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Top 10 Christmas movies

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Ring in the holiday season with a warm fire, hot cocoa, and a classic Christmas movie to get in the spirit. Here are some films that are sure to give you that warm, comforting Christmas holiday type of feeling, featuring some of the most loveable characters of all time:

10) “Home Alone” (1990)

Notable charcter: Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, as the witty young innovative boy who survives adventures and burglaries while left at home for the holidays.

Possibly Macaulay Culkin’s finest hour and for some his most memorable film; this heartwarming 1990 classic is about young boy who is a part of a large family. The boy is forgotten and left at home during the family’s annual holiday trip. This is a notable top 10 all-time candidate and a good place to start if you are looking for a heartwarming Christmas film. Directed by Chris Columbus.

9)    “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

Notable character: Charles M. Schulz’s character Linus van Pelt, who together with Charlie Brown, comes together to show people the true meaning of Christmas.

When Charlie Brown’s class is supposed to put on a play showing the meaning of Christmas, things go wrong. But, no matter how bad things got, the kids learned to come together and spread goodwill towards mankind. Directed by Bill Melendez.

8)    “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Notable character: Tim Burton’s creation of Jack Skellington, voiced by Chris Sarandon, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town.

This is an eerie holiday tale that includes the combination of two dream worlds, Halloween and Christmas Town. This Tim Burton holiday classic is unique because of the inclusion of the two holidays, with the spookiness of Halloween brought into the joyous celebration that is Christmas. Directed by Henry Selick.

7)    “A Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

Notable character: Kris Kringle played by Edmund Gwenn, the department store Santa who claimed to be the “real” Santa.

This is another touching film that remains a perennial Christmas favorite for eight decades. Also, because it’s the second oldest film on the list, it’s clearly withstood time and will most likely do so for generations to come. Directed by George Seaton.

6)    “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)

Notable character: Hermey, the misfit elf who really wants to be a dentist and ventures off with Rudolph to the Island of Misfit Toys.

This is a unique short because it was done completely in stop motion animation in the ‘60s. The film was based on Johnny Marks’ famous song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Marks also also scored the short in its entirety. Directed by Larry Roemer and Kizo Nagashima.
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5)    “Bad Santa” (2003)

Notable character: Billy Bob Thornton as Willie T. Stokes; the “Grinch”-like character who winds up showing his holiday spirit.

Willie Stokes is a washed up crime ridden alcoholic who, after years of conning and robbing shopping malls as the ‘mall Santa,’ befriends the likes of a young boy. Directed by Terry Zwigoff.

4)    “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

Notable character: Dr. Suess’ character Cindy Lou Who, helps the Grinch’s heart grow from “two sizes too small” to a normal size.

Another Christmastime special from the 1960’s that still air today and with the help of a re-done 2002 version starring Jim Carrey, the film has stayed relevant through multiple generations. Directed by Chuck Jones.

3)    “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)

Notable character: George Bailey, played by James Stewart, a man who is physically and emotionally distraught and is on the brink of “giving up” on life.

This film is over 60 years old and  still plays every year, a holiday classic that has truly stood the test of time. From the origin of characters “Bert and Ernie”, to a unique point of view of a man given the chance to see a world if he’d never existed in it, this film has proven to be miles ahead of its time. Directed by Frank Capra.

2)    “A Christmas Story” (1983)

Notable character: Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley, and victim of BB pellet to the cornea.

Arguably the most gimmicky, fan-devoted Christmas movie of all time, there’s a reason TBS plays this film for 24 hours straight during the holidays: people love it. From Ralphie’s quest for his dream Christmas gift, a Red Ryder BB gun which seemingly everyone disapproves of, to his “Old Man’s” beloved “major award” of a lamp shaped as a woman’s fishnet leg; this movie is sure to be in the hearts of many for decades to come. Directed by Bob Clark.

1)    “Elf” (2003)

Notable character: Buddy the Elf, played by Will Farrell,

Although this film is only ten years old, it includes all the workings to be soon crowned as the new “classic” Christmas film, with all around funnyman, Will Farrell, at the helm showing his softer side. It features the same witty holiday anecdotes that parents and grandparents remember, with a great modern day twist of a human living an “elves” life. Directed by Jon Favreau.

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