Top Five Christmas Movies
Some Christmas movies always make the favorites list, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.” We decided to offer some selections that you may not have considered along with some of our all time favorites.
We feel we have to give at least an honorable mention to “Meet me in St. Louis,” if for no other reason than the period setting and the incorporation of one of the holiday’s most enduring (and somewhat sad) songs: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” If you are a Judy Garland fan, then you really do need to find a copy of “Meet me in St. Louis” and watch it this year.
And for those action movie afficionados, don’t forget “Die Hard,” which unfolds as a Christmas party is taking place.
Top Five Christmas Movies
5. Home Alone: (1990) There are many reasons we like this film, including the freneticism displayed by a family rushing to leave the country for a fabulous Paris Christmas holiday. In our attempts to make Christmas “memorable,” we do often leave out the essential elements of the season–and leaving behind a child makes the point beautifully.
4. Scrooged: (1988) This somewhat dark comedy takes Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and twists it to fit into a contemporary world. Bill Murray is outstanding as the TV exec who lacks even a tiny bit of Christmas spirit. A solid cast makes this movie a holiday must-see.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: (1989) As we have come to expect, this is yet another of the misadventures of the Griswold family. The predictability of situations gone awry adds to the perennial popularity; however, the plot itself brings to mind moments we have all doubtless encountered during the Holidays. It doesn’t matter how many times we view the Christmas tree fiasco, the outrageous behaviors of house guests, or the outdoor lighting dilemma, this film still makes us laugh. Watch it again, for the 10th time.
2. A Christmas Story (1983) This movie is so the quintessential Christmas film that television stations run it back to back as a marathon, starting on Christmas Eve. Adults and children alike identify with Ralphie, who longs for a BB gun, but is afraid he will be disappointed when he doesn’t receive it. There are too many memorable scenes to mention–from the stuck tongue scene to the pink PJ scene–all peppered by irascible father’s continual battles with the furnace, the dogs next door, and his determination to win a sweepstakes. Find a station that is running this film and gather the family around.
1. Love, Actually (2003) Our top pick for Christmas movies, Love, Actually not only has a superb cast, it also has an outstanding soundtrack. The action takes place in London, and manages to incorporate many stages of love, from first love, childhood crushes, and adultery to the complications of marriage and friendship. Characters are memorable, and include a newly-elected British prime minister and a somewhat faded pop star, Billy Mack. Although not considered a traditional Christmas film by many, this film celebrates a long-established Christmas theme: Love.
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