Thursday, December 22, 2011

Top 5 Best Christmas Movies Since 2000

The commercialization of Christmas has had at least one positive side-effect--a proliferation of Christmas movies!  Granted, the millennium is still young, but here are the best Christmas/holiday movies since 2000.

5: Fred Claus (2007) - Vince Vaughn is Santa's brother, Fred.  Fred goes to the North Pole and hilarity mildly humorous antics ensue.  This movie wasn't great, but this wasn't a terrific decade for Christmas movies, so it makes the list.  There are a few funny moments (though a couple seem ripped off from other movies, like #2 below), and it is very watchable.

4: Four Christmases (2008) - Vince Vaughn (still on a Christmas movie kick) and Reese Witherspoon are a modern couple without kids, and with no intention of getting married.  They end up having wacky encounters with their parents and realize all they're missing from life.  It's an entertaining and funny movie.  This won't be a classic, but it's worth watching.

3: Bad Santa (2003) - The story of a horny, jerky crook posing as a mall Santa.  Billy Bob Thornton is hilarious, and dirty.  And really funny.  And really dirty.  He's funny and dirty.  With its great one-liners and literal lol moments, this one is destined to be a classic.

2: Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell is a human raised by Santa's elves who leaves the North Pole for New York City where he meets up with his business executive father.  Ferrell is absolutely terrific in this movie, bringing the same style comedy as in Anchorman and Old School, but slightly softened, making this movie acceptable for the whole family.  Zooey Deschanel also shines in this film as Ferrell's love interest.

1: Love Actually (2003) - This movie is packed with stars and follows a bunch of story lines encompassing a roller-coaster of emotions.  As each of the story lines resolves, you find yourself laughing, crying, smiling, cheering, and falling in love with this movie.  It is at times hilarious, at moments poignant, and almost always unpredictable.  This movie will be watched by people at Christmas for the next hundred years, it's that good.

Who knew that 2003 was such a banner year for Christmas movies?  Full disclosure: I didn't include A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) because I haven't seen it yet.  Word is it could certainly be good enough to jump right into the heart of this list.  What do you guys think of these flicks?  And should Harold & Kumar be on the list?  Should anything else that I missed?

Check out these other Christmas posts:
Top 5 Worst Christmas Songs
Top 5 Best Kids Christmas TV Specials
Top 5 Obscure Quotes from Popular Christmas Movies
Top 5 Worst Lyrics from "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

5 comments:

  1. You forgot The Polar Express (2004) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) the one with Jim Carey

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  2. I have seen Bad Santa and Love actually ,and totally agree with your top 5 ranking....

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  3. woowa...., nice collection of Christmas movie....

    Like this post very much.
    keep posting!

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  4. Nice collection, great idea.My favorite was Four Christmasses

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  5. Thanks for the comments everyone!  

    @1a9d885124527bfce05a12bfc6f820e6 I agree that Four Christmases belongs on the list.  I liked it and thought it was funny and pretty good.  i caught some flack for including it though.  

    Vimal Dwivedi Yeah, Bad Santa is hilarious, and Love Actually is simply terrific.

    @e4ea3391906cd0481c6163d5f0c2de3a I didn't *forget* The Polar express and Grinch, I just felt that Grinch should have been animated and wasn't, and Express shouldn't have been animated and was!  I don't know, maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't care for either movie to be honest...

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