Even though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet in Minnesota, the holidays are just around the corner. But with a 40% chance of snow tomorrow in the Twin Cities and both the Timberwolves and Wild having the day off, it is the perfect time to put on some comfy pajamas, grab a steaming hot bowl of popcorn and turn on a movie to really get into the holiday spirit.
I know everyone has their go-to movies they watch every year, and that this can even be a hotly debated topic. Personally, I am a HUGE Christmas movie guy. I think it’s time to put an end to this argument once and for all.
Here are, without a doubt, the top five Christmas movies of all time.
#5 It’s a Wonderful Life
I know off the bat I’m going to take heat for this because this is a very polarizing movie. You either think it’s an all time classic or one of the most boring movies you’ve ever seen. Growing up I could not stand this movie. My Dad wanted to watch it every single year and I couldn’t make it past the first 30 minutes. About two years ago, I watched it alone all the way through, and I’ve had a complete change of heart.
The main character George Bailey watches his life spiral out of control until he is on the brink of suicide, before a guardian angel shows him what the world would be like if he had never existed. It’s such a feel good message that everyone needs when going through the stress and chaos of the holiday season. This movie is definitely 45 minutes too long and is super old, but I will die on the hill of this being an all time classic.
#4 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I think you can make a strong case for Jim Carrey having the greatest acting performance of any Christmas movie ever. You couldn’t cast a better Grinch if you tried. This movie has great acting, awesome music and yet another feel good message about the true meaning of Christmas.
I don’t think I have gone a single year since I was eight years old and not watched this movie around the holidays. A major criteria for being an all time great is longevity. Just ask LeBron James or Tom Brady. This movie will never go away, and why should it? It’s firmly amongst the GOATs.
#3 Home Alone
When you’re a kid, Kevin McCallister is like a child super hero. I remember watching this movie growing up and scheming my own plans of how I would fend off burglars if I was in this situation.
Not only is this movie absolutely hilarious, it’s got to be one of the most quotable movies of all time. “Beat that you little trout sniffer.” It’s a shame they had to tarnish the legacy of the Home Alone movies by making a criminally bad third one. (Editor’s note: Nobody mention “Home Alone 4” or “Home Alone: The Holiday Heist” or “Home Sweet Home Alone”…those don’t exist. Also…why is the e not capitalized in the titles?)
#2 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It pains me to have to put this movie at number two because it truly deserves a top spot. Forget Christmas, this is one of the funniest movies of all time. I’m 22 years old and I still lose it every time I watch the grandma saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the dinner table. The whole film is ridiculous and that’s what makes it so perfect.
If I’m being honest, the Griswold family being Bears fans might be the only reason this is not number one on my list. Maybe that’s petty of me, but when putting together an all time list, no criteria is off the table.
“Why’s the carpet all wet Todd?” “I don’t KNOW Margo!”
I’m sure some of you could see this coming, but here it is. Bask in all of it’s glory.
I will admit I may have some bias because I have seen this movie at least 30 more times than the rest of them combined. But I can distinctly remember where I was and who I was with when I first saw this movie, and I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed harder.
I saw an interview last year that Will Ferrell did, and he was talking about how when they filmed this movie, he didn’t think people were going to find it funny. It’s been 20 years since this movie was released, and it has grossed over $225 million. You want to talk about longevity?
The way a grown ass man is able to play such a hilariously innocent and child-like role is what makes this movie so amazing, and not a year will go by for the rest of my life that I won’t watch this movie and laugh out loud. Bravo.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other holidays this time of year, Happy Holidays to all the 10K fans out there! And for those looking to give gifts for a special Minnesota sports fan in their life, check out the 10K Takes Shop.