Great Eight: The best Christmas movies

By Katy Granath Posted December 17, 2008

“Christmas Vacation” (1989)
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is planning for a big family Christmas, but what he’ll get is Christmas chaos with a houseful of crazy relatives and a string of hilarious incidents.

“A Christmas Story” (1983)
It’s Christmas in the ’40s and nine-year-old Ralphie Parker is convinced he can’t live without a Red Ryder BB gun, but everyone he asks tells him he’ll shoot his eye out.

“Elf” (2003)
Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) is not an elf, so he sets out to find his real family. He doesn’t fit in too well, but he brings with him all the Christmas cheer only an elf played by Will Ferrel can induce.

“Home Alone” (1990)
When his family leaves to spend Christmas in France, they accidentally forget Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who has to protect his house from bumbling burglars by himself.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
Tim Burton’s Christmas tale finds Jack Skellington, who has kidnapped Santa, planning to take over Christmas. Unfortunately, his version of the holiday is a little creepier than most.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
Kris Kringle, the new Santa at Macy’s department store, claims to be the real Santa Clause. When he is institutionalized, a lawyer takes on the case in the spirit of Christmas.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (1983)
The Herdmans smoke, steal, lie, and bully; they’re the terrors of the town and they’ve just landed every major role in the church Christmas pageant.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
The Grinch can’t stand the idea of a merry Christmas so, disguised as Santa, he tries to rob Whoville of its and Christmas cheer by stealing their gifts and decorations.

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