Tis the season.
December is upon us and as we all know, that means it is the Holiday season. Christmas movies will consume the TV airways like locust, Mariah Carey CD’s will be dusted off and blasted with no remorse, and kids will leave cookies and milk for Santa when all he really wants is a beer.
So, as an excuse to write another post, I present you my top 10 Christmas movies.
When I say Christmas movies, I don’t necessarily mean movies about Christmas. I mean movies that have a Christmas or Holiday theme. You have been warned.
10. Jingle All The Way (1996)
A movie that is pure 90’s guilty pleasure nostalgia, and I have no shame in admitting it. Featuring two of the greatest actors of our generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, Jingle All The Way is a story about a dad trying to give his kid the gift that he wants but it’s not so easy. Arnold fights a bunch of guys dressed as Santa and some elf midgets while also learning the true meaning of Christmas…or something. Give it a watch if you’d be in for some Arnold cheese.
9. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
Another movie to hit you right in the nostalgia. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol is a take on the Scrooge story, but with Muppets so it’s infinitely better. In case you forgot, Michael Caine is Scrooge here. Yes, Michael “I’ve won two Oscars” Caine is in this movie. A Muppet’s Christmas Carol is my favorite Scrooge adaption, which earns it a spot on my list.
8. Elf (2003)
I remember liking this film.
I also like Will Ferrel for the most part.
Someone is pointing a gun at my head to put this on the list.
7. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Not sure you can have a Christmas list without going straight to hell without this movie on here. It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic tale about a man who wishes he never existed, and an angel that shows him how important he is to everyone. A very inspiring movie that deals with the lack of self-worth that everyone has felt at least once in their life.
6. A Christmas Story (1983)
“You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” Another classic of Christmas movie lists, A Christmas Story is full of memorable moments both funny and meaningful. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun, but no one seems to think it’s a good idea. Set in the 1940’s, the movie encompasses family life, the holiday season, and the dreams that engulf every kids heart on Christmas morning.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A movie that combines my two favorite holidays, Halloween and Christmas, into one amazingly odd and beautiful treat. Animated using stop-motion techniques, The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington of Halloween Town as he discovers Christmas and attempts to spread his newly found holiday spirit with not entirely successful results. Amazingly creative and original, The Nightmare Before Christmas is Tim Burton’s best film and is entertaining for the whole family.
4. Home Alone (1990)
A movie that is ridiculously preposterous but also ridiculously funny, Home Alone is a darkly humorous and largely entertaining family film. Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin, an 8 year old boy who is left at home by himself on accident as his family leaves on vacation for Christmas. Kevin must fend off two inept burglars with a series of fiendishly clever traps which are surprisingly violent but will have you laughing along with every scream the burglars let out. If you can get over the ridiculous plot this movie is a Christmas classic for anyone born in the 90’s.
3. Black Christmas (1974)
This might be the movie on my list that makes you scratch your head, but bear with me. Black Christmas should be considered a horror classic among the likes of Halloween, but it is an often forgot slasher movie from the 70’s that is every bit as scary as anything released in the last 20 years. A killer sneaks into a sorority house on Christmas Eve, and begins making strange phone calls to the residents inside. Eventually the girls start to go missing one by one and it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. A classic of the slasher genre, if you’re a fan of horror this is a must watch on your Christmas morning. *Fun Fact* The same director of this film also directed A Christmas Story so don’t hate me too much.
2. Gremlins (1984)
I LOVE GREMLINS. I love this movie so much. This movie is hilarious, dark, fun, entertaining, and a hell of a movie. Nothing about Gremlins is particularly great, but the whole package is something so endearing and lovable, despite it’s attempts to bite your face off. Regular kid, Billy, is given an adorable creature by his father for Christmas, but most always follow 3 rules:
1. Keep it away from bright lights
2. Don’t get it wet
3. Do not feed it after midnight
Eventually Billy breaks the rules and chaos ensues in all it’s evil, little creature glory. If you can roll with this movie and all of its inane logic, then Gremlins will reward you 10 fold.
1. Die Hard (1988)
One of the best action movies of all time. Happens during Chrsitmas. Bruce Willis as John McClane. Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. I’ll let this music video do the films justice.
*WARNING SPOILERS FOR EVERY DIE HARD MOVIE ARE CONTAINED IN THE VIDEO BELOW*
Best Christmas movie ever.
So those are my favorite Christmas movies! Tell me what yours are, I love discussing films with people.