Christmas movies are a cherished tradition for many families. Whether you’re a Christian or not, there’s something special about watching the joyous festivities on the big screen. Here are our top 10 Christmas movies to watch this season:
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
A Christmas fantasy film based on a short story by Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The story is about George Bailey, a man who helps people in his community and contemplates committing suicide on Christmas eve; he brings his guardian angel intervenes, Clarence Odbody. It’s a Wonderful Life is remembered as one of the greatest films. And the film has been recognized as one of the 100 best American films ever made by the American Film Institute.
2. White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas is an American musical film, filmed in technicolor, featuring songs by Irving Berlin. The film is about Bob Wallace & Phil Davis, singers who help Haynes sisters escape from their landlord. Later, they ask the sisters to perform with them for a Christmas show to help out their old commander’s failing inn to bring it back into the business. White Christmas was greatly popular, with the masses earning $12 million in theatrical rentals, making it the highest-grossing film of 1954 by a wide margin. The film is the first to be released in VistaVision.
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3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street is a Christmas comedy film based on a story by Valentine Davies. The story takes place between Thanksgiving & Christmas day in New York City and focuses on the effects of a department store Santa who claims to be the real Santa. The film won three Academy Awards.
4. A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story is a Christmas comedy based on semi-fictional anecdotes in the 1966 book by Jean Shepherd. The story will occur in the 1970s following an adult Ralphie catching up with his old childhood friends. A Christmas Story is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films. A sequel is in production titled A Christmas Story Christmas.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a Christmas comedy film. It is the National Lampoon film series third installment. The film is based on a short story called Christmas 59, printed in National Lampoon. The story tells of the Griswold family spending Christmas vacation at home with their relatives & the mayhem that ensues.
6. The Polar Express (2004)
The Polar Express is a Christmas musical fantasy adventure film based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1985 children’s film. The film tells a story of a boy who boards a strange train going to the North Pole on Christmas eve. The train halts outside his house, and its conductor invites him to get on the train. The boy joins the other kids as they start the journey to visit Santa Claus.
7. A Christmas Carol (1984)
A Christmas Carol is a 1984 British-American television film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. The film tells the story of a mean-spirited & selfish older man Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas. Spirits of the Christmas past and present & are yet to come to pay a visit to Scrooge. After the spirits’ visit, Scrooge becomes a kinder and gentler person.
8. The Family Man (2000)
The Family Man is an American romantic fantasy comedy-drama. Jack, played by Nicolas Cage, is a businessman who rejects family life for his carefree bachelorhood. One day he wakes up in a completely new world where he is married to an old girlfriend & has a kid. He finds himself at crossroads where he must choose between his career & the woman he loves
9. Bad Santa (2003)
Bad Santa is an American Christmas black comedy. In this dark comedy, Willie T Stokes and his partner reunite for Christmas con once a year. They rip off shopping outlets disguising as Santa and his elf in the mall. This year Willie is depressed, and befriending an 8-year-old brings out his softer and compassionate side.
10. Elf (2003)
Elf is an American Christmas comedy film. The film revolves around Buddy, a human raised by elves, who learns about his origins & arrives in New York to meet his biological father.