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Herein we offer an opinion as to the best loved Christmas movies. This is just one view.
Other contenders include Scrooged, Miracle on 34th Street, Bad Santa, The Muppet Christmas Carol and A Christmas Carol.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Few films define Christmas like Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Rarely has a series’ third installment been the equal of its two predecessors, but such is the case with this sequel involving Clark (Chevy Chase), Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), Audrey (Juliette Lewis), and Rusty Griswold’s (Johnny Galecki) mishap-besieged family get-together.
Featuring a new version of the song from which the film gets its title (and which was originally sung by star Bing Crosby in “Holiday Inn”), this 1954 musical features Crosby and Danny Kaye as music-act partners who team up with two sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help their former military commander save his Vermont lodge.
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A Christmas Story
Nine years after “Black Christmas”, director Bob Clark made another holiday classic—albeit of a very different sort—with this beloved nostalgia-soaked saga of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who wants nothing more for Christmas than an air rifle. If you have cable, it’ll no doubt be playing on a 24-hour loop on some Turner network this December 25.
Miracle on 34th Street
An old man working as a Macy’s department store Santa claims to be Kris Kringle. And he convinces innocent kids and even the most cynical adults that he’s the real deal. There’s something undeniably sweet about this perennial classic
Macaulay Culkin is forgotten by his family and forced to battle a couple of dimwit thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) around Christmas in this enduring children’s adventure from director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes.
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