Taylor’s Top Christmas Movies
Here we are. Another “Best Christmas Movies Ever” post. I’m sure that you have already read plenty of these, but I promise mine will be just a little bit different. Here are my five favorite Christmas movies of all time.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life
What is it you want? You want a classic, beautiful Christmas movie? Just say the word and James Stewart will throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey, that’s a pretty good idea. I challenge ANYONE to resist the happy mood brought about by this film. It’s a movie that absolutely qualifies as a “Christmas essential.” See it, see it again, and love it forever.
4. A Christmas Story
My other “Christmas essential.” One of the very few films that can survive running on TBS for 24 hours without growing stale. This movie is wall-to-wall FILLED with classic scenes and quotable lines. Ask a dozen people what their favorite part is and you’ll get a dozen different answers. OHHHHHH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDGGGGEE.
3. Die Hard
Here we go. Now that we’ve got the essentials out of the way, we can really get down to business. Die Hard is the best Christmas movie that also features gun fights, a helicopter explosion, and Alan Rickman. Let’s ignore the increasingly bad sequels that they’re still popping out. The first Die Hard is the perfect action movie. It just so happens to take place at Christmas, which makes for a really fun combination. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
2. Home Alone
I must have watched this movie dozens of times as a kid. Why couldn’t I be accidentally left home alone and then booby-trap my entire house so a couple of crooks could get hurt in increasingly hilarious ways? I’m sorry to say that never happened, so I find comfort in just rewatching this movie over and over again. This movie has it all. Holiday cheer, dark humor, great music, and Joe Pesci. It’s all wonderful and perfect for Christmas movie-watching. Except for Buzz’s girlfriend. Woof.
“Gee, Taylor, this Christmas movie list is great so far… but where are the Gremlins?” Right here at number one, where they belong. This is one of my very favorite films of all time. Joe Dante is a master, and this movie makes for a perfect pairing with his “The ‘Burbs” for assured suburban chaos. The Gremlins themselves are hilariously evil, and Gizmo is quite possibly the most adorable and dangerous creature ever put to film. Just look at Gizmo wearing this Santa hat.