It’s that time of year to spend time with the ones you love, catch up on your gaming backlog, and watch some of your favorite Christmas movies! If you don’t know what to watch, Geekiverse has you covered with the following favorites.
10. Deck The Halls – 2006
Deck The Halls is not considered a “classic” and nor should it be. However, it was a movie I associated with a particularly fond time in my life. Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito rise to near Clark Griswold levels of exterior illumination in a battle to be the neighborhood’s Christmas Guy.
9. The Santa Clause Trilogy – 1994/2002/2006
Tim Allen is one of my favorite actors. The Santa Clause was one of the first Christmas movies I remember watching, being that I was four years old when it came out. Martin Frost is the main attraction in watching Part Three.
8. Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966
One of the earliest classics on everyone’s list, The Grinch has been a Christmas icon ever since. A live action version was eventually shot many years later. If I had the chance, I would dress up as our green friend over the big red guy any day.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965
6. Home Alone – 1990
The McAllisters begin their annual tradition of leaving Kevin home for their holiday vacation. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin. Regardless of how many times I see the film, Harry and Marv make me laugh every time.
5. A Christmas Carol – 2009
Jim Carrey stars in Disney’s absolutely stunning animated remake of Dickens’ classic tale. Previews had hyped the movie as a bit of a comedy, but this was not the case (minus a few clear Jim Carrey moments). This is my favorite non-comedic Christmas movie. The CG effects created by Disney are as good as any movie has ever produced. If you have a 3D TV, it is a must to purchase the 3D Blu-ray.
4. Elf – 2003
Elf took a few years to grow on me. I actually disliked it at first. I didn’t think Will Ferrell was funny at all. How my tastes have changed. Elf is a fantastic original story. I wish that we would see more Christmas movies these days; it appears that companies don’t want to take chances on them anymore. Which is a big shame. Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?
3. Home Alone 2 – Lost In New York – 1992
There is no funnier scene in existence than Marv becoming a skeleton for a brief second. I become giddy every time it appears. A sequel done right, Lost is a near perfect Christmas movie through and through.
2. Christmas Vacation – 1989
Need I say more? No, but I will. Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold is the ultimate family man, despite all of the bumps in the road that come along with having your family over for the Christmas season. So many classic quotes and scenes.
1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 2000
My favorite, can’t-live-without Christmas movie of all time. Another Jim Carrey film. His take on the Grinch is phenomenal. Listen for all of his subtle lines (“he probably lives up there to avoid the taxes”). Now before you tell me that the animated feature was better, you are simply incorrect. They are not comparable – they are their own separate features in their own universes. Much like a book and a movie.
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? Leave in the comments below!
Josiah LeRoy is Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. He loves Christmas the most.