Best Christmas Movies

Yes, we are a TV blog, that is true.  You might be asking yourself, “why are they talking about movies?”  Well dear reader, that is a legitimate question.  The answer is two-fold.  One, these movies are played on TV so much that they are really their own TV shows so even though we are a TV blog (and some of these are TV movies), we are still covered and two, because I want to.  Since we have survived the Mayan apocalypse, there are apparently no rules.  It’s as if death has taken a vacation and the normal rules of space and time don’t exist any more so if 2 Broke Girls can be on TV, then I can write about movies.  So without further ado or insults, I give you what I think are the best Christmas movies:

The Bells of St. Mary (1945)

I am putting this movie on my list in honor of my mother who passed away last year.  This was her favorite Christmas movie.  For the rest of my life when I think of this movie, I’ll think of my mom.

 

White Christmas (1954)

When he wasn’t beating his kids, Bing Crosby could croon.

 

Die Hard (1988)

Forgot this was a Christmas movie didn’t you?  Well don’t worry.  That’s why I’m here.

 

The Ref (1994)

One of Dennis Leary’s best movies and one of my family’s favorite Christmas movies.

 

Bad Santa (2003)

This movie will surprise you.  At first you think it’s about a totally scummy guy that plays a mall santa, and, while it is, you will be surprised by the end of this movie and it will hit you right in the feels.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

There would be no way to do a Christmas movie list without having this movie on there.  This used to be a staple of Christmas for Americans and while it’s lost some of it’s popularity over the years, it’s still a classic.  America has made the people of the Jersey Shore rich so the fact that not as many people watch this movie as they once did should not be surprising.

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Who doesn’t love The Muppets?  I love their version of the classic A Christmas Carol.

 

Home Alone (1990)

We at MWTVG love this movie also because it’s filmed here in Chicago.  John Hughes is from a suburb of Chicago called Northbrook which is the real Shermer, IL that Hughes uses in all of his movies.  I also read an article today about the injuries that the burglars suffered at the hands of Kevin that was pretty interesting.

 

Jingle All the Way (1996)

A funny movie about the lengths some parents will go through to get that one gift for their kids.  It’s also one of Phil Hartman’s last film roles.

 

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark Griswold’s version of Christmas.

 

Fred Claus (2007)

A funny comedy that also has a big heart.  It also features one of my all-time favorite versions of Silent Night performed by none other than Sinead O’Connor.

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, 2003)

Both versions of this movie are great.  The cartoon from 1966 is a Christmas classic and while I was nervous about the live action movie when it was coming out, they did a great job with it as well so both make it on to this list.

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2003

 

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Another cartoon Christmas classic.

 

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Another of the cartoon classics that you just can’t miss at Christmas.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Charlie Brown treeRecognize this tree?  We have just 1 Christmas decoration in our house and it’s this tree.  This is how much my wife loves A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Our 1 Christmas decoration is Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.  This is another of the cartoon classics that if you miss it, Christmas just isn’t the same.  Obviously in our house, it is required viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrooged (1988)

A great Bill Murray movie and as an added bonus, you get all the Murray brothers in one movie for the price of one.  You can’t beat that.

 

Love Actually (2003)

One of the best romantic comedies ever made and a really good Christmas movie.

 

A Christmas Story (1983)

This is a Christmas staple.  It’s not really Christmas until you have watched this movie at least once.  TBS started a tradition a few years ago where they run this movie for 24 straight hours starting on Christmas Eve.  I love that.  You can catch this movie at any time or just leave it running.

 

Elf (2003)

For 20 years, A Christmas Story was the go to movie at Christmas.  Right up until Elf came out in 2003.  On a side note, the kid who played Ralphie in the other Christmas classic, also shows up in this classic.  He plays the Elf in charge of production of Etch-a-Sketches so he has been in 2 of the most recognizable Christmas movies ever made.

 

So those are the movies that I think are the best Christmas movies.  Before you email me about A Miracle on 34th Street, I didn’t include it because I’m not a big fan of it.

Other than that, what did I miss?  Is there a Christmas movie that you love that isn’t on here?

5 Comments on Best Christmas Movies

  1. Midwest Melissa // December 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm //

    I’m totally on board with leaving off Miracle on 34th Street. My fav is White Christmas, but I also love its less PC pre-cursor, Holiday Inn. Fred Astaire bringing the dancing heat, as always.

  2. Midwest Mark // December 23, 2012 at 9:40 am //

    Die Hard for sure! One of my fondest Christmas movie memories is Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and along the ‘Christmas Carol’ lines, the CGI animated one from a couple years ago with Jim Carrey is pretty good too.

  3. Great list, very thoughtful. I like Miracle on 34th better than Jingle All The Way, but that’s just me. One that I really like is The Santa Clause. I know it’s Tim Allen but we still watch it over here.

  4. Ho ho ho. Now I have a machine gun. I like Nightmare Before Christmas for something different, or is that a Halloween movie? Also, The Bad Santa directors cut is darker than the theatrical, and I think it’s a little better.

    Cinemax is showing Love, Actually tomorrow. My girlfriend raves about it so I’ll need to watch it.

    • Midwest Mike // December 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm //

      I’m not a big Tim Burton fan. I’ve actually never seen A Nightmare Before Christmas. Love Actually is really a great movie. It’s #1 on my list of romantic comedies.

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