It's Christmas time once again and many, many films and TV shows have been created to commemorate the holiday, so we thought we'd share some of our favorites with you. Yes, we posted this last year, but we're republishing this for new readers who weren't around then. :) Some of these are traditional and others are modern takes (or completely different twists) on the season. It's difficult to narrow favorites down to one (or two, or three) film(s) that really speak to each of us this time of year - but we've managed to whittle things down to keep this fairly brief for you. So read on to see what each of us here on the Screen Rant team consider the films that define the holiday season. :)
Vic Holtreman: (Owner, Screen Rant)"I'd have to say that in a showdown between the original Miracle on 34th St. and It's a Wonderful Life, the latter takes the crown for me. It's the one movie that I think embodies the spirit of Christmas better than any other. While "Miracle" is a wonderful story as well, "Life" keeps me riveted no matter how many times I've seen it and I *always* choke up at the end. Every time. I think a runner-up might be A Christmas Story because it really takes me back to my childhood in many ways. If I were to pick a modern day favorite, I'd have to say it's Jon Favreau's Elf."
Kofi Outlaw: (Editor-in-Chief)The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. (1966) "The Christmas movie that takes me back to childhood. I always identified with the Grinch - except for the ending. Never forgave old Grinchy for going soft on me like that." Runner Up: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Honorable Mention: Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" (1964 - stop-motion animated version)
Rob Keyes: (Editor, Public Relations)"By far my most favorite Christmas movie is Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1964." "The stop motion animated TV special about the story of Rudolph and his... birth defect is something I watched every year as a child and something that I never got bored of." "It was charming, funny, emotional and the abominable snowman really did freak me out."
Ben Kendrick: (Managing Editor)"While it might not not represent the most traditional Christmas movie experience, I'm still a huge fan of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - and watch it every year during the the holidays. Other film-fans might love seeing New York decked-out in holiday cheer or hand-drawn animated Christmas adventures but I'll never forget the memorable character designs and intriguing "be yourself" message of Jack Skellington." "That said, anyone who has never seen The Star Wars Holiday Special is also missing out - as Chewbacca's son, Lumpy, simultaneously epitomized and destroyed my childhood dreams."
Anthony Ocasio: (TV Editor)The Muppets Christmas Carol Runner Up: Santa's Slay, The Year Without A Santa Claus, While You Were Sleeping "Since the age of 8, my philosophy has been that anything could be made better with the addition of Muppets. Since I doubt there's ever going to be a Muppets Ghostbusters, this faithful retelling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol will have to do. Not only does this wonderful film affirm my childhood notions, but the songs are so good that they remain on my MP3 player all year 'round (just don't tell anyone -- I've got a manly persona to protect)."
Sandy Schaefer: (Day News Editor)"There are so many Christmas movies that I love (It's A Wonderful Life, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, to name a few) that picking my favorite one is pretty difficult. However, there are two short Yuletide cartoons that I always remember to watch each holiday season." "One is The Snowman, the 1982 adaptation of Raymond Brigg's picture book. It's virtually wordless (save for the live-action prologue and the song 'Walking in the Air'), features beautiful hand-drawn animation, a fun story - and, frankly, if you don't get a little choked up while watching the end, then you may secretly be a rock." "The other short is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I just love the cartoony style, simple morals, and the "adult humor" (here, that's actually a good thing). Plus, Vince Guaraldi's jazz score is awesome."
Ben Moore: (Editor)"Not a single Christmas goes by that I don't watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Die Hard, Scrooged, Love Actually, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966), The Snowman, and so forth. But more than any of those films, Mickey's Christmas Carol -- starring Scrooge McDuck as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge -- fills me with the sort of whimsy and warmth that I enjoyed as a child on Christmas Eve."
Andrew Dyce: (Writer)
"Without question, the one movie I will not only force relatives or friends to watch come Christmas, but end up quoting throughout the entire season is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. More than any other, it has come to include just about every feeling the holiday season brings: nostalgia, warmth, stress, joy, and the horrors of distant relatives."
"As the years go by, I find I can relate to Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) more and more, meaning the film always has something new to offer. But it never fails to remind me that even the most disastrous holidays can be saved by friends and family."