The Top 10 Christmas Movies of the 1990’s
**Santa's Little Yelper**
There are few things that can put you in the holiday spirit more than a classic holiday movie (except watching a classic holiday movie while wearing your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater, of course). Every year Hollywood comes out with a new slew of Christmas flicks and while some are certainly better than others, many would agree that the 90’s definitely takes the cake when it comes to decades that rocked the holiday movie theme. From the Home Alone series, to Tim Burton and A Nightmare before Christmas and the remake of A Miracle on 34th Street, the 90’s truly gives you a little bit of everything. Here’s a list of the top 10 Christmas movies from the 1990’s (listed in chronological order so you can really make your way through the decade).
1: Home Alone (1990)
After annoying his entire family the night before their departure for Christmas vacation in Paris, Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is sent to sleep in the attic bedroom. Only problem is, they forget he’s there. After waking up to an empty house, he realizes he was left behind. It’s all fun and games until two burglars target the house and become hell bent on breaking in. Miraculously, Kevin uses his creative ingenuity to counter their every move.
2: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Another year has come and gone and Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) and family set out to spend this year’s holiday season in the Miami sunshine. Unfortunately, Kevin manages to board the wrong flight and ends up in the Big Apple. With arch-nemeses and recent prison escapee’s Harry and Marv on the loose in the same city and plans to rob a toy store on Christmas Eve, it’s up to Kevin to save the day.
3: A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
As only Disney can, the Muppets and the likes of Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Kermit the Frog tell the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of miserable Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
4: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
In this Tim Burton Classic, Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, is fed up with the monotonous theme of Halloween day in and day. After stumbling into the woods and finding Christmas town, he returns to Halloweentown inspired by what he’s discovered and aims to share the idea for this new holiday with his own townspeople.
5: The Santa Clause (1994)
After divorced dad, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), and his son, scare Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and cause him to stumble off their roof and vanish, Scott is left with the job of playing Santa and delivering presents. After the job is done, the sleigh makes its way back to the North Pole where Scott is met by elves explaining that he is now responsible for accepting Santa’s job. Months go by and Scott believes this was a dream… until he begins to take the physical form of the jolly old man.
6: Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
This 1947 remake of the classic Miracle on 34th Street follows Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins), a Macy’s department store director tasked with finding a Santa Claus to pose for the children during the Christmas holiday. After hiring Mr. Kris Kringle, a man who claims to be the real Santa, Dorey, her six year old daughter and a young lawyer must prove to authorities that this is in fact the real Santa and not some psychotic imposter!
7: While You Were Sleeping (1995)
A newly famous Sandra Bullock takes on a holiday season rom-com playing the role of Lucy, a lonely Chicago subway ticket seller forced into working on none other than Christmas day. After witnessing her crush, a daily commuter named Peter, mugged and thrown onto the tracks, she manages to save his life while simultaneously having his family mistake her for his fiancé. Peter’s family is quick to embrace her as one of their own but Lucy faces the complicated predicament of falling in love with Peter’s brother, Jack.
8: Jingle All The Way (1996)
This 90’s children’s Christmas classic follows body builder/actor/governor Arnold Schwarzenneger playing the role of Howard, a workaholic mattress salesman who promised his son that he will get him anything he wants for Christmas. After requesting the ever so popular “Turbo Man” Howard refuses to get it, and goes to extraordinary lengths to find his son’s beloved toy.
9: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)
When a college student (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is left in the middle of the desert with nothing but a Santa suit and a promise from his father that if he gets back home for Christmas Eve in time, he’ll receive a brand new Porsche, young Jake must find his way back to New York before it’s too late.
10: Jack Frost (1998)
Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) plays a singer who is constantly on the road and away from his wife and son, Charlie. After Jack tragically dies in a car accident Charlie, loses himself in sadness and loss. Until a year later, Jack returns as a giant snowman to make up for not being there for his son.