Depth of Field: Naughty and Nice - The Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time
When Santa sits back in his North Pole office and tallies up the boy and girl balance sheet every year, one wonders what exactly he uses as a means of measurement. It used to be that obeying one's parents, doing well in school, and avoiding the pitfalls and problems of growing up were the essential benchmarks for a ranking of "good", while putting a tack on teacher's chair, pouring ink on Mommy's rug and filling the sugar bowl with ants warranted a score of "bad" and a mandatory gift of furnace fuel. But now, in a world that excuses almost any behavior as part of the maturation process, it must be impossible to differentiate between disobedient and merely misunderstood.
The same thing applies to seasonal films. For everyone who wants nothing but visions of sugarplums and candy cane wishes, there are people who prefer their seasons greetings more mocking and satiric. Then there are a chosen few who can effortlessly manage between the two ideals, easily enjoying both the joyful and the jaundiced. Therefore, SE&L will separate its list of the best Christmas/holiday films of all time into two categories – naughty and nice. It's the only way to cover all the jingle bell basics and make sure that everyone's Yule is as cool as possible. While far from definitive, the undeniable delights of the divergent films featured guarantee no cinematic coal in any film fans stocking.
1. Nice: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
2. Naughty: Christmas Evil
3. Nice: A Christmas Story
4. Naughty: Black Christmas (1976)
5. Nice: Scrooge
6. Naughty: Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas
7. Nice: The Polar Express
8. Naughty: Lucky Stiff
9. Nice: It's a Wonderful Life
10. Naughty: Bad Santa