By now you might have seen quite a few Christmas movies. Hopefully you didn’t miss your favorites. This is my list of the best Christmas movies. If you haven’t seen some of these be sure to check them out next time they are on tv.
1. My top pick is The Shop Around the Corner, a romantic comedy from 1940 directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch with a very young Jimmy Stewart. In 1998 Tom Hanks starred in You’ve Got Mail which was loosely based on The Shop Around the Corner. In fact Meg Ryan’s bookstore in that movie is called The Shop Around the Corner. I like the original better for great acting, gentle humor, and heart-touching scenes.
2. The Santa Clause for the magic of believing. It seems to capture the feelings of being a child at Christmas again. Gotta love the ZZ Top songs too.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life, mainly because I’m in love with Jimmy Stewart. There is real chemistry between Jimmy and Donna Reed during their phone conversation about the “chance of a lifetime.” Also it reminds us how important friends and family are in an ordinary life. It makes the point that our acts of kindness can help people more than we realize. And a creepy Potterville warns us what could happen if we let the bankers run everything!
4. The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant for reminding us to enjoy life and have fun even while doing our duty.
5. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol for the memorable songs and the tenderness of the scenes.
6. A Charlie Brown Christmas for the simple message of the Christmas story in contrast to the commercial aspects of the holiday.
7. White Christmas with Bing Crosby. It has the White Christmas song and some great musical numbers. The story line is a good one with a tribute to the retired general who runs the inn.
8. The Christmas List with Mimi Rogers who takes her ho-hum life and turns it around with the help of her Christmas list of wishes. I just love how she uses her talents and stands up for herself.
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the cartoon, for great songs and just plain fun.
10. Meet Me in St. Louis which has some Christmas and so much fun in it. Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a hilariously evil little sister, Margaret O’Brien, make it a memorable movie.
A Christmas Story! I’ll just add it here as a bonus, because we like it so much we even watch it more than once each year.
What are your favorites?