Best Holiday Movies of All-Time

In selecting my list of favourite Holiday Season movies of all-time, I leaned more towards traditional and classic films. 

I also looked for some common themes. To me, Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends through holiday rituals. It is about giving, sharing, love, hope, joy and celebration.  It is about good feelings towards each other and peace on earth. Christmas is also about finding redemption, second chances and miracles. People have a chance to rediscover a new self-awareness and learn what is truly important in their lives. There is a renewal of hope and even the possibility of finding romance. It is about discovering the beauty of humankind.

Here are my top Holiday films of all-time:

# Film Year
1 It’s a Wonderful Life  1946
2 Miracle on 34th Street  1947
3 Meet Me in St. Louis  1944
4 A Christmas Carol  1951
5 A Christmas Story  1983
6 The Shop Around the Corner  1940
7 White Christmas  1954
8 The Bishop’s Wife  1947
9 Holiday Inn  1942
10 Christmas in Connecticut  1945

# Film Year
11 Remember the Night 1940
12 Holiday Affair 1949
13 Joyeux Noel 2005
14 Scrooged 1988
15 The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
16 Love Actually 2003
17 The Polar Express 2004
18 A Christmas Carol 1938
19 A Christmas Tale 2008
20 The Family Stone 2005

Honourable mention (in order): The Snowman (1982), Arthur Christmas (2011), Home Alone (1990), Gremlins (1984), Scrooge  (1970), Babes in Toyland (1961), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), Bundle of Joy (1956), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), One Magic Christmas (1985)

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