Let's take a look at the best the 1990s had to offer by way of Christmas movies!
There have been more Christmas movies than can be counted, but we thought we would take a look at some of the best of all-time. In this part three of a five-part series, we're going to offer up our picks for the best Christmas movies of:
The only rule is that the film must have seen theatrical release (no TV movies) and be released in the appropriate decade.
Here then, are the 10 Best Christmas movies of the 1990s:
10. "All I Want for Christmas" (1991)
OK, so this may be one of the more forgettable, unremarkable Christmas movies ever, but it features Leslie Nielsen as Santa Claus! That's reason enough to include it on this list. It's a ludicrous comedy where two siblings (Ethan Randall and Thora Birch) go to crazy lengths to reunite their parents for Christmas. And Leslie Nielsen as Santa!
9. "Mixed Nuts" (1994)
Short on real laughs, this film still is impressive for the enormous amount of comedic talent put together in front of and behind the camera. It was written and directed by the late Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail") and stars Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Juliette Lewis, Rob Reiner, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia, Rita Wilson, Parker Posey, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, and even Jon Stewart. The plot involves a crisis hotline around the holidays, and their dealings with the various "nuts" that are encountered.
8. "Maniac Cop 2" (1990)
"Low-budget" and "horror" have always gone hand-in-hand, so it was no surprise that the 1988 cult horror hit "Maniac Cop" get an almost immediate sequel. This B-Movie slasher is set in New York City with Christmas-time as the backdrop.
7. "Die Hard 2" (1990)
Speaking of sequels, they turned out a new "Die Hard" in the same amount of time that they spit out a new "Maniac Cop' film. And don't even try to act like you are having a Blue Christmas, there is nobody in the history of the world that has had worse Christmases that John McClane (Bruce Willis), who this time around encounters terrorists at an airport while waiting for his wife to arrive on, you guessed it, Christmas Eve.
6. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994)
Not nearly as special or memorable as the original, this faithful adaptation brought the classic Christmas movie to an entirely new audience.
5. "Jingle All the Way" (1996)
Sinbad starring in a movie? It must be the 90s! Sinbad plays opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger as two rival dads competing to get the hottest new toy on the market for their sons on Christmas Eve. It's one of the most commercially superficial Christmas movies maybe ever, and is one of the few Christmas "classics" that doesn't exactly hold up through the years.
4. "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992)
The 90s gave the Muppets their turn to interpret the Charles Dickens classic, and it turned out being one of their best outings. Michael Caine was a great Scrooge. As they say, it all starts with good source material, and that might be why nearly every version of Dickens' story feels special.
3. "The Santa Clause" (1994)
One of the most commercially successful actors of the 90s was Tim Allen, helped in large part by the success of "The Santa Clause," the first in what would become a trilogy starring Allen as the man in line to take over the duties of Santa Claus. It's one of the most popular, successful Christmas movies to come out of the 90s.
2. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)
Although it's known as "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," this iconic stop-motion Christmas/Halloween movie was not actually directed by Burton, but by Henry Selick. Jack Skellington of Halloween Town stumbles upon Christmas Town as he tries to grasp the true meanings of Christmas.
1. "Home Alone" (1990)
What can be said about "Home Alone" that hasn't already? It's iconic, classic and still funny, although I'm sure if it were to be released today there would be several parent groups up in arms about how politically incorrect this movie might be, with the violence and the bad parenting and whatnot. But forget all that. "Home Alone" is still an enjoyable movie and simply the best Christmas movie to come out of the 1990s.
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