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CST Top 10: Holiday Movies

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Hey all…it’s that time of the year again. Time for the holiday music and holiday lights. It’s time for shopping and for family and for vacations. It is also time to enjoy some holiday movies! The CST Top 10 list is one of our more popular series on the site and we are back for another one! Enjoy and as always please chime in with your opinions and Happy Holidays!

Steve’s Top 10

This could very well be my favorite time of the year for many reasons. The movies and specials are a big part of it. I love to see the reaction on my sons face whenever he is seeing something for the first time. I mean no disrespect when I leave off a few of the older classics, but for the most part I have been watching more of the modern holiday movies lately so that is where my list will take us (again for the most part). Also, it might be cheating, but I may or may not take advantage of being the one posting this Top 10 by having 11 or 12 movies on my list. Don’t make that face…you would do it also. Ready? Here we go!

10B. The Nightmare Before Christmas (the cheating has begun)

I saw this one really late in the game, but it made my Top 10 (well my Top 10b). If you haven’t seen this one yet then you can catch it on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix by now then get it. It’s $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming. Come on.

10A. Eight Crazy Nights

I apologize for cheating so much during the holidays, but it is only because I love holiday movies. Here is one for all of our Jewish fans out there. Eight Crazy Nights is a funny animated movie that starred Adam Sandler. Just because Hanukkah was early this year doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy this one.

10. It’s a Wonderful Life (the cheating continues)

It’s a Wonderful life really is a holiday classic that you should see. I know that with it being in black and white it doesn’t seem to hold up to 2013, but grab it and watch it with your family. I promise you…no ragrets. Not even a letter.

9. Love Actually

Several stories (some happy and some sad) that take place during the holiday season. You might just find that you are going through one of these situations. Even if you don’t, Love Actually will make for a nice watch over the next couple of weeks. One warning though. Love Actually is not kid friendly so save this one for when you have some alone time with your significant other.

8. Bad Santa

I am actually watching this one as I type this up. Featuring a couple of funny guys that were taken from us too soon (John Ritter and Bernie Mac) as well as Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox, Bad Santa will make you laugh throughout. Needless to say, this one is not kid friendly so again, wait until the kiddies are asleep.

7. Miracle on 34th Street

Another classic. I’m only including the black and white version here because that is the only one I have ever seen. Whichever one you decide on please do yourself a favor and watch it this holiday season.

6. A Christmas Story

This one is such a classic that TBS (I think) plays it all day long on Christmas Day. There are so many classic moments in this movie that it is a must see. Also if you have the leg lamp somewhere in your house you get double points.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

For all of you with a jackass for a boss and crazy family members that stay over for the holidays, this one is for you. Chevy Chase is at his best in this one. Besides a bit of cursing, this one is a fun time for the entire family.

4. Family Man

I LOVE this movie. Nicholas Cage and his overacting are at it again here. Put yourself in his place. Is there a major “what if” moment that you have had in your life? Would you like to see how things would have worked out if you chose another route? Go for it with this one.

3. Home Alone/Home Alone 2

I had to go with both of these movies with the same number. It doesn’t count as cheating. I checked. I actually preferred part 2 just because it was in New York City and had more of a Christmas feel for me since that is where I am from. Either way you can’t go wrong. I believe they have the 2 pack for $10 at Best Buy. Go for it.

2. Elf

Elf is quickly becoming a classic. Elf is a GREAT family movie for the holidays. This one is also based in New York so it also holds a special place in my heart. My son loved it the first time he saw it (although he doesn’t get any of it just yet). Grab this one for your collection and watch it with the entire family! Oh and don’t forget to sing your Christmas carols loud for all to hear!

1. The Grinch

Alright so you might not agree with me on this one, but that’s what these lists are for. They are for debate. I’ve loved The Grinch since I saw it in the theater over a decade ago. My son loves this movie and he watches it year-round. You would think I would have tired of it by now, but that is far from the case. It is a great alternative to watching the classic cartoon (although the cartoon is fantastic as well).

Scott’s Top 10

10. A Christmas Story

A film that just never gets old.  Made all of America get in touch with our inner Ovaltine and who didn’t want a leg lamp for their own room growing up? You’ll shoot your eye out.

9. Miracle on 34th Street

One of the two movies I watched repeatedly while growing up.  Both versions are excellent, but I prefer the original.

8. Bad Santa

Rude, crude and ill mannered. Bad Santa is absolutely hilarious. An unfiltered Billy Bob Thornton as an alcoholic Santa Claus? Sign me up.

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

An absolutely hilarious take on family and the holidays. Who better to spend Christmas with than Clark and the Griswold’s?

6. The Family Man

This Nicholas Cage gem makes us all appreciate what we have rather than wonder what could have been. Fantastic holiday film.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s classic has reached cult status and for good reason.  Combine the creepiness of Halloween with the joy of Christmas and you have a devilishly clever film that dares you not to sing along.

4. Home Alone 2

I’m sure most people will have Home Alone on their short lists of great holiday movies but I loved the sequel.  Nothing captures the magic of Christmas better than New York City and Home Alone 2 is a love letter to the Big Apple.

