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Top 23 Best Ever Christmas Films!! – 13/12/2020
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My thanks to the following readers for casting their votes and selections …
|Grace of Just Tawkin’||Angie of King Ben’s Grandma|
|Eugenia of Eugi’s Causerie I||Jeanne of Borderline Crossing|
|Gary of Bereaved Single Dad||Kristian of Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table|
|Suzanne of Ellie894||A Guy Called Bloke|
|It’s Wonderful Life||4|
|Miracle on 34th Street||3|
|The Muppet Christmas Carol||2|
|Charlie Brown Christmas||2|
|The Polar Express||2|
|National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation||2|
|A Christmas Story||1|
|The Santa Claus||1|
|A Holiday Affair||1|
|The Shop Around The Corner||1|
|Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus||1|
|Santa Claus is Coming to Town||1|
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie||1|
|The Bishop’s Wife||1|
|The Enchanted Cottage||1|
|Meet Me In St Louis||1|
Well we didn’t quite make the full 25 requirement, but we were only 2 short. I am not that big a fan of Christmas films in all honesty. I am not the only for instance that doesn’t particularly like It’s a Wonderful Life – it didn’t do anything for me when l first watched it as a teenager and even as an adult it still didn’t appeal and yet, many love that film and in fact, it made the top listing of this list.
I read an article recently that suggested that the watching of Christmas films was in fact not as popular as it once was, and most assuredly not as popular as much as it was at the turn of the millenium. So 20 years ago, more people watched Christmas films with enthusiasm and 20 years later they don’t.
I love films, but as a genre, Christmas has never really struck me as a great one to sit down with the family and watch …. but then, l don’t have children, l am not that bothered about Christmas – it’s a day to me like any other … so my opinion may be somewhat cynical – although l do like the older films and some , yes one or two of the newer films … how about you .. aside from the readers above to voted films into the list – are you into your Christmas films and movies in a big way?
|It’s Wonderful Life||1946|
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.
|Miracle on 34th Street||1947|
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
A cynically selfish TV executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. With the help of the ghosts of the past, present and future, he realises that he must reform himself.
Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.
|The Muppet Christmas Carol||1992|
Scrooge, an old miser who dislikes Christmas, is visited by spirits who foretell his future and share secrets from his past and present and that helps in changing his view on life.
|Charlie Brown Christmas||1965|
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965
|The Polar Express||2004|
A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. His life takes a turn after he encounters special people that make his journey memorable.
|National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation||1989|
Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he turns everything completely around, causing a domino effect of disasters.
|A Christmas Story||1983|
Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
|The Santa Clause||1994|
By helping Santa Claus with a Christmas crisis, Scott unknowingly agrees to become the next Santa Claus. Now, he has to deal with a suspicious former wife while trying to keep his secret safe.
|A Holiday Affair||1949|
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic but unsuccessful sales clerk.
|The Shop Around The Corner||1940|
Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest. Klara and Alfred are constantly at odds with each other, butting heads and disagreeing on almost everything. Both are enamored of their respective pen pals, who serve as welcome distractions in their lives. Little do they know, they are each the other’s pen pal and, despite outward differences, have unwittingly fallen in love through their letters.
Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.
|Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus||2009|
Yes, Virginia is an animated Christmas television special that first aired December 11, 2009 on CBS. It was based on a famous 1897 editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” in The Sun. The special featured the voice talents of Bea Miller as Virginia and Neil Patrick Harris as her father.
|Santa Claus is Coming to Town||1970|
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is a 1970 stop motion Christmas television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions in New York, New York
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie||1998|
It’s up to Santa’s most famous reindeer to save the day when an evil queen conjures up a storm on Christmas.
Hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, detective John McClane arrives in LA. However, he learns about a hostage situation in an office building and his wife is one of the hostages.
|The Bishop’s Wife||1947|
Dejected by his efforts to raise money to build a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) beseeches heaven for guidance, and is visited immediately by Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be an angel. Henry is skeptical, then annoyed when Dudley ingratiates himself into the household as his assistant — and worse, wins the attentions of Henry’s long-suffering and kindly wife (Loretta Young). When Dudley continues to intervene in Henry’s struggles, the bishop decides to challenge heaven.
|The Enchanted Cottage||1947|
Oliver, a pilot, becomes disfigured in war, abandons his family and fiancee and decides to lead a secluded life in a cottage. There, he falls in love with Laura, the caretaker of the cottage.
|Beyond Christmas/Beyond Tomorrow||1940|
A ghost tries to smooth the way for two young lovers he knew during his lifetime.
|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.
There we go folks – our Top 23 of the ‘Best’ Christmas movies – would you have included these in your list and if not, what would you have included?