We promised it in our Best Christmas Movie Soundtracks… Ever blog and now it’s time to deliver: Entertainment Nation’s top ten Christmas Movies! If you’re at a loose end this Christmas Eve, or you aren’t feeling quite Christmassy enough, stick one of these films on and lose yourself in the spirit of the season!
Whittling down the list to just ten Christmas films has proved challenging, with heated debate in the office over which film should be number one. As the arguments raged, the plucky author of this blog realised that it didn’t really matter what anybody else said: as the writer, he had the final say over what was included on the list and could put whatever he liked at number one! We’re sure you’ll agree it was the correct decision…
A list of this nature has the potential to be controversial, subjective as it is, and we welcome the debate. If you feel like we’ve made any egregious omissions or you disagree with our order, please let us know! You can reply to this post, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Grab yourself a drink and an armful of snacks, get cosy and enjoy our rundown of the greatest festive movies ever made!
If you’ve had quite enough of the saccharine Christmas spirit, thank you very much, then Billy Bob Thornton’s sour Santa is the ideal remedy. Cynical, foul-mouthed and ill-tempered, Bad Santa is one to put on once the kids have gone to bed. The less said about the sequel the better…
Yes it’s corny, yes it’s cheesy, but we defy you to stifle a tear when that cute kid legs it through the airport to grab a kiss from the girl of his dreams. Amidst all the happiness, Emma Thompson’s performance as a wife betrayed by a cheating husband is a powerful highlight.
Arnie punches a reindeer in the face. Enough said.
Chaotic hilarity ensues as the Griswold’s gather for their Christmas vacation. Embrace the insanity and be grateful that no matter how annoying your family may be, they’re nowhere near as bad as this lot.
The 1947 original is a true classic. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, you’ll still be holding your breath awaiting the judge’s verdict on whether Kris Kringle is the real Santa.
The film that made Macaulay Culkin a worldwide star. The mischievous Kevin, abandoned by the rest of his family and left… home alone at Christmas, fends off the inept Wet Bandits with increasingly elaborate (and deadly) booby-traps. A laugh-out-loud festive family comedy.
SANTA! Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf perfectly embodies the innocent joy experienced by kids at Christmas. The film seems to grow in popularity each year and in now firmly cemented as a staple of the festive viewing schedule. Look out for an appearance by Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage.
Yes. It is a Christmas film. Bruce Willis defeats a band of terrorists led by the sublimely sinister Alan Rickman and saves his wife, Holly (get it?). All out action with a festive flavour.
Narrowly missing out on the number one spot is Bill Murray’s quintessentially 80s takes on Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol. Murray is perfect as the cynical TV exec who learns that there’s more to life than ratings.
There’s no topping the story of George Bailey, a selfless man who has sacrificed his own dreams to aid others and is left broken and suicidal one Christmas Eve. Jimmy Stewart’s performance as Bailey has everything: humour, tenderness, anger, desperation. This portrayal of a man sinking to rock bottom, and finding his way out again, is the perfect Christmas movie.
What do you think of our Christmas movie countdown? Let us know! All that’s left for us to do now is wish you a very merry Christmas and go and enjoy a festive film or two!