While you’re snuggling inside with the family on Christmas Day, what holiday movies are on your TV?
Rotten Tomatoes has complied a list of the Top 25 Christmas Movies:
1. Holiday Inn – Features Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. Crosby’s heart is broken by his girlfriend so he decides to retire from showbiz and buys a rustic farm he converts into an Inn.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Despite having a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.
3. Miracle on 34th Street – Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy’s toy-department Santa.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life – As the film opens, it’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey’s dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out.
5. A Christmas Story – Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas.