Tis the season of sitting around the house bored out of your mind. Watching the cornucopia of Christmas movies is a great way to pass the time and escape reality. I wanted to make your holiday entertainment viewing a little easier by giving you my top five Christmas movies of all time. Grab some eggnog, light a fire in the fireplace, go to Blockbuster, rent these movies, and have a great, entertaining Christmas…
5 – ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS. I remember watching this 1988 classic in a Memphis movie theater. This movie is often (and I can’t understand why) left off most top Christmas movie lists. When Santa is in some serious trouble and Christmas needs saving, who does humanity turn towards? The great Ernest P. Worrel. Ernest Saves Christmas is arguably the best Ernest movie (along with Ernest Goes to Camp and Ernest Goes to Jail) and is a great Christmas movie.
4 – DIE HARD. Another awesome Christmas movie from 1988. Because of the incredible-ness of this movie, people often forget that it is a Christmas movie (along with its sequel Die Hard 2). This 80′s action classic is not your traditional Christmas movie with Santa, presents, and reindeer. However, Die Hard is full of one-liners, killing, and a shoeless hero who saves the day. You don’t get much better than that. Also, John McClain is on my Top 10 Fictional Characters of All-Time list.
3 – A CHRISTMAS STORY. I’m sorry. No top Christmas movies of all-time list is not complete without A Christmas Story on it. Moviefone’s list has it ranked number one. This movie, originally released in 1983, tells the story of Ralphie’s quest to obtain the Christmas present of his dreams, a Red Rider B.B. Gun. TBS for the past few years have shown this Christmas classic for 24 straight hours on Christmas day. So if you have somehow missed this movie, get cable.
2 – HOME ALONE. Heather and I have watched this movie already a couple of times this holiday season. I finally jumped out of the 1980s with this one, but just barely. This movie was released in 1990 and instantly became a classic. Sure the cute, non-jacked up Macaulay Culkin is good, but Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern take this movie to another level as the “Wet Bandits.” This is one of those movies that makes me laugh every time I see it. Good story too.
1. ELF. In my opinion, this movie is the best Christmas movie of all-time. I am a big fan of Will Ferrell. I have seen the majority of his movies. I believe that this is the funniest character he has ever played. His expressions and reactions as a grown man who really thinks he is an elf are (as weird as this sounds) extremely believable. Be careful drinking while watching this movie because Elf has so many hilarious parts that you could possibly make your drink come out of your nose.
What’s your list? What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Which ones did I leave out?