Top 10 Christmas movies


10. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Half Santa biography, half modern day tale. When one of Santa's elves goes rogue and joins up with an evil toy manufacturer, the big guy must come to his rescue. Santa Claus: The Movie is the delightful story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. There he is entrusted with wondrous, special powers – to become the world’s most beloved patron of Christmas…Santa Claus! And there he meets Patch (Dudley Moore), and eager-to-please elf who becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon’s (John Lithgow) plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa’s greatest adventure of all – to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world!

9. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

When you grow weary of cute cartoon Santas and heartwarming holiday films, pop "The Nightmare Before Christmas" into the DVD player and enjoy a twisted Christmas movie. For those who never thought Disney would release a film in which Santa Claus is kidnapped and tortured, well, here it is! The full title is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which should give you an idea of the tone of this stop-action animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy.

8. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy Chase is the perfect antidote to too much holiday schmaltz. Watch him bungle around for an hour and 37 minutes and you can sit through three viewings of "It's a Wonderful Life." National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation :Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the "perfect Christmas" for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations. Year: 1989 Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid

7. A Christmas Story (1983)

"You'll shoot your eye out!"
If you don't know that phrase, or any of the countless other gems in this off-beat holiday movie, then get thee to the video store now. Ralphie's Christmas quest for a Red Rider BB Gun will make you laugh until your funny bone is sore. A Christmas Story is one of the most popular Christmas movies.

6. Holiday Inn (1942)

This is the movie that originated the song "White Christmas," which is probably why we still think of it as a Christmas film. Jilted by his fiance, Bing Crosby gives up show business to run a farm only to find that farm life isn't as easy as he thought. He opens Holiday Inn, staging shows only on national holidays and falls in love with his star. But the man who stole his fiance ( Fred Astaire) threatens to steal his new leading lady too. In 1942, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby teamed up at Der Bingle's Paramount Pictures for Holiday Inn, a black-and-white musical that proves more entertaining than Crosby's color semi-remake White Christmas in 1954. Astaire and Crosby play partner/rival song-and-dance men who compete for the hand of their performing partner, played by Virginia Dale.

5. The Polar Express (2004)

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Sure, it's a little creepy that every character looks like Tom Hanks (including the young main character). But the magical movie about a little boy who lost his faith in Santa is still required viewing.---The Polar Express

4. A Christmas Carol (1951)

True to the book with great performances, this is the best telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular films.

3. Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Jim Carrey had great material to work with when he transposed Dr. Seuss' classic into a live action movie. But if anyone could take on the over-the-top, greedy, Christmas-hating Grinch, it was Carrey. Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas : Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn't come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it's an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!

2. Scrooged (1988)

You've got Bill Murray, crazy 1980s greed and Charles Dickens. Really, it couldn't go wrong. Scrooged is the late 1980's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic and has everything you could ever want in a Christmas movie, laughs, inspiration, nostalgia, this movie has it all!

1. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

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The charming cartoon tale of the man of snow who came to life one day is a required holiday viewing. And Jimmy Durante's narration ensures it will be around for years to come. Look at Frosty Go! What’s become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman who’s got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can’t go wrong with Frosty!