Top 10 Christmas Movies

Thomas Bellanger

10.Love Actually (Hulu)

With big-name actors like Alan Rickman and Colin Firth, along with many others, Love, Actually earns a place on this top 10 list. Love, Actually is a rom-com Christmas movie following multiple characters and the complexities of love in their lives. This movie provides that warm holiday feeling but falls short with its glorification of adultery and overall dry themes earning this movie number 10. Disclaimer, Love, Actually is NOT the Christmas movie to watch with parents and siblings.

9.The Polar Express (Various TV Networks & Sling)

The Polar Express is a 21st-century classic that many of us grew up watching during the holiday season. This Christmas classic follows a nonbelieving young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and rediscovers the joy of believing. Although this movie’s message is deep and applicable to kids and adults, it is weighed down by its blandness and shallow characters. Even with its hot chocolate song, The Polar Express takes 9th.

8. Elf (Hulu)

Many people are going to hate me for this, but everyone’s beloved favorite Christmas movie is ranked at number 8. Elf is a comedic and heartfelt take on an elf who leaves the North Pole and travels to New York to see his father. Despite the funny moments and the message of uniqueness, the movie Elf is overhyped and at times dry in humor and overall annoying.

7. It’s A Wonderful Life (Amazon Prime Video)

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” It’s A Wonderful Life is the truest definition of a Christmas classic that still holds cultural relevance with its strong message that is far from archaic. This Christmas classic came out in 1946 but its theme of thankfulness and gratitude is applicable to audiences in 2020 as well. The movie follows George Bailey, a father struggling with suicidal thoughts, who finds happiness and satisfaction through his family and community with the help of his guardian angel. It’s A Wonderful Life takes a well-deserved spot on the top 10 list.

6. The Santa Clause (Disney Plus)

The Santa Clause is a Disney classic that is often overlooked by many, but Tim Allen’s Santa Clause is an unforgettable childhood favorite. Scoring high on Rotten Tomatoes and among Google users, The Santa Clause is a perfect movie to get the holiday cheer started. Although its message is shallow, it is a fun lighthearted Christmas movie.

5. Rudolph (Various TV Stations)

“Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose…” Of course, Rudolph made it into the top 5 Christmas movies. Rudolph has left an unforgettable mark on Christmas culture through its jingle, relevancy, and overall feel-good themes. Only clocking in at 47 minutes, Rudolph is a shiny gem among all Christmas movies that is fit for every audience.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Apple TV+ and PBS)

Every year Charlie Brown makes his comeback with the Christmas special that airs on PBS. For years, Charlie Brown has been a significant figurehead in American pop culture, and this special will make you bop your head around on Christmas morning. As the special turns 55 this year, this movie remains an iconic Christmas movie to be enjoyed on Christmas morning with a fire and hot chocolate.

3. Home Alone 1 & 2 (Disney Plus)

“WHERE’S KEVIN??” Kevin McCallister’s antics in Home Alone 1 and 2 leave a memorable mark on every viewer that watches this movie for the holidays. Whether he is burning someone, throwing a brick, or narrowly escaping the antagonists, Kevin always manages to win and enjoy every kid’s dream of being home alone. According to Box Office Mojo, the first two Home Alone movies raked in $476 million and $358 million at the box office. Besides the disappointing third installment, the Home Alone series is an irrevocable fan favorite when it comes to holiday movies.

2. A Christmas Story (Hulu & TBS) `

“You’ll shoot your eye out kid,” is a quote that most children in south Louisiana grew up hearing. A Christmas Story is a classic revered by many following the story of a young boy’s dream to get a Red Rider BB gun with a compass in the stock. Although A Christmas Story raked in $20 million worldwide at the box office, it has become a cult classic that is loved by many (Box Office Mojo). With an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, A Christmas Story is a strong contender for the number one spot. Snagging the number 2 spot on the list, A Christmas Story is a classic that never gets old.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Netflix)

The moment you have all been waiting for, Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas takes the number one spot on this top 10 Christmas movie list. Based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book, Jim Carrey plays the Grinch in this film adaptation. Mixed with the wackiness and imaginative world of Dr. Seuss, Jim Carrey meshes well with his role as the Grinch. “4:00, wallow in self-pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one,” is one of my favorite quotes from Jim Carrey’s role. How the Grinch Stole Christmas accumulated $345 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo and underperformed on Rotten Tomatoes, but still remains a fan favorite among many including myself. Others disagree, like Senior Will Cooper who says, “The Grinch is definitely my last one. I am not a fan of Jim Carrey, and I think that Home Alone 1 and 2 are indisputably the best Christmas movies.”

Whether or not you agree with this list, all of these Christmas movies bring holiday joy to everyone’s house, except for The Polar Express that movie is depressing.