Best Christmas Movie Ever?

Happy belated Christmas post to everyone! 
Personally, I absolutely love Christmas.  There is no better time of the year in my opinion.  Life is usually for the better during this time of the year.  You work less (due to vacation and holidays), your spend more time with family and some friends you haven’t seen in awhile, and everyone is a tad more generous and merry during this season.  As a Christian, nothing beats this time of year.  It is when a small slice of time is devoted to meditating and enjoying the birth of Jesus Christ.  The Savior and God of the Universe, sent by the Father and empowered by the Spirit, humbling himself and coming into our world to proclaim the Kingdom of God and ultimately to die for our sins, in our place.  The season is full of joy as we celebrate the glorious coming of Christ! 
Also, Christmastime means MOVIES!  There is no Christmas if my family does not watch movies like White Christmas, The Polar Express, The Garfield Christmas Special, Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Die Hard.  We laugh when Snoopy wins first prize in the Christmas decoration contest, we cry when the citizens of Bedford Fallscome to George Bailey’s aid on Christmas, and we beam with pride for our country when General Waverly walks into his surprise party put on by Wallace and Davis and his old army corps.  Christmas movies expound our cultural ethos, ooze the pathos of everyday life, and ultimately point us to the Logos who became fully man on Christmas Day (John 1:1-3) 
Of course, everyone has their favorites.  I barely scratched the surface by listing six Christmas movies and there are many quality movies that some years I just never get around to seeing.  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to give a rating to a good pile of the Christmas movies out there. 
But how does one go about rating?  There are way too many subjective categories to be able to give any solid rating from one guy.  That is where IMDb comes in.  Their rating system is massive and takes in to account both a metascore of all critical reviews and a 1 to 10 rating system from users and viewers.  So, I put their rating system to good use and was able to come up with a pretty good way to rate Christmas movies.  I rated 36 different movies and include a smattering of the more well-known Christmas specials.  Here is what I came up with:
It’s A Wonderful Life
Die Hard
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
Love Actually
Charlie Brown Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Christmas Vacation
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Home Alone
A Christmas Carol
The Bishop’s Wife
Bad Santa
White Christmas
Holiday Inn
Frosty the Snowman
Garfield Christmas Special
Christmas in Connecticut
Arthur Christmas
The Ref
A Christmas Carol
Ernest Saves Christmas
The Polar Express
The Santa Clause
Reindeer Games
The Santa Clause 2
Christmas with the Cranks
The Santa Clause 3
Santa Clause Conquers the Martians
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – la
Jingle All the Way
I realize this is an imperfect list, of which I am certainly not completely happy with.  Everyone has their own opinion, and in my opinion, due to nostalgia and family significance, White Christmas should NOT be rated right below Bad Santa.  Seriously?  Billy Bob Thorton over Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye?  I think not.
Any who, I thought I would share three comments on this list and then leave it open to you: 

  1. You have to give the nod, no matter who you are, to It’s A Wonderful Life.  This movie is so well done and Jimmy Stewart performance is boffo!  There are so many great, memorable lines in this movie, and the story is compelling and heart-warming.  You couldn’t ask for anything better in a Christmas movie.
  2.  Die Hard is a tough sell at number two, since it is a Christmas movie by technicality.  This is a staple in our family, though, and I will never forget everyone falling asleep at Grandma’s house on Christmas Day watching Aunt Stefie’s copy of Die Hard on VHS.  Good times. 
  3.  I have never heard of Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, but now I HAVE to see this movie.  It received the overall lowest rating by viewers than any of the other movies.  I cannot imagine how bad/awesome this movie is going to be.  I am simultaneously going to want to claw my eyes out and look on with wonder.  It’s going to be great! 

What do you think?  Should other movies be higher on the list?  Some lower?  Insulted that your favorite movie was beat out by another?  Did I forget any movies?  Let me know!
Also, if you want the formula for how this was determined, I can get that for you and you can have your own fun!  

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