AN OLD PERSONS FAVORITE 25 HOLIDAY FILMS/TV SHOWSby mjjbinnj | created - 08 Dec 2011 | updated - 08 Dec 2011 | Public
I like them all the same so I put them in alphabetical order.
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ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
A Christmas Memory
51 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Its the last Christmas together in Depression era Alabama of a sensitive boy and his elderly cousin who was his closest friend. The two raise enough money to buy the ingredients for 30 ... See full summary »
The late great Geraldine Page starred in this Truman Capote classic short story. Capote was the narrator.
3. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Votes: 127,257 | Gross: $20.61M
I triple-dog-dare ya to watch this great little film!
4. A Christmas Visitor (2002 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they ... See full summary »
5. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Romance
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
6. Holiday Inn (1942)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.
Votes: 12,667 | Gross: $8.18M
7. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 447,216 | Gross: $285.76M
9. I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Family, Romance
A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance.
This is a great overlooked and underappreciated little gem, starring a non-dancing Ginger Rogers, the great Joseph Cotton and a grown-up Shirley Temple.
10. It Happened One Christmas (1977 TV Movie)
109 min | Comedy, Fantasy
It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own... See full summary »
Starring Marlo Thomas, Orson Wells, Cloris Leachman, Wayne Rogers and Doris Roberts. This was a great remake of "It's A Wonderful Life," with Thomas playing Jimmy Stewart's part as Mary Bailey and Wells playing Potter.
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Passed | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
12. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.
Votes: 19,627 | Gross: $7.57M
Some may not think of this as a “Christmas “ film, but it seems the Christmas season is usually when I get around to watching it and it does have Judy Garland’s beautiful rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in it.
13. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
14. Remember the Night (1940)
Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A shoplifter and her prosecutor fall in love, creating tensions for his career and family.
Votes: 4,343 | Gross: $0.17M
I believe this is the first of several films in which Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurry starred in and it's one of their best!
17. Scrooge (1970)
G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Votes: 8,742 | Gross: $3.70M
Albert Finney as a musical Scrooge is magical. I first saw this on the huge screen at Radio City Music Hall at the age of 12 and it’s been my favorite version of the Dickens’ classic ever since.
18. A Christmas Carol (1951)
TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy
Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.
19. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Unrated | 126 min | Drama
At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.
Votes: 6,821 | Gross: $21.30M
20. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.
21. The Christmas Shoes (2002 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Family
A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother, while a lawyer tries to deal with the break-up of his marriage.
23. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 166,440 | Gross: $183.37M
24. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.
Shirley Booth and Mickey Rooney mixing it up with Heat Miser and Snow Miser make this another Bass/Rankin fun hit!
25. White Christmas (1954)
Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Votes: 31,166 | Gross: $30.00M