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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Friday List: Rank the best (and worst) holiday viewing

By Liz Kelly

A scene from 1983's "A Christmas Story." (Reuters)

Ah, December -- the time of year when one can settle in for a favorite (or not so favorite) holiday-themed movie or TV special 24 hours a day.

In lieu of our normal Friday List, today we're asking you to rank holiday viewing -- from the best to the worst. Write in candidates are welcome in the comments section below.

By Liz Kelly  | December 3, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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Comments

This poll is invalid without Die Hard

Posted by: RalphM34 | December 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The list needs Love Actually and The Holiday. (What, I can't have a sensitive side now?)

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

What about the film of Puccini's "La Bohème," with operatic superstars Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

My favorite is Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.

Posted by: jn22 | December 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes that "Bad Santa" belongs in 12th place on this list or higher needs Mohamed Osman Mohamud to decorate their Christmas tree.

Posted by: sperrico | December 3, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Also needs the old NYC Ballet Nutcracker.

Posted by: mcleve | December 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Word, sperrico. I can't believe it's ranked higher than Shop Around the Corner with the great Jimmy Stewart. Honestly I prefer the remake with Judy Garland & Van Johnson, but still, how can Jimmy Stewart rate lower than Billy Bob?!?!

These kids nowadays, no taste or memory past 1990something.

IT'S A TRAVESTY I SAY!!

Also, this list is a fail without The Year Without A Santa Claus with Heat Miser & Snow Miser and Santa Claus is Comin' To Town with the voices of Fred Astaire & Mickey Rooney.

Posted by: wadejg | December 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I had to move "A Christmas Story" to the top - even though it takes place a long time before I was born, it has elements that everyone can identify with. The bully, the kid dumb enough to put his tongue on the flag pole, waiting in an interminably long line for Santa, the way Ralphie's mind wanders. The stereo-typical dinner at the Chinese restaurant.

Watched Rudolph last night with the littlest lurker. That is a movie very ripe for analysis: sanctioned exclusion (even from Santa!) because he's different, realizing importance of diversity (& our own special gifts),

and that stupid dentist elf - he's just annoying. I kind of wished the abominable snowman would have taken care of him.

Posted by: anonymouslurker | December 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Love the poll (and Love Actually!), but those voting arrows are way too tedious.

Posted by: smc68 | December 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Bernard & the Genie (1991, directed by Paul Weiland, starring Lenny Henry, Alan Cumming and Rowan Atkinson)

Genie: Jesus, you say?

Bernard Bottle: Yeah.

Genie: But I knew this guy.

Bernard Bottle: You did not!

Genie: I did, I mean, what did he do to get so famous?

Bernard Bottle: Well, he turned out to be the Son of God.

Genie: No! I thought he was kidding.

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

And let's not forget "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians"!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Our Christmas movie tradition is to watch the musical "Scrooge!" with Albert Finney. Love it.

Posted by: mat00 | December 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I had "Bad Santa" much higher than 12. I just don't really get in to that many old movies.

Posted by: Aloe9678 | December 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Two version of A Christmas Carol and neither is the Muppet version? Aww man.

Posted by: terrileaps57 | December 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I'm admitting this, but (while it wouldn't make my top five) I'd add Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol to the list. Not a fan of the regular Mr. Magoo cartoons, but the songs in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol make it all worthwhile. "...knowing we're together heart and hand. We'll have the whitest Christmas, the very brightest Christmas, a Christmas far more glorious than grand." OK, guess you had to be there.

Posted by: WesternShore | December 3, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Love, Actually?" didn't even make the list? Heresy!

Posted by: hlchappell | December 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Way too long a list to mess wtih all those up and down arrows. Could there be a more user-unfriendly device?

Anyway, clearly there's something technically wrong with the software because (a) "White Christmas" is currently only ranked #11, (b) The movie "Holiday Inn" isn't listed, and (c) anything with Jim Carrey is on the top 50% of any poll.

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | December 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

i had bad santa at #1...
i loved that film

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | December 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I voted White Christmas as #1. Christmas isn't Christmas with out Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. And, both Holiday Inn and Love Actually are sadly missing.

Posted by: SweetieJ | December 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" starring Patricia Neal and Richard Thomas, which led to the TV series "The Waltons."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Jules Styne did the music for Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol -- definitely the best Christmas musical there is.

Posted by: jn22 | December 3, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You forgot Holiday Inn (where the song White Christmas first appeared) and the Bishop's Wife, and Christmas in Connecticut. If you're going to include classics, make them the good ones! And yes, Love Actually.

Posted by: TheNorthWing | December 3, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

List is missing "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine! The boozy Christmas office party scene is a classic. And, as others have noted, "Love Actually".

Posted by: tinnyphilly | December 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Missing Love Actually and A Muppet Christmas Carol, two must-sees in my home.

And I have only one thing to say about the live-action Grinch: WHO SWAPPING! I still have nightmares.

Posted by: cfow1 | December 4, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Muppets' A Christmas Carol

It's a better version than most of the old film/Lifetime/made-for-TV versions!!!

Posted by: pfallsgirl | December 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Now that Pee Wee Herman is back and on Broadway, maybe they will actually show the Pee Wee Herman Christmas Special again. Now that is a Christmas Special!!

Posted by: madmom2 | December 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"I'm No Angel" from 1955 is an under-appreciated Christmas comedy that more people should know about. Lots of fun, with good quotable lines.

Also, I have a soft spot for "Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas" but realize that it's not everyone's jug of tea.

Posted by: 5232news | December 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

How could you forget David Niven, Cary Grant and Loretta Young in "The Bishop's Wife".

Posted by: jackdmom | December 6, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that you missed Ziggy's Gift, winner of the 1984 Emmy for best animation special.
Also the Koala Brothers claymation Christmas Special where they fly to the South Pole so that Penny the Penguin can spend Christmas with them and everyone in the Outback.

Also Suzi Snowflake, one of the classic early annimation shorts from 1954. And how about A Muppets Christmas Carol

Posted by: ziggyzippy | December 6, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that you missed Ziggy's Gift, winner of the 1984 Emmy for best animation special.
Also the Koala Brothers claymation Christmas Special where they fly to the South Pole so that Penny the Penguin can spend Christmas with them and everyone in the Outback.

Also Suzi Snowflake, one of the classic early animation shorts from 1954. And how about A Muppets Christmas Carol

Posted by: ziggyzippy | December 6, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Agree with the many comments citing the absence of LOVE ACTUALLY. And where is the George C. Scott version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL?

Posted by: pirate1 | December 6, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I'd vote "Nestor the Long-eared Christmas Donkey" as most tear-jerking!

Posted by: auntiemare | December 6, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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