The definitive top 10 Christmas films of all time

Ready for Christmas films? Only time enough for ten? Here are the all time top ten Christmas films you should be watching right now.

10) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Just to confirm that this is a Christmas film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starts with Robert Downey Jr. robbing a toy store, both for the cash and for the toy his kid really wants.

Soon, he’s whisked into a crazy Christmas adventure, one festooned with holiday decorations and also mayhem and destruction. This is probably the funniest Christmas film on the list, and the most distinct. Well worth a watch if you like the word "alternative" before your Christmas films.

9) The Grinch

"Oooh, boo, Mr Grinch, you don't like Christmas and we hate you for that, booo!"

Hold your horses, there. I've got a feeling his attitude towards Christmas may change over the course of the film - we'll have to wait and see...

8) Home Alone

Home Alone is a dark tale of a young Macaulay Culkin who is so neglected that he is left home alone at Christmas. He then vents his frustrations on some burglars who wander into his house, pelting them with bricks, homemade fire traps and various other weapons. Thus, somehow, saving Christmas. Sheer Christmas brilliance.

7) Elf

Will Ferrell is an Elf. 'Nuff said.

6) The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world."

When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role.

The film has an amazing soundtrack, adding a whole bunch of great Christmas songs to pop culture, as well as a whole load of Halloween songs to go with it.

5) The Snowman

This film answered all our questions about what it would be like if your snowman came to life, and also that snowman could fly. The answer, of course, is that it would be very awesome indeed. Let's be honest, whilst you may enjoy making snowmen, this film is the reason you keep making them well into your thirties. You make them and look out in the morning, just hoping that it'll have moved slightly, or given any sign at all that it might secretly be superman.

4) Love Actually

The film that brought you Hugh Grant dancing around as a Prime Minister celebrating a victory over America. A much more kid-friendly celebration than real life PM David Cameron who, rumour has it, celebrates with a trip to the butchers and then some time alone in the back room.

Love Actually cheats at Christmas films by throwing about 20 Chrsitmas stories in there. They're all massively uplifting (at least in the end) and they even threw in a big musical finale of All I Want For Christmas at the end, in case you weren't feeling Christmassy enough. Bliss.

3) Die Hard

Yippee ki yay, motherf*ckers. Die Hard is literally about saving Christmas. John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He finds her at a holiday party at her business. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages (and their various Christmasses) - but him. It's not long before he's wearing a tank top and shooting baddies.

2) A Muppet's Christmas Carol

The lack of muppets in Charles Dicken's A Christma Carol wasn't noticed until shockingly late, when in 1992 the muppets got together and decided to take on the tale. There have been many, many versions of A Christmas Carol, but this one is the definitive version, beating even the book. Charles Dickens must be kicking himself in his grave for not adding a Rizzo the rat into the mix.

1) It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life is about George Bailey, a man who'll do anything to help the people around him in Bedford Falls (even if it means sacrificing his own dreams) as is shown by an angel (go with it) what life would be like if he wasn't around.

It's massively heartwarming, extremely Christmassy, and if you don't cry by the end you have no soul. Seriously, no soul whatsoever. Go see a doctor, your emotions are missing.