The best Christmas movies

A scene from the movie "Joyeux Noel." (CNS photo/Sony Picture Classics)

A scene from the movie “Joyeux Noel.” (CNS photo/Sony Picture Classics)

John Mulderig, the assistant director for media reviews at CNS, was asked to come up with a top-10 list of Christmas movies. Try as he might, John couldn’t whittle it down to just 10. Instead, he delivered a crop of 19 Christmas-themed films that viewers of all ages can enjoy.

Take a look at the list; films are listed alphabetically. How many have you seen?

”The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945)
“The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)
“A Christmas Carol” (1951)
“A Christmas Carol” (2009)
“A Christmas Story” (1983)
“Christmas With the Kranks” (2004)
“Come to the Stable” (1949)
“The Fourth Wise Man” (1985)
“Fred Claus” (2007)
“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
“Joyeux Noel” (2006)
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)
“The Nativity Story” (2006)
“The Polar Express” (2004)
“Prancer” (1989)
“The Shop Around the Corner” (1940)
“Three Godfathers” (1948)
“White Christmas” (1954)

Scene from the animated movie "The Polar Express." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

Scene from the animated movie “The Polar Express.” (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

When all is said and done, you may want to revisit some old favorites, or you may want to look at some movies you haven’t seen (or can’t remember having seen). When it comes to viewing, there’s the current fashion of “binge viewing,” such as watching every episode of a TV series’ season one after the other until they’re all seen. That would be pretty easy to do if you have video on demand or an online streaming service available to you. Or, you might be the kind of person who believes that every day should be like Christmas. So if you’re watching “The Polar Express” and the calendar says Jan. 19, I’m not going to tattle on you.

One Response

  1. “Christmas in Connecticut”, a charmer from 1945 should be here!
    Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet.

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