The holiday season brings out the best in American classics, with movies set decades past or those from recent years. This year’s December top 10 pays homage to the best of holiday movies from every generation.
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
A box office flop, this classic didn’t gain popularity until 30 years later when it started airing each year on television. Now a classic tale, It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us to appreciate our loved ones and the life we have.
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
“You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” And don’t forget the leg lamp, something every family should have.
3. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
Kermit, Miss. Piggy, Gonzo and the gang tell the classic story with a small twist of adult humor.
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Griswolds taught us all simple is better. Over-the-top light displays aren’t always necessary.
5. Home Alone (1990)
Kevin McCallister was every kid’s super hero, living life in a big house with no parents and conquering the bad guys with some hilarious tactics.
6. Elf (2003)
What’s not to love about an adult (not to mention giant) elf entering the real world? “Everything really is better with syrup.”
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Inspiring miracles keep the real Kris Kringle alive in the hearts of all. This classic also ties in the famous Macy’s Day parade and New York City excitement at Christmas-time.
8. The Polar Express (2004)
With heart-warming talent, including Tom Hanks, children experience a whirlwind adventure on the Polar Express, where St. Nick and the spirit of Christmas truly come to life.
9. The Santa Clause (1994)
Don’t fret! One Santa may die but Tim Allen jumps in to rescue Christmas, whether he wants to or not. This hit tells the story of family, believing and embracing holiday cheer no matter the circumstances.
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 and 2000)
Whether you love the cartoon version or Jim Carey’s Grinch, Whoville’s Whos tell a great tale of family and community strength, even turning the Grinch into a Christmas believer.
Holiday Bonus – #11
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton shares a scary interpretation of The Grinch with a ghoulish twist, yet a movie that you just can’t turn off when it’s on.