Christmas is fast approaching and it is that time of year again to break out the decorations, stock up the fridge, and break out the movies that do nothing but gather dust throughout the year. Does your favourite Christmas movie make our list? This is FanNews’ top 5 Christmas movies countdown.
“The Santa Clause”
The Santa Clause was directed by John Pasquin and stars Wendy Crewson, Eric Llyod, Judge Reinhold and Tim Allen.
This hilarious Christmas movie was released in 1994, and is the story of how Scott Calvin, played by Allen, accidentally kills Santa Clause on Christmas Eve and becomes the next Santa. His son is proud that his dad is now Santa however, convinced this was all a dream, Scott ignores all the signs until Christmas fast approaches the next year and strange occurrences happen, convincing him otherwise.
One of the first of many comical Christmas movies that came out this one can easily be enjoyed by all, with moments for both adults and children throughout. Sequels of the movie did follow on however they shall not be spoken of.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
This 2000 Christmas tale was directed by Ron Howard and stars Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon, Taylor Momsen and Jim Carrey.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is set in the town of Whoville, where the residents’ favourite holiday of the year is Christmas. The only exception is the Grinch, who lives up in the mountains on the outskirts of Whoville. The Grinch seeks revenge and plans to ruin Christmas for all, but a little girl by the name of Cindy Lou Who has other ideas for him.
This family movie is geared more towards adults. There are so many jokes by Carrey’s Grinch that they take two or three attempts to catch them all. However, the movie is by far one of Carrey’s best performances and a must-watch for all.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
This 1994 Christmas classic was directed by Les Mayfield and stars Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Mara Wilson and the late Richard Attenborough.
Miracle on 34th Street is the story surrounding a little girl that, due to her mother, does not believe in Santa. However after meeting the man himself in a local toy store, she starts to believe he may be real. Sadly Santa is arrested and she and a lawyer must convince the rest of the world that he is the real thing.
This Christmas movie is a must for all to see. This traditional family film contains messages for all and if it does not make you believe in the big man nothing will.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol”
The Muppets Christmas Carol was released in 1992, and was directed by Brian Henson and starred Michael Caine with the voices of Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz and more as the muppets.
The classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens is retold in the Muppets’ very own way. The retelling follows the plot of the original story of how a bitter old man is shown his past, present and future on Christmas Eve in a bid to turn his life around.
A great retelling of a classic story and is a must have at this time of year and a great way for kids to hear the story.
“The Polar Express”
The Polar Express is a 3D animation film directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars the voices of Peter Scolari, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye and most notably Tom Hanks who portrayed voices for six different characters, including Santa Clause himself.
The 2004 animation film is the story of a young boy who on Christmas Eve journeys to the North Pole on the Polar Express train to witness Santa giving out the first gift of Christmas. The young boy meets other children on the train, who throughout the adventures form an unbreakable bond of friendship between unlikely personalities.
The movie contains musical scores for all to enjoy along with humour for both adults and children making this a suitable family movie. There are also strong lessons for all to learn when it comes to the special tickets.
Did you agree with our list? Did we miss one of your favourite Christmas movies? Leave a comment below to let us know what you think.