By Jill Krasny
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Faced with bankruptcy, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) laments the day he was born. A guardian angel changes his mind.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Kris Kringle lands the ultimate day job at Macy's. With the help of a flatmate, he wins over his supervisor (Maureen O'Hara) and her skeptical toddler (Natalie Wood).
A Christmas Story (1983)
All nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun. Problem is, everyone thinks he'll shoot his eye out.
Home Alone (1990):
Eight-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is thrilled to spend Christmas away from his family. That is, until two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) crash the party.
Mayhem ensues when a lovable, but misguided, elf (Will Ferrell) tracks down his cranky father (James Caan) in New York.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Jim (Bing Crosby) flees the city to open a rustic inn with his pal (Fred Astaire). Plot (or lack of) aside, Crosby's "White Christmas" and Astaire's fancy footwork are dreamy.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Pushy relatives, manic squirrels, and a very oversized tree-it could only be Christmas at the Griswolds.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton's animated fantasy about what happens when Halloween usurps Christmas is a delightfully spooky treat.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) morphs from corporate Scrooge to Santa when he accidentally kills Saint Nick.
A conceited TV programmer (Bill Murray) learns the errors of his ways in the comedic spin on Dickens' novella.
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By Jill Krasny