Top 40 Christmas Movies (Part 3 of 4)

Well, with everybody else getting in on it this time of year, I guess that’s my cue to put out a list of some of what I consider the “best” Christmas movies.  I will be doing this over several posts, with about 10 movies per post.  I am NOT ranking them, just putting them together in whatever order, whether it be the various musicals listed together, or war films, or whatever, just as long as the list is 10 movies long.  I know the blog has been covering films from the silent era up through the sixties, but, for a list of Christmas movies, there are some that are more recent that I, personally, just HAVE to include (somebody has to)!  And if you click on the movie titles, you will be taken to that movie on Amazon.  So, here we are with part three:

  • King Of Kings (1961)
    • Since we can’t have “Christmas” without Christ, here we one telling of the life of Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection.  While it might be somewhat tamer compared to recent retellings, it still offers a wonderful film version from when they tried to actually have Jesus portrayed by an actor for the first time in years.
  • Ben-Hur (1959)
    • In another movie that includes the birth of Christ at the beginning of the movie, we are told the tale of Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and how his own life intersects with that of Jesus himself!
  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
    • Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven star in this movie about a bishop (Niven) who is visited by an angel (Grant) who is trying to help him realize what he has in life.  Definite holiday classic, with a fitting final sermon to end the movie!
  • The Christmas Candle (2013)
    • In this recent movie, a pastor who has lost his way comes to the town of Gladbury, England, home of “The Christmas Candle,” a candle blessed by an angel every twenty-five years that, when someone lights it and prays, they receive a Christmas miracle!  Also includes Susan Boyle singing the “Miracle Hymn!”
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas (2014)
    • While this one barely qualifies for my list (trying not to use Christmas episodes/specials of regular TV series), this movie, which follows a pilot movie and ten one-hour episodes, is the first of the continuing movies in this series from the creator of Touched By An Angel.  In this movie, the Postables from the Dead Letter Office try to help a little girl who sent a letter to God, whose mother is very sick ahead of the holidays.
  • Come Dance With Me (2012) (Also known as Christmas Dance)
    • Andrew McCarthy stars as Jack, who works in a financial brokerage firm.  He is dating his boss’ daughter, and in an attempt to impress her, he decides to take ballroom dance lessons. The thing is, he starts to fall for his dance instructor (and finds out his firm is helping a developer who plans to tear down the dance studio, along with the surrounding area)!  While the Christmas holiday is mostly in the background of this Hallmark movie, various Christmas traditions do make their appearances here and there.
  • Christmas Magic (2011)
    • In this Hallmark movie, an event planner ends up in an accident, and has to help a restaurant owner with his failing business, so that she can make it into heaven.  The thing is, she has to succeed by Christmas Eve!
  • A Christmas Carol (1938)
    • Reginald Owen (probably best know to audiences as Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins) is Ebenezer Scrooge in this version of Charles Dickens’ classic story of a miser who is given a chance to change his life by three spirits that haunt him on Christmas Eve.
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004)
    • Kelsey Grammar stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this telling of the classic tale, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
  • Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
    • In this classic, we find Kris Kringle working for Macy’s in New York as their Santa, until he is put on trial, because he believes he is Santa Claus!

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