Top 10 holiday movies of all time

It’s getting to that time of year where, once again, the airwaves will be clogged with holiday films. Using the Rotten Tomatoes movies list, we are going to count down the top 10 best holiday movies.

10. “The Santa Clause”

This movie was released in 1994, and has a rating of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. It stars Tim Allen who, through a series of events, kills Santa and is forced to take Santa’s place on Christmas Eve. The movie is a comedy that received decent critical reviews.

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9. “Elf”

Released in 2003 with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 79%, this comedy stars Will Ferrell as a human that had been rescued by Santa. Leaving Santa’s workshop, he sets out to find his biological father in New York City.

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8.”While You Were Sleeping”

Released in 1995 and given an 85% by Rotten Tomatoes, this romantic comedy stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy Moderatz, a woman who saves a man from being killed. Posing as his fiancée, she visits the man she rescued, who is now in a coma, waiting to see what will happen to him.

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7. “A Christmas Story”

Set in the 1940s, this film follows a young boy as he attempts to convince everyone around him, most importantly Santa Claus, that he deserves his dream present, a Red Ryder BB gun. Released in 1984, this movie has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 88%.

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6. “Trading Places”

This 1983 film was given an 89% by Rotten Tomatoes. Actors Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd star in an asocial satirical piece about a snobbish investor and a wily con artist whose positions become reversed through the cold-hearted betting of millionaires.

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5. “It’s a Wonderful Life”

This holiday classic released in 1946 is about an angel that helps a desperate businessman, George Bailey, realize the value of life by showing him an alternative world where he never existed. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 92%.

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4. “Die Hard”

Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a New York City cop taking on terrorists on Christmas Eve, in this 1988 classic action holiday film that Rotten Tomatoes gave a golden 94% rating.

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3. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Imaginative yet bizarre, this 1993 holiday claymation movie made by Tim Burton follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, as he tries to bring Christmas to Halloween Town. It’s no surprise that Rotten Tomatoes gave this gem a 97%.

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2. “Miracle on 34th Street”

This movie follows the tale of an old man claiming to be Santa. Did we mention he happens to be institutionalized? A young lawyer decides to defend him, arguing that he is the real deal. Rotten Tomatoes gave this 1947 classic a 97%.

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1. “Holiday Inn”

Picture an inn that is only open on the holidays. Add two men vying for the affection of a young, up and coming performer and you’ve got this 1942 classic that Rotten Tomatoes handed a prized 100%.

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Here’s to hoping this list provided you with some great films for this holiday season!