“It’s the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen. The film has a life of its own now, and I can look at it like I had nothing to do with it. I’m like a parent whose kid grows up to be president. I’m proud… but it’s the kid who did the work. I didn’t even think of it as a Christmas story when I first ran across it. I just liked the idea.”
– Director Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) on the success of the film.
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What is the best X-Mas film of All-time? I don’t think there is any debate, it’s “It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)” Perhaps the film that has been seen by the most people in the history of cinema. After it bombed at the box office (funny, but it’s true), “It’s a Wonderful Life” had been shown every year on television during the Christmas season, always to high ratings. Add that with the VHS, DVD, and now home viewing sales, this is a film that enters every new generation. My mom showed it to me as I’ll show it to my kids as my mom’s mom showed it to her.
The most controversial title on the list is “Die Hard (1988)”. Listed at #5 of the greatest Christmas movies of all-time, it doesn’t make a lot of people happy as they don’t consider it a X-Mas movie. Well I say it definitely is. It’s a story about a man trying to connect with his family on Christmas. He has to go through all of these “hero” highjinks because he needs to save his wife and see his kids again. His love for the holiday and his family is his motivation to kill the bad guys. Plus, it is THE greatest action movie of all-time. “Die Hard” is definitely a Christmas movie.
I have a soft spot for “Home Alone (1990)”. #7 on the list. It’s a film that will hold up for years to come and it eventually will be the #2 X-Mas movie of all-time.
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