Each year in the month of December there's a stack of movies that almost everyone watches, no matter how many times they've seen the movies before.
We're talking about those holiday flicks that keep you light in spirit and wanting to hang out with this family. We've listed our picks for best holiday films below, take to the poll and vote on which is your favorite.
Lets get things started:
- A Christmas Story (1983): “I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.” This is the quintessential Christmas movie if there ever was one. Who doesn’t love Ralphie and his attempts to nab the ultimate Christmas gift, or his father and the oh-so-naughty and leggy lamp?
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Charlie Brown becomes the director of the school holiday pageant and goes out with Linus to buy an aluminum tree for the show. Charlie finds himself dismayed by the commercialization of the holidays and searches for the true meaning of Christmas.
- A Christmas Carol (1951): There are a bunch of versions but they are all based on a story by Charles Dickens about an old miser named Scrooge who learns compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989): What’s Christmas without the Griswold and cousin Eddie? There's an over-the-top Christmas light display, a sled-ride from Hell, an evaporated turkey and a terrifying squirrel incident.
- Scrooged (1988): This movie paved the way for "Bad Santa," with its raunchiness and showing of heart at the end. Bill Murray shines as a scrooge and delivers a comedic yet dark performance. Who else would have such a great answer when asked how to keep a pair of antlers atop a little mouse’s head. Murray's character responds," “Have you tried staples?”
- Gremlins (1984): Yes, it's a scary film but where else can you find a plot about a loveable, furry little Christmas gift that multiplies into many little horrifying Christmas gifts?
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947): The film follows good old St. Nick and his dealings with Christmas outside the North Pole. The white bearded one encounters disbelief wherever he goes but makes miracles and proves himself.
- Bad Santa (2003): Billy Bob Thornton is a drunk-foul-mouthed Santa who learns to care for something other than himself but the end.
- Elf (2003): Buddy is an elf of human proportions that flees his North Pole home in an attempt to bond with his New York-based father. Buddy has to deal with a cynical society that doesn't believe in Santa or the spirit of goodwill.
- Home Alone (1990): A robbing duo come across the wrong house and find themselves being outsmarted by a young boy accidentally left at home alone during Christmas. Who can forget Gangster Johnny, "I'm gonna give you to the count of 10, to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister off my property."
- Friday After Next (2002): It's a funny perspective on Christmas that some may not encounter. Nonetheless, family comes together to make Christmas a good one for all.