Santa Claus: The Movie. Half Santa biography, half modern day tale. When one of Santa's elves goes rogue and joins up with an evil toy manufacturer, the big guy must come to his rescue. . Submitted by Francine Marie Boylan, Saint Olaf College. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Half Santa biography,
half modern day tale.
When one of Santa's
elves goes rogue and
joins up with an evil toy
manufacturer, the big
guy must come to his rescue.
Saint Olaf College
When you grow weary of cute cartoon Santas and heartwarming holiday films, pop "The Nightmare Before Christmas" into the DVD player and enjoy a twisted Christmas movie.
Chevy Chase is the perfect antidote to too much holiday schmaltz. Watch him bungle around for an hour and 37 minutes and you can sit through three viewings of "It's a Wonderful Life."
There's nothing like Charlie Brown -- and his blind love for a sad, little Christmas tree -- to remind you to look out for the little guy during the holidays.
This is the movie that originated the song "White Christmas," which is probably why we still think of it as a Christmas film. Jilted by his fiance, Bing Crosby gives up show business to run a farm only to find that farm life isn't as easy as he thought. He opens Holiday Inn, staging shows only on national holidays and falls in love with his star. But the man who stole his fiance ( Fred Astaire) threatens to steal his new leading lady too.
Sure, it's a little creepy that every character looks like Tom Hanks (including the young main character). But the magical movie about a little boy who lost his faith in Santa is still required viewing.
True to the book with great performances, this is the best telling of Charles Dickens' classic tale.
Jim Carrey had great material to work with when he transposed Dr. Seuss' classic into a live action movie. But if anyone could take on the over-the-top, greedy, Christmas-hating Grinch, it was Carrey.
You've got Bill Murray, crazy 1980s greed and Charles Dickens. Really, it couldn't go wrong.
The charming cartoon tale of the man of snow who came to life one day is a required holiday viewing. And Jimmy Durante's narration ensures it will be around for years to come.
Barbara Stanwyck is a newspaper columnist who portrays herself as a happily married 1940s Martha Stewart. But in reality she's a single gal who knows more about shopping for furs than cooking, cleaning and sewing. Trouble starts when her magazine invites a war hero to spend a perfect Christmas with her and her perfect family.
Billy Bob Thornton is so bad he's good as a department store Santa with a wandering eye, a foul mouth and a drinking problem. The movie is full of cringe-worthy moments but Thornton plays his Santa so bad, you can't look away.
We love this movie not just because of the incredible premise (you forgot your kid?) or the ingenious burglar proofing (blow torch above the front door?). We love it because when left on his own Macaulay Culkin not only danced around in his underwear and ate junk food -- just like you'd expect a kid to -- but he also acted like an adult, buying a toothbrush and decorating the house.
Loretta Young is a bishop's wife watching her ambitious husband lose sight of what matters. Then an angelic Carey Grant steps in and uses a little magic refresh the bishop's wife and save her husband from ruin. Don't miss the scene where Carey Grant decorates a Christmas tree with a few flicks of his wrist.
It's the E! True Hollywood Story of Santa Claus. How he went from rogue outlaw to beloved toy distributor. How he won the heart of an initially cold Mrs. Claus. And why he runs around with all those elves.This stop-motion animation TV special drags a little, but it's worth it for the narration by Fred Astaire.
These interlocking stories of love lost and found at Christmastime are pitch perfect. Funny and sad with just the right amount of schmaltz, they're enough to make you believe that, at Christmas at least, love really is all around.
Buddy the elf is happy, hopped up on sugar and determined to connect with his real dad, a cynical James Caan. If you haven't watched Will Ferrell pour syrup on spaghetti, you haven't had Christmas.
The classic Muppets taking on the classic Christmas tale -- of course it's perfect! And Kermit was born for the role of Bob Cratchett.