Since you don’t have enough money this year, to spend them in outdoor activities, we have decided to help you by making a list with the best Christmas movies of all times. Gather your family around, invite some friends over to your house and those movies will help you restore your faith to the holiday spirit!
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Alfre Woodard, Robert Mitchum
There have been many spins on Charles Dickenss “A Christmas Carol” but this is definitely our favorite movie.
Plot: Francis Xavier Frank Cross is a cynically selfish TV executive, who has found great success and wealth but only by becoming cold-hearted and cruel. His ruthless concentration on his career has cost him his true love, the warm-hearted Claire Phillips. It has also alienated him from his family, having only an at arms length relationship with his brother James, and ruined any chance of his having a happy and fulfilling life. And then he gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
9. Were No Angels
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll
First of all, be careful and don’t think that the 1989 film “We’re no Angels” starring Robert De Niro and Sean Penn, is the movie we are talking about. The movie we are talking about is actually a good movie (sorry Robert, Sean but your movie was awful).
Plot: In Christmas, three prisoners Joseph, Albert and Jules escape from the Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to robber a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good. Andre Tochard, the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, explores the family Ducotel. The three convicts spend the Christmas night with the Ducotel and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them
8. Holiday Inn
Director: Mark Sandrich
Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel. I know that reading the title of the movie, you are thinking of hotel. Well, the story takes place in a hotel actually but is mostly about dancing. Another classic movie to enjoy
Plot: Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover have been vaudeville partners for many years but when Ted announces that he and Jims girlfriend, dancer Lila Dixon, are going to set off on their own, Jim decides the time has come to retire. He buys himself a farmhouse in New England and settles into the country life but soon realizes that he has an opportunity to do something special. He decides to open his inn to the public, but only on major holidays. Things are going well for him until his old partner Ted shows up and sets his sights on Jims new friend, Linda Mason.
7. Bad Santa
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, John Ritter
We all know Santa as the adorable old man who laughs all the time and spreads joy around him. This Santa though is a swearing, hard-drinking, bullying, self-loathing, bastard. Billy Bob Thornton’s acting is a bonus!
Plot: The drunkard Willie and his partner, the midget Marcus, work once a year, near Christmas, dressed like Santa Claus and his helper elf in department stores. However, their intent is to rob the place in the Christmas Eve. When Willie meets a lonely fat boy and the hot bartender Sue, he learns the meaning of Christmas and gets in trouble.
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Corey Feldman, Jackie Joseph
I know that each and every one of you have seen this movie and I am sure you used the quote “ Be careful of any new pets you receive this year, and dont feed them after midnight.”The little monsters ripping the trappings of Christmas to pieces and cackling gleefully all the way was just too fun to watch.
Plot: When Billy Peltzer is given a small creature called a Mogwai by his father, he is unaware of the carnage he is about to encounter. There is a huge responsibility in looking after Gizmo as there are certain rules which must be followed. The Mogwai must be kept away from bright light, never made wet and never, ever be fed after midnight. When an accident occurs involving Gizmo and water, the next evolution stage of the Mogwai appears, and it isnt nice at all.
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenbergen, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart
Elf is one of the most adorable movie characters and this is film for all ages filled with heart, humor and lots of laughter. This is a story that will remind adults of how fun it is to believe in what we can’t see and appreciate and embrace the things we can see with childlike faith.
Plot: Thirty years prior to the events of the film, a baby crawls into Santas sack at an orphanage. Santa unwittingly takes the baby back to the North Pole, where it is decided that Papa Elf will raise him. The baby, named Buddy, is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause Papa Elf to tell him the truth. The old elf reveals that Buddy was born to Walter Hobbs and Susan Wells and placed up for adoption, that Walter never knew Buddy was born, and that he now works at a childrens book company in New York. From Santa, Buddy learns that his father is also on the naughty list; nevertheless, Buddy sets out for New York to find his father.
4. The Polar Express
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Leslie Zemeckis, Peter Scolari
Who wouldn’t get on board on the magical train that takes children to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas? A boys faith is rewarded one Christmas Eve and so is ourse!
Plot: Santa Claus does not exist. Or does he? For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve night, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santas sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engines roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children.
3. Miracle On 34th Street
Director: George Seaton
Starring: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood
Classic holiday movie for the whole family. A magnificent film that tries to get us to have faith. And I have to confess, it makes me wonder if Santa Claus is actually real
Plot: Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macys executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that hes the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?
2. Home Alone
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macauley Culkin, Joe Pesci , Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard
I am not going to say that this movie is classic, but the screaming pose of the little boy (Macauley Culkin) definitely is! The little boy who being deprived of family and safety, realises how much he needs them.
Plot: 8-year-old Kevin McAllister is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes theyve left him home by himself, Kevin learns to fend for himself. He eventually has to protect his house against bumbling burglars Harry and Marv, who are planning to rob every house in Kevins suburban Chicago neighborhood. Kevins mother Kate is frantic when she realizes that she and the family have unintentionally left Kevin behind in Chicago, and she tries to make it back to Chicago as fast as she can, getting help from a polka band leader named Gus Polinski.
1. Its A Wonderful Life
Director: Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell
Not a happy movie during the first hour or so, but with a sweet ending. A Wonderful Life isnt just a holiday favorite though, but a great movie by almost any standards. A movie that teaches us values: compassion, selflessness, loyalty, and self-respect.
Plot: George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?