It has long been a tradition in my family to watch most if not all of these six Christmas movies every single year. These movies are both heart-warming and humorous making them films that the whole family can enjoy. Each movie has meaningful themes and lessons that all of us would do well to be reminded of. Enjoy watching these movies and more this Christmas!
Released in 1983, A Christmas Story was directed by Bob Clark based off of a novel called “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” which was written by Jean Shepherd, who also assisted with the film’s screenplay.
Set in the 1940’s it stars a boy named Ralphie who desperately wants a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas. Follow his adventures as he tries to convince his family to buy him his coveted prize.
Released in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life was directed by Frank Capra with screenplay written by Frank Capra, Albert Hackett, and Frances Goodrich.
Following the life (both childhood and adulthood) of George Bailey who becomes a well-loved business man in the small town of Bedford Falls. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Bailey becomes frustrated and wishes he had never been born. The angel Clarence comes and grants him that wish, showing Bailey what the world would be like without him.
Of course everyone knows the Dr. Seuss story, but in 2000 a live action version of the Christmas classic was released starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Directed by Ron Howard and turned into a screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman.
This version of the story fleshes out the Grinch’s childhood (explaining why he does not live in Whoville) and other such elements of his backstory. Carrey brings humor to this childhood classic.
Released in 2003, Elf was directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. Buddy the Elf leaves the North Pole in search of his real father in addition to his place in this world. More kooky than most of the others in this list, this film still has it’s serious and touching moments. Will Ferrell is hilarious to watch!
Strictly speaking While You Were Sleeping is not a Christmas movie, but my family calls it one! There are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s scene in the movie, so it counts!
Released in 1995 it was directed by Jon Turteltaub with screenplay written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Fredric LeBow.
Starring Sandra Bullock as Lucy a hopeless romantic who through a series of events is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. It is truly a heart-warming classic.
Released in 2004, Polar Express was directed by Robert Zemeckis and screenplay written by William Broyles Jr. and Zemeckis.
Based on the children’s book under the same titled written by Chris Van Allsburg, a story about a young boy who goes on a journey to the North Pole on a magical train. Along the way he makes friends and learns what it truly means to believe.
Have a movie watching marathon this Christmas season!