The Big Christmas Movies Worth Watching List
According to Gwen…
Christmas Movies are kind of my thing. I confess to watching them all year long. Over the years I have become a bit of an expert on Christmas Movies, and I feel that all of that time and effort put into really exploring the topic should result in something grand. Something worth sharing with the world. And so here it is, My Great Big List of Christmas Movies Worth Watching! You are very welcome!
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Classic Christmas Movies
This collection includes all of my very favorite Christmas movies. Don’t think because they are behind our times that they aren’t worth your time. These are Christmas story gems!
A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas romantic comedy film about an unmarried city magazine writer who pretends to be a farm wife and mother and then falls in love with one of her fans.
It’s A Wonderful Life is the movie I always save for the week of Christmas. It is my very favorite Christmas movie ever. It is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943. The film is one of the most beloved in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City and focuses on the effect of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite.
The Bishop’s Wife is about an angel in human form who enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.
The Shop Around The Corner is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.
White Christmas is about a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Family Christmas Movies
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
The Star is about a small but brave donkey named Bo who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove who has lofty aspirations. Along with three camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.
A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated dark fantasy film written, co-produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 story of the same name and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.
Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The story follows eight-year-old Kevin McCallister who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but he soon has to contend with two burglars.
There are so many great versions of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch, who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is a 1999 direct-to-video animated Christmas anthology film produced by Walt Disney Video Premieres and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival in 1999. The film comprises three separate segments, with narration by Kelsey Grammer.
Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs, discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. With the help of a sympathetic veterinarian), Jessica takes care of the wounded creature. It’s supposed to be a secret, but eventually, a store Santa Claus, the girl’s dad, and the entire town find out about Prancer, leading to big problems for Jessica and her family.
The Best 80’s Christmas Movies
A Christmas Story is a beloved holiday movie that follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
Gremlins is a Christmas movie about a gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the `mogwai’ but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen, and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie, and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.
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Did I include your favorite Christmas movie? If not, share it in the comments section below. We love to hear from you! And please know, my list is much bigger than what I have shared here. I absolutely love a great Christmas movie. But these are the best of the best as far as I am concerned. Enjoy!
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