I was going to do just a straightforward Top 5, Bottom 5 feature and then realized I'd already done a holiday-themed one. I thought it might be interesting to compare the two lists, as well as do a quick rundown of any holiday-themed movies I've seen in the last year.
Last Year's Top 5:
1. Love Actually (2003, #2 on my FlickChart)
2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, #146)
3. White Christmas (1954, #159)
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965, #165)
5. Amahl and the Night Visitors (1978, #223)
This Year's Top 5:
1. Love Actually (still #2)
2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964, #145 on my chart)
3. It's a Wonderful Life (down to #181 on my chart)
4. White Christmas (down to #193 on my chart)
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (down to #199)
So, basically, Rudolph jumped up to take its rightful place in the realm of Christmas movies and everything else scooted down. I'm happier with this year's top 5 than I was last year's - really, Rudolph should have been in my top 5 then too. It's always been my favorite animated special. Sorry to lose Amahl off the list, but it is #6, so at least nothing else has shoved it out of the way.
Last Year's Bottom 5:
1. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006, #1640)
2. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978, #1639)
3. The Santa Clause 2 (2002, #1623)
4. Frosty Returns (1992, #1591)
5. The Christmas Shoes (2002, #1586)
This Year's Bottom 5:
1. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (down to #1802)
2. Star Wars Holiday Special (down to #1801)
3. The Santa Clause 2 (down to #1786)
4. Frosty Returns (down to #1756)
5. The Christmas Shoes (down to #1751)
So... no changes there, except I hate all of them more. Or, well, actually, the lower numbers just mean that every movie I've seen in the last year has been better than all of them.
Have I seen any new holiday movies this year? Flickchart says the last one I added was Die Hard, which was back in February of 2011. However, I did just see Rise of Guardians, which I enjoyed immensely but haven't added on to my Flickchart yet, and I'm pretty sure that counts as a holiday film.
As a final bonus list...
Top 5 holiday films I have yet to see, according to Flickchart:
1. Gremlins (#455 on the global charts)
2. Die Hard 2 (#527)
3. Black Christmas (#647)
4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (#707)
5. Diner (#740)