Sam's Video Drawer


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1988)

When it comes to making a list of great Christmas movies, the only decisions are what to put in spots 2-10, because hands down, the undisputed, unchallenged and never equalled greatest Christmas movie of all time is Christmas Vacation.


Elf (2003)

Look, it's a movie about and elf and I am an elf. Do I have to draw you a picture? Granted a movie featuring 'Sam the Elf' would be a lot more entertaining than a movie about lame-o Buddy the Elf, but this one still has plenty of laughs.


Bad Santa (2003)

This movie features a slovenly Santa who drinks too much, steals stuff and chases a lot of women. In other words, a lot like the real Santa. (A joke, it’s a joke. Can’t anybody take a joke around here?). There is also a really grumpy and ill-mannered elf, and you can never have too many of those as far as I am concerned.


Batman Returns (1992)

A superhero movie that happens at Christmastime with Michelle Pfeiffer in a vinyl cat-suit. This seasonal classic has it all.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A weird and wonderful animated vision of Hallowe'en Jack Skellington getting in and messing up with Christmas. it all comes out all right in the end though. Could have used more elves.


Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Not a Christmas movie you say? I beg to differ. No, actually, I insist. The nativity scene that opens the movie is the funniest nativity scene ever put on film. Granted, it may be the only gut bustingly hilarious nativity scene ever put on film, but still. Read this. Laugh. Then go rent the movie:
WISE MAN #1: We are three wise men.
MANDY: What?!
WISE MAN #1: We are three wise men.
MANDY: Well, what are you doing creeping around a cow shed at two o'clock in the morning? That doesn't sound very wise to me.


Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)

Ebenezer Blackadder always did the good and charitable thing. Until one Christmas Eve when he is haunted by a spirit who looks a lot like Hagrid from the Harry Potter movies and finally changes his ways.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

No, not the noisy, busy, very loud Jim Carrey one, never that one. I'm talking about the classic Chuck Jones animated version from the 1960s. The one with Boris Karloff. And the song. And Max. Now that's what I'm talking about.


The Polar Express(2004)

A whimsical train ride to the North Pole where there are more elves on screen than I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of elves. Sure, the North Pole looks nothing like this movie, but still it makes this list on the volume of elves alone. And it is really cool in 3-D.


Die Hard (1988)

All Bruce Willis has to do save his Christmas is run around a big building, shoot a lot of terrorists and blow a lot of stuff up. Yippee Kye Yay!

Other Notable Yuletide Cinematic Classics

Jeffery, the evil webmaster who designed and maintains this site only let me pick 10 movies. But there are some others that might be worth your time. Assuming that you have already been through the Top 10 list and you still have half a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough left to finish, you might consider the touching and sensitive performance of the late Jim Varney in Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), a film about one man's desperate journey to save a Christmas lost. This movie also has elves in it and you can never get too much of that in my humble opinion. Toy Story (1993) has a bit of Christmas in it and it is about toys, so that is a pretty safe bet. Also, Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Gremlins (1984) are brilliant Christmas movies filled with all sorts of misfits and mayhem. And if there is a girl in the room, you might consider Bridget Jones' Diary (2001) or Love, Actually (2003), because chicks seem to like that sort of thing.

Sam out.