What's the Best Christmas Movie?

Below, you'll find an argument that the best Christmas movie is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, a film about a bureaucrat trying to survive a dystopian wonderland. Brazil is many things, most of them complimentary. But it is not the best Christmas movie. Not even close.

The best Christmas movie is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It is the obvious choice, but obvious is not always wrong. In that vein, the only other marginally acceptable answers to this question are It's a Wonderful Life (arguably more of a Thanksgiving movie, despite the presence of a Christmas tree) and A Christmas Story. They aren't the best, but they're at least close.


However! Since nomination of Brazil has kicked off a round of bickering over similarly specious selections, let's hear your choice for best Christmas movie in the discussion below. Remember, there's only one right answer—but you can be different degrees of wrong.

Forget Die Hard. Brazil Is Actually the Best Christmas Movie

Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult classic Brazil is a wonderfully dark examination of bureaucracy in a brutally oppressive future. But its backdrop — the lead-up to Christmas — makes it one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Unlike Die Hard. Which is a bullshit choice for a favorite Christmas movie.


Remember when scenes of religious devotion to Christmas consumerism were a sign that your movie took place in a hellish dystopia? You'd remember if you saw Brazil, which is the best Christmas movie ever made. Contrast that with Die Hard, which isn't.

I know what some of you are thinking right now: But Die Hard is the best because it has all that action and confusing accents and it mentions Christmas a couple of times! You would be, of course, wrong. Die Hard is dumb. Die Hard is a dumb waste of time that has no business being called a great movie, let alone a great Christmas movie.

If Die Hard is such a great Christmas movie then how come nobody's ever heard of it? Makes you think.


Images: Screenshots from Brazil (1985)