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Indie88’s definitive ranking of holiday movies

You’ll probably hate us for this, but we’ve taken the liberty of looking at a handful of holiday movies and ruthlessly ranking them to find the best Christmas movie of them all. Although you may not agree with the order, hopefully you can find it in your holiday-warmed heart to forgive us – it’s the most wonderful time of the year after all!

Check out the definitive ranking of holiday movies, new and old, below.

15. The Night Before

The Night Before may ring in at number 15 on our holiday movie list, but it’s still a pretty hilarious flick featuring beloved comedy all-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthonie Mackie alongside cameos from Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Miley Cyrus, and more. The film follows three childhood friends who reunite on Christmas Eve every year to search for the best party in New York City, which is always hosted at a top secret location.

14. Frosty The Snowman

Although this holiday classic didn’t quite make the top of our list, we still love this charismatic snowman and his nostalgic festive tune. The lovable animation follows Frosty and a young girl named Karen as they have to go to the North Pole to keep the beloved roll of snow safe from melting as his surrounding temperature continues to rise.

13. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

This sweet children’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol takes place in the Mickey Mouse universe, and it features Donald Duck, Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, Daisy Duck, Willie the Giant, Minnie Mouse, Pete, and Mickey himself. The endearing holiday flick puts a cartoon twist on the classic festive story, making for a unique retelling of Dickens’ iconic tale.

12. Arthur Christmas

2011’s Arthur Christmas is a comedic British-American 3D animated film that is sure to warm your heart. The movie takes place on Christmas night and tells the story of Santa’s son Arthur, who is unbelievably clumsy, and his journey to deliver one girl’s present when her house was accidentally skipped. The story is witty, humorous, and endearing with sweet, silly characters that will put a smile on your face.

11. Miracle on 34th Street

Truly ringing in as a classic holiday film, Miracle on 34th Street is an endearing film that was remade in 1994 and both versions offer up a heartwarming sense of holiday joy. The movie follows a young girl and her mother who do not believe in Santa Claus, until the mother’s store hires Kris Kringle to play the role and they begin to believe that he may in fact be the real St. Nick.

10. Just Friends

Although it’s not a Christmas classic, Just Friends is an entertaining holiday film that follows Ryan Reynolds as Chris Brander, who loves his best friend Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). The film follows Brander, who continues to be friendzoned by his high school crush even after he improves his looks 10 years later.

9. A Christmas Story

From iconic bunny costumes to dreams of BB guns, A Christmas Story is the perfect obscure comedy Christmas film. The 1983 flick follows Ralphie Parker as he tries to convince his mother, his teacher, and a Santa Clause at a department story that he deserves the perfect Christmas gift: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. All of them give the young child the same warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” but Ralphie never gives up through the entire film.

8. Home Alone

Everyone’s favourite 8-year-old troublemaker, Kevin McAllister, saves the day with his charismatic personality and out-of-the-box thinking in this classic Christmas movie. The endearingly funny kid creates elaborate traps that you could only dream of as he tries to fend off burglars when his parents forget to bring him on a trip. Recently, Macaulay Culkin reenacted classic Home Alone scenes as Kevin McAllister, so you can revel in your favourite Christmas scenes that have been revamped with a modern twist.

7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

This iconic 1964 stop motion animated television special has been one of the most prominent holiday movies since its origin. Who doesn’t want to see everyone’s favourite reindeer save the day on Christmas in an endearing animation full of distinct festive tracks and heartwarming holiday lines?

6. The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause is sure to hold a special place in every 90’s kids heart. In the film, Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, who is an ordinary man that accidentally causes Santa Clause to fall from his roof on December 24th, and he’s forced to put on the suit and become the new Santa. This endearing film is sure to make the young and the young at heart truly believe in the magic of the holidays.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

What is a list of holiday flicks without everyone’s favourite comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, as he tries too hard to indulge in every Christmas tradition he can, and ends up messing them all up. The film satirizes awkward family holiday events, and even the SWAT team ends up crashing their Christmas party.

4. Love Actually

Endearing holiday romance flick, Love Actually, is sure to warm up your heart during these chilly weeks as it follows the lives of eight completely different couples navigating through their interconnected love lives. This sweet festive film will restore your faith in love as couples fight for each other over the immensely high pressure of the holiday season. From love triangles to young infatuation, this movie hits all of the Rom-Coms you could ever want.

3. Elf

After its release in 2003, Elf quickly joined the ranks of holiday classics with an endearing comedy about one of Santa’s elves played by Will Ferrell. The overly excited and unbelievably happy Ferrell makes his way through New York City to meet his biological father, all while attempting to spread Christmas cheer amongst a group of Santa Claus skeptics. This is definitely a top-notch holiday flick and has all of the Christmas tropes your little winter heart could ever desire.

2. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas will always be a holiday classic. The live action flick, led by Jim Carrey, adds an extra layer of comedy when they adapted the Dr. Seuss book into a full-length feature film. Most of the rhymes that were used in the original book were kept in the film, making it even more nostalgic during the holiday season. If you’re looking for a laugh and trying to find some festive cheer, this is the Christmas movie for you.

1. The Holiday

The most heartwarming and underrated Christmas movie of all time rings in at number one. The Holiday. Although it may not be the most popular holiday favourite, it is full of just the right amount of holiday cheese to bring some festive cheer to your December. The film follows Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as Amanda and Iris who live on opposite sides of the Atlantic and arrange in a home exchange to escape heartbreak over the holidays, when they meet their love interests Graham (Jude Law) and Miles (Jack Black).

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