Premiere Home Entertainment’s Ultimate Christmas Movie Blog
It’s that time of year again, folks. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday almost here, the countdown to Christmas officially begins. One of the most beloved of holiday traditions for many families is sitting down together around a premiere home entertainment system for a favorite holiday film. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve compiled the Ultimate Christmas movie list for you. Pick out a few of them to watch with your family or pick them all and enjoy your premiere home entertainment system all season long.
1) Elf: A holiday film well-deserving of the title “modern classic,” Elf features Will Ferrell as Santa’s biggest elf, who comes to the realization that he is actually human. His journey to find his biological father is full of family-friendly Christmas cheer and yuletide fun.
2) A Christmas Story: Nine-year old Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas, a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Unfortunately, his mother feels that he may just “shoot his eye out” with it instead. Full of memorable moments like Ralphie nearly shooting his eye out, getting his tongue stuck to a pole, and Ralphie with soap in his mouth, this is one holiday classic you’ll want to watch all day and Turner Broadcasting will make sure you do.
3) The Bishop’s Wife: You may be more familiar with the Whitney Houston 1996 remake, The Preacher’s Wife, but the original from 1947 is an old-fashioned Christmas movie that you’ll love. Starring the always magnificent Cary Grant and the timeless appeal of Loretta Young, this is one classic you’ll be glad you’ve seen.
4) White Christmas: A classic Hollywood musical with all the Christmas fixings you could ever want. Curl up with a blanket, and enjoy the music and the memories you’re sure to make with your loved ones.
5) Arthur Christmas: A joint venture from Sony Pictures and Aardman Animation, most popularly known for their Wallace & Gromit series, this animated film found a way to tell a modern Christmas story that stays true to the basics. Watch as Santa’s son, Arthur, makes it his mission to save one little girl’s Christmas.
6) Die Hard: Maybe not the “traditional” Christmas movie, but this action flick is a classic case of “Often imitated, never duplicated.” The idea of a large gathering of people turning into a night-long rampage is an oddly accurate depiction of the holiday for some family gatherings.
7) It’s A Wonderful Life: Frank Capra’s legendary Christmas tale is the quintessential holiday film for the family to enjoy. Still, nearly 70 years later, the redemptive tale of George Bailey is just as beloved as ever.
8) Miracle on 34th Street: A success at the box office, with fans, and critics alike, Miracle is not only a classic Christmas film, but also one of the greatest cinematic works of all time. A rare occasion that depicts Santa Claus as more than a magical symbol of Christmas but rather a well-rounded, human character.
9) The Shop Around the Corner: While modern movie-goers may be privy to the tropes of romantic comedies, this timeless masterpiece is a tour de force emotion. Fall in love with this 1940 film that helped to inspire the Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan film, “You’ve Got Mail.”
10) The Santa Clause: The Santa Clause highlights Tim Allen at the height of his popularity playing a no-nonsense guy who is too practical to believe in Christmas magic. His unplanned stumble into the titular role is a heart-warming, feel-good film for the whole family.
11) Christmas in Connecticut: Don’t be too quick to judge this one based on the 1992 remake directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thankfully, the 1945 original is a fun look at all the crazy happenings that occur at a Christmas gathering, whether you’re aware of it or not.
12) Four Christmases: If you’re looking for a Christmas film that isn’t a masterpiece of American cinema, but rather, a fun way to spend an evening with your family, then this is the flick for you. With Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in the starring roles, Four Christmases is a film we recommend you don’t try to sit and analyze, just enjoy it for what it is.
13) It Happened on 5th Avenue: What happens when a millionaire comes home to find a homeless man living in his 5th Avenue mansion? Obviously, the rich family just invites said homeless man to live with them. A little unbelievable by today’s standards, but that’s part of the film’s charm.
14) While You Were Sleeping: A 1995 film starring Sandra Bullock in one of her most underrated roles. This feel-good rom-com is full of holiday cheer and is the kind of film that you can snuggle up with and enjoy with someone special.
15) Holiday Affair: For one reason or another, Christmas movies set against department stores are a dime a doze, but this one still holds up today. It’s a romance and you’ll probably spot where it’s going pretty quick, but this is classic, time-tested Hollywood at its finest.
