What’s the best Christmas movie?

James / December 22nd, 2012


  • nostalgiavhs

    December 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Jingle all the way has to be the funniest christmas movie of all time to watch while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By the way i really like how you made this video as though you are a wise video store clerk. I remember there were certain clerks who had an encyclopedic knowledge of film and would always recommend weird obscure titles when all I wanted was to know where the bathroom was.

  • charlieB

    December 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    HI James, I’m a french canadian from Montreal, Canana. I wacth your show since one year. I’m 30 and played a lot of “tapes” ( in french we say just “Cassette” ) with my nintendo et sega mastersystem in the late 80 and early 90. I have improved my english by listen to you. I’m also a big cinematic fan since I was renting a lot of vhs in these times. I’m happy to have a cyberfriend like you. Cyberfriendship is also friendship. Wish you plain love and peace for 2013.

    • Robert Stuart

      December 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Un autre Quebecois qui écoute les vidéos de James Rolfe? J’pensais que j’étais le seul à le connaitre dans toute la province. Haha! Bon ben En tout cas Joyeux Noël!

      • December 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

        Je connais AVGN depuis le tout premier épisode, dommage que les Québécois sucks pour faire ce genre d’émission qui dure et dure des années et reste toujours tout aussi bon.

  • LordJason1986

    December 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    well done james. nice to see your personal christmas picks. I personally prefer A Christmas Story since it grew on me so strongly since high school. we had the disney version of A Christmas Carol taped on vhs and I believe it’s one of the few surviving vhs tapes that my family has kept. I would love to properlly transfer it to dvd along with the commercials on that tape. also , come to think of it , Batman Returns also has a christmas theme attatched to it as well. I’m surprised that no one ever brings that up. I also tend to like Invader Zim Christmas Special , 2 of the Futurama Xmas Specials , even one of the Family Guy Christmas Specials was pretty good. Prancer is yet another christmas film that tends to get overlooked at times as well. happy holidays james , mike , and all of cinemassacre.com! ^-^


  • Treise

    December 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I love the Tim Allen Santa Clause movies myself.

  • pikmintaro

    December 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is the best Christmas movie PERIOD

  • yonoid818

    December 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Great job with the coverage of this list. I’ll have to check out the 1951 Christmas Carol then. Thanks!

  • Sat

    December 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Scrooge is a great choice. Alistair Sim also played the character in the Richard Williams animated short ! It shows how much he was the character for a lot of people. But I gotta admit I don’t really watch christmas movies. When I was young, european animated films were shown on TV during the holidays. Stop-motion features from the 60s, a odd norwegian cartoon or two, and a bunch of Tintin/Asterix/etc. And today it’s still what I watch during the holidays.

  • DaddyOGITH

    December 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

    the Most Watched Christmas Movie in the World is a Christmas Story.
    Because i Looked it UP’ & Thats What Came UP’
    Even Google Says it.

  • December 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I swear James, me and you have pretty much the exact same love of movies. I watch pretty much all those, except A Christmas Carol, every year. I have seen A Christmas Carol before, but it’s one I’ve not seen since I was little child. All the others you’ve mentioned are ones I watch every year, except the Turtle and Suzanne Sommers ones of course. I do watch A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and many others you mentioned annually. It truly is a nostalgic factor for. A Christmas Story would have to be my all-time favorite however. It could be that it was put out in theaters the same year I was born, 1983, that makes it so appealing to me. I know, however, that it’s something much deeper than that. I just simply relate to Ralphie and all that he went through as a kid. Funny thing. The director of Black Christmas & A Christmas Story also directed Porkies and said in the commentary for A Christmas Story that basically all the kids in A Christmas Story are the kids in college. Now isn’t that interesting. : )

  • The poet

    December 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I can’t believe he didn’t mention “Jingle all the way”. That’s my favorite Christmas movie.

  • December 23, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I just finished watching the 1951 Christmas Carol before I watched this video, and for an overall Christmas movie, I’d have to agree its the best. But my personal favorite is Die Hard, everyone laughs when I tell that my Christmas Eve tradition is to watch Die Hard 1 and 2 back to back after dinner. But Die Hard really does capture a good Christmas feel, and plus it features Bruce Willis killing people and making one liners…it couldn’t be better! Die Hard 2 is also set on Christmas…its not as good, but its still a classic.

