Top 75 Christmas Films – P.4

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Top 75 Christmas Films

The top 75 films as voted in by the readership

Part 4

Films 16 – 25 @ 3 Votes

No 25

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – 1983

During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara (Takeshi) become intrigued with Celliers’ open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence (Tom Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs

No 24

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 2001

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

No 23

Lethal Weapon – 1987

Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he is reassigned and partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), Riggs immediately clashes with the older officer. Together they uncover a massive drug-trafficking ring. As they encounter increasingly dangerous situations, Riggs and Murtaugh begin to form a bond. Riggs’ volatile behavior might just help them apprehend the criminals — if it doesn’t kill them both first.

No 22

Meet Me In St louis – 1944

“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The film spotlights the sisters’ education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn’t limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love — accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor — conquers all.

No 21

Look Who’s Talking Now – 1993

James (John Travolta) and Mollie Ubriacco (Kirstie Alley) are expanding the family again, this time with Rocks the mutt (Danny DeVito) and Daphne the poodle (Diane Keaton), a mismatched pair who spend their time trading insults the humans can’t hear. Meanwhile, James gets a big break working as a private pilot for cosmetic tycoon Samantha (Lysette Anthony), but his employer is determined to pry him away from his wife, his children and, of course, his dogs.

No 20

Elf – 2003

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

No 19

The Polar Express – 2004

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

No 18

Mr Krueger’s Christmas – 1980

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas is a 1980 American Christmas television special produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starring James Stewart, directed by Kieth Merrill with story by Michael H. McLean and featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was broadcast on NBC on December 21, 1980.

No 17

The Amazing Mr Blunden – 1972

Complex, Dickensian ghost story about two young children who move with their mother to an old mansion. The genial resident ghost introduces them to two ghost children, who ask them to solve an ancient mystery. This requires them to travel back in time to save two orphans from a dreadful uncle and a terrible death in a burning house

No 16

Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

Part 5 Tomorrow, the final part – so what do you think is in that line up, but more importantly, what do you think is in the top 5?

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