16) We’re No Angels: A rare instance of ‘Bogie in a comedy, this Christmas comedy stars Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov as three escaped convicts who need to learn to be nice guys again. Bogart proves yet again that he is a tremendous talent with surprising range in this comedy that holds up as well today as ever before.
17) A Charlie Brown Christmas: You had to know this one was coming. After all, what’s a holiday without a Peanuts special? Watch as Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the whole gang discover what the true meaning of Christmas is.
18) Remember the Night: When Barbara Stanwyck’s character, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting just before Christmas, she thinks her life is taking a tragic turn for the worst. Mercifully, the judge postpones her hearing until after Christmas so she won’t have to spend the holiday in jail. What’s the twist you ask? Well, when the district attorney falls in love with her, things get a little complicated.
19) The Muppet Christmas Carol: What do you get when you combine one of the most beloved novels of all time with the laugh-out-loud fun of the Muppets? The Muppet Christmas Carol reinvents the holiday classic in only the way Kermit and friends can. Combined with the always on point, Michael Caine, and you have a recipe for a good time.
20) The Nightmare Before Christmas: This Tim Burton stop-motion masterpiece is a unique film in that it is perfectly suited for seasonal viewing from October all the way through to December. If you haven’t done so this year already or even if you have, find a time to pop in this Christmas/Halloween favorite.
21) Home Alone: Few cinematic climaxes are still as satisfying 25 years later as the Rube Goldberg-style home security system employed by Macaulay Culkin in this 1990 box office smash. Timeless physical comedy, “Carol of the Bells,” and a valuable moral lesson of the importance of family combine together to make this a holiday favorite for many.
22) Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: One of the good doctor’s most beloved works, this “TV Special” is a timeless Christmas film. This special Christmas film is a vital part of the Christmas tradition at this point, with the term “Grinch” being well recognized in today’s lingo. Be sure to set aside some time to check out what the Grinch and all the Whos down in Whoville are up to this holiday season.
23) Lethal Weapon: Another “Christmas” film that’s more buddy comedy than holiday charm, but few things set the holiday mood like “Jingle Bell Rock” does. Change things up this holiday with one of the best action comedies of all time.
24) The Apartment: Billy Wilder’s follow-up to the legendary, “Some Like It Hot,” this dramatic comedy won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Set against a Christmas backdrop, this film finds Jack Lemmon playing Bud Baxter, a lonely office worker trying to turn his life around. This one is packed with laughs but has a lot of heart to it too, perfect for the holidays.
25) Scrooged: A modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved novel, “A Christmas Carol” directed by Richard Donner and starring Bill Murray. Need I say more? This is Christmas comedy gold!
26) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The third film in National Lampoon’s Vacation series stars Chevy Chase in a beloved classic that explores the nightmares of Christmas. Curl up with your family and enjoy the fact that your Christmas isn’t as disastrous as the Groswold’s.
27) Christmas with the Kranks: A holiday comedy packed to the brim with talented comedians is sure to get your family in the Christmas spirit. Starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Akroyd, and even Cheech Marin, there’s enough here to keep you busy to keep you plenty entertained as you watch the Kranks decide to skip Christmas, before realizing they need to quickly throw together the perfect holiday.
28) Joyeux Noel: If you’re in the mood for something different this year, give this French film from 2005 a shot. This film depicts the Christmas truce of World War I that saw soldiers from opposite sides cease fighting to celebrate the holidays together.
29) Batman Returns: Probably not the first film you think of when you think Christmas, but the second of Tim Burton’s Batman films depicted the Dark Knight during Christmas. While most remembered for Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayals of The Penguin and Catwoman respectively, this is another great film to pop in if you’re looking for a Christmas movie that isn’t so overtly “Christmasy.”
30) Ernest Saves Christmas: You either love him or hate him when it comes to Jim Varney’s character of Ernest P. Worrell. This time, Ernest stumbles into the responsibility of finding a replacement for an aging Santa Claus. Obviously, hilarity ensues but somehow, our hero finds a way.
The holidays are the perfect time of year to spend some quality time with your family around your premiere home entertainment system. If you still need some help setting up your dream home theater, let our experienced team at Premiere Home Entertainment give you a hand this holiday season. Give your family a gift that they can enjoy all year long with a premiere home entertainment system. For more information, feel free to give us a call at (702) 877-0222.