Top 10 Holiday Movies

Sunday, August 7 by George Root

The top 10 holiday movies inspire people with Christmas cheer and feelings of the season. If you have not seen all of the top 10 holiday movies, then make time this holiday season to see the ones you have missed. There is a magic about the top 10 holiday movies that can help you feel like a child every holiday season.

  1. "Scrooge" Alastair Sim stars as the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in what many critics have called the best version of the popular Dickens' tale. This entry into the list of top 10 holiday movies includes some of the best performances of famous characters such as Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit ever caught on film.
  2. "Christmas Vacation" Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) submits his family to his own special brand of holiday chaos in this member of the list of the top 10 holiday movies of all time. This funny holiday adventure includes a visit from Cousin Eddie, a super-sonic sled ride and a S.W.A.T. tea intervention.
  3. "White Christmas"  Bing Crosby actually premiered the holiday classic song "White Christmas" (1940) in the movie "Holiday Inn" (1942). The song became such a hit with the American troop fighting in World War II, that it got its own movie with this top 10 holiday movie.
  4. "Miracle on 34th Street" This holiday classic has been remade several times since its original release in 1947, but there is nothing to top the original portrayal of Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle who turns out to be Santa Claus. This top 10 holiday movie covers the whole season from Thanksgiving all the way up to Christmas Day.
  5. "A Christmas Story" We follow the Christmas adventures of young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) as he learns about life in the 1940's. This top 10 holiday movie has been a Christmas favorite since it was first released, and was the first Christmas movie to be ru 24 hours straight from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.
  6. "Scrooged"  The American comedy version of Charles Dickens' famous Christmas story follows television executive Frank Cross (Bill Murray) from arrogance to humility all during a Christmas Eve broadcast of "A Christmas Carol." There are some very funny scenes in this movie including the Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) whacking Frank Cross in the head with a toaster.
  7. "Jingle All The Way"  This movie should be dismissed as another cliche holiday film, but because of the performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger it becomes one of the top 10 holiday movies. Schwarzenegger plays a businessman who is too busy for Christmas, but tries to get his son an action figure he really wants. The results are unpredictable and extremely heart-warming.
  8. "Santa Claus"  What makes this one of the top 10 holiday movies is that it looks like a live-action cartoon. This movie is just a lot of fun and contains all of the holiday elements you would expect from Santa Claus to elves, and it even has the evil businessman who wants to ruin Christmas.
  9. "The Polar Express"  Tom Hanks played most of the major roles in this animated Christmas classic, but that does not diminish the power of the story. This movie has inspired people of all ages to listen closely to sleigh bells all year long to make sure they still have their Christmas spirit.
  10. "A Christmas Carol"  George C. Scott takes his turn at playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this excellent rendition of the Christmas classic. The rest of the cast in this version is not as strong as the Alastair Sim version, but this is still one of the top 10 holiday movies of all time.
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