My Top Five Christmas Movies of All Time

As far as I’m concerned, there’s no doubt that the older the movie, the better it is.  This applies to all movies, not just Christmas movies.  My absolute favorite movie of all time is “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney, but that movie will have to wait for another blog.  This blog is about Christmas movies.  So without further ado, I present to you my list and I encourage you to find these movies and watch them.  Our Christmas is not complete without seeing them all at least once…some of them we watch over and over again!

My Top Five Christmas Movies of All Time

#5  A Christmas Story (1983, starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin) All little Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun.  The problem is that everyone–from his teacher to the department store Santa–tells him “You’ll shoot your eye out!”  This is one of the most hilarious looks at childhood from the perspective of a grown man’s reverie.  Everyone can identify with something, whether it be the neighbor’s dogs running amok in your yard or the bully who chased you home from school.  For me it was the soap in the mouth scene! My favorite line:

Ralphie as Adult: “Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.”

#4  Miracle on 34th Street (1947, starring Edmund Gunn and Maureen O’Hara) A young lawyer puts his reputation on the line when he decides to take on the case of a Mr. Kris Kringle to argue in court that the nice old man is the real Santa Claus. My favorite line:

Fred: “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.”

#3  Its a Wonderful Life (1946, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) Have you ever had one of those moments in which you think, “I wish I’d never been born”?    George Bailey (Stewart) feels that way when his whole world comes crashing down.  His company about to collapse, thanks to Uncle Billy losing the $8,000 bank deposit, and possibly on his way to jail, George consideres suicide.  He’s rescued by an angel and shown how his town would have suffered without him–and that his life really has been a blessing to others. My favorite line:

Clarence: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

#2  Christmas in Connecticut (1945, starring Barabara Stanwyck) Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) is a food and entertaining writer for a big-time magazine in New York City (think Martha Stewart of the 1940s).  She has built her reputation on lies (she can’t cook–she can’t even boil an egg!), and if her editor finds out, she’ll lose her job.  With everything from a supposed kidnapping to a cow at the kitchen door, this movie is one of the funniest movies you’ll enjoy at Christmas time. My favorite line:

Elizabeth: “Arrange it, are you crazy? Where am I gonna get a farm? I haven’t even got a window box!”

#1  White Christmas (1954, with an all-star cast including Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney) In case you’ve been in a cave all of your life and have never seen one frame of this movie, here’s the plot:  Two ex-army men team up as a song and dance duo.  They just happen to fall in love with a sister act and all four end up in Vermont at an inn run by the retired General Waverly, Bing & Danny’s former commanding officer. With timeless music by Irving Berlin and incredible dancing (mainly by Vera Ellen) which defies physical norms, this movie is one my family watches over and over during the Christmas season.  To see the actual movie trailer, go to My favorite line:

Phil Davis: “When what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.” Bob Wallace: “When I figure out what that means I’ll come up with a crushing reply.”


About Carol R. Fielding

I'm a happily married wife and home schooling mom of three amazing daughters. I am a freelance writer and have been published in various books over the past fifteen years. My most recent freelance job was "Extreme Bible Facts," a book for kids, and was published by Worthy Publishing and released in December, 2011, exclusively in Walmart stores. Currently, I write for The Corry Journal, the newspaper for the Corry, Pennsylvania, area.
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2 Responses to My Top Five Christmas Movies of All Time

  1. Linda Taylor says:

    I just read this article on Yahoo–trivia about some Christmas movies, including a couple of your favs!

  2. We’ve got at least two of these movies here in Kenya, though on VHS. Started watching “A Christmas Story” the other night, but the copy was bad, so really didn’t get into it very far. We have #2 on DVD, though haven’t watched it yet this year. Gonna get #3, 4 & 5 on DVD to watch next year.

    Great selection! Give each other a big hug from us!! Love ya’!
    Jim and Alice

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