Top 20 Christmas movies – #1 ‘Elf’

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Movies

*I will be doing a “top 20″ feature for the best Christmas movies of all time, right up to Christmas – I hope you enjoy!*

#20 – Lethal Weapon

#19 – The Polar Express

#18 – Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

#17 – The Santa Clause 2

#16 – Batman Returns

#15 – The Family Man

#14 – Home Alone 2

#13 – Die Hard

#12 – The Nightmare Before Christmas

#11 – The Muppet Christmas Carol

#10 – It’s a Wonderful Life

#9 – The Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

#8 – A Christmas Story

#7 – Christmas Vacation

#6 – The Santa Clause

#5 – Scrooged

#4 – Love Actually

#3 – Home Alone

#2 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Who would’ve thought that in 2003 a Will Ferrell Christmas movie would come around, directed by Jon Favreau, and be one of the best Christmas films of all time?

Elf is one of those timeless classics where Will Ferrell is in the right movie at the right time and is at his best.  Elf is on that Anchorman character acting level where Ferrell is just so immersed into the role that you can’t really tell where Buddy the Elf ends and Ferrell begins.  In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, Elf is about an adopted elf named Buddy who lives and works at Santa’s workshop at the North Pole until one day he finds out that he’s not really an elf and sets out to find and meet his biological family, who happen to live in New York City.  His father, played by the wonderfully scrooged James Caan, and step-mother (Mary Steenburgen) struggle to accept that he’s their child and Buddy’s half-brother wants nothing to do with him.  That is until Buddy falls in love with a mall Santa workshop employee (Zooey Deschanel) and teaches everyone the true meaning of Christmas is to never stop believing.

If Elf doesn’t touch your heart, you might be dead.  It’s that good.  Some might think Elf is too high on this list, but to get to the number one spot you’ve got to do a couple of things; be funny – check, have heart – check, not take itself too seriously – check, and tell a good story – check.  To this day, Elf is Jon Favreau’s best movie (and that includes his Iron Man films).  I could live with a sequel too!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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