The Best 5 Christmas Movies Of All Time

Christmas is less than three weeks away folks! After long days of shopping and wrapping there is nothing like sitting down in front of the TV. But what better to watch now then more things to bring you into the holiday spirit?! Christmas movies come in many shapes and sizes. Some are funny, some are uplifting, and some are both. I know there are some movies my Christmas season is not complete without at least one viewing. Here are my five favorite movies to watch this time of year. (Note: I am only counting movies actually about Christmas in this list, not those that just feature Christmas. Sorry Die Hard and Batman Returns)


5. Christmas Vacation (1989)-

It’s weird to think that National Lampoon is behind one of the best Christmas movies of all time. It’s even harder to believe that it’s a sequel! Chevy Chase returns as the iconic Clark Griswold in this hilarious holiday classic. The plot involves what most normal family’s Christmas entails, too many family members coming to one house much to the homeowners dismay. This hysterical movie is a must for the holiday season.



4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)-

Tim Burton may not have directed this Disney feature, but his creative stamp is all over it. Some of you may be asking whether this is a Halloween movie more than a Christmas movie. The answer is no because even though the characters all crawled out of a place called Halloweentown, the film ends with a feeling of Christmas spirit that no Halloween movie could replicate.



3. Elf (2003)-

Will Ferrell stars in this charming recent comedy that brings a human who thinks he’s an elf to New York City. The movie also stars a young Zooey Deschanel who exhibits her beautiful singing voice a number of times to sing classic Christmas carols. Elf is consistently funny and heartwarming. This is also probably the cleanest you will ever see Will Ferrell on the big screen.



2. A Christmas Story (1983)-

No Christmas movie has more classic, laugh out loud moments than this one. To list a few the leg lamp, the bunny costume, and the triple dog dare. Luckily TBS airs this classic for 24 hours starting on Christmas Eve all the way through Christmas Day. Perhaps what makes this movie so brilliant is the nostalgia factor of the 1940s, when the film is set. You will smile all the way through this timeless Christmas classic.


1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)-

Here is a film that has stood the test of time for over sixty years. This brilliant film stars James Stewart as an average man named George who has a lot of things go wrong at once and wishes that he had never been born. Then and angel named Clarence comes down and shows him how badly the people in his life have it without him. Everything is fine just in time for George to have a Merry Christmas. If you have not seen this beautiful film yet rent it immediately.



Christmas movies get pumped out every year to make money but sometimes we get something special with them, Christmas spirit. That’s what these five films have done for me. Feel free to list your favorites that I missed in the comments section! Merry Christmas!


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~ by mattsmoviethoughts on December 6, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Best 5 Christmas Movies Of All Time”

  1. I love the original Rudolph movie, Jingle All the Way, and The Grinch with Jim Carrey.

    RENT is also great to watch during the holidays. You get the amazing music and story in a New York City Christmas setting.

    Oh, and we can’t forget Home Alone! Especially the second one. Such a great movie. =]

  2. Miracle on 34th Street.

    That is all.

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