Best Christmas movies of all time, according to critics
Christmas day may still be a few weeks away, but the Christmas and holiday season is certainly settling in. Families are shopping for gifts and planning large gatherings, and plenty of people are preparing to entertain. But when people need a quick way to keep everyone occupied during the holiday season, movies are often the best way to go.
Broadcast and cable networks will be replaying some of the same festive films and television specials year after year, with families sitting together sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace while watching these classics. But not all films are about family and joy, with many films involving Christmas touching on a wide variety of different genres.
Christmas films like “Elf” are fun family comedies, while some films like the horror movie “Black Christmas” take a completely different approach and use Christmas imagery in a very different context. Some films are less sentimental and family-centric, focusing instead on authenticity in depicting the conflicts between family members. Other films are about an entirely different subject matter while taking advantage of Christmas as a backdrop for their distinct imagery and broad themes of family and unity.
To help people sort through the many holiday movies out there, Stacker compiled Metacritic data on all Christmas movies and ranked them according to their Metascore (out of 100). Any ties are broken by IMDb user scores (out of 10).
To qualify, each film had to be identified as a Christmas movie by critics at significant publications, with at least four reviews from those publications.
With the holidays approaching, there will be plenty of Christmas-themed films to rewatch with the family. Stacker details some of the most critically acclaimed films that take place on Christmas and contain themes from the usual Yuletide festivities.
This article was first published on theStacker.com
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