Ah, my favorite time of year. Snow falling, cold butts on leather seats, and the yearly debate over the best Christmas movies. I honestly missed the two former items when I lived in Texas, but you never escape the latter. Now that I live right by the ‘North Pole‘ aka Pike’s Peak, I enjoy these things again.
Let me start this off by saying that regardless of what Tyler says, Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Just because it takes place on Christmas Day, does not mean it is a Christmas movie. That, however, is for another day and another blog post (yes, that one is coming soon). This one is solely about why these are the best Christmas movies and it’s up for debate.
“But, but, but I don’t agree!” That’s okay. You’re allowed to be wrong and I forgive you (after all, I forgive Nick and Jerry for being *ichigan fans – and for more on that, head over to our Facebook group to see those wonderful posts). This is the end all, be all list of the best Christmas movies that are absolute classics that are rewatchable year in and year out.
Okay, no, this isn’t really the end all, be all list. Everyone has their opinions. That’s what makes our community fun. Even though it seems like craft beer is only focused on hazies, BA stouts, and sours, there are many other styles that people all over the world love. The same thing applies to Christmas movies. Why I chose these movies may be why you don’t like them. One thing we can agree on, though, is this: no good Christmas movie has come out in the last 15 years. We must stick to our classics.
Here is the list of the best Christmas movies, in order:
I mean… How doesn’t this top everyone’s list? It’s the perfect Christmas movie. Will Ferrell plays yet another unique character that makes us laugh. This is the same man that stars in Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and Blades of Glory. He dropped this beauty of a family movie on us 18 years ago, and it still holds up. This is one of the most quotable movies, Christmas or not. It is a whimsical story that I think we can all relate to – being put in a situation we’re not familiar with and making the best of it. And a great, heartwarming story about getting the world to believe in Santa again, coupled with the over-the-top shenanigans like a talking narwhal, syrup and M&M’s on spaghetti, and a C-RAM style assault with snowballs round this out as the best Christmas movie of all time. No other movie has all of these elements.
“Shitter’s full, Clark!” has headlined every family holiday party for the last thirty years, even though that’s an incorrect quote (the correct quote is “Merry Christmas. Shitter was full!”). The main character, the father Clark Griswold, is a little too relatable at times. Actually, the whole movie is a little too relatable. Piling your family and in-laws into your house for stressful holiday parties while barely surviving a mental breakdown is something we have all encountered. Couple that with a comically large Christmas tree that breaks windows, hijinks surrounding Christmas lights including sending a very large icicle through the neighbor’s window (“And why is the carpet all wet, Todd? I don’t know, Margo”), and a dog “hackin’ on a bone”, and this makes for a super quotable, rewatchable, and all-time classic Christmas movie that we all know and love… and identify with a little too much.
Okay… who the hell has enough money to afford that mansion AND go on vacation with the whole family every Christmas? Whatever that job is, I want it. I don’t, however, want the outcome of the movies. What sounds like the plot to a horror movie (especially as a small child) is actually a beloved Christmas movie by 90s kids everywhere. In a setup that rivals Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, young Kevin McAllister thwarts attempts at burglars to enter his house in very creative ways. I couldn’t tell you the normal relationship between boiling water, hot tar, thumb tacks, black-and-white gangster movies, and Michael Jordan cardboard cutouts, but I can tell you the Home Alone relationship: they’re all used to stop people from entering his house. A feel good story about a child and his family reuniting is told and we all loved it. But I do have one burning question… why does this happen more than once?!
This being on the list might show that I’m a younger 90s baby, and that’s okay. You’re allowed to be old and wrong, I’m not mad at you. This one resonates strong with me today. A child wants the must-have toy of the year for Christmas (Turbo Man), as do all of our children. His dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger (because how freaking sweet would it be to have a Mr. Olympian as your dad?) gets in a fight with another dad, portrayed by Sinbad over the last one. In a hilarious twist, they accidentally ‘become’ Turbo Man and his archnemesis and fight at the local parade. No spoilers, but the only question that remains unanswered from this movie is if your dad is Arnold freaking Schwarzenegger, how do you not recognize him, even in costume?! Overall, it’s a lovable movie that has a great ending after a very relatable plight by his father. This reminds me every year to finish my Christmas shopping early, and this is your encouragement to do so as well.
This, to me, is Jim Carrey’s best work. Don’t get me wrong – I love Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Liar Liar. But nobody could portray the Grinch the way he did. He took a silly, goofy, and I think somewhat lovable character and made it his own. How someone could make a Dr. Seuss character MORE Dr. Seuss-like, I don’t know, but Carrey delivered. And was the Grinch really that bad of a guy? He just didn’t like people, which as I get older, I understand more. So what he ate trash and was a hermit in the mountains? Some people eat Cadbury Crème Eggs and I still love them. That’s the same as eating trash. Plus, Cindy Lou Who had an amazing song which led to her having her own rock band (if you haven’t heard them, check them out here). Easily a classic Christmas movie, even though it tells the story of someone who, at surface level, was anti-Christmas.