Christmas is about a lot of things, but there’s nothing like climbing into bed, geting all warm and comy while enjoying your favorite treats and watching a movie. You know those funny, familit movies we all so love; they’ve been around for years. So, if you’re looking for the cream of the theatrical holiday crop, this is it. Here are the 12 best Christmas movies of all time, in no particular order, for you to enjoy.
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas | Best Christmas Movies
Part Halloween movie, part Christmas movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fearlessly original, weird, and poignant stop-motion masterpiece. Jack Skellington is king of Halloween Town, but once he discovers Christmas Town, his world is changed forever. It’s not exactly meant for children, but it is a great movie.something offbeat, you can’t top this.
11. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation | Christmas Movies
Christmas Vacation gets more credit than it deserves, but that’s probably because it’s one of those ultra-rare Christmas movies that we can honestly laugh at. Besides, Chevy Chase and company reprise their roles as the hard luck Griswolds in this slapstick-stuffed fan favorite. This should be fun.
10. Home Alone | Best Christmas Movie
The slapstick king of Christmas movies, Home Alone rides as much on the cuteness of Macaulay Culkin as it does on the asinine antics of Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. This is a holiday classic, and the plot centers on a parent’s worst nightmare and a child’s dream come true: little kid left alone in a massive house.
9. A Christmas Carol
With Jim Carrey leading the way Robert Zemeckis crafts a sometimes scary, sometimes too action-packed movie, this resulted being an enjoyable ode to the Dickens classic.
8. Joyeux Noel
This French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914 looks at how, even in the middle of war, humans can act as brothers. The film is told through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers, and it’s one sentimental movie.
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
If you need a live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this one gets it done. Yes, it’s over-the-top and too long, but it’s just perfect no matter how old you are. I watched it last year.
6. Babes in Toyland
Comedy legends Laurel and Hardy star in this holiday classic, which somehow also goes by the titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers. This isn’t actually a Christmas-themed film, but it is enjoyable due to its charming nature and comedy chemistry.
Bill Murray plays a ruthless television executive whose nastiness demands a few visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Cool cameo: Jazz great Miles Davis and late night music leader Paul Shaffer as street musicians.
4. The Best Man Holiday
This sequel to The Best Man came out 14 years later, and while it’s certainly predictable, it also offers some much-needed grownup fun. I guess you’ll have to watch the first one to enjoy it to the fullest, but I think it’s worth it.
3. The Santa Clause
A breezy bit of modest fun for the whole family, The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen as regular joe who mistakenly causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve, and is then thrust into the role as jolly St. Nick. Classic!
2. Die Hard
I guess this one is a Christmas movie.. barely. The terrorists’ takeover happens at an office Christmas party, it’s full of Christmas music, and Bruce Willis as off-duty cop John McClane delivers more miracles than Santa ever could. Guys, help me out here!
Gizmo was a Christmas gift. This light horror-comedy about the mysterious and dangerous mogwai features the always lovely Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the cute and cuddly Gizmo. Love that critter!