1. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
Ralphie Parker is just about the most endearing child character in the history of Christmas movies. His quest for that Red Ryder B.B. gun — the only thing he wants for Christmas — is mostly what takes up the film’s plot. TBS is known for showing the film starting on Christmas Eve for 24 hours straight each year.
2. “Elf” (2003)
After finding out he had been adopted by Santa’s head elf, Buddy is sent from the North Pole to the Big Apple to find his real father. Will Ferrell’s humorous portrayal as the delightful Buddy makes a great movie for viewers of all ages. It was when Elf hit theatres that Ferrell truly became important to our generation.
3.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The third installment in the Griswold family film series is easily recognized by many as a Christmas favorite. The family’s plan for a holiday getaway quickly turns into a misadventure. With a star-studded cast including Chevy Chase and Juliette Lewis, this lovable flick never gets old.
4. “Home Alone” (1990)
Macaulay Culkin became a household name when this movie hit theatres. As Kevin, a kid who gets left behind in his family’s journey to France for the holidays, he resolves to smart tactics and quick strategies to protect his home when robbers scheme to break into every house in Kevin’s neighborhood.
5. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
When George Bailey wishes he had never been born, he sees how different life would be without him by the help of an angel. Though now it is recognized as one of the top 100 films in American cinema, Frank Capra’s family fantasy was not an instant hit.