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Open Flavor Friday: Power Ranking Holiday Movies

Got an itching to watch a movie this holiday season? We rounded up and voted for our favorite and best movies for the holidays, so you don’t have to make any decisions for yourself.

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Well friends, the holidays are upon us, and with it, the holiday spirit. I hope you're all getting your fill of latkes and nog and all the wintery delights as you curl up in front of a roaring fire (or at least a video of a yule log).

But no Christmas is complete without watching some of our favorite Christmas Classics. With how busy this season is when considering shopping, holiday parties, visiting family, traveling, it can be hard to find time to watch all the holiday movies out there. With that in mind, we set out to determine what are the best holiday movies, the movies for which your time should be devoted.

In order to do so, a list of holiday movies was assembled and your favorite (and least favorite (psst: it's Likkit)) writers here at Sounder at Heart voted on their five personal favorite movies that encompassed the holiday spirit. It's purely subjective, there are no wrong answers in voting, but if, however, you disagree, let us know. We also did not include sequels in this list, since we all wanted to avoid Home Alone 4 from taking the top spot.

If you feel a movie was wrongfully omitted from this list, I just want you to know that your opinion is probably wrong and you're spending your time watching the wrong movies. Sorry to break the bad news. Have a Hot Toddy to cheer you up, or for our under-age readers, some warm cider would do nicely to make you forget that you're wrong and we're right.

Without further adieu, here is our definitive, no-doubt-about-it, infallible list of Top 10ish Best Holiday Movies of All Time.

Number 8 (Tied)

Love Actually

“Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.” - Received 4 votes.

Number 8 (Tied)

Trading Places

“A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.” - Received 4 votes.

Number 8 (Tied)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

“Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.” - Received 4 votes.

Number 8 (Tied)

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.” - Received 4 votes.

Number 6 (Tied)

The Muppet Christmas Carole

“The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.” - Received 5 votes.

Number 6 (Tied)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“A hermit, known as the Grinch, hates Christmas and is tired of the Whos of Who-ville celebrating it. This year, he plans to steal it from them.” - Received 5 votes.

Number 5

A Christmas Story

“In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.” - Received 6 votes.

Number 4

Home Alone

“An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.” - Received 13 votes.

Number 3

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.” - Received 15 votes.

Number 2


“After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.” - Received 17 votes.

Number 1

Die Hard

“John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.” - Received 20 votes.

Movies Also Receiving Votes

  • 8 Crazy Nights
  • Bad Santa
  • Batman Returns
  • Coming to America
  • Gremlins
  • In Bruges
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Office Christmas Party
  • Polar Express
  • The Ref
  • Ronin
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The Santa Clause
  • Scrooged
  • White Christmas

Honorable Mention

A Christmas Prince

Since this movie is relatively new, there will be no spoilers contained in this little blurb other than to state that this Netflix gem will soon be the top of every Christmas list come next year. You’re welcome in advance.

Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices below. And remember, drive safely out there. I hope you had a Happy Hanukkah and have a Merry Christmas to you and yours from us here at Sounder at Heart.

As always, OFF is your place to discuss all things not-soccer but still loved by us.

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