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    Favorite Christmas Movies

    I'm a little bit of a Scrooge, but there are things I like about the holidays. Elf is my all-time favorite Christmas movie, but it's followed closely by A Christmas Story. I was riding with a friend yesterday who has never seen it, and I just happened to have seen that A Christmas Story is playing at our local discount theater. So we now have plans to go see it on Friday. I'm looking forward to it.

    What are your must-see holiday movies? What are non-traditional movies you associate with Christmas?

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    Good thread idea. Mrs. Maister and I (by association) have become Christmas Carol aficionados. There's a reason Dickens' ghost story resonates almost 200 years later - the idea of redemption is a powerful and universal theme. So it's not surprising to see endless remakes and reinterpretations year after year.

    The three most enjoyable Christmas Carol/Scrooge films for me are:
    1. The 1999 Patrick Stewart version.
    2. The classic 1951 film starring Alastair Sims
    3. The 1984 version starring George C Scott

    Another Christmas tradition that's evolved is to watch (or perhaps more accurate to say 'play in the background') 'It's a Wonderful Life' while wrapping presents.

    As far as Christmas Story goes, I enjoyed reasonably well enough the first time I saw it, but really don't understand why it should be considered a 'classic'. One gets the impression it's been forced down our throats by Turner Broadcasting with their annual all day marathon. There are much better Christmas films they could accomplish this with.
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    "A Christmas Story" is my favorite, with "Elf" as a close second.

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    HOLIDAY INN (1942)
    Critics Consensus: With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because it introduced "White Christmas" to the world.
    https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com...istmas-movies/

    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965) - music by Vince Guardaldi Trio

    Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - The Grinch voiced by Boris Karloff

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation



    WORST EVER -
    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

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    Peanuts Christmas and Micky's Christmas Carol are kid friendly classics that we watch a few times each season. Elf and Polar Express are also great choices. I also loved listening to "A Christmas Carol" with Orson Wells from 1939 that my dad's radio station broadcasted every Christmas Eve.





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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    I also loved listening to "A Christmas Carol" with Orson Wells from 1939 that my dad's radio station broadcasted every Christmas Eve.
    I've never heard that broadcast. I'll have to check it out. For recordings, I recommend Patrick Stewart's one man show. (we have it on cassette tape - probably the only thing we listen to on tape in a given year)

    https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Car.../dp/0671793829
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    Charlie Brown Christmas
    Its a Wonderful Life
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    In that order.


    I think the because Charlie Brown & Grinch were a constant part of growing up for me every Christmas. Its A Wonderful Life is Mrs. P very favorite and since we've been together and watched it every year, I have grown to like it and look deeper into it. Modern films becoming classics for me are Elf & A Christmas Story.
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    Quote Originally posted by The Terminator View post
    HOME ALONE 2 LOST IN NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Forgot that one. It was pretty good.

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    "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Muppets' Christmas Carol", and "Scrooged". Not that "Scrooged" is the best movie ever but my siblings and I always enjoyed it so I try to watch it sometime over the holiday season.

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    The Bishop's Wife - 1947

    White Christmas
    Christmas Vacation
    Elf

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    To the usual list, I would add:

    The Bells of St. Mary's. While not an actual Christmas movie, per se, I tend to see it this time of year and so associate it with the holiday. Der Bingle and a lovely Ingrid Bergman are wonderful together.

    The Holiday is a more recent movie (2006) and a nice holiday romance. Well worth the time. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett, Jack Black and Jude Law have a nice chemistry.
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    A keep it kind of classic.
    Christmas Story has to be an all time favorite. Wife hates it.
    Toss up between Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas Carol (Sims version) on my favorite classic heartfelt movie.
    Of course anything the Muppets do is on the list for me.
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    I must be a scrooge, I just don't have that many favorite Christmas movies.
    Charlie Brown Christmas
    The PBS version of Holiday Inn that I saw last week.
    There are several from the '70's that maister may have to help me with. One involved a musical cricket in NYC.
    I loved Home Alone simply because of where it was set and the slapstick nature of the comedy.
    I've never seen A Christmas Story. I hated Elf but then again, I don't like Will Ferrell or any of his movies.
    Christmas Carol gave me nightmares as a kid, though I liked the Mr.Magoo version of it.
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    I forgot Die Hard. Must see that every Christmas...or not.
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I forgot Die Hard. Must see that every Christmas...or not.
    You're not the first person I've heard of that treats Die Hard like a Christmas movie.

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I forgot Die Hard. Must see that every Christmas...or not.
    How about "A Nightmare Before Christmas"? Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - The Grinch voiced by Boris Karloff

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Also - The Muppet Christmas Carol and Scrooged
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by AG74683 View post
    How about "A Nightmare Before Christmas"? Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?
    Yes.

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    Oh another one I just thought of..."Prancer". I wouldn't call it a great movie, but I enjoy it.

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    White Christmas
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Christmas Vacation
    Home Alone
    Home Alone 2

    I have to see all five of those movies every Christmas season or it’s just not Christmas.

    In a 2nd Tier are the Santa Clause, Polar Express, and Miracle on 34th Street (the original), the latter of which usually puts me to sleep.

    Holiday Inn is in a category by itself IMO since it incorporates many holidays and my family used to watch it on New Years.

    Never understood the draw of Elf and A Christmas Story...could never get into those.
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    Lethal Weapon (the first one),

    One Nite in Mongkok,

    and, Die Hard, of course.

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    Mrs. P and I were talking about this last night. She said I forgot one of her favorites...Love Actually.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Mrs. P and I were talking about this last night. She said I forgot one of her favorites...Love Actually.
    I thought of that one, too. It's okay - I'll watch it with girl friends. It's not one I'll seek out on my own, but I know a lot of women especially love it.

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    Holiday Inn
    Miracle on 34th Street - original edition
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