Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time till 2017. If it’s Christmas then it’s time to trim the tree, bake cookies, and plug in a movie to while away the hours. Christmas films have evolved just as readily as any other genre throughout history, but have remained constant in their underlying themes, retaining the sense of community and family bonding that have these films such an enduring part of any tradition.
Standing as one of the least likely to win many awards, “Scrooged” is a rather cynical version of the time-honored tale “A Christmas Carol”. Starring Bill Murray as overbearing and outright-cruel CEO Frank Cross, “Scrooged” reenacts Charles Dickens’ immortal tale through use of updated visuals and a stunningly hilarious tale that forces Cross to come face to face with the many regrets he’s built up over his life, which enables him to finally repent and see the error of his ways. Much like the character of Scrooge, Cross soon movies finds himself lamenting the chances lost in his rise to power, and eventually comes to realize what is truly important.
Something about Christmas seems to breed skeptics, and “The Santa Clause” is no exception. Taking a decidedly grown-up view of Christmas while still retaining the child-like wonder, this movie features Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, successful businessman and unbeliever of anything that doesn’t fit his idea of what is “real”. When he and his son Charlie are roped into visiting the famed north pole however, Scott finds that his version of realism in the saying that “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing”. Like so many skeptics throughout history, Scott Calvin eventually embraces the wonderful magic of the Christmas season as he becomes the man he never knew he could be.
Entering as the first animated film on this list, “The Polar Express” is a stunning blend of serious and enchanting themes that reveal the same skepticism that all children must eventually endure when it comes to the Christmas season. The wonder and enchantment that fill the hearts of children is set on display in this well-written and oddly shadowed tale of a young man who finds himself embarking on a journey to reclaim a part of his childhood that he’d believed lost, only to discover that the belief he so desperately wanted had in fact never left.
This popular Christmas drama was eventually recreated almost fifty years after its initial release in order to update it for the current era, but its magical touch upon the hearts and minds of viewers has remained the same. When a stand-in for a department store Santa Claus professes to be the real deal, the uproar it causes soon becomes headline news and even a high-profile court case as the man known as Kris Kringle is brought before the judge to plead his case. When he is finally vindicated, the viewer feels once again that the day has been won and Christmas has been saved.
Never expect Tim Burton to produce a conventional Christmas film. There is credit to be given for the direction of this film however, as it moves away from the typical skepticism that so many films are immersed in, and begs for a change of pace that the main character, Jack Skellington, so badly desires in his town of Halloween. Cross the holiday barrier with a masterful stroke of genius, Burton showcases a film that is so far unlike anything that has come before that it was bound to be an instant classic, and has more than earned its current following. This is one of the Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time till 2017.
Love him or dislike him, Will Farrell is undoubtedly funny, and in “Elf” he is given free rein to explore a character that is not conventional, is mildly familiar, and is engaging for both adults and children alike. Despite its lackluster ratings while in theaters, “Elf” has since become a fan favorite and has gained a larger than expected following, particularly during the Christmas season. While he does not always seem to be leading man material, Ferrell can easily produce memorable and even likeable characters. From his loud, outlandish reactions to his environment to his almost child-like states of wonder and amusement, it is no wonder that “Elf” is so popular well over a decade after its release.
There is no doubt that any list of Christmas movies would seem lacking without this epically funny rendition of the holiday season being present. Simplistic in its humor, even gritty in its sometimes uncomfortable and guilty amusements, “Christmas Vacation” is the third installment in National Lampoon’s endearing look into the Griswold family and their continuing saga of hilarity. With jokes and gags set to keep even the hardest cynic laughing and quoting lines weeks and months later, “Christmas Vacation” is a prime example of what the Christmas season can and does look like from time to time.
Most adults nowadays can remember Kevin McCallister and how he outwitted two less than intelligent burglars looking to make his house the next score on their list. It is even possible to remember that it was Christmas time during the film. Despite this fact it is very underscored in relation to Kevin’s hilarious attempts to not only outwit the characters of Marv and Harry, played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci, but to also learn how to care for himself and his home. The ensuing struggle had many viewers scratching their heads even as they were laughing at the Loony Tune antics that had both burglars seeing more than stars.
It is hard to imagine that this classic film did so poorly upon its release, as in the current era it is considered to be one of the most memorable classics ever devised. Playing the role of George Bailey, renowned actor James Stewart is contemplating suicide after giving his life so freely to help others. He is saved by his guardian angel, played by Henry Travers, who goes on to show George just how many lives he’s touched and how the lives of so many would have been different had he never been born. This tale has been adapted to many different mediums, most notably television, and as such as become the measure by which many Christmas movies are judged. With such an epic tale surrounding a well-received moral lesson, there is no doubt why it makes this list.
It’s not often that a comedic film such as “A Christmas Story” would make the top spot in a list designed for the more sentimental and dramatic films that generally grace such a list. But given the content of the film, its inherently realistic feel, and the dynamic between the characters, it no doubt allows viewers to visualize at least part of what Christmas is like during any given year. Not only are the characters entirely believable, but the main character, Ralphie, is almost the epitome of what every child can believe they were like when they were the same age. Full wonder, hope, and a strong and willful desire to own his first air rifle, Ralphie does anything and everything he can to make his dream come true. The classic nature of this film isn’t just in its comedic timing, but also in the blunt and revealing emotions of its characters.
These are the Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All Time until 2017. Christmas movies have, for the most part, become a time-honored tradition that simply go with the holiday. Some have their favorites, while others are continually searching for that rare gem that might remain undiscovered as of yet. No matter what people watch during the holiday however, the general themes are what are important. Family, understanding, and a deep bond between humanity are what most Christmas films bring to any viewer.
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