Christmas 2011 season has come, have you any plans? Get busy to decorate your Christmas trees, find the most headache Christmas gifts, listening to Christmas music, Christmas parties, books and so on. You’ll get puzzled when thinking of all these stuffs. Well, maybe you should relax your brain and enjoy some of the classical Christmas movies with your family.
1. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
This film has become a staple of Christmas. Set in the imaginary town of Bradford just after World War II; George Baily gets the attention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, when he contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. It is not only considered as one of the best Christmas movies, but also one of the 100 greatest movies ever made by the American Film Institute.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Does Santa really exist? This movie makes you think twice about the existence of Kris Kringle. In this ageless flick, a department store Santa Claus challenges the city of New York to believe in the magic of Christmas.
3. White Christmas (1954)
Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you’ll surely have heard the famous song written by Irving Berlin, sung by Bing Crosby, the best-selling single of all time. The story tells about a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. You should never miss the outstanding feel-good musical with great performances.
4. A Christmas Story (1983)
Budget: $ 4,000,000
Box office: $ 19,294,144
Even if the criterion for greatest holiday movie was only how many catch phrases it’s generated, A Christmas Story might still finish on top: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” “I triple-dog dare you!” Underneath the slapstick and jokes is a warm but unvarnished look at the frenzy that Christmas creates in children, and how, if you’re lucky, the holiday will show you what’s really important in life.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Budget: $ 27,000,000
Box Office: $ 71,319,546
It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Highlights include a ridiculous, over-the-top Christmas light display; a sled-ride from Hell; and an intruding, terrifying squirrel incident.
6. Home Alone (1990)
Budget: $ 70,000,000 (1-3)
Box office: $ 914,792,040 (1-3)
No kids like to be left home alone on Christmas Eve while the other family members go for a Christmas trip. It’s every parent’s nightmare that bad guys come when the kid is home alone. The movie tells a boy named Kevin McCallister who successfully protected the house from two bad guys using booby traps. Macauley Culkin became a household name by playing Kevin in Home Alone 1-3. The moral: Crime doesn’t pay, especially on Christmas Eve.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Budget: $ 18 million
Box office: $ 75,082,668
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween – but alas, they can’t get it quite right.
8. Elf (2003)
Budget: $ 33 million
Box office: $ 220,443,451
A human being raised as one of Santa’s elves, have you ever thought of that? The story tells about a baby name Buddy who stowed away in Santa’s sack and was taken to North Pole. He was raised by elves, but after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, he was sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. But his father had no idea he was ever born. Will Buddy find the true family love in the end?
9. The Polar Express (2004)
Budget: $ 165,000,000
Box office: $ 306,003,319
This file is an adaption of a children’s book with the same name published in 1985. This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
10. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Budget: $ 175 – 200 million
Box office: $ 325,286,646
It is Jim Carrey’s first role in Walt Disney Pictures film. Jim Carrey plays a multitude of roles, including Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge. The story is an adaption of Charles Dickson’s novel with the same name. Scrooge believed in “greed is good” and on the Eve 3 ghost chased him to show him respectively his past, the happiness of his fellow men on Christmas Day and the final consequences of his greed. Scrooge waked up on Christmas and embraced the spirit of Christmas.
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