The Five Best Christmas Films

Tuesday 24 December 2013 by

What could be better than snuggling up with a good film at Christmas time? Full of good food, surrounded by good company, all that’s left is something entertaining and ridiculous to watch. Here are my top five Christmas films for the post-dinner slump…

Elf, Will Ferrell, Film, Comedy, Christmas

1.       Elf

This has to be way, way, WAY at the top of the list. Elf is the first really Christmassy film to make me feel festive. Will Ferrell plays the man-elf Buddy who goes hunting for his Grinch-like father in New York and discovers a whole new world of Christmas cheer.

Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Richard Attenborough, 1994, Film

2.      Miracle on 34th Street

I’ve already spoken about the book, but Miracle on 34th Street has been adapted for film countless times. My favourite is the 1994 version with Richard Attenborough. When mysterious Kris Kringle turns up in six-year-old Susan’s life, marvellous things start to happen.

Home Alone, Christmas, Film, Macauley Culkin

3.      Home Alone

Well, it goes unsaid, doesn’t it!? In Home Alone, as cuteness personified, Macauley Culkin must defend his home against moronic burglars when his family leave him behind on their Christmas holiday.

It's a Wonderful Life, Film, Christmas

4.      It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life features pretty high on any survey about the best Christmas films. For good reason. It might be a technically dark subject, but the story of divine intervention makes it a feel-good epic.

The Santa Clause, Tim Allen, Christmas, Film

5.      The Santa Clause

Who doesn’t love this story of Tim Allen accidentally killing Father Christmas and thus taking his place just in time for a good Christmas story? The Santa Clause is a great Christmas tale, and spot the sidekick from 10 Things I Hate About You cropping up as an elf.

“Merry Christmas you filthy animal.”
Home Alone, 1990

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