Top 40 Christmas Movies (Part 4 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 four:

  • Susan Slept Here (1954)
    • Dick Powell and Debbie Reynolds star in this classic about a screenwriter (Powell) and the juvenile delinquent (Reynolds) that he takes in over the Christmas holiday, so that he can talk to her and get help in writing a new screenplay.
  • Remember The Night (1940)
    • Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in this tale of a thief (Stanwyck) who will be locked up over the holidays while she is on trial, and the prosecutor (MacMurray) who offers her a chance to go home for the holidays, and ends up staying with him and his family.
  • Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
    • Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan are the stars of this tale about a war hero (Morgan) who has been invited by a magazine publisher to stay at the farm home of a writer (Stanwyck) who appears to be the perfect example of a wife and mother (except she is not married, a mother, nor does she live on a farm).
  • All Mine To Give (1957)
    • Robert and Mamie Eunson come Eureka, Wisconsin, where they have six children.  A wonderful movie, but one for which you should be well-stocked on Kleenex, especially when it comes to the end of the movie (which is the Christmas section)!
  • The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)
    • Monty Woolley stars as Sheridan Whiteside, the titular character who comes to the home of a prominent Ohio family, only to slip on the ice outside and be stuck there for a long time.  He makes the owners of the house miserable while he takes over, meanwhile threatening to sue them.  Sheridan ends up giving a radio broadcast on Christmas Eve, telling the story of the nativity (even though he wasn’t treating everybody like he should have).
  • Holiday Affair (1949)
    • Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh star in Holiday Affair, the tale of a commercial spy (Leigh) who tries to buy a toy train from a department store clerk (Mitchum).  He figures it out, but lets her go, which results in him being fired.  They find their lives intertwined, even though she has a boyfriend (however, her son likes the new guy more than the boyfriend)!
  • It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947)
    • In this movie, we are told the tale of a homeless man who, every winter, moves into the vacant home of the second richest man in the world.  However, this winter he is joined by a number of people, including the daughter of the owner, and she brings in both her parents (incognito).  Includes the song “That’s What Christmas Means To Me” (this movie is not a musical, before you ask).
  • Home Alone (1990)
    • Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, who gets left home alone by his family and must fight off a pair of thieves (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) determined to rob his house.
  • Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
    • In this sequel to Home Alone, Kevin McCallister gets separated from his family at the airport and ends up in New York, where he has to face off against Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) again.  Since this is almost a remake of the first film, that makes it easy to alternate movies every year!
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    • In this live-action version of Dr. Seuss’ classic, Jim Carrey is the Grinch, a Christmas-hating hermit, who decides to wreak havoc on Whoville and steal their Christmas.

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