Scrooge named greatest Christmas movie

Scrooge, a 1951 adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol starring Alistair Sim has been named the greatest Christmas movie ever by the UK paper The Times. “The wonderful Alastair Sim is the original Christmas ham in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this glorious adaptation of the Dickens classic. Many Scrooges came after him, but Sim made the role his own,” the newspaper said. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Bad Santa earned second and third place, respectively. Holiday Inn starring Fred Astaire was fourth while Elf, starring Will Ferrell, was fifth. Surprisingly, the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street starring a young Natalie Wood, ranked only at eighth place, while Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart, ranked tenth.

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  1. K • December 12, 2008 @ 9:45 AM

    Sorry… but I have to disagree with that. It’s A Wonderful Life. Hands down. Not only the greatest xmas flick, one of the greatest flicks ever. A timeless classic!

  2. Max • December 12, 2008 @ 9:56 AM

    Gotta disagree as well.
    Although I wouldn’t take away Scrooge’s top billing, I would say that It’s a Wonderful Life should be at least a close second. But more importantly, I’d want to see “A Christmas Story” in the top 5.
    Nightmare Before Christmas, Bad Santa and Elf… shouldn’t be in the top 10. Good movies mabey, but not the all time greatest Christmas flicks. Not by a long shot. Must have been a lot of pre-teens voting.

  3. Lisa • December 12, 2008 @ 10:06 AM

    While I agree that nobody did the role of Scrooge better than Alastair Sim, I don’t think this is the best Christmas movie of all time. I think that honour would go to either It’s a Wonderful Life, or White Christmas.

  4. Jo-Anne. • December 12, 2008 @ 11:44 AM

    Bad Santa???????????????????????????
    only list this belongs on is Worst Movies of All Time

    absolute crock it beat out Miracle, Wonderful Life or White Christmas, plus another long list of wonderful Christmas movies

    Loved Nightmare and Elf, glad to see they made the list.

    Was B.Bob on the voting comittee?

  5. Jazz • December 12, 2008 @ 12:54 PM

    I would like to know the age group surveyed. Yes, people I agree “A Wonderful Life” is a good movie – but honestly I’m 31 and I’ve never really seen it. So you can’t expect those younger than me to have seen it – hence the list. Scrooge on the other hand is very well known as a Christmas movie and it’s British from what I remember – hence it’s being top in a UK paper

  6. Moviegal • December 12, 2008 @ 6:10 PM

    I agree with Scrooge, however the otheres don’t even belong on that list.
    Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful life should bring up the top 4 respectively. Bells of St. Mary’s is another Christmas classic, and Bing Crosby is the King of Christmas/feel good movies!

  7. Nancy • December 12, 2008 @ 7:10 PM

    I hate old movies so, I say they all suck!! My kids and I just like to watch Home Alone every Christmas!

  8. Mr. Know it all • December 12, 2008 @ 10:24 PM

    I love a good scrooge from time to time.

  9. quinn • December 12, 2008 @ 11:57 PM

    A christmas carol. Nothing else compares. It’s a wonderful movie and deserves the top spot. I make sure that is the one I watch every year. And it usually comes on like 20x. So it’s really hard to miss.

  10. roflmao • December 14, 2008 @ 3:43 AM


  11. Myles • December 14, 2008 @ 9:25 PM

    Where’s A Christmas Story??? Ralphie and his Red Rider is the all time greatest Christmas movie EVER!!!!

  12. Jeri • December 18, 2008 @ 2:46 PM

    I think we are missing a very important one here….The Muppet’s Christmas Carol! Seriously, how did they NOT make it their own?! And just because the movie is older doesn’t mean it will be better! Bad Santa is NOT something the little kids should see! No way is that list right!

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