Deseret News Top 10: What we just have to watch during the holiday season

Published: Thursday, Nov. 4 2010 5:00 p.m. MDT

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"(1965) — Charles Schulz's animated classic with the sad, sagging Christmas tree also uplifts. Charlie Brown laments the commercialism of the holiday season, but Linus reminds what Christmas is all about by retelling the story straight from the New Testament.

Run time: 25 minutes

"White Christmas"(1954) — This classic takes viewers from World War II to the hills of Vermont, where Bing Crosby and his singing partner try to help their general-turned-lodge-owner friend through a snowless season.

CNS classification:A-I

Running time: 120 minutes

"Mr. Krueger's Christmas"(1980) — Thirty-three years after playing the distraught George Bailey, Stewart played the lonely Willy Krueger. Produced by LDS Church-owned BYU, the movie features Mr. Krueger leading the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in his dream and coming to know the Christ child as a true friend.

"This one never becomes dated for me," Holm wrote.

Running time: 26 minutes

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"(1966) — Jim Carrey played the Grinch in 2000, but most readers prefer to visit the animated version of Whoville. The green hermit tries to take Christmas from the Whos by swiping their presents, food and decorations, only to have his small-size heart changed.

Run time:26 minutes

"A Christmas Story" (1983) — In this movie that now runs on a continuous TV loop during Christmas, young Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) plots and schemes to get a Red Ryder BB gun as a gift, but incurs disappointment after disappointment along the way.

MPAA rating:PG

CNS classification:A-II

Running time:94 minutes

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"(1964) — The stop-motion animated television feature still moves audiences 46 years later. The outcast Rudolph ends up on an island of misfit toys.

Run time:65 minutes

"Elf" (2003) — An overly sweet and oversize Elf (Will Ferrell) who does not fit in at the North Pole finds that he's even more out of place in New York City, where his real father (James Caan) lives. The film also features Bob Newhart as Papa Elf and Ed Asner as Santa Clause.

MPAA rating:PG

CNS classification:A-II

Run time:97 minutes

The second 10

Movies that came close, but didn't quite make the cut:

"The Santa Claus," 1994, Tim Allen

"Home Alone," 1990, Macaulay Culkin

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," 1989, Chevy Chase

"The Polar Express," 2004, Tom Hanks

"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," 1993

"Holiday Inn," 1942, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire

"Frosty the Snowman," 1969, Jimmy Durante

"Little Women," 1994, Winona Ryder

"The Year Without a Santa Claus," 1974, Mickey Rooney

"The Bishop's Wife," 1947, Cary Grant

10 you might not have thought of

"The Sound of Music"


"Harry Potter" series

"The Chronicles of Narnia" series

"Lady and the Tramp"

"While You Were Sleeping"

"The Family Man"


"Meet Me in St. Louis"


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