10 classic movies to rediscover

Here are our top 10 holiday films to watch that are guaranteed to captivate you for hours. All that’s missing is a big bowl of caramel popcorn.

With the new adaptation La Guerre des Tuques 3D hitting movies theatres in Quebec this winter, we wanted to take you back 30 years to a time when miracles happened and stories went on forever.

1. La Guerre des Tuques (1984)

Luc Chicoine convinces his friends to spend the Christmas holidays playing war. The kids from the village will learn the hard way that there is no war without ruthlessness or the loss of a loved one.

2. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Bastien, a shy 12-year-old boy, is fascinated by a magical book entitled The NeverEnding Story, which tells the story of Atreyu, a young warrior who must save the land of Fantasia from destruction.

3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark Griswold, a father of a typical American family, has decided to have a perfect family Christmas, except that not everything goes according to plan for the Griswold...

4. Home Alone (1990)

The entire McCallister family is on their way to Paris for Christmas. Everyone, that is, except eight-year-old Kevin, who gets left at home by mistake. Things get worse for the young boy when two burglars show up on Christmas Eve to steal the family belongings. Kevin has to outsmart the two intruders and protect the family home.

5. The Goonies (1985)

A group of teenagers finds an old treasure map that leads to the pirate, “One-Eyed” Willy. With their neighbourhood soon to be levelled to make way for a golf course, the teenagers set out to find the treasure in order to save their home from being demolished.

6. A Christmas Story (1983)

Ralphie has only one thing on his Christmas wish list: a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. His parents are not thrilled with his choice, so he decides to go directly to Santa Claus to make his case.

7. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Doris Walker, an employee of the Macy’s retail chain, hires Kris Kringle, a friendly old man who insists he is the real Santa Claus.

8. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward is pretty much like all boys: He has a heart for loving, a brain for thinking and… scissors for hands. The creation of an inventor who dies before he can finish his work, Edward tries to live a normal life despite his differences.

9. Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross is a television executive who is ambitious, cynical and out for himself. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of his former mentor appears and announces the impending visit of three other ghosts who will give Frank the choice to mend his ways or suffer the consequences.

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington lives in Halloweentown, spending his days planning how to frighten people each year. Bored with his life, he decides to leave and stumbles upon Christmastown. Misadventure ensues as he tries to take over Christmas.