December 23rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET
For most of you, it's not the holidays until you've indulged in a seasonal movie marathon.
Films like "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "White Christmas" are obvious choices, but this week’s list celebrates new holiday classics.
To distinguish between old and new, let’s say that "new" refers to memorable films that have been made in the last 30 years. Without them, our collective imagination would be missing the tales of Red Ryder and his BB gun, instances of excessive exterior illumination, juvenile lessons in home security, and holiday parties gone awry.
Tell us what you think are the greatest new holiday classics and feel free to share your favorite older films as well. Have a happy holiday, and please don’t shoot your eye out.
1. "A Christmas Story" (1983): “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” – Santa Claus
2. "Christmas Vacation" (1989): “You serious, Clark?” – Cousin Eddie
3. "Home Alone" (1990): “This is my house, I have to defend it.” – Kevin McCallister
4. "Die Hard" (1988): “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho!” –Hans Gruber reading note from John McClane
5. "Elf" (2003): “This place reminds me of Santa's Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” – Buddy the Elf
"Scrooged" (1988): “No, you are a hallucination brought on by alcohol... Russian vodka poisoned by Chernobyl!” - Frank Cross
"Four Christmases" (2008): “My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!” – Brad
"Bad Santa" (2003): “He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.” – tagline
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