Alex van Terheyden
Top Christmas films of all Time!
Christmas a time to give thanks for the Birth of Christ. The clue is in the name. We say Merry Christmas, not Merry Holidays! And I would consider myself Agnostic and the celebration doesn't offend me and nor should it offend anyone! It's a time for everyone to get together with their families, friends and special people. Eat more than you should, drink a few more than is acceptable (Hence why you say Merry before the magical word Christmas), relax and kick back and watch at least one Christmas movie. When there is so many to choose from - which should you pick?
Well here is my - Top 10 List of Christmas Films of All Time!
10) Gremlins (1984)
Perfect Film to watch after Midnight Mass. A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Director: Joe Dante Writer: Chris Columbus
9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey is perfect in this. On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Director: Ron Howard Writers: Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay)
8) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A Beautiful movie and you can actually watch it with all the family. Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Director: Henry Selick Writers: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation)
7) Predator (1987)
This may not be a Christmas movie to anyone else - but for some reason, I've watched this movie every Christmas since I first saw it as a kid. It's a classic film that seems to get me in the Christmas spirit. Arnold Swazernegger at his best. A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Director: John McTiernan Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
6) Trading Places (1983)
Now while I will admit this film is best watched between Christmas and New Year it is Wall Street Perfection. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Director: John Landis Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
5) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Just like the Terminator series this sequel is better than the original. What's not to like it even has Donald Trump making a Cameo! One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.
Director: Chris Columbus Writer: John Hughes
4) A Christmas Carol (2009)
Jim Carrey once again is on form in this animated Dickens classic. Wonderful viewing. Massively underrated - deserving of viewing if you haven't seen it.
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Director: Robert Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
3) Elf (2003)
Christmas comedy heaven that leaves you feeling simply magical and a believer once again.
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.
Director: Jon Favreau Writer: David Berenbaum
2) Die Hard (1988)
For some people, this is the Christmas film of the year. And in reality, I can't think of a year where I haven't watched this Christmas classic. It doesn't get any better than Bruce Willis spraying bullets everywhere!
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Director: John McTiernan Writers: Roderick Thorp (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay)
1) Scrooged (1988)
It would seem 1988 was an amazing year for Christmas movies. Maybe I was just very impressionable that year but who can complain when you have Bruce Willis and also Bill Murray both at the cinema. For me, Bill Murray just about beats Willis to the finishing line with the Dickens classic. That's 2 in the top 10!
A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue
Merry Christmas! To you and your loved one! And have a happy New year! Alex van Terheyden