- Elf (2003)
Even a cotton-headed-ninny-moggins knows that this is a classic Christmas movie. Elf features the story of Buddy the elf (Will Ferrell), a human raised by elves, as he travels to New York City to find his long lost parents. Director Jon Favreau expertly incorporates humor, romance, and of course, Christmas spirit into his award winning film. Chalked full of memorable quotes like “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color” and”I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite” it’s no surprise that this is a must watch for the holiday season.
- Home Alone (1990)
Contrary to popular belief, Home Alone is more than a tale about a child defending his home from burglars. The movie is about Kevin McCallister (Macualay Culkin), an eight-year-old child who was left to fend for himself after his family leaves him behind at their house while they’re on vacation. It’s filled with funny moments like his encounter in the grocery store, his fear of Old Man Marley (Roberts Blosom) and his awkward encounter with the robbers. The movie may be a little old, but you should definitely watch it before Christmas.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Join the Griswolds on their hap-hap-happiest Christmas ever. In this star studded film, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) greets the holidays with anything but a smile as he hosts a family Christmas.
“Can I get some eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”
While it may not be the most appropriate Christmas movie in terms of language and content, it showcases the joys and mishaps of hosting family Christmas’.
”WORSE? How could things get any worse? Take a look around here, Ellen. We’re at the threshold of hell.”
- Christmas Story (1983)
You know that movie that played for 24 hours on TBS on Christmas? This is it. From the perspective of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he attempts to get a red rider B.B. gun, it’s no surprise that it became the best rated holiday movie (according to a survey from E! Entertainment News). It was made quite a years back (1983) but don’t let that fool you, it is most certainly relatable. From avoiding the neighborhood bullies, to opening presents on Christmas morning, even to receiving a bad present from your aunt (most people can relate) the movie grabs your attention and has definitely earned the 24 hour non-stop binge. Watch it, I triple dog dare you.
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Even the black and white color can’t contain the vibrant themes of the film. Don’t be taken aback by the fact that it was made in 1946, or that many of the actors are forgotten now, it is without a doubt a must watch for this season. The movie is about George Bailey (James Stewart) a depressed businessman who can’t seem to stop helping people, as an angel tries to save him from committing suicide. Even though many cringed as they watched George slowly throw his life away, the ending is certainly worth the wait.
“Strange isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole doesn’t he?”
Honorable Mentions: Die Hard (1988)