20th Century Fox When it comes to listing some of the best Christmas movies of all time, you just really need to go back to one specific decade. Sure, the 70’s and 80’s had some gems, and the last 20 years have delivered some decent holiday Ho Ho Ho’s, but nothing touches the 90’s.
It was the perfect decade for Christmas movies. I’d stake my presents on it.
20th Century Fox Home Alone – 1990
The hijinx of Kevin McCallister are easily the best part of the Christmas season. You might disagree, but my tommy gun will set ya straight, you filthy animal.
20th Century Fox Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – 1992
I can’t believe they did it again. But I’m glad they did. I almost like this one better than the first one, because nothing tops NYC at Christmas.
20th Century Fox Jingle All the Way – 1996
This hilarious quest for a Turbo Man isn’t Arnie’s best role, but it’s still fucking hilarious. Plus it’s got a lot of heart.
Buena Vista Pictures The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
I love this one because it checks all my boxes; spooky and christmas-y. Plus, it’s been 25 years since it’s debuted and I bet you still have the songs stuck in your head.
Warner Bros. Batman Returns – 1992
It takes place at Christmas, so it counts. It’s a shame that toys and kid-friendliness got in the way of a perfect Tim Burton Batman Trilogy.
But kudos to giving us a twisted and gothic Christmas movie for anyone who hates all the cheese.
20th Century Fox Edward Scissorhands – 1990
Who says that Christmas needs to be shiny and bright? Not Tim Burton. This movie’s both depressing and uplifting simultaneously, and that’s what makes it a holiday classic.
Plus that ice-cutting snow scene is just so beautifully shot.
20th Century Fox Miracle on 34th Street – 1994
This remake tickles all of the softest spots of my soul. Sure, it’s cheesy at times, but it’s genuinely cheesy and encapsulates what the Christmas spirit is all about. Is Santa real? Probably not, but the idea of Santa is a powerful thing.
Buena Vista Pictures The Santa Clause – 1994
Man, I love this film. The idea that Santa could be anyone, and that there’s been a whole line of Kris Kringles over the decades is pretty cool to think about. Plus, the journey from disbelief to accepting the fact that magic exists, will warm anyone’s grinch-y heart.
20th Century Fox Trapped in Paradise – 1994
This isn’t a super-well known film, but it deserves some love. 3 brothers, who just robbed a bank, try to escape the town before a snowstorm hits. But they just can’t escape the hospitality of their neighbours. It’s the typical “evil turns good from the Christmas spirit” film, but with Nick Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey hamming it up.
Buena Vista Pictures The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992
Of all the different adaptations of the Charles Dickens story, this one is my favourite, closely followed by the Disney version. Nothing tops Michael Caine as Scrooge and the fucking Muppets are legendary. No one plays a better Bob Cratchit than Kermit the Frog.
CBS It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown – 1992
Nothing really compares to the original Charlie Brown Christmas special, but this one does come pretty close. It still deals with the same ideas of commercialism at Christmas, the animation is faithful and Snoopy is just being his mischievous self. It’s a good companion to the original.
Warner Bros. The Nutcracker Prince – 1990
This animated adaptation of the Nutcracker story is pretty entertaining. I remember this being my first introduction to the legendary story, and it still has a warm spot in my list of all time faves from the 90’s.
Buena Vista Pictures The Ref – 1994
This story of a burglar trapped with a bickering family is pretty much everyone’s experience with “family time” during the holidays. If you don’t end up hating everyone by New Years, you’re not doing it right.
Cabin Fever Entertainment Santa With Muscles – 1996
Alright, so this isn’t a good movie. In fact, it’s one of the most hated Christmas movies of all time. But c’mon… Hulk Hogan as a body builder with amnesia, dressed up as Santa to save an orphanage? That’s Christmas movie gold!
Plus, that’s a young Mila Kunis co-starring with him
20th Century Fox Die Hard 2 – 1990
This film just fucking rocks. More John McClaine, more bad guys, and a yippie-kai-yay dose of holiday spirit.
Buena Vista Pictures While You Were Sleeping – 1995
This romantic comedy is typical for the 90’s, and incredibly sweet. Especially because of the lonely lead and her desire to be part of a family at Christmas. If you’ve ever been alone during the holidays, you can empathize.
Disney Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas – 1997
Generally, you don’t really need to bother with a Disney direct-to-video release, but this one is just fantastic. Taking place at during the Christmas that Belle is imprisoned, it’s got an evil pipe organ voiced by Tim Curry, and a lot of Christmas shenanigans from the enchanted gang.
I think it’s just as good as the original
Beauty and the Beast.