Special thanks to my fellow movie buff.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The 16 Best Christmas Movies of all Time.
In honor of the Christmas season, we're making a list, checking it twice
finding out which films are naughty or nice.
Yes the movie buffs are recommending them tonight.
We see them when we're sleeping
We see them when we're awake.
We know if they are bad or good, so here's the lists for goodness sake.
So now for some of the best Christmas movies of all time, as decided by your resident movie buffs.
16. A Christmas Story (1983) — Ralphie spends the entire movie fending off bullies and telling everyone that he wants a red Rider B.B. Gun. Everyone keeps telling him that he'll shoot his eye out, and he ensures them he won't. When the “old man'” actually gets him one, and he does shoot his eye out, he has to own up to the consequences, or does he?
15. Elf (2003) — Will Ferrell stars as a human that was adopted by the elves when he climbed into Santa's bag as a child. When his large size and lack of elfly skills finally gets to be to much he returns from the North Pole to seek out his real father, hijinx ensue.
14. A Miracle on 34th Street (1947) — This movie also appeared on the top 10 Thanksgiving movie list at number one, which is part of the reason it is a bit lower here. Yes Santa is a main character, but it's set at Thanksgiving.
13. A Christmas Carol — There are literally hundreds of versions of this movie, most are pretty good, pick your favorite version of Charles Dickens' classic and enjoy.
12. The Santa Clause (1994) — Tim Allen was a huge TV star at the time, so the movie industry decided to make him huge as well — by turning him into jolly St. Nick. He didn't read the Santa Clause, and hence he became Santa Claus.
11. Lethal Weapon (1987) — Many don't remember that this is set as Christmas time, probably because there is no snow, and barely a mention of Christmas throughout, but it most definitely is set during the most wonderful time of the year. The first time Riggs and Murtough got together on film, though certainly not the last.
10. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970) — The first of the classic Ranking & Bass stop motion animated films to make this list, but certainly not the last. In this movie a mailman reveals the origin of Santa to some townsfolk.
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) — Burl Ives plays Sam the Snowman as the stop motion animated Rudolph and pals search for a place that they can all fit in and not be outcasts.
8. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) — The Griswald Family plans to have a spectacular Christmas, but things don't always turn out just right for Clark, Ellen and the kids.
7. Scrooged (1988) — Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross in this modern day telling of the Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol.” Although this is based on the classic tale, it's a telling all of it's own and deserved it's own mention on the list.
6. Batman Returns (1992) — Batman battles the Penguin and Catwoman while alter ego Bruce Wayne has to struggle through memories of his murdered parents at Christmastime.
5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) — Clarence the Angel shows George Bailey what life would be like in Bedford Falls had he never been born.
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) — The Peanuts gang celebrates Christmas while Charlie Brown searched for the true meaning of the holiday. The best part is when Charlie rejects the large full trees that represent commercialism and instead seeks out his own personal “perfect” tree.
3. How the Grinch the Stole Christmas! (1966) — A mean spirited being with a heart three sizes too small decides to steal Christmas from all of the jovial residents of Whoville. Can a chance encounter with CindyLou Who be all that the Grinch needs to brighten up?
2. A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) — if this movie didn't kick off the stop motion way of film making, it sure as heck is one of the most loved. Delightful music, extraordinary concept and funny to boot, it's one of the better Christmas films of the past two decades. This movie also made the top ten children's Halloween movie list.
1. Die Hard (1988) — Alan Rickman blows you away with his performance, Bruce Willis kicks off a great franchise with one of the most beloved action icons and the action itself is gripping. The fact that it is set at Christmas is just icing on the cake. This shouldn't be that big of a shocker, as it appears on many lists across the land both for Christmas and other occasions.
Special thanks to my fellow movie buff.