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Classic Christmas Movies

Yule-tide Bliss: The 13 Best Classic Christmas Movies to Jingle Your Bells!

by Deborah Cruz

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Ah, the season of joy, goodwill, and cozying up with the Christmas movies! Maybe you’re a Hallmark movie girl? I get it, I am sometimes too. However, I love a good classic movie. As you deck the halls and await the arrival of the big man in red, why not add a touch of cinematic cheer to your holiday traditions? Here’s my merry list of the 13 best classic Christmas movies that will make your heart grow three sizes and have you ho-ho-ho-ing all the way.

The 13 Best Classic Christmas Movies

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946):

This is my Christmas eve movie and I wouldn’t have it any other way. What do you get when you mix Jimmy Stewart, an angel named Clarence, and a lesson in holiday spirit? A heartwarming journey that proves life is, indeed, wonderful. Just remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

2. Christmas in Connecticut (1945):

Imagine a recipe for chaos: a food writer ( in my opinion Elizabeth Lane was the first influencer ever), a fake farm, and a Christmas-loving sailor. ‘Christmas in Connecticut‘ whips up a delightful concoction of mistaken identities and festive fiascos. Barbara Stanwyck, in a role that defines holiday hilarity, plays a writer who must fake a Martha Stewart-level home life. As you navigate through this winter wonderland of mix-ups and merriment, you’ll find yourself chuckling at the absurdity of it all while secretly wishing for a Christmas as eventful.

3. My Man Godfrey (1936):

Fasten your seatbelts; we’re diving into the madcap world of ‘My Man Godfrey.’ In this screwball comedy, we meet Godfrey, a “forgotten man” picked up from the city dump by a quirky socialite. What unfolds is a riotous blend of witty banter, social satire, and a dash of romance.

With charming performances and a plot as fizzy as champagne, ‘My Man Godfrey’ is a timeless classic that proves that laughter is indeed the best medicine. This movie is sure to warm your holiday heart while filling your home with laughter.

4. The Bishop’s Wife (1947):

Picture this: an angel, a bishop, and a dash of heavenly charm. ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ isn’t your typical angelic tale. Cary Grant, suave as ever, plays an angel sent to Earth to help a troubled bishop. But, hold onto your halos, because this divine intervention takes an unexpected turn into the realms of love and laughter. It’s a heavenly cocktail with a twist of romantic comedy that’ll warm your heart faster than a cup of cocoa.

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947):

Can you put Kris Kringle on trial for claiming to be Santa Claus? This timeless classic raises the question and, more importantly, reminds us to believe in the magic of the season. Case closed!

6. White Christmas (1954):

Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and a Vermont inn with no snow — a recipe for the perfect holiday musical. It’s a nostalgic journey that’ll have you dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones you used to know.

7. A Christmas Carol (1984):

Ebenezer Scrooge, ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future — Dickens knew how to spin a holiday yarn. Follow the transformative journey of a miserly old man as he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Bah, humbug no more!

8. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965):

Charlie Brown ( the original Caillou), Snoopy, and the gang are very nostalgic for me. It’s all about this the journey as this group of friends navigate the true meaning of Christmas amidst a scrawny tree and Linus’s heartwarming recitation. It’s short, sweet, and a Peanuts classic.

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964):

It’s the tale of a misfit reindeer with a luminous nose, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and an island of misfit toys. This stop-motion wonder is a delightful journey of acceptance and festive fun.

10. The Grinch (2000):

Jim Carrey as the mean, green Grinch? Yes, please! Dr. Seuss’s classic gets a live-action twist, and Carrey’s Grinch brings a comedic touch to the story of a heart that grows three sizes in Whoville.

11. Holiday Inn (1942):

This classic introduced the world to the song “White Christmas” and stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With song-and-dance numbers, romance, and plenty of yuletide charm, it’s a must for your holiday watchlist.

12. A Christmas Story (1983):

You’ll shoot your eye out! Join Ralphie on his quest for the ultimate Christmas gift, a Red Ryder BB Gun. This nostalgic trip down memory lane is a humorous look at the trials of childhood during the holidays. I was a family favorite growing up because its based on the area I grew up in so it feels very relatable and familiar to me.

13. Elf (2003):

“I just like to smile; smiling’s my favorite.” Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf brings infectious joy to this modern classic. From syrup-covered spaghetti to a magical journey to find his dad, it’s a festive ride filled with laughs and Christmas cheer.

So, there you have it — a sleigh-full of timeless treasures that will make your holiday season extra special. Grab the hot cocoa, gather the family, and let the classic Christmas movie marathon begin. May your days be merry, your popcorn be plentiful, and your holiday classics be nothing short of legendary!

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