10 Most Famous Christmas Movies
Our list of the 10 most famous Christmas movies is an eclectic mix of classic and modern, sweet and funny, and for good measure, good guys battling bad guys. Everyone has their favorites, but this list just might give you a new movie or two to add to your Christmas rotation.
"A Christmas Story" What would the holiday season be without Ralphie's quest to get a Red Rider gun for Christmas? TNT shows this movie 24 hours straight beginning on Christmas Eve, which certainly has helped make it one of the ten most famous Christmas movies.
"It's A Wonderful Life" Reportedly a box office flop when it came out in 1946, but that didn't keep this movie from being one of the most famous Christmas movies of all time. Frank Capra's story about what the world would be like if George Bailey had never been born is a holiday classic.
"White Christmas" This Christmas movie is a fun holiday tale about a song and dance duo, played by Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, as they try to save their former commander's failing Vermont Lodge. The DVD has nice commentary from Rosemary Clooney, aunt of George Clooney, who plays Betty in the movie.
"A Christmas Carol" There are many versions of this famous Christmas movie and to be honest, we actually kind of like the one with the Muppets. However, the version that made our list is the one from 1951, with Alastair Sim's memorable portrayal of Scrooge.
"Miracle on 34th Street" Kris Kringle gets a job as the Macy's Santa, then has to go to court to prove he really is Santa. The young girl who tells him that she doesn't believe in Santa Claus is Natalie Wood, who went on to be a star. We prefer the original black-and-white version, available on DVD.
"Home Alone" The comedy that launched Macaulay Culkin's career is also one of the ten most famous Christmas movies. Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left behind when his family goes to Paris for Christmas, then must defend his house against burglars. The success of "Home Alone" led to a sequel, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York." Two other sequels followed, but were made without Culkin in the lead.
"Scrooged" Perhaps the funniest Christmas movie, Bill Murray is the modern day Scrooge as Frank Cross, a cold and unfeeling television executive. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is classic as the employee fired on Christmas Eve, who seeks his revenge on Cross. Carol Kane is perfect at the spirit who leads Cross on the journey through the Christmas past, present and future.
"Holiday Inn" Yes, the motel chain did take its name from this movie, which stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers who run an inn that is only open for the holidays. Whatever. The movie is all about the singing and dancing and marks the movie debut of one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
"Die Hard" An action movie for Christmas? That's right, and Die Hard makes the list of ten most famous Christmas movies. Bruce Willis is John McClane, a New York detective who has to deal with terrorists before he can spend Christmas with his estranged wife in Los Angeles.
"Love, Actually" This chick flick from 2003 has made its way onto the list of ten most famous Christmas movies, largely on the strength of its first-rate cast, including Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Emma Thomson and Laura Linney. It helps that it also happens to be funny.