    Also the reason he didn’t mention the Tim Allen movies or Jingle all the Way, is because all of those movies are rotting steaming piles of elephant shit in a pile of puke…and they suck too

  • December 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

    While the Charlie Brown special is one of my favorite Christmas shorts. I have to say the 1939 Christmas short, “Peace on Earth” is by far the best. I remember seeing this as a ten-year-old boy and being completely shocked and inspired by the film.

  • GG

    December 23, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Best Christmas short: The Snowman (1982).

  • December 23, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Thanks James! I agree about ‘A Christmas Carol’ only I prefer the ’84 George C Scott version.

    Merry Christmas to you, Mrs Nerd and Mike!

  • Zagdil

    December 23, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I wonder what James thinks about “The Hogfather”. It instantly became my favourite christmas movie. On one side its extremely funny and entertaining, but at the same time the theme is really deep and almost philosophical.

    “There is no better present than a future.”

    • VV

      December 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Yes! Hogfather! Pratchett FTW! 🙂

  • lostinthe50s81

    December 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

    the first lethal weapon movie has a christmas theme if i’m not mistaken

  • genju

    December 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas, featuring the California Raisins.

  • PoopyMcpants

    December 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

    This list is amazing. You have reminded me of some movies I need to add to my Christmas repertoire.

    I’d have to say though, the movie that puts me in the Christmas spirit is Christmas Vacation. Funny thing about that movie is they never actually make it to Christmas.

    Anyway, Good video, James, thank you.

  • Jel-K

    December 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Thnak you James; nice christmas gift !

  • Josh2995

    December 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Happy holidays to all of you at Cinemassacre.com

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    December 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Nice festive video. It’s a tie between Die Hard and Silent Night, Deadly Night for me.

  • The Fettuck

    December 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My favorite animated christmas short movie is Bluetoes: The Christmas Elf. You can watch it on youtube!!

  • fardawg

    December 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Alastair Sim’s happy Scrooge reminds me of Nicolas Cage.
    Now there’s an idea!!!

  • Mr Xbox

    December 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Home Alone is one of my all time favorites. Nice picks, man.

  • MysticX

    December 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Die Hard … it was a Christmas party. I also liked the Garfield Christmas special when I was young.

  • Clutchkman

    December 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Great choices James, I’m down with every one of them. Especially Scrooge with Allistair Sim, what an actor, and a great film, so glad you pointed it out to people. Here’s to you and yours having a great Christmas, and Happy New Year!

  • Grizly

    December 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Merry Christmas James! and to all of Cinemassacre! I was pleased to see your picks, Gremlins was a hit home for me too thanks for sharing the spirit!

  • rigormortiss

    December 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This is my pick for best christmas movie. Weird dark humor in a christmas setting. I think you should check it out if you find it with english subtitles.

    Merry christmas!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    December 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    My favorite is Bad Santa, it’s just so mad and insane that’s actually believable.

  • irontimelord

    December 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I don’t know if anybody already mentioned this, but look at the layouts of town in Gremlins (Kingston falls if I’m not mistaken) and Hill Valley (here’s a hint, add the clock tower to Gremlins)

  • Jarrete320

    December 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t know if it counts as a short, but the Real Ghostbusters episode “X-Mas Marks the Spot” where the Ghostbusters get to Scrooge’s house and freaking catch the 3 Christmas ghosts and accidentally ruin Christmas is pretty amazing

  • Kreta_TX

    December 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’m watching Turtle christmas this year with my sister and his boyfriend XD

  • TerryFGM

    December 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Im sorry, but the snowman is the best christmas short. EVER

  • terrance_s

    December 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    You should consider doing a jim varney movie tribute 😛
    Ernest was the man

  • crocodiliuz

    December 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Scrooged was always my personal favourite.
    I’ve never even seen A Christmas Story, though
    i’ve heard what it’s about and it feels so overrated
    to me that i’ll probably never watch it.

  • nobledrake

    December 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Scrooged! Best alternate Christmas movie! Dang, need to go watch it…

  • PresidentJenkins

    December 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    It may seem cliche, but Nightmare Before Christmas will always be my favorite. It’s just such a unique and unforgettable movie in cinema history. Catchy memorable songs, dark humor all around, superb craftsmanship in all the of characters, just plain great animation, etc. I can go on and on about the whole thing, but at the end of the day, it’s just a flat out great and fun movie to watch during Christmas that goes beyond the traditional veil of family friendly holiday films.

