By Daniel F.
The final list of 25 Christmas movies has come at last. Here are movies that are not only Christmas classics, but classics as well. Here are the top five movies you need to watch this Christmas.
- “Miracle on 34th Street”
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) finds out that the man who is supposed to play Santa during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk. He complains to Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), the event director, and she persuades him to play Santa. He does so and is hired to be Santa on 34th Street. Kris spreads joy throughout Macy’s but is put on trial for hitting a man (Porter Hall). It’s up to attorney Fred Gailey (John Payne) to help prove that Kris is Santa Claus.
- “A Christmas Story”
This iconic film chronicles Ralphie Parker’s (Peter Billingsley) attempts to get a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie tries to persuade his mother (Melinda Dillon), his teacher Miss Shields (Tedde Moore), and Santa Claus (Jeff Gillen). They all have the same response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” The film is also known for the “major award” Ralphie’s Old Man (Darren McGavin) wins and Ralphie being tormented by bullies Scut Farkus (Zack Ward) and Grover Dill (Yano Anaya).
- “Joyeux Noël”
An underrated but unique film, “Joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas in French) follows the “Christmas Truce” during the First World War. A group of Scottish soldiers sings festive songs, and German tenor Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann) sings for his own comrades. When a Scottish piper joins Sprink when he is singing “Silent Night,” French, German, and Scottish soldiers walk into no-mans-land and agree on a cease-fire to celebrate Christmas. However, a war is still going on, and the rest of the film centers on what happens after enemies connect during one night and have to fight each other again. The movie shows how, even during a major, brutal conflict, people still tried to be compassionate, but then had to go back to violence.
- “It’s a Wonderful Life”
One of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life” follows the life of George Bailey (James Stewart) a man who has given up all of his dreams to help the ones he loves. Bailey has had enough and is about commit suicide on Christmas Eve. However, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), Bailey’s guardian angel, intervenes. Clarence shows Bailey all of the good he has done in his life by showing him what would happen if he was never born. The movie is one of the most inspiring movies ever made.
- “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Based off a Tim Burton children’s story, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has an intriguing concept. The leader of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon speaking, Danny Elfman singing) has had enough of the same old same old during the holiday. He stumbles upon Christmas Town, and devices a plan to take over the holiday. He recruits every resident of Halloween Town to help him put his own spin on Christmas. The movie has become both a Halloween and Christmas classic. It is most known for Elfman’s score, including classic songs like “This Is Halloween” and “Kidnap the Sandy Claws,” and has become a pop culture staple.
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“It’s a Wonderful Life” trailer from YouTube Movies.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” trailer from Movieclips Trailer Vault on YouTube.