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Best Christmas movie ever?

post #1 of 21
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I've watched "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "A Christmas Carol," and "A Christmas Carol" wins, hands down. Even the cheesiest of versions never fail to move me (Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present beating the snot out of Bill Murray is always good for a laugh).
post #2 of 21
A friend of ours cooks up a big pot of chili and watches The Texas Chainsaw Massacre every Christmas.
post #3 of 21
I'm partial to the George C. Scott Version of A Christmas Carol.

But for laughs and cult classic, nothing beats "A Christmas Story"

"Frageelay"
"You'll shoot yer eye out kid!"
"Fa ra ra ra ra, Ra ra ra ra"
post #4 of 21
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But for laughs and cult classic, nothing beats "A Christmas Story"
Have the T-shirt of Ralphy with soap in his mouth.mmmmm mmmmm
post #5 of 21
Although not full length motion pictures but any of the "Peanuts" Christmas specials, especially "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Another... National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
post #6 of 21
Simply stated Ralphie Rocks!! And the ole man is priceless!


no matter how many times we watch it simply resonates for all of us !!
post #7 of 21
Some excellent films have been mentioned. For me though Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation is my favorite.
post #8 of 21

The Polar Express - IMAX 3D

For sheer production value - ages 4/5 and up - see the IMAX 3D version of this before it disappears from the cinemas. Expensive but amazing. The scene where you are skiing on top of the locomotive heading downhill almost makes you feel cold.
post #9 of 21
We always had the Faces of Death for Thanksgiving.

James Bond for Christmas, please!
post #10 of 21
One of my favorites is A Muppet Christmas Carol.

We watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation several times during the year.

Christmas Story....absolutely!!!!!!

A Charlie Brown Christmas is 40 years old this year.

Oh, and the Grinch.

But the ALL TIME GREATEST Christmas special EVER produced is RUDOLPH the RED-NOSED REINDEER!
post #11 of 21
My favorite is the Grinch. The REAL one, not the one with Jim Carrey.

And who can forget the Whirrling Dirbishes' (sp?), You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.?

Next subject, Christmas songs. My favorite has always been the one mentioned above and Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas, but this year, I heard two new ones that had me rolling... Santa's Comin' (Santa's comin' and he's gonna - KICK YER ASS...), and one that's to the tune of Feliz Navidad, sung in a heavy Hispanic accent... "Police got my car".
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by JohnH
... Next subject, Christmas songs. My favorite has always been the one mentioned above and Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas, but this year, I heard two new ones that had me rolling... Santa's Comin' (Santa's comin' and he's gonna - KICK YER ASS...), and one that's to the tune of Feliz Navidad, sung in a heavy Hispanic accent... "Police got my car".
There is that one song they sing this time of year about a bad dog with bugs. it goes something like

"Fleas, naughty dog.
Fleas, naughty dog."
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by JohnH
... and one that's to the tune of Feliz Navidad, sung in a heavy Hispanic accent... "Police got my car".
That would be "Police stopped my car" by Bob Rivers.
It's on his "More Twisted Christmas" CD.

Highly recommended for a break from the standard christmas tunes.

I've got Bob Rivers disks Twisted Christmas, More Twisted Christmas, and I Am Santa Clause. He's also put out two others, Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire, and White Trash Christmas, but those are on order for next year.

Also, Doctor Demento's "Holidays in Dementia" has a bunch of good ones. It's more entertaining than "Greatest Christmas Novelty CD" IMO.

For more obscurness, I like most of the tracks from The Bobs' disk Too Many Santas, but it's not for everyone. (Modern A Cappella)
post #14 of 21
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

My kids been watching this on video once or twice a week for the last month or so. We all the fancy CG animation these days, it's easy to forget how creative something can be with more primitive techniques.

The songs are great. My kid sings along with them all the time. And it kinda wierds people out when he just starts singing on his own as they are a tad creepy.
post #15 of 21
My short list would be (in no particular order):

Scrooged
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Bad Santa
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Nightmare Before Christmas

Christmas comedies are so much better than serious flicks.
post #16 of 21
Alright, I'll be the "sappy" one.

It's A Wonderful Life

It was not on this year, which made me sad. I need that anual visit from the Angel who shows me what life would be like if I was never here.


BTW, Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge did a hilarious original play called A Backstage Christmas. It was about a theatre company performing A Christmas Carol, and all the calamities that happen in the performance. Kind of a cross between A Christmas Carol and Noises Off!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Alright, I'll be the "sappy" one.

It's A Wonderful Life

It was not on this year, which made me sad. I need that anual visit from the Angel who shows me what life would be like if I was never here.
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I'll join the "sappy" crowd:

Christmas In Connecticut
Holiday Inn
Miracle on 34th Street-the original
post #18 of 21
On the funny side, I like:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The Santa Clause

On the sappy side, I like:

It's A Wonderful Life
Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated one)

And because much of it takes place during Christmas, Serendipity.
post #19 of 21
My "X" used to love Emmett Otters Jug Band Christmas.

That and some other "old baggage" ..... I just don't miss.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Yuki
My "X" used to love Emmett Otters Jug Band Christmas.

That and some other "old baggage" ..... I just don't miss.
WOW Yuki, I almost forgot that one.
Anybody else remember "J.T." About the poor little kid who adopts a cat??
I remember when it played first in about '72 the local affiliate re-ran it two nights later because of the public demand for it to replay.
post #21 of 21
Technically it's a Thanksgiving movie, but I nominate Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
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