Christmas (as well as any other time of the year, really) is the perfect excuse to watch over all of the Christmas movies that you saw hundreds of times, but still enjoy year after year. So make a hot beverage, curl up cozily in your most comfortable clothes and enjoy a movie from our top ten best Christmas movies list. You won’t regret a thing, we guarantee it.
10 – The Polar Express
This 2004 American animated film, an adaptation of a book with the same name, might not be known by a lot of people, but is still spectacular in terms of plot depth and use of computer graphics. Despite some critic’s negative reviews, especially regarding the weird looking character design in the film, it is still regarded as a Christmas classic nowadays. The Polar Express is also listed in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2006 as the first all-digital capture film.
9 – The Santa Clause
This movie about an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and has to reluctantly assume his position, is a well-known Christmas title. It has been regarded to be filled with the good old-fashioned holiday spirit that modern movies lack nowadays.
8 – A Christmas Carol
An adaptation of Charles Dicken’s famous Christmas novel about old mean Scrooge, who gets visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, and is transformed into a kinder and gentler person? Yes please.
7 – It’s a wonderful life
This is perhaps the best known American Christmas film to date and is also one of the most acclaimed films ever made, nominated for five Academy awards and recognised as one of the top 100 best American films ever made. If that doesn’t convince you that it deserves a place in our list, I don’t know what will.
6 – Miracle on 34th Street
The story here takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. This is the second Christmas film in the list to be widely praised, nominated for five Oscars and recieving four. It may be a bit old but hey, old things are almost always of better quality, right?
5 – Love Actually
Featuring a wide ensamble of stars, such as Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knighty and Liam Neeson, this is actually one of the good Christmas comedies. The story breaks down into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a large quantity of characters. This film is guarenteed to warm your heart and make you think about the important aspect of the holidays.
4 – The Nightmare before Christmas
Although some people consider it more of a Halloween movie, we think that it can be counted as a Christmas one as well. This Tim Burton classic is not only a world-favourite movie, but also can put you right into the holiday spirit, especially right after hearing the cult “What’s This?” song.
3 – Elf
The story about one of Santa’s elves (played by Will Ferrell) who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes, is one of the cult Christmas titles nowadays. The feature greatly benefits from Ferrell’s comedic presence, so if you are up for good old humour and giggles, buckle up because this movie will take you places.
2 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Who doesn’t know about the mean, green Grinch, who stole the Christmas of Whoville’s peaceful citizens? The maniacal evil protagonist is played by Jim Carrey himself, which is a certain guarantee for a good time and the unexpected ending will put a tear in your eye. This movie is also the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time, right after….
Come on, you knew it was coming right after you read the title.
1 – Home Alone
We know all the dialogue and all of Kevin’s tricks. But still we continue to watch it year after year. It’s like we purposefully forget the movie all over at Christmas time just to find an excuse to watch it. After all it’s tradition. And let’s face it – Kevin’s traps never fail to amaze us. So merry christmas ya filthy animals. And a happy new year.