The 10 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time

by Reception Chronicles

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Cartoon movies are acceptable for all ages around the Christmas season and who could be better than Charlie Brown?  It bodes well with children, teens, drunken nostalgic adults.  Adding to that, I think we can all agree we have attempted to dance like snoopy at one time or another.

9. Jingle All The Way

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad……..seriously that one phrase sells the movie.  The comedic duo duke it out in search of the prized Turbo Man and end up getting into a handful of shenanigans on the way.  The terrible acting by the young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) is balanced out by the brilliance of Phil Hartman trying to seduce Rita Wilson’s character with carolers and reindeer.  There are enough horribly classic quotes in the film to satisfy the next few decades and numerous scenes that are funnier than they intended to be which is why it remains one of the best.  It’s Turbo Time!!!

8. Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck is not officially classified as a Christmas Movie but for some reason during the Christmas Holiday, it usually ends up being played.  You can’t escape it and even though you see it on the TV menu, you groan and moan about it being on but then mysteriously select it.  It’s holiday hypnosis at its worse.  Moan and groan all you want but deep down you know its true…you love it!

7. The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause has been a classic for almost two decades with its radical approach to a Christmas movie.  The film begins with the slaying of the real Santa Clause and Tim Allen’s journey in stealing his identity and never being prosecuted or even charged for the heinous act.  It’s ability to cover up the perfect murder of one of the most iconic people in history with Tim Allen’s comedic acting is one to admire. Bravo Tim, Bravo!

6. Love Actually

If you are in a relationship, this is the perfect Christmas movie to feel loved and special.  It follows different story lines of people in London during Christmas and their intermixing paths.  If you are single, it turns into the most depressing pity parade.  The film becomes a giant advertisement of love and vomits happiness and companionship and is a constant reminder that you are alone yet for some reason that I cannot figure out, all of us loners out there watch it anyway.  Probably in the same sense that you watch yourself cry in the mirror, you watch Love Actually alone.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton presents a stop motion musical extravaganza that scares, delights and brings us back to our younger years.  Even though it is an annual sponsor of Hot Topic, it attracts all demographics and ages.  The real genius is the making a two for one holiday movie.  Burton combines two of the best holidays of the year and throws catchy musical numbers throughout which is why he can dress as sloppily as he desires.  The guy is rich for a reason…even though he doesn’t dress like it.

4. Home Alone

A classic Christmas movies that teaches us family values and the importance of a working home security system.  Full of great quotes and genuine laughs, the film remains a classic and will do for years to come.  Also it is one of the only films that has a sequel that is actually not that bad.  Macaulay Culkin remains to be one of the greatest child actors with fantastic comedic timing.  With a soundtrack that warms our hearts and plays in our minds when we are running to the gate at an airport, it will always be a classic.  It has also proved that befriending someone named Kevin proves endless entertainment.  Instead of quietly addressing them, you are permitted to scream KEVIN!

3. The Grinch

The Grinch is a character that we can all relate to at some point in our life.  Even though I am skeptical of Ron Howard’s work, he did a great job with the live action version of the film and it is enhanced by Jim Carrey’s comedic genius.  The addition of Anthony Hopkins soothing narration ranks it in the top ten.  Who wouldn’t want to be part of the Whobilation?  (minus the plates of food decorations on clothes)

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This is the perfect film to put on after Christmas dinner.  You throw yourself onto the couch, unzip necessary clothing in order to enable more breathing space and slip into a Christmas coma.  You remain in the same position with your mouth slightly ajar and eyes half open as you are entertained by the magical stop motion animation.  It fills you with holiday cheer and sends you to sleep in a Christmas haze…..and also wondering why Santa’s boots are so small.

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The film never fails to make the top list each year.  It translates to all ages and is one of the best performances by Chevy Chase in his career.  With situations that we can all relate to during the holidays, the film captures the perfect chaos of the Christmas season and deep down we all wish we could put that many lights on our house strong enough to shut down the power of a city.  Also, who will ever forget the  squirrel? Enjoy the film and don’t forget the Tylenol.

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