingle All The Way? Maybe not "Classic" material, but I enjoy it. Shrek the Halls is fun for the kids as well.
For me: you can't have a Christmas without THE FAMILY STONE. Others mentioned earlier here; White Christmas, Home Alone, A Christmas Story. Plus, the Alastair Sim version of Dickens, A Christmas Carol.
1. Christmas Vacation 2. Gremlins 3. Elf 4. A Christmas Carol (1984 Version with George C. Scott as Scrooge) 5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey Version)
2 words: Batman Returns. I mean, it takes place at Christmas time...
Terrible list. Grinch Who Stole Christmas is definitely the top 5.
I love The Year without a Santa Claus...Heatmeiser and Coldmeiser anyone??
The best Christmas movie is a newer one called, The Nativity Story. I promise you'll never regret watching it! Remember the reason for the season!
I think everyone is forgetting the most obviuos one of all. It's a Wonderful Life must be the quintescential christmas movie of all time. Anyone who has not seen this film does not know what he or she is missing. I love this movie. Frank Capra, the films director, captured the very essence of the meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas to all!!!
You all left great movies. My all time favorite is WHITE CHRISTMAS it goes with christmas story and its a wonderful life. It should be the top 20 christmas movies
Hmmm ...Might be showing my age but the Song of Bernadette; the Lord is my Shepherd (Little House on the Prarie)and the Preacher's Wife make my holiday complete
yes to scrooged and a christmas carol. article calls for movies, so rudolphe, frosty , grinch and charlie brown are all automatically disqualified. (but i love them too) just because a movie is set at christmas doesn't make it a good christmas movie, so get rid of lethal weapon and trading places. nothing wrong with bad santa but it would have been further down on my list.
Footnote to my previous comment: Get the original version of "A Christmas Memory" starring Geraldine Page -- the later one with Patty Duke is far inferior.
Good list. A few other suggestions: "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote -- first aired as an ABC TV special, now very hard to find; "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine -- not about Christmas per se, but takes place during the Christmas season; "Scrooge" starring Albert Finney -- a clever musical adaptation; "Scrooged" starring Bill Murray as a wise-cracking cynical TV executive. And of course "It's a Wonderful Life" -- I can't see how any list could omit that.
A Christmas Story is an absolute must, Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas (surprised no one mentioned this one), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated and live versions), A Charlie Brown Christmas. Haven't watched Gremlins in a long time so will have to break it out this holiday. Absolutely not to non-family friendly Bad Santa ewwww! I love Trading Places, Lethal Weapon, and Love Actually but the animated movies are a must.
I am glad someone finally recognizes Die Hard and Gremlins has great christmas movies. I 2nd another post that lists the Ref as a great Christmas movie.
We love to watch Elf, The Santa Clause and Mickey's Christmas Carol.
I like to watch A Christmas Story, Jack Frost, Home Alone, The Christmas Shoes, the snowglobe movie with christina milian i think, and Christmas with the Kranks..
Lots of great movies added and the original list is great. I also can't start the holiday without The Ref (Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey) and Love Actually (lot's of stars).
switch Gremlins with Elf. I love that movie
I like to watch "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Haven't seen it on TV yet so I think I'll have to pull out the DVD!
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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