I love movies, and I love Christmas. So what could be better than Christmas movies? There's a million of them, and I probably love most of them. But there has to be a top list, and this is it. Read, enjoy, and then go watch them.
25. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carey was the perfect actor for this role. It's a fun film and my girls love it, so it had to make the list. A lot of great character actors in this one too.
24. The Santa Clause 3
23. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
I've seen this one 40 times this year alone. Our youngest daughter had to watch it over and over again. I hate that Santa is a jerk in this movie, but I still enjoy it as a classic. A lot of fun memorable quotes too.
22. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Some people absolutely love this movie. I actually don't, but I do appreciate it. I enjoy the first half especially, but it tends to lose me later on. The music is spectacular by the way.
21. Mickey's Christmas Carol
You will discover from this list that I love A Christmas Carol in many forms. I don't think I've ever seen a version I didn't at least like. This is a short one and leaves out a ton of the book's material, but you've got to enjoy seeing the main cast of Disney characters acting this classic out.
20. The Bishop's Wife
Probably seen this one the least of all these movies, but I really enjoy it. Carey Grant is perfect in the role and David Niven was phenomenal as the bishop. Grant isn't the only Christmas angel you'll see on the list.
19. Frosty the Snowman
18. One Magic Christmas
I know full well that most of you will have never heard of this movie. I'm sure every kid has a Christmas movie they saw on television or video when they were young that most people forgot but they always remembered. This is the one for me. I loved it so much that I never forgot it. This is yet another Christmas angel appearance and you just might see Mary Steenburgen show up in one of my top 5 Christmas flicks.
17. Christmas With The Kranks
This movie did not get rave reviews overall, but I love it. First off, Tim Allen is perfect in Christmas films. And I'm a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis in comedies. She's hilarious in this one and actually reminds me of my mother-in-law a lot for some reason. Throw in Dan Aykroyd and Cheech and how can you not enjoy this fun film? There's going to be more Christmas in the suburbs film on the list, and this one belongs with them.
The second appearance of a version of A Christmas Carol is the exact opposite type of film than the first one (Mickey Mouse's). This is one of the few on the list that wouldn't be good for little ones as there's a bit of vulgarity and violence. However, Bill Murray is a comic genius and this is a blast for the older crowd.
15. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Don't get mad, the classic original is still to come. The 1994 version is definitely not as good as the 1947 one, but I still love it. And I appreciate the small differences like Santa knowing sign language instead of speaking Polish and the ending using God on the dollar instead of the mail. Watch the first one if you only have room in your holiday for one of them, but if you got time, give this one another look.
14. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966)
My daughter Abigail loves the newer one more (#25), but originals are almost always better. This one sticks to the book, but is a joy to watch every year.
13. Home Alone 2
Some think this one beats the first, and I think you can make an argument for that. However, Home Alone 2 repeats the whole first movie, just in a different setting. It does a great job, so it still gets in the top 25 even though there is not much original in it.
12. A Christmas Carol/Scrooge (1951)
For those counting, this is the third installment of the Dickens' classic. Most movie buffs call this 1951 flick the definitive version. It has two different names, because both were used depending on the country or video version you get. The actor playing Scrooge is on point and the movie has a lot from the book that others don't. For some reason every Christmas Eve, when it is real late, I feel like watching this one.
11. A Charlie Brown Christmas
The music is marvelous. It's not too long. It's iconic. And Linus quoting Scripture about the birth of Christ is one of the greatest cinematic moments ever! Most Christmas films never mention Christ unless His name happens to be in a song on the soundtrack and even that is rare. Love it!
10. White Christmas
You can't have a top ten without White Christmas. Like a handful of these top ten, I know of some who list this one as number 1. I do adore it, though like another movie you'll see in the top ten, very little of the movie has all that much to do with Christmas. I'm a massive Danny Kaye fan (I grew up on him), so I'm so glad he's in this movie gem.
9. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Ironically, Family Vacation, isn't really a family movie unless you watch it on television. The unedited one has quite a batch of cuss words in it. But man does this movie have about a hundred quotable and memorable scenes. This movie is a male classic like the Godfather, almost every man loves it and can quote it at the drop of a hat. I know many men have this as their number 1, but I like it at number 9.
8. Home Alone
A modern Christmas classic no doubt. I probably loved this even more because I was a 12 year old boy when itcame out, and this movie is a version of every boy's dream. I would often imagine fighting off bad guys at home, church, school or elsewhere. And the idea of being left alone to do what you wanted was awesome to me! I picture this movie every time I hear the song Jingle Bell Rock.
7. The Polar Express
If you have not seen this in IMAX 3D then put it on your bucket list. I've done it twice. It's magical. This film is magical. It captures the spirit of believing so so well. Only negative is very annoying elves.
6. The Santa Clause
One of my best guy pals recently told me hates this movie. I don't get it. It's one of the best Christmas movies ever! Tim Allen's third and final appearance on the top 25 is at his best. And I can't think of anything I don't like about this movie. I have special love for this film as Amy and I watched it with baby Abigail in the hospital right after she was born.
5. Miracle on 34th St. (1947)
Here's the original and best version of the movie. I appreciate it from top to bottom. I believe Kris Kringle is Santa Claus. Don't you? Don't be a Doris, be a Mr. Gailey and go tell some Susan in your life that it's more fun in life to hope, dream, and imagine!
3. The Muppet's Christmas Carol
The fourth and final version of A Christmas Carol on my list. I love the other 3 and many more, but this, without a doubt is my favorite. I'm a massive Muppets fan. I always have been. And yet, this is somehow totally atypical of other Muppet productions yet still is it's own kind of super awesome. Yes, I said super awesome. Michael Caine is a marvelous Scrooge and the music in this picture is Broadway worthy.
2. A Christmas Story
This movie is so close to my number 1, but just when I think it will get there, I tap it on the head with my black boot and push it down the slide to number 2. You'll shoot your eye out kid, you can't be number 1. You're not ready. But boy are you a great movie! And yes, I can watch 24 hours straight of this movie every Christmas day I think. And as a Hautian, I love the two shout outs to Terre Haute.
1. It's A Wonderful Life
I know, I know, there isn't a lot of stuff actually about Christmas in the movie. But the second half takes place around Christmas, and this movie has become THE Christmas movie that every other movie looks up to. It used to be shown by every TV station 4000 times every December until NBC bought the rights to make it a special annual viewing. I'd love to see a count of how many Christmas movies show someone watching this movie. It's perfect. Not only that, but it's my second favorite movie of any genre. I love every moment and can't wait to watch it again this Christmas!
Hope you got a kick out of my list. I know it's debatable. Tell me your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, or in comments below. Oh, and Merry Christmas.....ya filthy animal:)