What’s Your Favorite Christmas Film of the Past 20 Years?



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  • WDPjr

    If it were the last 25 years, I might have suggested “Scrooged”.

  • Clint Techmeyer

    Where are all of the classics?!?!? Not even one is on your list!! How can you have a list without any of the serious versions of “A Christmas Carol”, “Scrooge”, or “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Holiday Inn” or “White Christmas”, etc etc etc?!?!?!?!? Get serious with your list!!

    • mike j

      the B&W version of Miracle on 34th street with Edmond Gwinn. always been my favorite.

      • maxfabien

        I agree Mike, that’s a goodie. But the question asks for the favorite of the last 20 years (1993-2013).

  • maxfabien

    Without a doubt, “Love, Actually”. If this film doesn’t make you feel happiness and bring a tear of joy to your eye, then you’re not human.

  • Steve in Sacramento

    Have only seen four of these, so not voting, but a comment or two: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is one of my favorite movies (Christmas or otherwise) of all time – just not sure if it’s a Christmas or a Halloween movie! Meanwhile, “Christmas with the Kranks” may very well be one of my LEAST favorite movies of all time, as its message seems to be “Conform Or Else” – not a message I’M happy to swallow. (It’s possible I really should watch it again to see if the visceral hatred I felt for it was justified.)

  • F.G. Kaye

    Here are the movies that you forgot to include that is putting ” other ” in the lead.

    ” White Christmas “.
    Truth be told, Aside from the song, ” White Christmas “, is NOT the best seasonal movie
    as movies go. And it doesn’t age well as a movie, compared to the other 2 movies below.

    ” It’s a Wonderful Life “.
    Being based on an excellent premise that still holds up, today.
    Asking the existential question, of what this world would be like if you had never been born ?
    Thus dipping into the alternate universe, theory, but in a religious way.

    ” Miracle on 34th St. “,
    Of the movies listed, is much better as a premise, in my opinion.
    This movie features the first time that the real version of someone substitutes for the fake.
    This makes the premise original, for it’s time & still stands up today, as well.

    • WDPjr

      The question is, favorite Christmas film of the last 20 years. Your suggestions are all much older. And, by the way, I think you should watch “White Christmas” again. I agree the “White Christmas” song is great, but I really think there is more to this movie than just that one song. This is the movie that made me fall in love with Rosemary Clooney. I especially like the duet “Count Your Blessings” plus that solo song in the nightclub in NY. The more I watched this movie over the years the more it grew on me to the point that it is now a definite favorite of mine.

    • rocky-o

      only people who don’t pay attention are putting ‘other’ in the lead…

  • Wayne P.

    The Jim Carrey version of “A Christmas Carol”, made in 2009 (I think;) and also filmed in 3-D, is stunning and a major oversite of this list!

  • Movie Fan

    I absolutely love Charles Dicken’s story, “A Christmas Carol,” but my favorite movie versions aren’t on this list. Patrick Stewart is wonderful as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol (1999).” I also love Joel Gray’s portrayal of The Ghost of Christmas Past. The computer animated “Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)” is visually stunning, featuring Jim Carrey as Ebeneezer Scrooge. “A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)” starring Vanessa Williams as Ebony Scrooge is fluffy, heartwarming fun.

  • Laurie Havens

    Love, Actually, The Family Stone, and The Holiday

  • Boobear

    I can’t pick just one so here they are: The Holiday, All I Want for Christmas (with Lauren Bacall), A Season for Miracles, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, A Princess for Christmas, Holiday in Handcuffs, What I Did for Love and Snow Bride.

  • M Raghavan

    I loved the Preacher’s Wife, the respectable remake of the Bishop’s wife. Gospel Music, Whitney Houston’s voice, Lionel Ritchie’s jazz, and the ever classy Mr. Denzel Washington.

  • M Raghavan

    I loved The Preacher’s Wife, the respectable remake of The Bishop’s Wife. Great Jazz and Gospel, and the ever stylish Mr. Denzel Washington.

  • The Blue Carbuncle

    Single Santa Seeking Mrs.Claus is my favorite among the recent 20 years. Gutenburg at his best since Short Circuit.

  • rocky-o

    no offense to any readers here, but some of you people have to pay better attention to the questions…it says …”…of the past 20 years…”…i don’t think “white christmas” or “it’s a wonderful life” fit that category…and this isn’t the only question where some have shunned the list for not having certain titles or actors, etc…only because they didn’t pay attention to the category in the first place…

  • David King

    Will Farrell and Bob Newhart are simply divine in this spectacular comedy that we, as the viewing public, never tire of seeing. The entire premise is so inventive, and the way that Will plays the innocent elf is truly remarkable. I also love “Last Holiday” with Queen Latifah. Such a warm movie with that holiday little something extra.