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Whether it’s Jimmy Stewart clutching ZuZu’s petals or any number of Scrooges hoisting any number of Tiny Tims into the Christmas morning air, everyone has their favorite holiday film. They are the cinematic stuff of memories, tradition and winter magic. Here is our list of the top 10 holiday movies that are sure to make all of your film fans jolly. And don’t worry, we checked it twice.
This toast to humanity may not make a lot of holiday movie lists, and that’s a shame. We blame the subtitles. Based on a true story from World War II, it’s a sentimental and gripping look at Christmas in the trenches.
The Bells of St. Mary’s
There are a lot of movies out there that get lumped in with the holidays due to a Christmas moment here or there, and The Bells of St. Mary’s is one of them. However, unlike other films (see Die Hard, Trading Spaces) this one has Bing Crosby (first of three appearances on this list) and is therefore certified as a Christmas classic.
Speaking of Bing Crosby, the classic Holiday Inn puts him and Fred Astaire in a battle for the same woman, all to the music of Irving Berlin. This is where the song “White Christmas” debuted (you know the rest).
A Christmas Carol
Three ghosts, a lost and greedy soul, redemption, accents, questionable labor laws–there is a version of A Christmas Carol for everyone. Whether you and your movie fans love classics, cavemen, animation, musicals or Muppets, you’re covered. We tend to lean towards Scrooged.
A Miracle on 34th Street
Is Santa real or really crazy? It may be for the courts to decide, but the verdict seems obvious to holiday fans. Like any great movie, A Miracle on 34 Street has been remade. Like most remakes, it doesn’t do the original version justice. Choose wisely.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Every time a bell rings, someone thinks of It’s a Wonderful Life starring the equally wonderful Jimmy Stewart. This may be the biggest holiday classic of them all. Wonderful indeed.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton and Disney teamed up to make one of the best holiday tales of all time. It has humor, great music and an attention to detail that can’t be topped. It’s horrible holiday fun for the whole family.
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and some woman with the smallest waist in the world sing about snow, love and Christmas in this timeless tale of friendship and romance. Also, confusion. Hilarity ensues.
Will Ferrell’s contribution to the holidays comes in the form of Buddy the Elf. It is a gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re putting syrup in your coffee or singing with a blond Zooey Deschanel in the company locker room, you’ll never stop believing.
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is one of the funniest films ever, regardless of the season. It’s so true-to-life that you may lose yourself in the troubles and dreams of young Ralphie and his tireless pursuit of Christmas gift perfection. It’s a major award.