The 1980s, 1990s and 2000s brought us some terrific Christmas films. But what is the best Christmas film of the three decades? Home Alone? Bad Santa? The Santa Clause? Elf?
The true commercialisation of Christmas is shown in all its glorious/ugly glory (depending on your disposition) in cinema dating from the 1980s onwards but there is a definite sense of fun and familial dependency that speaks of the true spirit of the festive season we should all embrace.
Having watched a number of Christmas films over the last week – all for the umpteenth time – it was, predictably, apparent that my favourite period was the 1980s. This came as no surprise. As an eighties baby I grew up watching these films on television and their festive stories remind of a more innocent time when Christmas had a magic that fails to survive the move into adulthood. Therefore, in my top 10 Christmas films 1980 to 2010, we see five films released in the 1980s and one film that, while being released in 1990, was conceived and written by eighties filmmaking icon John Hughes. So there is very much a big hairstyles and spandex pants feel about this top 10.
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What are your favourite Christmas films? What are your favourites from the three decades? And the BIG question: what is your favourite Christmas film of ALL TIME!
10. The Santa Clause (Pasquin, 1994)
9. Miracle on 34th Street (Mayfield, 1994)
8. Elf (Favreau, 2003)
7. Gremlins (Dante, 1984)
6. Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Chechik, 1989)
4. Bad Santa (Zwigoff, 2003)
3. Trading Places (Landis, 1983)
2. Home Alone (Columbus, 1990)
1. Scrooged (Donner, 1988)
Your turn – what is your favourite decade for Christmas films – the 1980s, the 1990s, or the 2000s?
For a slightly different take on the traditional Christmas film have a look at our Top 10 Alternative Christmas Films
Written and compiled by Dan Stephens
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