10 Classic Christmas Movies

Friday, December 3 by George Root

These 10 classic Christmas movies help bring back fond holiday memories as you watch them each time the season comes around. Every once in a while you may find yourself pulling out one of these Christmas movies in the middle of summer just to get a moment alone with your memories. The top ten classic Christmas movies are treasured and loved by millions of people all over the world.

  1. "Scrooge" (1951) Many people make the mistake of thinking that the title of this movie is "A Christmas Carol." This movie is based on the Charles Dickens book, but the movie is named after the main character. This Alastair Sim version is considered by many to be the best version of the story ever put on film.
  2. "Christmas Vacation" (1989) This Christmas classic is often considered to be the best movie in the "Vacation" franchise as well. The Griswold family celebrates Christmas and, as always, things just go wrong. Chevy Chase is brilliant in this movie as the hapless father and husband, Clark.
  3. "A Christmas Story" (1983) For those that did not get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, they can live vicariously through "A Christmas Story" (1983). Every scene in this movie contains a holiday reference that has become a part of popular culture and endures to this day.
  4. "White Christmas" (1954) Bing Crosby originally performed the Christmas classic tune "White Christmas" (1942) in the movie "Holiday Inn" (1942). But the song became so popular that it got its own movie in 1954. This is a pleasant little story about people falling in love at Christmas time.
  5. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) James Stewart and Frank Capra bring the story of George Bailey to life in this entry into the list of ten classic Christmas movies. With some help from an angel, George Bailey eventually gets his Christmas wish.
  6. "A Christmas Carol" (1984) George C. Scott plays the miser Ebenezer Scrooge in this made-for-television version of the Dickens classic. Even though this movie was only made for television, it features special effects that had not been used before in previous versions of the story, including a robotic ghost of Christmas past.
  7. "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) When director Ron Howard and actor Jim Carrey announced that they were doing a live action version of the classic Christmas cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" (1966), moviegoers were skeptical. But the finished product has become a classic Christmas movie that has been shown repeatedly every Christmas since the year it was released.
  8. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) This classic movie examines the question of whether or not Santa Claus is real. In the end, the verdict is that if the United States postal service says he is real then, yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
  9. "The Polar Express" (2004) Tom Hanks does most of the voices and acting for this animated classic and he does a superb job. The story is an old one and the moral is that your Christmas bell will stop ringing if you stop believing in Santa. This member of the top ten classic Christmas movies list still finds its way into theaters around the holidays.
  10. "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992) If you are looking for the perfect Christmas movie for the kids to see, then look no further than "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992). Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge and the Muppets fill in the rest of the cast. This movie is a lot of fun and a holiday classic.