  • Githiyan

    December 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Hey James! Big fan of yours. I’ve been following you since seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES (Nerd) way back and have been hooked ever since.
    I totally agree with Allistair Sim being perfect in that movie. He made that movie what it is!
    Although I have to say one of my favorite Alternate Christmas movies is the first Lethal Weapon! I’m sad it didn’t make your cut, but just thought I’d throw it out there 🙂
    Keep up the amazing work!

  • Bobby1001

    December 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Great video as always James. All those movies sound interesting. My favorite Christmas movie is Batman Returns. Everybody should watch it because it’s fucking Batman and Christmas all in one. It has the best Catwoman too.

  • DavidARice

    December 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

    And best Batman.

  • elcalvo

    December 24, 2012 at 2:49 am

    The George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol, that’s a good one.

  • Stebsis

    December 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I really recommend watching Rare Exports, it gives bit of a new take on Santa and is sort of a horror movie.

  • December 24, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Man James, I lost a lot of respect for you when you even mentioned the abortion that is Home Alone, much less made it your choice for best modern film. Yeah, it was great…… when you were 10……. it didn’t age well at all.

    The best modern film would have to be Nation Lampoons Christmas (and we are really stretching the term modern here… that’s like 23 years old).

    Find me another Christmas movie with the line “Shitter was full” and I’ll concede my selection.

    Some day I’m going to make that into a t-shirt.

    “Shitter was full. Merry Christmas!”

  • December 24, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I spent the 20th watching Godzilla movies (satirically, because the 21st) and will begin Christmas eve with Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (just what I randomly chose off the shelf).

  • horrorshow

    December 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Night of the Meek, a Twilight Zone Xmas episode, is worth a watch.

  • Senna4ever

    December 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Of course Die Hard is a Christmas Movie. It’s set during Christmas Eve, ergo Christmas.
    If It’s A Wonderful Life can be considered a Christmas movie (despite hardly any of it being set around Christmas) then Die Hard definitely is one.

    Also, why are some people calling Scrooged an “alternate” Christmas movie?
    It’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol THE Christmas story. Nothing “alternate” at all.

  • SVKman

    December 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

    In my country Slovakia, Home Alone apppears on TV EVERY YEAR !!!!!!!!!!
    Everybody have seen it so many times that they would hate any more. Its a pity because its a great, funny movie with nice idea inside.

  • ChaliCapo

    December 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

    For a moment there in the end , i thought James was going to say….Happy..shut the fuck up !!!!! LOL

  • Marky94

    December 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    No kidding Scrooge A Christmas Carol is currently on channel 5 in the UK and it’s nearly at the end. I’m a little choked up by it and I’m so glad I get to see James favourite Christmas movie. Sim is indeed excellent and so is the soundtrack. I look forward to the ending. Thanks for this video James and enjoy your Christmas.

  • Ren

    December 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    i just love how there’s a whole christmas special, talking about a lot of chrsitmas related movies and NOT A SINGLE MENTION of the word Jesus, LOL
    But im an atheist so i dont care, the real meaning of christmas is spend money on gifts, nothing more

  • December 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Miracle on 34th Street is the longest running commercial based film of all time! The whole movie was a Macy’s commercial!

  • Jarnor23

    December 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Here you go Ren, it was mentioned:


  • frostare

    December 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Watching this while watching Disney’s “A Chritmas Carol” from 2009 set me in the right mood for Christmas. I remember watching it first he first time in the Muppets’ Christmas Carol in English, (not my native language).

  • robbob

    December 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    U forgot March of the Wooden Soliders 1934 also known as Babes in Toyland Starring Laurel and Hardy Its shown on Christmas morning every year it’s a tradition right after the Yule Log its funny n scary and a Christmas classic!

  • milkyway

    December 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Scrooged’s prolly the best christmas movie


  • Anthony33

    December 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Good picks. Another holiday tradition of mine has become, in the last few years, watching the two You Know What’s Bullshit videos on temperature and Christmas Aftermath.

  • perschbacher315

    December 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with all the selections in this video. Great stuff!

  • GG

    December 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  • Firx

    December 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Merry Christmas!!! Thanks for all the great videos past, future and present and for all the joy you’ve brought into my nerdy life!

  • GoldenFrog

    December 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Great selections James.
    Merry Christmas !

