Yes it’ s that time of year again, we’re approaching the holiday season! What a jolly time to be alive. Christmas carols, the giving of thanks, holiday cheer, what a great time of year. Oh right, I forgot that 98% of the holiday season sucks. The 2% that doesn’t suck is the return of holiday movies, and the ability to spend time with my family(I had to).
5. Home Alone(1990)
What kind of a sick person would put up a film countdown without the great Macaulay Culkin? Of course Home Alone isn’t a film with a ton of depth, but not all films have to be complex. It’s such a fun movie, and it has a lot of Christmas spirit!!! Buzz’s girlfriend alone is more than enough reason to put Home Alone on this list, she is so hawt.
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This is number four on my list for good reason, it’s one of the funniest holiday movies of all time. Chevy Chase is in top form playing Clark Griswold, a comically innocent father that just wants a decent family Christmas. In comes “Uncle Eddie” played by Randy Quaid (pre-crazy) to ruin the whole thing. Uncle Eddie is a hilarious, disgusting character that only adds to the insanity. The best part of the movie is the tirade that Clark has near the end, it’s full of profanity filled hilarity.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Yes I know many expected this film to be number one on this list, but nonetheless it’s still an amazing movie. I prefer the other two films ahead of this one mainly because of nostalgia. I first watched It’s a Wonderful Life in English class, English class doesn’t really excite my Christmas spirit. The film is excellent, it’s a great story about a the stock market crash and its affect on one man. George Bailey(Jimmy Stewart) lost all of his money, and he was a broken man, but his story is also a story of redemption. The ending of the film is superb, and rewarding.
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
This is hands down THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I’ve watched it at least once every year, for probably five or six straight years and it still manages to be entertaining. There are so many quotable moments; “fragile, must be Italian”, or “oh fuuuuudge”. I think the main reason this film still resonates with me is due to the fact that it brings back precious Christmas memories, but it’s also extremely relatable. Nearly every scene is relatable, every child has that one memorable Christmas present that blew them away. A Christmas Story is nostalgia times a hundred. I look forward to sitting around the television and watching the movie with my family each year.
1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is not only the greatest holiday film of all time, it’s also one of the greatest overall films of all time. Let me tell you why. It’s a rare comedy that brings the laughs, but also the story and depth. PTA had a very funny opening, it gets better and better after that. The characters are the strength of the movie, Neal Page is played by Steve Martin and Del Griffith is played by John Candy. Both characters start out hating each other, but as they struggle through each and every terrible experience, they start to laugh about it. Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry, every scene with Candy and Martin is brilliant. When describing Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Roger Ebert wrote, “When “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” was released in 1987, I enjoyed it immensely, gave it a favorable review and moved on. But the movie continued to live in my memory.” I think Ebert summed up this film pretty well, it’s an excellent comedy, but it has heart and that’s why I love it. I watch it with my family each year on Thanksgiving, it never gets old and the ending gets me every time.