Christmas Movie Classics

Introduction:Some movies are able to stand the test of time by being relevent, moving, entertaining, and memorable. These five classic Christmas movies are five examples of films that have stood the test of time and thrived; they are probably watched by millions of people every year! So please, sit back, relax, have some hot chocolate, and enjoy the top five Christmas movie classics!

  • 01

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of his hometown of Bedford Falls, and does not want to let them down. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses $8,000 from their family business while intending to deposit it in the bank. When the money can't be found, George, thinking that his wife, their children, and others he loves will be better off without him, contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in an angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George by showing him what things would have been like without him. This is a touching Christmas classic starring James Stewart as George Bailey.

  • 02

    A Christmas Carol (Orig. Title: Scrooge) (1951)

    This is regarded as the best of the Christmas Carol movies (based on Charles Dickens' classic story) by many critics and viewers alike. The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Eve road to redemption as he is visited by three Christmas spirits is timeless and inspiring. It has been remade several times, including as a musical (in 1970), as a cartoon or two (most notably Mickey's Christmas Carol), and with muppets (The Muppet's Christmas Carol). This classic version stars Alastair Sim as Scrooge.

  • 03

    White Christmas (1954)

    This is a classic musical that includes dancing, romance, and the great songs "Sisters," "Snow," "Counting Blessings Instead of Sheep," and "White Christmas." And did I mention soldiers? After leaving the Army following World War II, former military men Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) team up and become a top song-and-dance act. When they meet a pair of beautiful sisters, Betty Haynes(Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes(Vera Ellen), who also have a song-and-dance act, they become enthralled. And when Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find out that their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner... and that the lodge is in trouble! A series of romantic mix-ups, memorable songs and dances, and tender moments follow as they try to help the beloved General.

  • 04

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV 1966)

    "Dr. Suess's: How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a classic Christmas movie for people of all ages. The inspiring, fun, educational, and entertaining story of the Grinch (a creature who hates Christmas) and his quest to stop Christmas from happening, is a timeless tale that not only reminds us what's truly important in life, but also reminds us to evaluate our behavior towards others. Plus, it has some awesome songs including the amusing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and the sweetly endearing "Welcome Christmas."

  • 05

    Miracle on 34Th Street (1947)

    At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a kind old man (Edmund Gwenn)and so Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), the special events director, persuades him to take the drunk Santa's place. The old man does a great job and is recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. But Doris learns that the pretend Santa calls himself Kris Kringle and claims to be the actual Santa Claus which makes her incredibly uncomfortable, especially since she has trained herself, and her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) to reject all notions of make believe and fantasy. But people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas and make children, and all people everywhere, happy. But Macy's staff psychologist believes that Kris is delusional, and has him committed to a mental institution. In order to get out, Kris must face a court hearing, where not only is his sanity questioned, but the state of New York will decide if there really is a Santa Claus! This is a great movie to restore a belief in magic, fantasy, and dreams; and in the true meaning of Christmas.




Final Thoughts

Classic Christmas movies can be enjoyed any time of the year, but they are definitely best during the holiday season.


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