Top 10 Christmas Films

As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)


What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Story

What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare!

8. Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)


What stands out for me – Dudley Moore’s innocent performance against John Lithgow’s scenery chewing performance. A proper spirit of Christmas movie that really brings joy when watched.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Burgess Meredith

Great quote –  B.Z.: A sequel. That’s it. We’ll bring it out on March 25, and we’ll call it… Christmas 2!

Patch: Christmas 2?

7. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone

What stands out for me – Being able to stand up to adults and fight back is a dream for any put upon kid, and this film antitheses that in a hugely enjoyable way. It also shows the joys and fears of being alone. I’m not always a huge fan of physical comedy, but it works here, however the sequels do not.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Candy

Great quote –  Kevin McCallister: Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.

6. Gremlins (1984)


What stands out for me – The pupperteering of the Mogwais and Gremlins is fantastic. The concept of the movie is very pleasing, getting a mysterious pet for Christmas that has rules attached. Then seeing all the crazy things that happen as they get broken. Although rule 3 is a little confusing. That whole ‘don’t feed them after midnight’ thing still bothers me. I mean it’s always after midnight until the next day.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Phoebe Cates (oh I had a crush on her)

Great quote –  Randall Peltzer: Rand Peltzer, Fantastic ideas for a Fantastic World, I make the illogical logical.

5. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

Muppets Christmas Carol

What stands out for me – The Muppets themselves. The classic story retold in this way is so enjoyable and Michael Caine seems to be loving every moment of his turn as Scrooge. It also means a lot as this was released on VHS at the same time I was playing Scrooge in my last year of schools musical play.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Fozzy Bear

Great quote –  Rizzo the Rat: Mother always taught me: “Never eat singing food.”

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 The nightmare before christmas

What stands out for me – Ah, the film that inspired the naming of mine and Sudo One’s 30 day blogathon. The animation, the story and the songs are terrific in this modern classic of Christmas fun.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Danny Elfman

Great quote –  Mayor: Jack, please, I’m only an elected official here; I can’t make decisions by myself!

3. Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

What stands out for me –This is the original, set at Christmas and with some of the best gun toting quip making action fun in a movie ever.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Alan Rickman

Great quote –  Harry Ellis: Hey, business is business. You use a gun, I use a fountain pen what’s the difference? Let’s put it in my terms, you’re in a hostile takeover, you snatch us up for some green mail, but you’re not expecting some poison pill to be running around the building, am I right? Hans, *booby* I’m your white knight.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Wonderful Life

What stands out for me – The true classic of Christmas and with good reason. This is such a feel good film which gives you reason to believe in yourself again as well as others.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Lionel Barrymore

Great quote –  George Bailey: I wish I had a million dollars… Hot dog!

1. Scrooged (1988)


What stands out for me – Bill Murray’s central performance makes this already amazing film so outstanding. I can’t watch this enough. The way it takes the classic tale of a Christmas Carol and relates it to modern day corporations is superb.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Bobcat Goldthwait

Great quote –  So many gooduns  — Ghost of Christmas Past: Let’s face it, Frank. Garden slugs got more out of life than you.

Frank Cross: Yeah? Name one!


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About residentweebler
Short Story Writer and Opinionated observer. Visit my blog for all this and more.

One Response to Top 10 Christmas Films

  1. SudoOne says:

    Bah humbug. Scrooged is a good film though

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