The 10 greatest Christmas movies of all time
Published 11/12/2015 | 16:18
It’s that time of year again. The time to make lists and check them twice. We’ve asked around the office and put together the definitive list of the 10 greatest Christmas movies of all time. Is yours on the list?
Christmas, it’s all about putting the feet up in front of an open fire, firing up the TV and watching Christmas movies. What makes a great Christmas movie? Well, it has to be seasonal, it has to have the feel good factor and it has to be something you first watched around Christmas time.
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Directed by Jon Favreau this is also Will Ferrell’s best work. It’s the funniest, sweetest Christmas movie that is suitable for all the family while being side-splittingly funny for grown-ups too. James Caan does an excellent job as the film’s Scrooge-inspired character, Zooey Deschanel also does an excellent turn as the love interest. Following the adventure of Buddy the Elf, a human who has been raised by Santa as an elf who returns to New York look for his father (Caan), who, in the meantime has become a disillusioned and aggressive CEO of a toy company. Hilarity ensues.
With Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy at the peak of their comedic powers, Trading Places is a grown up comedy that is a wry social commentary as well as a heart-warming Christmas movie. Loosely based on Shaw’s Pygmalion, an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler’s lives get swapped when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet. Also starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the ‘tart with a heart’ and Denholm Elliot as the dark horse butler. Full of classic one-liners.
A true Christmas classic if ever there was one. It’s a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey (James Stewart) who has given up on his dreams to help others. Life’s disappointment conspires to send him into a state of hopelessness and he decides to end his life on Christmas Eve by jumping from a bridge. His guardian angel (Henry Travers) intervenes to show him how the world would have been had he not touched the lives of so many. Prepare to feel warm and gooey inside.
Directed by Joel Dante with a screenplay by Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer Gremlins is a tale of a boy who receives a cute, fluffy Mogwai for Christmas. The Mogwai comes with a warning of not to allow contact with water and to never, never feed him after midnight. When his new pet gets a glass of water spilled on him accidentally, he multiplies, and when the offspring get their hands on food after midnight the film takes a sinister turn as green scaly mischief makers cause chaos in the town. One for older children but brilliant fun.
Based on the picture book by Dr. Seuss of the same name the film stars Jim Carrey in his physical comedy pomp. Directed by Ron Howard it’s visually stunning, a little bit scary and just great fun for the whole family. It remains the highest grossing Christmas film of all time.
This one is only for big kids, but it has everything you want from a Christmas film. Comedy, bad guys and explosions. John McClane (Bruce Willis) while trying to get to Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife gets caught up in a hostage situation and has to take on an entire group of highly-trained criminals single-handedly. Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber is one of the best baddies of all time.
We’ve all seen it a million times, but once you let ‘Let it Go’ go, ‘Frozen’ is actually a wonderful family Christmas film. Loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, it’s a story of a girl cursed with a magical power which renders all she touches to ice and well, you know the rest…
Santa Claus the Movie
This film has gone under the radar for years, but it’s possibly the ultimate Christmas movie about Santa Claus. It was specifically made to answer questions children might have surrounding the Santa Claus mythos like how he became Santa Claus, how he came to the North Pole, how he makes his toys and how he travels the world on Christmas Eve. With a standout performance (and one of his very best) by Dudley Moore as Patch the Elf, who inadvertently almost destroys Christmas, Santa Clause the Movie has acquired a new cult status in recent years.
It doesn’t get better than this. The Muppets do Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and it is spectacular. Michael Caine puts in an Oscar-worthy performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a heart-warming tale full of Christmas cheer and sweet Muppet moments. It’s also tinged with sadness as although the idea was Muppets creator Jim Henson’s the film was directed by his son Brian, two years after Jim’s death. Steve Whitmire took over the puppeteering role of Kermit.
The animated version of the picture book by Richard Briggs is only 26 minutes long but is an iconic piece of Christmas television. It first aired in 1982 and became an instant classic replayed year after year. Suitable for all ages, the music was scored by Howard Blake and includes ‘Walking in the Air’ performed by a St Paul's Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty. There’s also an intro by David Bowe featuring a spectacular Christmas jumper and some terrible acting.
Step into the adventure with Sky Movies this Christmas and enjoy all the biggest and best Christmas movies for all the family. Sky has a Christmas schedule that includes exclusive premieres appearing 12 months before online subscription services including Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Big Hero 6, Penguins of Madagascar, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Kingsman: The Secret Service and much ,much more.