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TO HELP MAP OUT YOUR HOLIDAY MOVIE MEGA-MARATHON, WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF 80 CHRISTMAS MOVIES THAT ARE CONSIDERABLY BETTER THAN WATCHING A VIDEO OF A BURNING LOG ON YOUR TELEVISION. There’s no better way to decompress over the holidays than by losing yourself in hours upon hours of Christmas movies. And like gift giving, sometimes picking out just the right one can be tedious. There are Christmas movies and then there are can’t-miss flicks that have a way of touching, inspiring and thrilling even the meanest of the scrooges. They’re all so different and so charming in their own ways, but some have to be considered better than others. Deciding between old classics and modern classics, as well as originals and remakes, can be pretty difficult, however.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

While many of these types of lists focus on films that are whimsical and full of family fun (yeah, we like those to), they often leave out some classics that have a dash of violence, a few monsters and the occasional bad guys who get their comeuppance, which is part of the Christmas spirit, right? And if anyone ever tries to tell you that Die Hard is not a Christmas film, they are just wrong. We hope you enjoy. And “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”

A CHRISTMAS STORY

(1965) G

(1983) PG

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

Christmas is approaching and 9-year-old Ralphie only wants one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother’s immediate reaction is that he’ll put his eye out. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives, he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? If you have cable, it’ll no doubt be playing on a 24-hour loop on some Turner network this month. A timeless classic that is easily quoted line for line, no Christmas would be complete without at least one viewing of this perfectly crafted film.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009) PG Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. The computer animated motion-capture film directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.

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