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Five Christmas Movies You Shouldn't Miss

Our list include two timeless holiday classics, a dystopian fantasy, a stop motion animation picture and a Best Foreign Film nominee.

Holiday movies, much like Christmas songs, fall into two categories: classics and catastrophes.

The only thing worse than finding sap leaking from your Christmas tree onto your carpet is suffering through a sappy movie oozing from your television set.

Here is Patch’s guide to five great Christmas movie classics.

It’s a Wonderful Life

No surprise here. Frank Capra’s 1946 picture has become a Christmas Eve staple on network television and recognized by the AFI as one of the 100 greatest American films ever made.

For a holiday movie, it’s pretty dark stuff. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a troubled small town denizen who attempts to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. Thankfully, he is interrupted by angel Clarence, who shows him what life in Bedford Falls would be like without him.

A Christmas Story

This 1983 comedy is likely second in popularity behind Capra’s film as the most cherished Christmas classic. In the movie, a young boy named Ralphie who is growing up in Indiana during the 1940s wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. But his parents and teachers consistently remind him, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Henry Selick and Tim Burton collaborated on this oddball stop motion animation film that doubles as a Christmas and Halloween classic. In the picture, Jack Skellington (voiced by Danny Elfman), a creature from Halloween Town, opens a portal to Christmas Town and attempts to take over toy delivery from Santa.

Joyeux Noel

This French movie, which translates to “Merry Christmas,” was a Best Foreign Film nominee at the 2005 Academy Awards.

It tells the true story of a Christmas truce between French and German troops along the western front during World War I.


Wait, what? I know it may seem like a stretch to include Terry Gilliam’s visionary science fiction comedy on a list of the best holiday films.

In the dystopian fantasy, a lowly bureaucrat is arrested on Christmas Day after he attempts to fix an administrative error. And Santa Claus even makes an appearance. Sort of.

We'd love to hear from Patch readers. What is your favorite holiday-themed movie? Please add your responses in the comment section below.


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