Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top 10 Best Christmas Movies!


Tis the season to be jolly,... and sit by the warm fire while sipping hot cocoa, while watching your favorite Christmas movie. I love a good Christmas movie! So what if they tend to be a bit cheesy? They warm our hearts, restore our faith in humanity and generally bring joy to the world. And they can definitely hold a lot of fun memories as well. Below you will find some of my all time favorite big-screen Christmas flicks (sorry 'Charlie Brown' lovers, no TV specials here). Some are definitely traditional picks, while others are (pause) not so traditional. Counting down the list, I give to you my top 10 best Christmas movies ever.

Ghostbusters II (1989)
New York may be one of the most romantic cities during Christmastime, but the Ghostbusters manage to make it the slimiest, as well. In this family favorite, the gang is back with more laughs and, well, more ghost-busting. It doesn't surpass the original, but it is pretty funny. Merry Christmas!

Die Hard (1988)
There's no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than watching a wife-beater-clad Bruce Willis single-handedly destroy terrorists on Christmas Eve. The classic one liners, the genius use of a Run-DMC holiday tune - it's like a gift from Santa himself.
"Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***."

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Does Santa really exist? In this ageless flick, a department store Santa Claus challenges the city of New York to believe in the magic of Christmas. The 1994 remake is just as touching as the original. If you haven’t seen either the original or the remake of this movie you really are missing out.

Scrooged (1988)
Only Bill Murray can so expertly walk the fine line between shame and amusement, as he does playing TV exec Frank Cross. Complete with a taxi-driving Ghost of Christmas Past and a (literally) ball-busting Ghost of Christmas Present, this Dickens send-up is so offbeat and fun, Yule just love it!

Elf (2003)
Frank Ricard. Ron Burgundy. Ricky Bobby. They're all unforgettable Will Ferrell personas, but the role he might be remembered for most in 50 years is Buddy the Elf from 2003's instant holiday classic. “What's your favorite color?” The non-stop laughter that you'll experience by watching this movie live on for years.

Christmas Vacation (1989)
Chevy Chase is at the top of his game in this hilarious, unforgettably quoteable homage to the love/hate event that is the family Christmas. Where, besides this list, is there a place big enough for a movie with laughs this great? As Clark Griswold would say, "Bend over and I'll show you."

A Christmas Story (1983)
There's not a scene to forget in this near-perfect nostalgic look at Christmas time in the 40’s. The story of a young boy's epic quest to get his hands on a Red Ryder BB gun provides the hilarious backdrop for a timeless tale rampant with family fun, frozen tongues and, of course, sex-oozing leg lamps. This movie will forever be one of the best classics around.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
A tale of depression and almost-suicide doesn't exactly scream "Christmas classic" - which is probably why Frank Capra's flick flopped at the box office. But more than 30 years later, it endures as a beloved testament to everything Christmas embodies: family, friends and the joy of life.

Home Alone (1990)
It made Macaulay Culkin the biggest child star on the planet, reigned at the box office for 12 straight weeks and grossed $533 million worldwide, but the best thing about this holiday staple is watching an 8-year-old kid toss burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern a good old-fashioned Christmas beat-down. I grew up on this movie, so it holds a lot of fun, golden memories.

Love Actually (2003)
One of the best written romantic comedies in decades happens to have a Christmas theme, as well has hold my #1 spot on the list. Eight storylines collide in this touching, funny, and highly entertaining look at love, lust, loss, and relationships. Starring Hugh Grant as the British Prime Minister, Keira Knightley as a new bride, Liam Neeson as a newly widowed father, and Bill Nighy as an over-the-top aging rock star, Love Actually has a lot of heart and a lot of engaging characters to get into. I simply LOVE this movie. Merry Christmas!

I know the end of the year is usually a busy time and that it's tough to put aside a few hours to relax in front of the TV (is it really that tough though?). But if you do have a couple of hours to spare, any of these Christmas-themed movies will help lift your spirits and put you in the holiday mood.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?


Anonymous said...

love actually is my number one, too!!!!

but others on my list are:

- white christmas
- joyeux noel
- home alone 1 (yeah, and ok 2)
- how the grinch stole christmas
- the santa clause (only the original)
- the holiday
- while you were sleeping

movie that i feel should never be included on a top christmas movie list:

- the nightmare before christmas (seriously. this is a halloween movie)

<3 mel

Go shawty! said...

I Love elf! Buddy makes me laugh.
I also love syrup in my coffee.

"the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear"

Joan said...

iT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is by far my favorite Christmas movie.

Groverfam said...

White Christmas is my favorite of all time...and of course any Hallmark movie...always cheese but the commercials make it every time

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