Whether sappy, sweet, endearing or funny, Christmas movies come in all categories. And just like with the old movie classics, you’re bound to have a favorite. Below are five of our own must-sees.
Our Top Five Christmas Movie Picks
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This modern classic stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid and features a “Griswold Family Christmas” gone wrong. Released in 1989, the movie’s film quality may be a bit outdated, but certainly not its humor, making it our #1 pick.
Our Favorite Line: “Looks great! Little full, lotta sap.”
2. Home Alone
Written by the same writer as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (John Hughes), Home Alone is a hilarious take of the young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who gets left behind when his family goes to France for Christmas. Having the whole house to himself, he also has to contend with two burglars who try to rob it.
Our Favorite Line: “Keep the change you filthy animal.”
3. The Holiday
With an all-star cast featuring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black, The Holiday caters to the hopeless romantic in all of us. Set in both California and England, the movie tells the story of two heartbroken women who swap homes for the holidays only to find love in their temporary towns.
Our Favorite Line: “Mr. Napkin Head!”
4. Miracle on 34th Street
A true classic, Miracle on 34th Street stars Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood. The movie centers around Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who claims he is the real thing.
Our favorite Line: “I believe…I believe…It’s silly but I believe.”
This Christmas comedy gives a modern twist to The Christmas Carol. Starring Bill Murray, it tells the story of Frank Cross, a wealthy and cynical executive who comes to be haunted by three ghosts, all of whom share valuable lessons.
Our Favorite Line: “I was touched by a gift. A four-year-old kid receives what in today's marketplace is a 40 to 50 dollar piece of milk-fed veal.”
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Let us know in the comments below!