Sure, when you think Christmas Movies, you think…Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life. Well, I’ll tell you right now. Those didn’t make my list. LOL. My tastes are a bit more unconventional than that.

My Christmas movies are not necessarily heartwarming, in fact, the only requirement is that they take place at Christmas and either the storyline or the atmosphere of the movie heavily feature Christmas.

So, without further ado, here they are – in no particular order:

A Christmas Storycome on, you knew this was coming. Fra-gee-lay. You’ll shoot your eye out. Fa ra ra ra ra. It’s a classic. 🙂

The Family StoneI loved this movie. The writing, the casting, the dialogue, the unexpected poignancy. SO great.

Die HardYes, this movie takes place at Christmas, and, in fact, even has a line which makes the assertion that Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” is a Christmas Carol. 🙂

Lethal WeaponAfter four of these, they seem a little tired, but at the time, it was a pretty great movie. I watched it all the time on VHS as a teenager, and it takes place over the holidays – in fact, the scene which introduces Mel Gibson’s character is a drug deal in a Christmas Tree lot. 🙂

PrancerThis is about as schmaltzy as I go. A little girl who won’t stop believing in the spirit of Christmas despite the fact that her Grinch of a Dad is totally curmudgeon-y finds and hides a reindeer she believes is Prancer. How great is Sam Elliott?

The Best Christmas Pageant EverThis has got to be in the Top 5. Everyone thinks the impoverished and crass Herdmans will ruin a small town, conservative church’s Christmas pageant, but instead they end up casting a new and touching perspective on the Christmas story.

Christmas Vacation Another that would definitely be in the Top 5, were I numbering. The Griswold family’s Christmas adventure, including Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie. Oh my GOD, hilarious!!!

The Preacher’s WifeThe acting in this movie is nothing compared to the music. SO great!!!!

ScroogedMy favorite of all the Christmas Carol remakes that have been done, this one features Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Carol Kane, Karen Allen, and full cast rendition of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” What’s not to love? 🙂

The RefAs much as I love Kevin Spacey, this is a Dennis Leary vehicle all the way – and it’s great. 🙂

The Nightmare Before ChristmasIs it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? I don’t know. It’s both, I guess. Either way, it’s brilliant!

GoThis is a great little under-known movie that covers three inter-twining perspectives of a night not long before Christmas.

Love, ActuallyNot really your standard Rom Com, because it covers so many storylines, it is still more mainstream than my tastes tend to run. Still, I like it. It has some very cute and clever moments.

This ChristmasAlthough I was distracted by the LA-area innacuracies (oh, hi, hello, the El Rey IS NOT A CLUB!), I have to say I was won over by this cute, character-driven comedy. Sure, it’s cliche (big family full of quirky characters start out with issues and grow to understand each other better by the end :D), but the performances (particularly by Loretta Devine and Regina King) are so much fun, you don’t really mind. You realize you’re being taken on a ride, but you’ll happily go along!

While You Were SleepingOften credited with launching Sandra Bullock’s career, although I will always maintain that was Speed :D, this cute little Chicago-centric story focuses on a series of misunderstandings that lead the family of a man in a coma to believe that the lonely train station token-taker who saved his life is actually his fiance. Hilarity ensues. Or, at least amusement and sweetness. And John Cusack’s dad is in it.

Did I leave out your favorite? Berate me in the comments! 😀 I can take it!

*melanie