10. The Shop Around the CornerDid you know The Shop Around the Corner was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"? I love this movie and Jimmy Stewart is a holiday treat you can't miss.
Good grief! Good, ol' Charlie Brown is shaking things up again when he decides to take back the meaning of Christmas by putting the gang on stage for an unforgettable holiday performance. A must see, even the grumpier, old crowd would love the message of this movie.
This wonderful movie is a treat to the eyes and ears. A holiday classic that keeps you cheery from beginning to end. The explosive musical duo of Crosby and Astaire will have you clamoring for more. Back then, actors had to act, sing and dance. Great performance all around!
Charles Dickens' classic tale of greed and redemption is retold in this amazing picture packed with amazing performances and visuals (for the time, 1951). Your kids would love the storybook version and you can maybe then treat them to the movie, although it might be a challenge to keep them interested in this black and white version.
The kid in me loves this movie for the eternal innocence and resourcefulness of this 8 year old kid, who is left behind by mistake during the holidays. The first time I saw this movie, I was smitten with Culkin. Sweet face and cute voice. And how about that house! The foyer and staircase had me at hello!
I didn't grow up in this country, but when I saw this film for the first time, I was sold. The narrator perspective and the quirky parents completely stole my heart. Who knew I would relish this movie year after year with the same novel excitement I felt the first time I watched it.
The title might be a little misleading, because Chevy Chase's family doesn't really go on vacation. But that doesn't trump his painstaking plans of creating the perfect Christmas holiday for his family, even when his cousin-in-law screws everything up! The laughs will have you shaking.
New York, Macy's, Santa Claus, lonely but sweet rich girl, dare I say more? I love this film so much. It's perfect in everything sense. You just have to believe...
This film is unbelievably heartwarming. So many stories to choose from and yet, all of them so good. I love the writer and Portuguese immigrant story, and the prime minister's and his sister's stories are also sweet and real. I bought the soundtrack many years ago after watching the film in theaters and I took it with me to NYC for Christmas that same year (2003). With my headphones on the whole time, I had my own personal Love Actually experience while we drove and strolled around NYC. Priceless!
"Everytime a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." Those words just melt me in the right place. My favorite holiday movie, with my favorite actor (Jimmy Stewart) of all time. It requires no flattery, it's truly special and a commentary on our times, then and now.
How about you, guys? Do tell, what are your favorite Christmas movies? I know I left out many good ones, but I had to narrow them down to ten.