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Favorite Christmas Films
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The Christmas Candle (2013)
Director: John Stephenson
Starring: Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy, James Cosmo, Susan Boyle, Barbara Flynn, John Hannah and Jude Wright
In 19th-century England, a minister's quest to modernize his village puts him at odds with people who believe that whoever lights the candle that an angel touched will receive a miracle on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Starring: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison and Mervyn Johns
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Director: Dave Unwin
Starring (voice): Mel Smith
Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.
The Holiday (2006)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, Rufus Sewell, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman
When Amanda from Los Angeles and Iris of Surrey, England decide swap houses for the Christmas holidays to try and forget their troubled love lives, both of their lives change forever.
Home Alone (1990)
Director: Chris Columbus
Screenplay: John Hughes
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Roberts Blossom and John Candy
An eight year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Eddie Bracken, Rob Schneider and Ally Sheedy
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City and the same criminals are not far behind.
It's a Wonderful Life (1947)
Director: Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell
George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8,000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter.
His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family and friends would turn out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall and Doris Roberts
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
Director: Henry Selick
Story: Tim Burton
Starring (voices): Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara and William Hickey
Bored and unhappy with the life of being The Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington of Halloween Town sets out to find something exciting. Jack discovers Christmas Town and takes it upon himself to take over the duties of Santa to deliver toys across the world to children.
The Snowman (1982)
Directors: Dianne Jackson and Jimmy T. Murakami
Starring (voices): David Bowie, Raymond Briggs and Peter Auty
Wordless (save for the song "Walking in the Air") animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
The Snowman and the Snowdog (2012)
Director: Hilary Audus
Starring (voices): Arwyn Davies, Murray Walker and Jake Humphrey
A young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose back garden the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman, the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snow dog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa who gives the boy a magical dog collar which will make it the happiest Christmas ever for him.
Director: Ronald Neame
Starring: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin and Anton Rodgers
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale.
[Also known as 'Hooves of Fire']
Director: Richard Goleszowski
Starring (voices): Robbie Williams, Ardal O'Hanlon, Paul Whitehouse and Jane Horrocks
Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team.
Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.
Starring (voices): John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds and Eric Pospisil
Young reindeer Rudolph suffers a childhood accident that sees his nose turn from the publicly accepted norm of black to a glowing red colour. His parents worry about him getting teased, and indeed he does in the end. When he is beaten in the reindeer games by his rival for a doe he fancies, Rudolph runs away and moves into a cave with Slyly the Fox. However, can he overcome his fear and reach his true potential?
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Director: George Seaton
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Gene Lockhart
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (1945)
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, Tom Drake, Harry Davenport and Marjorie Main
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.
Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952)
Director: Jack Hannah
Starring (voices): Ruth Clifford, Pinto Colvig, Dessie Flynn and James MacDonald
Pluto comes bounding outside to help Mickey get a Christmas tree. Chip 'n Dale see him and make fun of him, but the tree they take refuge in is the one Mickey chops down. They like the decorations, especially the candy canes and Mickey's bowl of mixed nuts. But Pluto spots them and goes after them long before Mickey spots them.
Minnie, Donald and Goofy drop by to sing carols.
White Christmas (1954)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes
A successful male song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
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