Ho ho ho!
Merry Christmas! Since it's Christmastime, I've decided to rank my five favorite Christmas movies. I love Christmastime and yuletide movies. They're almost always really great family entertainment. They can be funny. They can be emotional. And they're usually really funny. That said, here are my five favorite Christmas movies of all time.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I think this counts as both a Christmas and Halloween movie, because it works as both. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beautifully animated, wonderfully weird stop-motion film that is such a great Tim Burton story. It's an extremely interesting blend of holidays that has fantasy, romance, horror, and a little bit of Christmas. The songs are catchy. The story is incredible. The characters are great. I love it.
4. It's a Wonderful Life
The Christmas movie that started Christmas movies, It's a Wonderful Life is a truly happy film. It has elements of A Christmas Carol, but it's really its own thing. Backed by a career-best performance from Jimmy Stewart, this film just makes you feel good. It has this incredible, Christmas spirit-esc story that is incredibly charming and sweet. It's a beautiful message about life and appreciating family and friends. It's great.
3. Home Alone
Home Alone is one of those movies that I feel like I've held onto my entire life. I've seen it countless times, and it never gets old. It's quotable, hilarious, and fun. It's a joy for the entire family from start to finish. Macaulay Culkin gives one of the best child performances ever as the amazing Kevin McCallister. The film is topped off by the greatest slapstick sequence of all time as Kevin sets booby traps up around his house to stop the Wet Bandits from robbing him. All of that plus a little Christmas spirit makes Home Alone a yearly watch for me.
Will Ferrell's all-time performance came in 2003 when he introduced the world to Buddy the Elf. This film is such a brilliant fish-out-of-water concept that works to absolute perfection. Most of that is due to Ferrell's all-in portrayal of Buddy, but a great script matched up with a joyous family story just makes this film the greatest Christmas comedy of all time. Funny, quotable, and tons of fun. Just like Home Alone, but a little bit better. I adore Elf. It's amzaing.
1. Die Hard
Anyone who says Die Hard isn't a Christmas movie is simply wrong. Like...it is. The whole movie is about John McClane trying to reunite with his family for Christmas. Now, there's terrorists and explosions, but it has the Christmas spirit at the core. If you don't know, Die Hard is my fourth favorite film of all time, so it was going to be on here. I absolutely adore it. From McClane to Hans Gruber to the quotable dialogue to the action thrills, everything about this film is fantastic. And it is my favorite Christmas movie of all time.