Christmas Movies: The Top 7 Countdown

When the weather is cold, the Christmas tree is in the living room and friends and family are all gathered, there is nothing better of a Christmas movie night. The top 7 all time classic Christmas movies for the whole family. It is really the most wonderful time of the year!

Text: Elena Vafeiadi

 

 

No 7.  “WHITE CHRISTMAS” (1954)

Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bill Crosby, Danny Kane, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, the foursome of Bob, Phill, Betty and Judy travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s WII commanding officer, General Waverly who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. White Christmas, Paramount’s belated follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn, was the studio’s first VistaVision production. A veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes are woven into the film’s simplistic plotline, along with a handful of new songs, of which “What Can You Do With a General?” is the least memorable.

 

 

No 6.  “BAD SANTA” (2003)

Willie T. Stokes is a con man and a thief who teams up with his friend Marcus, a midget, for a very special scam each year during the holiday season. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall and they use their employee status to crack mall security and rob stores blind just before Christmas. Willie is a bitter, foul-mouthed and perpetually grouchy alcoholic who doesn’t care for kids, and it’s all he can do to keep himself from getting fired while on the job. The mall’s manager (John Ritter, in his last film appearance) is certain something’s wrong with theSanta he’s hired, so he asks the mall’s chief of security to do some research on Willie. The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy directed by Terry Zwigoff with Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham.

 

 

No 5.  “ELF” (2003)

Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Director/writer/actor Jon Favreau, took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, ZooeyDeschanel, and Bob Newhart.

 

 

No 4. “SCROOGE  (A CHRISTMAS CAROL)” (1951)

Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge in life and has been condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles. Marley informs Scrooge that he’s to receive a trio of spirits that night who will take him on a journey through Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens’ classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison,  Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst.

 

 

No 3. “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” (1993)

Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation by Tim Burton.

 

 

No 2. “HOLIDAY INN” (1942)

With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic. Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When Crosby’s heart is broken by his girlfriend, decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. A delightfully directed film by Mark Sandrich, starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale, Marjorie Reynolds.

 

 

No 1. “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET” (1947)

The ultimate Christmas experience with a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy’s toy-department Santa. A sentimental piece of Hollywood directed by George Seaton and starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne.

So you don’t believe in Santa Claus? If you want to stay a non-believer don’t see Miracle.

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