It’s a Wonderful Life

SideNote: Best Christmas Movie of All Time – It’s a Wonderful Life vs. A Christmas Story

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Got into this conversation recently… We were discussing the best Christmas Movie’s of all time. Well, if you’re talking the best movie, that is a Christmas Movie, it is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But if you’re talking best movie about Christmas or best movie to watch around Christmas time, it’s probably “A Christmas Story.”

It’s a Wonderful Life

What a perfect film. Frank Capra absoultely nailed the sentimental “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and it’s great to see so many people praise this film despite the anti-sentimentality spirit that has been going on in the film world.

The movie is older, and it is longer than many Christmas films, but it has a strong moral center, and tackles the subject of winter-time depression in a creative way that has gone on to inspire many television episodes, books, and other works of art. It’s good for all ages, and a reminder that Jimmy Stuart was, and probably still is, the most likable actor in the history of cinema.

A Christmas Story

You probably won’t hear about “A Christmas Story” being inducted into the National Film Registry any time soon. It’s a crowd-pleasing family film that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. Multiple television stations run this film, many times on repeat around the Holiday season. Many Christmas family comedies have tried (but failed) to emulate the way the film parodies the quirks of the Holiday.

It’s not quite as old as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but it is classic family entertainment made for and about Christmas.

The Winner?

“A Christmas Story” is probably the better film to watch around the Holidays (if you haven’t already seen it a hundred times). It is more directly about Christmas and more engaging to children (considering that the main protagonist is a child).

You should really try and watch both though! “It’s a Wonderful Life” is probably the only Christmas film that you will find on many “Best Films of all time (in general) lists across the internet. Because it really is one of the greatest films of all time. I can’t exactly say the same for “A Christmas Story,” which is absolutely perfect for the Holiday, but doesn’t really stand with the other all-time classics.

 

Top 20: Films 1940 – 1949

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Citizen Kane
Casablanca
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Third Man
The Grapes of Wrath
The Maltese Falcon
The Treasure of Sierra Madre
The Bicycle Thief
Double Indemnity
The Best Years of Our Lives

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Top 20: Films of All Time

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Citizen Kane
The Godfather
Casablanca
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
Vertigo
The Godfather Part 2
Singin’ in the Rain
Raging Bull
The Wizard of Oz

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Your Top 20: Films of All Time

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Your Top 20: Films of All Time

Another additional list that I thought was a necessity for the website. Another difficult put-together. Film is an art, art is subjective, still there are some arts that are more agreed on than others.

Universally speaking, these films are currently considered the best of the best. The reason that the film camera was invented.

So here’s what I have cooked up after the jump: (more…)

Your Top 20: Romance Films of All Time

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Your Top 20: Romance Films of All Time

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this occasion I have taken the time to statistically put together the best Romance films of All-Time.

So here is what I came up with: (more…)

Top 10: Christmas Movies and TV Specials of All Time

Top 10: Christmas Movies and  TV Specials of All Time

At the end of October I worked on compiling a list of the greatest Halloween films of all-time based on a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: Positions on other professionally written top lists, IMBD user scores, RT and Metacritic Critic scores, ect.

With Thanksgiving in the past, Christmas is right around the corner. Everyone is putting up their lights and hunting for that sale. So, if you aren’t completely encumbered with the Christmas spirit then here are some movies that may help with that.

After the jump, check out the Top 10 Christmas Movies of all time including the 11 runner-ups. A “T” next to a number indicates that the film is tied with another film for that position. (more…)