These are the best Christmas movies

Television and vacation – for many people it is inseparable. Especially at Christmas, holiday viewers can tap into the whole thing: Hundreds of Christmas movies slumber in the archives of TV channels and can be accessed on streaming platforms such as Amazon Video or Neftlix. Over the years, a few classics have emerged from the flood of Christmas movies. These are our favourites.

There are people who can’t imagine there could be Christmas without this movie. Understandable, because this film adaptation of the “Cinderella” motif is simply magnificent. Lovingly told, directed with attention to detail, with a surprisingly confident female protagonist. You can’t help but suffer with Cinderella when the stepmother is mad at her again. Feel free with Cinderella as she chases Santa through the forest on her gray horse. Feel like a princess with Cinderella when she dances at the ball. And of course fall in love with the prince with Cinderella. Ah! The film is now 40 years old (which you can tell by the prince’s potted hairstyle). But still beautiful. Czechoslovakia/GDR 1987, director: Václav Vorlíček, screenplay: František Pavlíček. Here you will find all the broadcast dates.

The famous “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens filmed in a completely different way: most of the roles are held by the Muppets. Set in 19th century London, Gonzo and Rizzo follows the story of embittered Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine. The old miser intimidates his fellows wherever he can. On Christmas Day, three ghosts suddenly appear in his home. Through this encounter, he learns compassion, charity and thus the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Brian Henson – son of Muppet inventor Jim Henson.USA 1992, directed by Brian Henson. With: Sir Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, The Muppets, Meredith Brown

When this film was released in 1946, it flopped at the box office. The fact that this film became a classic was more of a coincidence. Because the copyright expired in 1974 and no one cared about the rights, TV stations aired the tape for free. A younger generation has rediscovered this film – and more than 30 years after it was made, “Isn’t Life Beautiful?” another cult movie. It is now among the top 100 films of all time in many rankings. On Christmas Eve everyday, good-hearted George Bailey (James Stewart) faces financial ruin and then wants to end his life. Rescue angel Clarence wants to prevent this by all means. Because only if he saves a human life, he finally gets his wings. He presents Bailey with a vision of what the world would have been like if he had never been born. His hometown of Bedford Falls is said to have fallen into the hands of the greedy Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) and degenerated. Director Frank Capra uses this story to show how the American dream is turned upside down when selfishness replaces community spirit. Of course, it all ends well, so lots of tears are guaranteed. With this film, no one cries below their level. USA 1947, Director: Frank Capra. With: Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Thomas Mitchell.

The story of “Heidi” in masculine form: Eight-year-old Ceddie lives with her widowed mother in the slums of New York, unaware of her noble origins. Until his grandfather, the Comte de Dorincourt, brought him to England to raise him to become his worthy heir. The old man – brilliantly played by Sir Alec Guinness – is bitter and miserly. But soon Ceddie manages to warm her cold heart – and the audience’s as well. Director Jack Gold has combined a successful study of the mid-Victorian era with an appeal to humanity. Great Britain 1980, director: Jack Gold, starring: Rick Schroder, Alec Guinness, Eric Porter, Colin Blakely, Connie Booth, Rachel Kempson

This whimsical fantasy show is based on characters designed by Tim Burton. His penchant for fun with spooky elements dominates the story of spindly skeleton Jack Skellington, who lives in Halloween Town and suddenly finds himself in a strange and fascinating alternate world: in Christmas Town, everything is very colorful and people are happy. . Jack decides to kidnap Santa Claus to take his place and bring spooky Halloween toys to the children of the world himself. Only his girlfriend Sally suspects the impending doom. Although a happy ending was thought of, the film breaks with all the laws of animated film, because the heroes are neither sweet nor particularly cute, but on the contrary wonderfully wicked and morbid. Suitable for anyone who wants to celebrate Christmas with something other than nuts, gingerbread and Advent wreaths. USA 1993, director: Henry Selick, music: Danny Elfman, producers: Tim Burton and Denise De Novi

This American classic doesn’t have a storyline worth mentioning, but it does have plenty of other goodies: top-notch actors (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney), colorful visuals, great music, and it was all brought to life in a first-class manner by “Casablanca” director Michael Curtiz. Crosby and Kaye play two singing and dancing artists who – professionally and privately – team up with a female duo. Together they want to put on a show to save the dilapidated ski hotel that belongs to the general in whose unit they fought in World War II. The superb soundtrack by Irving Berlin ensures the perfect swing on Christmas Eve. USA 1954, director: Michael Curtiz, music: Irving Berlin. With: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Jagger

Mama Bear had imagined things much differently: this year, she actually wanted to spend Christmas in sunny California. Doc and his dog Sprocket have promised to stay in the house while they wait and look forward to a peaceful holiday season. But nothing happens, because suddenly Fozzie Bear is at the door with all his friends: Kermit and his nephew Robin, Gonzo and all the many other Muppets. Only Miss Piggy is still missing because she has a photo shoot. Doc befriends the people and helps decorate the house for Christmas, while more and more guests arrive for the festival: Waldorf and Statler, the grumpy old folks. Ernie, Bert and the other inhabitants of “Sesame Street”. Even the Fraggles went all the way to celebrate with the rest of the Henson universe. There’s also a running gag: what the tiger head is in “Dinner for one”, the freezing doorstep is in The Muppets: someone always trips over it. And the same goes for every newcomer: “Attention, the threshold”. Great Britain 1987, Director: Brian Henson, Screenplay: Jerry Juhl

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