3. Love Actually

I have seen Love Actually a couple dozen times and it never gets old.  My second favorite romantic comedy of all time.

2. When Harry Met Sally

Every single time I watch When Harry Met Sally, I think about spending New Years Eve with that one person you love. The greatest romantic comedy of all time.

1. Die Hard

I know picking Die Hard as my number one holiday movie of all time is a bit unconventional, but no movie screams Christmas quite like the greatest action movie ever made.

The Sportz Nuttz Top 10

I won’t lie, I am NOT a Holiday movie watcher. I usually refrain from them, but I have watched some in my past. Here are my Top 10, but not in any order:

10. The Polar Express

Great story, fantastic meaning, but I hate the animation here.

9. Scrooged

Bill Murray at his finest.

8. A Bundyful Christmas

Technically a TV show that extended into 2 parts, but it borders on an hour, and it’s comedic gold.

7. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Another fun movie, but not as fun as……

6. Home Alone

A Christmas Classic, it made kids look like geniuses.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Just recently saw this last year and absolutely loved it.

4. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

I’ve seen it many times, on TV, DVD, VHS, Beta….what’s next?

3. Bad Santa

Friggin’ Hilarious!

2. Elf

Will Ferrell is ridiculously funny in this modern classic.

1. White Christmas

Put here for my wife who loves it……that and I can’t think of anything else. Ha!

Hot Chief DSO’s Top 10

I’m going with the classics!

10. Elf

“Smiling’s my favorite” – This charming story featuring funnyman Will Farrell should be in everyone’s Christmas Collection.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)

Introduces children to the insidious side of people who are too afraid to let their hearts celebrate love and Christmas.

8. A Christmas Carol

Several versions make the cut under this title – any of the versions that stick to the true meaning intended by Charles Dickens, from the ancient black and white versions to the full color animations.  This story can and should be told a thousand times.

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Straight up FUN, especially if you’re familiar with all the other Vacation movies and the characters.

6. Home Alone

With Macaulay Culkin – because it REALLY does happen.

5. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen in his prime can’t be beat for family humor without animation.

4. Miracle on 34th Street

In Black and White or Colorized, the original is still the best.  It captures an era. Even more charming if you’ve ever been to Macy’s in Manhattan during Christmas. It is still magical!

3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Every child MUST see this movie!

2. Frosty the Snowman

Best lyrics: “Look at Frosty Go! Thumpity, Thump, Thump”

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Favorite line:  “I’m cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!”

Yvette’s Top 10

10. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 Version)

Classic even though the dramatic scenes we those of the topics of that time are not even secondhand thoughts in today’s society but nonetheless its a great movie to watch with the kids as it gives them a glimpse into life in those times.

9. A Christmas Story

One I didn’t see until later in life but fell in love with it the first time I watched it. Great one to watch with the kids and reflect childhood Christmas memories.

8. Bad Santa

T​he raunchiest C​hristmas movie ever. So wrong but oh so right in every comedic way. ​Billy Bob Thornton brought Santa to life in a whole new way.​

7. The Holiday

I love this movie. Total chick flick I know but I dig the story line and scenery of that little town in England and want to stay in that quaint cottage in a bad way. The cast are among my favorites in the celeb world and all in all a feel good movie to watch with the girlfriends while sipping spiked eggnog.​

6. Home Alone

What can I say about little Kevin. He captured my heart and although my heart broke that he was left home it soon disappeared when he clearly displayed his witty, independent and mischievous personality throughout the film.​

5. Four Christmases

I love Vince Vaughn. This movie was hilarious and my husband and I since watching this flick have adopted the word “mistletoe” all year round as our code word when we find ourselves in situations we don’t want to be in.​ Whether its a random text from the bathroom or said under our breaths we know it means Time to Go!

4. Love Actually

I just saw this movie for the first time last year. A friend on Facebook posted that it was her favorite holiday movie. ​I have seen it two more times since and waiting for the opportunity when the husband and I are alone to watch it. Unfortunately not quite a kid’s movie night flick just yet. They are still kind of young for some of the scenes. But this movie made me cry, laugh and everything else in between. It is forever on my list as one to watch every year.​

3. It’s a Wonderful Life

No other movie put in perspective how important life is and how your actions and behavior can affect those around you. It puts in check at least for me what life is all about, Love, family and friends.​

2. Elf

We save this one for when it gets closer to Christmas because if it was up to me I would watch it once a week for the entire month of December. I love Will Farrell so much in this movie and his naive and innocent way of being makes it that much more heartwarming and hilarious at the same time.

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

We save the best for last. Who doesn’t love Sparky? It reminds us that everyone has dysfunctional  family members but the spirit of Christmas keeps everyone drawn together.

Final Word

There you have it people. Five Top 10’s from the best in the business. Let us know what you think and if you have a difference of opinion let us know. We love that even during the holidays! Have a GREAT holiday season and Happy whatever you celebrate (even if it’s Festivus)!