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10 Most Memorable Thanksgiving Scenes in Movies (Slideshow)

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Whether they're touching or tortuous, we can all relate to these cinematic holiday moments

"Home For the Holidays"

Everyone has been to that Thanksgiving. You know, the bad one where everyone argues and makes fun of each other. But how many people have been to a Thanksgiving where their brother drops a turkey in their lap?

"The Blind Side"

A good Thanksgiving movie should really tug at the heart strings. In The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock's character Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family not only welcome Michael into their hearts, but they thank God for bringing him into their lives. Talk about a holiday moment!

"Scent of a Woman"

Holiday dinners invariably include incredibly awkward family moments. None is more painful and uncomfortable than when your uncle tells you that you aren't pleasing your wife enough in the bedroom like in Scent of a Woman.

"Trains, Planes, and Automobiles"

Hijinks and comedy are important when it comes to a good Thanksgiving film. And really, it doesn't get any more hijinks-filled than a John Candy movie. After watching the two main characters attempt to get Steve Martin's character home for the holidays, we are shown a flashback of a heartbreaking Thanksgiving scene explaining why Candy’s character is so quirky. While it isn’t the happiest of Thanksgiving scenes, it is one of the most heartfelt!

"The Ice Storm"

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for everything you have. Including all of your material possessions. Despite the fact that Thanksgiving speeches have a way of going a little off kilter.

"Funny People"

What starts out as a funny and off-color film turns serious, warm, and heartfelt when Adam Sandler's character George makes a toast about the important times in life. It is especially touching, since it really is a group dinner among a bunch of random guests.

"The Addams Family Values"

Leave it to the Addams to discuss the real meaning of Thanksgiving. Wednesday makes sure to illustrate the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians in a very honest way during the Thanksgiving-based play while at camp.

"Brokeback Mountain"

Sometimes a year's worth of tension can build up only to be released during a big holiday gathering. In Brokeback Mountain, all the characters' harsh feelings come to a head during the biggest meal of the year.

"Dutch"

When Ed O’Neil’s character Dutch agrees to pick up his girlfriend’s preppy son, Doyle (Ethan Embry), from school for the holidays, he discovers what a little brat his girlfriend’s son is. Their adventure is rife with classic John Hughes scenarios, including a lot of Doyle beating up on Dutch. After a tumultuous journey, the two end up at the Thanksgiving table together as friends, but not before Dutch repays Doyle for some of the torture.

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

Holidays are all about tradition, and it doesn't get more traditional than Charlie Brown and Snoopy. The two try to prepare a nice Thanksgiving meal but they're met with resistance from some of their pickier pals.


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


Top Ten Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Ah, movie lists! How we love 'em, right? Well, I've got several for you this holiday season (but it's strictly feature films, so some great ones like A Charlie Brown Christmas won't be on this list). This one is the biggie, a list of the greatest Christmas films ever made, including action pics, comedy flicks, and family fare.

In the coming weeks, I'll also be posting additional lists for more action-oriented Christmas movies, off-beat comedies for the holidays, pure family films for all ages, and even a list of alternative "un-Christmas" Christmas movies for the more cynical among you.

So read on, for the best Christmas movie list you'll find, and the only one you'll need!

Coming in at number 10 on the list is the classic 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As an alternative, though, I also think it's definitely worth considering adding the 1970's musical version Scrooge to your holiday viewing, too.

Switching gears, the number 8 pick Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it's mostly the kind of scares kids love.

Time for a pure comedy, and number 7 Elf delivers in spades. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, "You sit on a throne of lies!" If you've not seen it, now's the time!

For number 6, it's back to the true classics, and this oft-forgotten one is the finest of all the older traditional Christmas films. The Bishop's Wife is everything great, fun, and magical that a holiday movie should be. And the Christmas decorating scene remains one of the single best moments of any Christmas film.

Now we're into the top 5, and what better way to kick it off than another favorite comedy that became an instant classic as soon as it was released? Coming in at number 5 on the list is A Christmas Story, and remember: you'll shoot your eye out, kid!

More comedy in the number 4 position, and a second entry by Steven Spielberg to boot. 1941 is not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best comedies ever made. This is for laughs for the grownups, and not quite a "family film."

If you were wondering when something animated would show up on the list, wait no further. My number 3 selection The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music, and storytelling.

The penultimate pic pick at number 2 is one of those films set during the Christmas season, with repeated references to the holiday backdrop as a counterweight contrasting the thematic and tonal qualities of the rest of the story. Brazil is a work of genius on every level, magnificent as a sort of "un-Christmas" Christmas film about the power of imagination as it battles the power of oppression and hopelessness.

And finally, the number 1 Christmas film of all time. Could it be anything else? Of course not, because Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There's Christmas, and then there's Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family -- which do YOU prefer?

It doesn't matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You'd know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one.

And that's how it's done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ! In light of the reactions from folks furious that my list didn't totally conform to their own preferences, I want to offer up this handy guide to identifying some of the reactions posted to my article. Thanks to my brother, Chris, for pointing this guide out to me, and thanks to Linda Holmes of NPR for supplying such an excellent guide:


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