‘Tis the season to enjoy the cinematic journey into a world painted in white snow and evergreen trees. I have never been a particular fan of Christmas, but overall the films that go along with it have a great amount of potential, assuming that they aren’t produced simply to have romance take place during the holiday season. My beef with Christmas has always been the over-commercialization of the season, but most of the films that are considered classic highlight this aspect of the holiday. There are good and bad Christmas movies, but I think that the best ones highlight the joy of the holiday while finding new ways to spin the genre.
There are a number of great movies in this genre, but some of my favorite ones are ones that buck all of the Christmas traditions and create something original. There are no rules to the Christmas genre, except that the film has to take place during and revolve around Christmas. There are some movies that happen to take place on Christmas without it being a Christmas movie, Die Hard comes to mind. For the purposes of this list, I have excluded any accidental Christmas movies and focused solely on those that revolve directly around the holiday.
There are a lot of good Christmas films, but I have selected only the ones that I actually enjoy, since many of them are over-played and played out, some of my favorites are:
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
- Elf (2003)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- A Christmas Story (1983)
- Scrooged (1988)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- Home Alone (1990)