  • Sardaukar Prime

    December 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    My favorite all-time version of Dicken’s A Christmal Carol is the 1970 musical version of Scrooge with Albert Finney. This excellent movie is woefully forgotten nowadays. in spite of the critical acclaim it had at the time (it was the the only version of A Christmas Carol ever to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards). I urge you to check it out if you have the chance.

  • Sencilia

    December 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I like Barbie in a Christmas Carol.

  • MotherfuckerAndy

    December 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I knew you would have the good taste to pick 1951 “Scrooge”. If you didn’t mention it, I was going to go Apeshit like Alistair Sim. Great list, love all of those movies, and I think you are spot-on as always.

  • Iron65

    December 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for the oldie movies man… I haven’t heard of them excepting A christmas carol!! And Happy holidays ma man 🙂

  • Strazdas

    December 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    im a 5 year long follower and i got 2 complains:
    1. when will you start using a decent commenting service that dont think im a “spam bot” just because my comment is more than 4 lines long.
    2. make a video saying home alone bit was a joke. you cant be sane and like that movie. this would defy the laws of logic.

  • Slayer_Boxer

    December 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

  • rschott

    December 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Test comment

  • Critic From The Future

    January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I have to disagree with you on Die Hard, because when I think of that movie the first thing that comes to mind is Christmas for me. Also, I’m kinda confused as to the format you uploaded this in and the lower quality of the video. Was there a reason for this?

  • January 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Great video!
    I always watch “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, some “Doctor Who” Xmas specials, “Christmas Vacation”, “3 nuts for Cinderella” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070832), “Michael in the soup-pan”( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067047) and “Merry Christmas Mr Bean”!

  • Gregory Johns

    January 7, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Die Hard. Simple as that.

  • birdog

    January 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    What about SCROOGE with Albert Finney 1970, imo it’s better.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 20, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I indeed had a good Christmas, James. With all of these mentions, I’m surprised the one with flying snowman didn’t come up. I can’t forget what it’s called. Also, the modern TV movie with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge is great.

  • Adam Bolin

    March 14, 2013 at 12:05 am

    You should check out Santa’s Slay. Its hilarious!

  • Joshua Theiner

    April 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    You are the best movie/game nerd ever. I even like your normal self more than the AVGN. Keep up with the great reviews and such. Merry Spring.

  • Daniel Brown

    May 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    It’s Die Hard by a country mile.

  • Curt90

    November 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Home Alone in Poland is like a tradition. Every Christmas, the same channel broadcast Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (and also Die Hard wich BTW is known in Poland as “Glass Trap”). Few years ago Polsat channel decided they won’t broadcast Home Alone anymore but people made a petition and forced station to show it. It’s a magic movie, isn’t it? 😉

    • VV

      December 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Wow … that’s amazing. 🙂

  • December 16, 2013 at 5:08 am

    i just love it to listen to your voice talking about something.

  • December 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Every year, I watch Christmas Vacation with my sister. We even got a chance to see it on the big screen last year at our local movie theater. But when it comes to Christmas specials, I love watching the Invader ZIM Christmas episode. It’s so ridiculous and funny. 🙂

  • RMBowie

    December 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

    TMNT – We Wish You a Turtle Christmas [1/3] Lamo Brings me Back =)

  • December 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

    for me The Nightmare Before Christmas is the best christmas film that I always watch every year.. I actually have seen the Christmas Carol film with Alister Sim in it.. it’s not bad, but not my cup of tea really..

  • joshua clayburn

    December 27, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I think the Grinch is the best too gremlins is up there but not my favorite.

  • VV

    December 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Scrooged and Muppet’s Christmas Carol … my favs!
    Great video, James!

  • Behemoth

    December 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

    you eally are the biggest movie buff James, I hope you get the dream, I would love to see you do a Grinch movie, maybe have Mike playing the Grinch lol hes got the character for it 🙂

  • December 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    James do you watch the old classics on that oldschool TV in the background ?? Huge fan of AVGN

  • leprechaungamer

    December 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Good choice on Home Alone as your favorite modern classic. My family has a tradition of watching it every Christmas! It honestly never gets old.

  • Claude Lilford

    December 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Cinemassacre is a Charlie Brown fan?
    Who knew.

  • January 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Best Christmas Cartoon

    “Christmas Comes but Once a Year” is a Max Fleicher cartoon I believe and another one came with it about some kids in an orphanage. Always watched those when I was younger.

    Also “Noel” is a cartoon about a talking Ornament. It came out around 1992 and I really liked it when I was a kid. I haven’t seen it since then but I’d like to.

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