Best Christmas movies to watch
It’s that time of the year when you feel the Christmas spirit being well and indeed spreading throughout the air. Whether at a family get-together or with friends over drinks, it is sure to light up your life as everything gets more festive.
And what better way to celebrate than by watching an old-school Christmas movie? Sometimes, these aren’t necessarily from this season, but they’re timeless classics that will make you laugh, cry and feel all warm inside.
The following is a list of the best Christmas movies ever made. Also, it includes some of the best Christmas-themed films out there. But just in case you haven’t seen them yet, don’t be a Grinch – just look for them, and you’re guaranteed to have a fabulous time watching them.
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List of Best Christmas movies to watch:
1. Last Christmas
The story of Last Christmas was written by Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise, with the help of director Paul Feig. The movie is inspired by the famous song “Last Christmas” by George Michael.
Emilia Clarke appears in the film as a disillusioned Christmas store employee who begins to fall in love with a mysterious man (Henry Golding). The movie also stars Thompson and Michelle Yeoh.
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
2. The Snowman
Based on Raymond Briggs’ 1978 picture book The Snowman, it is a 1982 British animated television film and a symphonic poem. Dianne Jackson directed the film for the public television channel Channel 4. The film premiered on 26 December 1982 and became an instant hit. An Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film and a BAFTA TV Award was given to the film.
Howard Blake’s score tells the tale through images, action, and music, except the central song “Walking in the Air”. In a list of 100 Greatest British Television Programmes compiled by the British Film Institute in 2000 based on votes from industry professionals, the special ranked 71st. On UKTV Gold’s Greatest TV Christmas Moments, it came in at number 4.
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
3. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
The 1970 stop-motion Christmas television special Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town was produced by Rankin/Bass Productions in New York. Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Robie Lester, Joan Gardner, and Paul Frees provide the voices for the film.
The Westminster Children’s Choir performed the assistant song. It tells the story of the origin of Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas customs. Based on “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”, written by J Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie and first broadcast on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and on the story of Saint Nicholas.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
4. The Bishop’s Wife
Christmas joy is blanketing the world like a fresh dusting of snow as heavenly bells ring, choirs sing, and jubilant choirs sing. However, Bishop Henry Brougham’s Victorian home has yet to be warmed by the Yuletide spirit.
The preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife Julia in the struggle to raise funds for a new cathedral, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage! However, the angel has more plans for mortal Henry than simply teaching him an eternal lesson in romance.
This delightful romantic comedy stars Oscar(r) winners* Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. It boasts “a stellar supporting cast” (The Hollywood Reporter), including James Gleason and Monty Woolley.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
5. One Magic Christmas
One Magic Christmas is a story where Jack (Gary Basaraba), Ginnie Grainger’s husband, has been out of work for six months, and they have to leave their company-owned home by the new year. He dreams of opening his bike shop, which would deplete the family’s savings. And Ginnie works as a cashier at a grocery store.
While mailing a letter to Santa two nights before Christmas Eve, Abbie meets Gideon. Santa Claus assigns the Christmas angel Gideon to restore the Christmas spirit of Ginnie Grainger.
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
6. Home Alone
Home Alone is a much more poignant and worthwhile Christmas movie than the memes and parodies it inspired. A family holiday film without the family. Without the most recognizable festival associated with this movie, Christmas, this movie fails to be magical.
Instead, the holiday omnipresence emphasizes everything Kevin has to deal with alone, from cutting down and trimming his tree to handling the chores he never has to do. Home Alone is, more importantly, a movie that seamlessly blends Chris Columbus’ and John Hughes’ 1980s aesthetic styles to capture the feelings of being a frustrated, picked-on child at Christmas.
It’s a slapstick movie, and Catherine O’Hara and John Candy also make holiday movie magic.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Leave in the comments what is your favorite Christmas movie.