Merry Christmas everyone! With Christmas right around the corner, it seemed like a good time to rank my favorite Christmas movies. For this list, Christmas movies are defined as any movie that takes place on, or around Christmas. Please note that there are a few famous Christmas movies that I have not seen, like A Christmas Story, or Miracle on 34th Street. Without further ado, here is the list. Please comment and let me know what your favorite Christmas flicks are.
Honorable Mention: Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
Since Doctor Who's adaptation the classic story, "A Christmas Carol" is not strictly a film, I had to include it as an honorable mention. Among adaptations of Dickens' story, this is easily my favorite and one of the most fun to watch. Matt Smith is brilliant with his wackiness and it is just an all around well told story with a bittersweet ending.
At Number 5: Home Alone
Home Alone is the Christmas movie that I watched every Christmas as a kid. While it does not hold up as well as other movies on the list, it is a movie that I had to include on the list.
At Number 4: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the hands down funniest Christmas movie for me at least. The National Lampoon Vacation series in general is among my favorite comedies for their absurd, and sometimes crude, humor, and Christmas Vacation might be the best of the series. Chevy Chase is positively hilarious and the entire movie leaves me laughing hysterically!
At Number 3: It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life is the quintessential classic film. James Stewart gives an amazing performance as he always does as George Bailey. The film also manages to provide a great Christmas message while not being overly corny.
At Number 2: Elf
Elf is probably my favorite movies to watch around Christmas time. Along with Stranger than Fiction, Elf is almost one of my favorite Will Feral movies. Elf manages have family friendly humor, yet it is actually hilarious, unlike 95% of family films, which are not funny at all. If you have not seen Elf, watch it; it is a ton of fun and has a fun story without feeling too cheesy. Please check back tomorrow for my full review of Elf.
At Number 1: Die Hard
Even though Die Hard is not strictly a Christmas movie, nor is it one that I feel I need to watch around Christmas, the film does take place on Christmas and it does have Christmas music. If I was making a list of movies that are strictly Christmas movies, Elf would be number one, but Die Hard is an undeniable classic action flick and one of my all-time favorites. If you didn't already figure it out, John McClain never wore a Santa in the movie, that is photoshoped. "Now I have a machine gun ho ho ho." If you do not agree that Die Hard is a Christmas flick, I do not entirely disagree, it is on the borderline.
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