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The Nostalgia

These are our classics, the ones we’ll make our grandchildren watch one day.

10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This hilarious, irreverent, everything-goes-wrong Chevy Chase vehicle will make you so thankful that your crazy family isn’t that crazy.

11. A Christmas Story

It’s probably cinema’s most famous Christmas wish list: Ralphie wants a Red Ryder BB gun. The super-quotable funny flick has been on must-watch lists since its 1983 premiere.

12. Home Alone

A kid has to fight off burglars after his semi-dysfunctional family accidently leaves him behind during the Christmas holidays. Hilarity ensues, but so do the warm-and-fuzzies.

13. Home Alone 2: Christmas in New York

Arguably better than the original, Kevin McCallister ends up in New York — alone. Ignore the plot impossibility and be charmed by a precocious Macaulay Culkin and the near-perfect score by John Williams. Note: Home Alone 2 was the most successful film of 1992.

14. A Muppet Christmas Carol

Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit; this charming adaption is surprisingly faithful to the original story. The Muppets are trendy again, so why not include them in your holiday-movie plans?

15. Elf

This film is fast becoming a can’t-avoid classic. It has everything a holiday film needs: humor, hope, music, quirky romance, candy overdoses, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. Even non-fans of Will Ferrell admit to being charmed by the man who believes he’s an elf.

16. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

This remake of the classic film holds its own against the original. Richard Attenborough probably is the real Santa. He’s that jolly.

17. The Preacher’s Wife

We’ve mentioned The Bishop’s Wife, but we can’t ignore the remake. Denzel Washington makes for the perfect modern-day Cary Grant, and Whitney Houston’s powerhouse vocals will have downloading the soundtrack in no time.

18. The Family Man

This alternate-reality holiday film has Nicolas Cage in a George Bailey-like role, waking up one morning to a life he could have had. This film might encourage you to look up “the one who got away,” so avoid if you’re feeling a little vulnerable to Facebook stalking.

19. The Nativity Story

If “Jesus is the reason for the season,” then why not check out a Biblical account of that first Christmas?

Image courtesy: New Line Cinema