The month of December is filled with gift-giving, generosity, and of course, Christmas movies. A Bad Moms Christmas was the latest film to become a box office hit following the usual heartwarming formula. Here is a look at some of the best Christmas movies of all time.
Bad Santa (2003)
What says the ‘holiday spirit’ better than a dark-comedy about a drunken thief? Needless to say, Billy Bob Thornton somehow managed to turn this into the surprise hit of 2003. Thornton, along with Tony Cox, plan the heist of a local mall with the help of a surprisingly lovable Brett Kelly aka Santa’s biggest admirer. While there isn’t exactly much holiday cheer in this movie, it collects enough laughs to make it a favorite around Christmastime.
The Santa Clause (1994)
This 1994 feel-good comedy is essentially Mrs. Doubtfire during the holidays. When Tim Allen acquires Santa’s powers, some family-friendly hijinks occur. Allen’s waist line quickly expands, along with his heart as he grows into a giving and loving father figure. The holiday hit pulled in more than $189 million at the box office. The film eventually spawned two sequels, the latest one released in 2006.
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Christmas Vacation was the third installment of the wildly popular Vacation series, and as many fans and critics would argue, the best of the bunch. The usual cast of characters are featured in the film, including Clark, Ellen and cousin Eddie. But newcomers Doris Roberts and E.G. Marshall give the movie a true Christmas feeling – you know, the feeling of overwhelming anxiety caused by in-laws during the holidays.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
This story has been told countless times, but the 1951 version reigns supreme amongst the film adaptations. Originally released as Scrooge in the United Kingdom, the tale eventually made its way to America with a more familiar title. Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, and Michael Hodern helped bring this classic story to life in a brilliant fashion.
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
One of the first Hollywood Christmas classics came to life here in this 1947 picture. The Christmas spirit is defined by Miracle On 34th Street’s message to believe. It featured breakout performances from John Payne, Maureen O’Hara, and most importantly, Kris Kringle. The film would go on to win Academy Awards for Original Story, Best Actor, and Best Writing.