The Best Christmas Movies!!!

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The Best Christmas Movies!!!

David Larsen, Contributor

It’s here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the holiday season right around the corner, people are decorating their homes for the holiday, and buying gifts faster than you can say, “Santa Claus”. This Christmassy time of year is also home to some of the greatest holiday films. These are my picks of the best holiday films you can watch during your holiday season. The movies on this list will have a rating above 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, a popular movie rating website where professional movie critics give ratings on almost any movie you can think of. I hope you’ll enjoy these picks.

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This holiday classic tells the story of Rudolph (Billie Mae Richards), a reindeer who can’t seem to fit in with everyone else. But, once everyone discovers what he’s capable of, he starts to fit in. It’s funny, and has such a unique and creative story. This film was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator, too. The movie received an amazing 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and came to screens on December 6, 1964. Rudolph has been a family favorite for decades ever since.

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4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1967)

Although there’s the live-action version with Jim Carrey, and the newer version set to be released in 2018, we’re talking about the original movie. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 1967. The classic that brought joy into the hearts of many people, maybe even the Whos down in  Whoville, too. The film tells the story of The Grinch (Boris Karloff), a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss himself, who looks down at all of the Whos down in Whoville, hating them for all the noise every Christmas. In the end, he learns that Christmas is more than just presents and toys, but giving and thanks. It’s a great film, with a very great moral to it. The film received an incredible 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best films featured on the website! This is one classic film you really don’t want to miss.

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3. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone is one of the funniest holiday films of all time. No doubt! Home Alone tells the hilarious story of Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), a young boy who accidentally gets left at home as his family leaves for a Christmas vacation in Paris. As Kevin is home alone, he soon realizes two men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are planning to rob his house. Kevin must do whatever he can to protect his home. The movie got on the list for being funny and exciting. It has a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s comedy and creative story is what makes this movie have the number three spot on this list. Go and check it out!


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2. A Christmas Story (1983)

Where do I even begin?! This movie has the perfect story, just the right amount of comedy, and is a holiday movie everyone can enjoy. There’s something for everyone! The beloved holiday movie tells the story of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of what he believes to be the perfect Christmas gift: a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact, as well as getting the rifle he wants. Will he shoot his eye out? Or have a good Christmas he’ll always remember? Guess you’ll have to find out! The classic film received an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is very well deserved! You will regret not watching this movie, so gather your family, and check it out!

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1. A Christmas Carol (1938)

What started as a book by Charles Dickens, and then became a play, became the 1938 film: A Christmas Carol. It’s story is perfect, it’s moral is powerful, and it’s acting was tremendous, making it the number one pick for this list. The black and white film tells the story of old Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen), who hates Christmas! But a visit from one of his old business partners (Leo G. Carroll) and three other spirits (Lionel Braham, Ann Rutherford, D’Arcy Corrigan) changes Scrooge’s mind about Christmas, and changes him to become more kind and obedient. This fabulous adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic became a holiday classic for decades. The film got a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s definitely a film that you’ll want to see.  

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Honorable Mentions

There are many more great Christmas movies you can watch, even though they didn’t make it onto this list. Here are a few of some other great Christmas films that didn’t quite make it onto this list. Elf (2003), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).


What is your favorite Holiday film? Do you agree with these picks? Make sure to leave a comment. Also, be sure to check out the other posts from our talented writers on Rider Review. Have a wonderful holiday break Rough Riders, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018!


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