The Top 5 Christmas Movies

The Top 5 Christmas Movies

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Everyone loves Christmas movies, whether you start watching them the day after Halloween, or on December first, Christmas movies are what get us excited for the Holidays. When asked what the top 5 best Christmas movies of all time are, most people would say in no particular order: “Polar Express”, “Christmas Vacation”, “A Christmas Story”, “Home Alone” and “Elf”.

If I had to rank all of these movies from #1 being the best, to #5, I would say the order is “Elf”, “Polar Express”, “Christmas Vacation”, “Home Alone”, and “A Christmas Story”.

“Elf”, starring Will Farrel, was released in October of 2003, just before the Christmas season was starting. I would rank this movie #1 out of all Christmas movies, I have seen it over 20 times and it really never gets old. It is funny but also has some heartwarming moments.

Not only is Elf funny, it is very quotable and has many funny scenes that can be referenced at all times of the year. I hear quotes like “I didn’t know you were naked in the shower” and “I love smiling, smiling’s my favorite” all year round.

The funniest scene in the whole movie is when Will Farrel, the “Elf”, hears singing coming from the girls locker room, so he goes in there to join along. He didn’t know that she was in the shower, and when she yells at him to cover his eyes and get out, he starts running with his eyes closed and runs right into a locker. He then falls over.

Next up, I would rank “Polar Express” #2. This movie was also released in October, but a year later in 2004. This movie is a classic and can be enjoyed by any audience. “Polar Express” had a $150 million budget and starred a number of people including Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Eddie Deezen, Michael Jeter, and Nona Gaye.

I would rank this movie #2 because it has a really good story and I like how it is an entertaining film for people of all ages. It has a good story to it and I love how they correlate hearing bells to believing in Santa, I think it’s a really interesting way to show something like that. I do like “Elf” more though, because it has more humor to it, and I love movies that make me laugh.

“Christmas Vacation” comes up next as #3, it was released December 1, 1989. “Christmas Vacation” is one of the funniest Holiday movies that is maybe a little bit inappropriate for young children. I wouldn’t say it is the most popular, but it is definitely up there as a favorite. It also has a good story to it and is very entertaining.

The father in this movie, is convinced that he is getting a large Christmas bonus, so he plans out and tells his whole family about the pool he is putting in. Meanwhile, their weird extended family showed up uninvited. When he doesn’t get the bonus, his cousin kidnaps his boss and forces him to give out the Christmas bonuses.

Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Johnny Galeki, Juliette Lewis, and Randy Quaid all starred in this film.

Coming in #4, is “Home Alone”, there are now 5 “Home Alone” movies, 2 of which contain the original cast. The first movie was released in 1990, and still stands as one of the most iconic Christmas movies with many one liners. “Get out of here ya filthy animal”, is one that many people hear during all times of the year.

Macaulay Culkin was only 10 years old during the filming of this movie, and he became one of the most famous child actors in history. His role is of a young boy who gets left alone over Christmas while his whole family is on a trip. 2 men are trying to rob his house and he defends against them.

In the #5 spot, there is “A Christmas story”, filmed in 1983. This movie is definitely a classic and is very amusing. It was set in the 1940’s. Almost the entire movie is based off of the main character Ralphie, who is a nine-year-old boy. It talks all about his dream Christmas gift which is a “Red Ryder air Rifle”.

This movie isn’t my favorite because it makes me kind of sad. Ever since I was born, my whole entire extended family has gone over to my grandmas house on Christmas day, so when I see this family in the movie just sitting home doing nothing, it makes me feel kind of sad.

In the end, there are hundreds of awesome Christmas movies that have been made over the years, but the very best ones always stick around no matter how old they are.