Best Christmas movies EVER

When you’re one of those people who start counting down to December 25 on January 2, making a top ten list of Christmas movies is a Herculean task. Nevertheless, after going back and forth with my Twitter friends over the past few weeks (“You’ve never seen WHAT?!”) I figured it was for the greater good.

So here, in no particular order, are my votes for the top 10 Christmas movies of all time. Or at least of my time. Please let me know what I’m missing out on. I’ve got room on the shelves!


Why: Umm, electric sex gleaming in the window. You’ll shoot your eye out. Triple dog dare. Fra-geee-lay. Ohhhh fudge. Pink nightmare. The Bumpuses’ dogs. I could go on forever. Whether you grew up in 1940s Indiana or 1980s New York, this nostalgic look back at one little boy’s childhood resonates with everyone. Why else would TBS air it on a 24-hour loop on Christmas Eve?



Why: SO many studios have tried to pull off the ensemble cast epic story, but no one comes remotely close to “Love Actually.” It’s the one movie that gets played every year in my house without even the slightest complaint about stale old traditions. It is heart-warming, funny, sweet, and has great comedic timing. Honestly, the trailer doesn’t even come close to capturing how good this movie is. If you haven’t seen it, just buy it.



Why: Chevy Chase at his finest. Plus, let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a non-dysfunctional family. Embrace it, grab the popcorn, and be prepared to laugh your butt off.



Why: I continue to be amazed by the number of people who have never seen this movie. In my opinion, if you live your entire life without seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life” at least one, you’ve missed out on one of the greatest films ever made. And there is probably a little Potter-sized hole in your heart because of it.


5. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Why: There are a million adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, so why the Muppets? Well, with the exception of one boring song between young Scrooge and Belle (which got cut from the theatrical film but unfortunately made it into the home video), it’s one of the most entertaining versions I’ve ever seen. Michael Caine is fantastic, as are Rizzo the Rat, Gonzo, and Kermit the Frog. And whoever decided to cast crotchety critics Statler and Waldorf as the Marley brothers is a genius!


6. Elf

Why: It’s the kind of movie you can just put on in the background (after watching it half a dozen times, of course) while decorating your tree. Is there anything funnier than a human being raised by Santa’s elves, then finding out why he’s five times larger than all his friends and being thrust into the whole confusing, “naughty” world of Manhattan? Well, yes. Making that human Will Ferrell.



Why: Whether you despise old movies or are still clinging to your VCR, nothing says Christmas better than Bing Crosby. This musical (yes, it’s a musical too!) has been dear to my heart for more than two decades now, and I’ve only been alive for three.



Why: Sorry, Jim Carey. Even with all that revolutionary makeup, the original 1966 animated film was just too priceless.


9. While You Were Sleeping

Why: Okay, okay. So this isn’t a traditional “Christmas movie.” But it is probably my very favorite romantic comedy ever, and it takes place at Christmas time. Sandra Bullock is as beyond adorable, and Bill Pullman is in his sexy years, so… don’t miss it.


10. Scrooged

Why: My hubby recently reacquainted me with this one, and it was a tough race between it and “Scrooge,” but it does offer something different. Namely, Bill Murray and that bad ass chick from “Indiana Jones.”


Honorable Mention

(Hey, whittling down to ten was tough!)

– Scrooge (1970 with Albert Finney. I still feel wrong not having this in the top 10, but I thought “Scrooged” would have a wider appeal. Plus, the trailer was pretty much nonexistent.)

– Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

– A Charlie Brown Christmas

– Mickey’s Christmas Carol

– The Nightmare Before Christmas (to be fair, it did make my Halloween list)

– Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

– Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

– Meet Me in St. Louis

– A Muppet Family Christmas (almost impossible to find, but well worth it if you can)

– Home Alone (yes, I did)


What will YOU be watching this Christmas? Tell me what I’m missing out on!



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6 responses to “Best Christmas movies EVER

  1. Yes, Scrooge, Scrooged and Love Actually were well worth a mention as I also make sure to watch them every Xmas too! Other faves of mine that I never miss this time of year include Family Man (with N.Cage), A Christmas Carol (with Patrick Stewart) and The Holiday (with C.Diaz & J.Law). Last, I regret to admit that I still haven’t managed to watch A Wonderful Life so count me in with the unfortunates lot as I have heard enough over the years to know what I’m missing but I still live and hope! Merry Xmas to you & thank you for a great post 🙂

    • Thanks Effrosyni! I really must watch The Holiday. You’re not the first to mention it! The Family Man is also one of Nicholas Cage’s surprisingly better moments. I’ll make you a deal. If you watch It’s a Wonderful Life this Christmas, I’ll watch The Holiday. I’ll even make my husband watch it too. What do you say? 😉

  2. I have yet to see a couple of these films you listed so thank you for sharing your great list. One of my favorites is The Holiday. But the kiddos would vote for the Muppets. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this list.

    • Kiddos and kids at heart 😉
      I definitely have to check out The Holiday. I thought I watched it years ago, but it didn’t make an impression. Maybe I just saw pieces on TV or am thinking of the commercials. We shall see!

  3. Thanks for the tip! Even though I have it on DVD, there’s something about catching it on TV… especially on a snowbound weekend 😉

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