There are many Christmas themed movies made each year and this has been true for decades. However some of those Christmas movies are purchased and watched for years after the original release and others will simply just slip quietly into oblivion, never to be watched again. Here are the top ten movies ever. Six of them are from the 40’s and 50’s which is a long period of time in movie life making them true classics. Others are newer or have been released more recently. One or more of them will make a great Christmas gift for anyone who likes movies.

1) The Shop Around the Corner

From 1940, this is one of the Christmas movies starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan both of which are classic actors and they make this a super movie for Christmas. This is a classic case of having an anonymous pen pal with all of the attendant complications with a base in Budapest. Of course they fall in love with more complications. It is a great holiday movie.

2) Holiday Inn

Released in 1942, another of the 1940’s Christmas movies favorites that continues to keep giving Christmas wishes. Originally a black and white movie it remains a classic Christmas musical movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire two very famous song and dance men who give great moves in this great classic movie which will also make a great Christmas gift. With 13 famous holiday songs, including ‘White Christmas’ this is one stellar musical.

3) Christmas in Connecticut

This is one of the classic Christmas movies released in 1945 starring Barbara Stanwyck with an appearance by Sidney Greenstreet. This is one of the fun and funny movies about Christmas. It even has some ideal Christmas scenes with great Christmas decorations.

4) Miracle on 34th Street

This one was released in 1947 and probably remains one of the all time favorites of all the Christmas movies released then or since. A movie with some emotional highpoints and yet it makes one think about others worse off then us and will make a super Christmas gift for anyone who likes classic movies. If you have a child like Susan who doesn’t believe in Santa then this is the movie you need to get her with something to believe in too.

5) A Christmas Carol

The original one starring Alastair Sim in black and white was released in 1951 but the one that has lasted as one of the top ten favorite Christmas movies is ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring George C Scott in one of his top all time performances as Scrooge. The movie with George C. Scott was released in 1984. It seems that over the years different versions were released with a different cast of characters so there are a number of different takes on this perennial favorite that you can choose from. The ghosts of Christmas past make this version of the movie a truly excellent Christmas choice.

6) White Christmas

Released in 1954 this is one of the perennial classic Christmas movies in the top ten starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. These two showmen along with Rosemary Clooney make the movie a classic as they sing and dance their way along with Irving Berlin’s music scores. Not much of a story but it is visually pretty and just shouts out it is the Christmas season. A good movie to get in the holiday mood and sing along with too.

7) Polar Express

This was one of the Christmas movies released that used computer figures using digital which appeared a bit surreal to children. Released in 2004, it is one movie that easily made the favorites list. Tom Hanks is the main voice and is five different characters. It is one of the visually lovely movies for everyone even those who are too old to believe in Santa. All about a boy’s ride to the North Pole. This is a movie that both adults and children will enjoy.

8) Elf

Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf in this favorite and one of the top ten Christmas movies that has remained a favorite which was released in 2003. It makes a great Christmas gift and Will Ferrell is a much loved character. As Buddy, a human who somehow ends up at the North Pole then raised among elves he eventually discovers he is in fact human so he goes on a journey looking for his real father. Full of holiday cheer and some very funny scenes plus the wonderful acting as Buddy, Will Ferrell really makes this a very special character and also the entire movie. Great holiday fare for the whole family.

9) The Nightmare Before Christmas

One of the movies produced by Tim Burton that comes with his own special style. This remains one of the top Christmas movies in the horror category and was released in 1993. This is a movie that has it all – horror, fantasy, comedy and animation musical all in one show. Tim Burton is an off beat director and you just know whatever he directs will just be somewhat off beat yet great fun to watch. It is a veritable feast for the eyes. Perhaps not ideal for the youngest of children as it does have some dark parts but older children and adults especially those who enjoy that off beat Tim Burton humor will really enjoy this movie.

10) Love Actually

This is a heartwarming and hilarious movie that definitely will bring on the Christmas spirit. This is one of the movies starring Hugh Grant and Liem Neeson. Being one of the Christmas movies that has become a favorite since it was released in 2003. ‘Love Actually’ is a love story about eight different couples all involving the timeframe surrounding Christmas. There are some great Christmas scenes involving holiday decorations and good cheer along the way too. Everyone is a winner by the end of this thoroughly enjoyable holiday comedy. It has some top notch scenes including the lobsters that were part of the Christmas birth of Christ.