Growing up in the 80's and 90’s, before Netflix and android boxes, you knew it was Christmas time when your turned on your television. From December 1st to Christmas eve, at anytime of the day or night you could count on one of your favorite Christmas movies playing.
Here is a compilation of my favorite Christmas Movies by category.
All Time Best
1. Home Alone: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he's not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin's rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!
2. Elf: One Christmas Eve long ago, a small orphan baby crawled into Santa's bag of gifts and was carried off to the North Pole. Named Buddy and raised by Papa Elf, it soon became clear that he didn't fit in as he was much bigger than all the other elves. Determined to find a place where he truly belongs, Buddy sets out to find his real dad - in New York City!
3. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation: The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in this latest "Vacation" outing, the third and most successful of the series. This time America's most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create "the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever" -- but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold's fire. Look for Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV's "Seinfeld") in a supporting role.
4. Frosty: Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman".
5. The Christmas Chronicles: The Christmas Chronicles, a holiday adventure from producer Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”, "Harry Potter") and director Clay Kaytis ("The Angry Birds Movie"), tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa - as you've never seen him before - and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it's too late.
All Time Best Funny Adults
1.Bad Santa: The baddest Santa ever comes to town with the hilarious Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and John Ritter! Ill-mannered store Santa Willie Stokes (Thornton) is really a safecracker with a holiday tradition of making one big score every Christmas Eve with his clever Elf-partner-in-crime Marcus. But this year's heist-fest could be completely foiled by a snoopy store manager (Ritter), savvy mall detective (Mac), sexy Santa fan, and an innocent 8 year old misfit who thinks the intoxicated and felonious Willie is the real Santa he seeks.
2. The Night Before: Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
3. Trading Places: What happens when you combine the comic genius of Eddie Murphy with Dan Aykroyd and director John Landis? You get a timeless comedy classic laced with sidesplitting, satiric humor. Murphy stars as a small-time con artist who gets a chance to switch lives with Aykroyd's big-time stock market maven. But their reversal of fortunes is just a cruel joke perpetrated by two bored mega-rich brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) as part of an idle bet. When the truth comes out...the consequences are sheer comedy gold!
4. Office Xmas Party: You're invited to the most outrageous holiday party of the season. When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) decides to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his fired up co-workers (Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon) decide to throw an epic office party to land a big VIP client and save everyone's jobs. Fueled by booze and bad decisions, things quickly spiral out-of-control in this wild and raunchy comedy. Office Christmas Party is the gift that keeps on giving!
5. Dumb & Dumber: For Harry and Lloyd every day is a no-brainer. Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey ("Man on the Moon," "The Truman Show") and Golden Globe-nominee Jeff Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale," "Speed") star as two good-natured but incredibly stupid friends who drive across the United States to return a clients briefcase in this comedy blockbuster.
All Time Best Action/Horror
1. Die Hard: Bruce Willis stars as New York City detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife. But as McClane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorists take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans Gruber rounds up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with hear-stopping suspense.
2. Batman Returns: In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the physically deformedcriminal genius The Penguin threatens Gotham City--and, helpless, theentire city can only pray that Batman Returns. Only Batman (MichaelKeaton) can defend the city from total chaos as The Penguin (DannyDeVito) lays twisted waste to a great metropolis. Meanwhile, the DarkKnight may have met his equal in the lethally lithe Catwoman (MichellePfeiffer)--only he doesn't know if she is feline friend ... or foe.
3. Gremlins: Horror and humor combine seamlessly in this monstrous box-office hit from Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Steven Spielberg ("Munich," "War of the Worlds") and director Joe Dante ("Innerspace," "Twilight Zone: The Movie"). A small town is besieged by some furry and not-so-cute little creatures after a young man ignores the warnings of a wise elder regarding their care and feeding.
4. Black Christmas: A series of obscene phone calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and it becomes clear that a psychopath is homing in on the sisters with dubious intentions. And though the police try to trace the calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this Black Christmas. "Stuffed with extremely tense moments, chilling cinematography, amazing characters and long-lasting dread… [this] genuine classic is completely deserving of every bit of respect and admiration it's picked up over the last 40 years."
5. Reindeer Games: When he gets out of prison, Rudy impulsively decides to pose as his old cellmate, Nick, in order to make time with Nick's beautiful pen pal. But Rudy's ruse blows up when he realizes that Nick was being double-crossed. Now he's inescapably part of a dangerously twisted armed robbery plot.
All Time Best Couple
1. Love Actually: "Get ready for fun!" (Leah Rozen, People) with the "feel good movie of the year!" (Clay Smith, Access Hollywood) Love Actually is the ultimate romantic comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill. Funny, irresistible and heartwarming, an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, to name a few!) will take you on a breathtaking tour of love's delightful twists and turns. Fall under the spell of Love Actually and share the laughs and charm again and again.
2. Four Christmases: A holiday comedy with a twist, FOUR CHRISTMASES stars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as a married couple who struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents' homes over the Christmas holiday.
3. The Preachers Wife: Starring Academy Award(R)-winner Denzel Washington and multi-talented Whitney Houston, here's a delightful romantic comedy to send spirits soaring! Washington plays a charming angel named Dudley who's sent to earth to help a young minister (Courtney B. Vance) and his beautiful wife (Houston) revive their marriage! But things take a hilarious twist when Dudley accidentally falls in love with the preacher's wife.
4. The Holiday: The Holiday (2006) Official Trailer starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law! Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
5. While You Were Sleeping: Sandra Bullock (Speed), is Lucy -- a lonely subway worker infatuated with a gorgeous man she's only seen from afar. After she saves his life, she's mistaken for his fiancée as he lies unconscious in a hospital. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself in the welcoming arms of the man's family and falling in love with his brother Jack (Bill Pullman -- Casper). But when the comatose man awakens, Lucy also finds herself in the worst predicament of her life!