Top 10 Christmas Movies staff Christmas Top 10 Movies

When we decided to pick the top 10 Christmas movie we thought it was a simple task, little did we actually realise just how many brilliant Christmas movie there are out there, but we underestimated what almost 150 years of film-making has generated!

So, what ten movies do we choose? Lots of great movies in our shortlist - Love Actually, Bad Santa, The Holiday, Die Hard, Gremlins, Jack Frost, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scrooged, Prancer, White Christmas, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation etc, but in the end we decided on these 10. Let us know what you think via Twitter or Facebook.

10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The Dr Seuss classic brought brilliantly to life by Jim Carrey. Can the people of Whoville spread the happiness and joy of Christmas as far as the Grinch?

Top Quote: "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more. "

9. Deck the Halls (2006)

What’s the worst thing that can happen when two neighbours decide to out-do each other by decorating their houses with so many Christmas lights that their home can be seen from space!

Top Quote: "That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen."

8. Home Alone (1990)

Every young person’s worst nightmare ... Being left at home, alone on one of the most important holiday events of the year ... Or is it?

Top Quote: "Keep the change, ya filthy animal!"

7. A Christmas Carol (1951) aka. Scrooge

There were at least 11 versions of this movie prior to Alastair Sim playing the miserly Scrooge, but in our opinion there is no better performance.

Top Quote: "I haven't taken leave of my senses. I've come to them."

6. The Polar Express (2004)

Step aboard the thunderous Polar Express to visit the North Pole, see Santa Claus and perhaps receive the first gift of Christmas. Magical Christmas fun.

Top Quote: "Though I've grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe."

5. Elf (2003)

After accidentally getting to the North Pole, this man sized Elf tries to discover who he really is and where he is really from, ending with him single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York.


4. The Santa Clause (1994)

After accidentally killing Santa, Scott (Tim Allen) must finish delivering the presents in what he discovers IS the Santa clause.

Top Quote: "Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing."

3. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A remark from the 1947 classic, but Attenborough and the rest of the cast make it their own. The spirit of Christmas is captured perfectly in this magical movie.

Top Quote: "Well, I would greatly like to oblige, Mr. Collins, but I cannot make this reindeer fly. I didn't think so. He only flies on Christmas Eve."

2. Jingle All The Way (1996)

Not the usual Schwarzenegger role, but a brilliantly funny movie and a reminder as to what lengths parents will go to please their children. After all, Christmas is for the children isn’t it?

Top Quote: "It's Turbo time!"


1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

One of the most popular and heart warming films ever made and classic Christmas viewing. A great lesson to everyone that no matter what the life is like that you have, it is a wonderful life.

Top Quote: "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."