RAVE Reviews releases ranking of 50 best Christmas movies

RAVE Reviews, the site that publishes rankings based on advanced data-driven analysis, has published its ranking of the “50 Best Christmas Movies,” available at https://www.ravereviews.org/entertainment/50-best-christmas-movies/. There’ll be plenty of controversy here, so feel free to make comments below or add to the list.

RAVE Reviews says: “Watching classic Christmas movies during the holiday season has become somewhat of a tradition. If you want to wrap up a day of decorating and shopping with a movie on the couch, it becomes too cold outside for your kids to play, or you just ate an entire roll of Toll-House cookie dough and want to snuggle, RAVE has ranked the 50 best Christmas movies to get you started.”

From movies about a grumpy green dude with obvious childhood emotional trauma, to an off duty police officer fighting German terrorists in a high rise, RAVE says it has found something for everyone to enjoy.

“With the holiday season in full swing, we decided to compile a list of popular holiday films. Our goal is simple: motivate people to dust off the classics and go for a nostalgic spin,” said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE Reviews.

In determining which movies to feature, RAVE compared reviews from sources like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, then focused on data such as holiday spirit, snow factor, and “holiday centrality” (whatever that last phrase means).

RAVE’s list of featured movies in alphabetical order includes:

A Christmas Carol – 1951
A Christmas Prince – 2017
A Christmas Story – 1983
A Christmas Tale – 2008
Arthur Christmas – 2011
Bad Santa – 2003
Batman Returns – 1992
Ben is Back – 2018
Black Christmas – 1974
Brazil – 1985
Carol – 2015
Die Hard – 1988
Elf – 2003
Fanny and Alexander – 1982
Gremlins – 1984
Happy Christmas – 2014
Holiday Inn – 1942
Home Alone – 1990
Hook – 1991
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1967
It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946
Jingle All the Way – 1996
Joyeux Noel – 2005
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – 2005
Krampus – 2015
Love Actually – 2003
Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944
Miracle on 34th Street – 1947
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – 1991
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989
Polar Express – 2004
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – 2010
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 1964
Scrooged – 1988
The Bishop’s Wife – 1947
The Family Stone – 2005
The Holiday – 2006
The Long Kiss Goodnight – 1996
The Man Who Invented Christmas – 2017
The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992
The Night Before – 2015
The Night of the Hunter – 1955
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
The Preacher’s wife – 1996
The Santa Clause – 1994
The Shop Around the Corner – 1940
Trading Places – 1983
While You Were Sleeping – 1995
White Christmas – 1954

 

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. JQuintana

    Only in the sense that the time table they live in is Christmas time, The stories have nothing to do with Christmas.

    NOT Christmas movies. 🙂

    I maintain a page on my site dedicated to reviews of holiday DVDs/BDs:

    http://dvdmg.com/holidaydvds.shtml

    I'm pretty flexible about what I consider to qualify, but I'd never have thought to include a bunch of those.

    "Batman Returns"?
    "Carol"?
    "Hook"?
    "Brazil"?

    I do view "Die Hard" as a Christmas movie because so much of the material relates to the holiday, but many of these offer only the most tangential connection.

    "HOOK"???

  2. JQuintana

    Only in the sense that the time table they live in is Christmas time, The stories have nothing to do with Christmas.

    NOT Christmas movies. 🙂

    I was being facetious.

    Forgot the 😉

  3. Interestingly, if you spend time in Europe at Christmas they don’t view Christmas movies at all in the same way we do. A film can have nothing to do with Christmas but be a Christmas film because over the years it has been shown on television during the holiday season so many times.

    I have wanted to start a thread about “Christmas” movies that specifically ARE NOT about “finding the meaning of Christmas” but instead are films that people relate to the holiday for reasons of their own. Die Hard really is a good example of something like this because it is not about the holiday but is set at the holiday.

    And for whatever it is worth, in my opinion, Die Hard 2 is by miles the best film in that franchise and the best “Christmas” film in that franchise.

  4. Malcolm R

    Die Hard was released in July. If it was intended as a holiday movie, it would have been released in the holiday season.

    Just because a film takes place in December does not make it a Christmas movie.

    The film takes place at a Christmas Party, has Santa Claus (with machine gun), and even a Christmas present

  5. David Weicker

    The film takes place at a Christmas Party, has Santa Claus (with machine gun), and even a Christmas present

    Edit: As a side-note, Miracle On 34th Street was released in June!

    Bam – David takes it hard to the rim and scores! :laugh:

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