A Christmas Story (1983) Rated PG
In 1940s Indiana, a young boy tries to convince his parents that a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action air rifle is the only gift that will make his Christmas worthwhile.
Elf (2003) Rated PG
A human baby accidentally ends up at the North Pole and grows up among the elf community. Buddy, as he comes to be known, knows that he’s “special”. When he’s 30, Buddy learns from Santa that he’s really a human. He decides to go in search of his father, to find out where he belongs. He walks to Manhattan, and is immediately run over by a cab. His father at first rejects him and Buddy ends up in a department store where other elves are working. But all the while, things are looking bad for Santa Claus. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it’s Buddy’s moment to shine.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) Rated G
A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Rated NR
The real Santa is hired by Macy’s to play the department store’s Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is.
Honorable Mentions: Home Alone (1990) Rated PG, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Rated NR, Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Rated PG, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Rated NR, White Christmas (1954) Rated NR