RACQ Publishing's favourite Christmas movies

We reveal our favourite films for the festive season.

We’ve made a list, checked it twice and narrowed down RACQ Publishing’s favourite Christmas films.

The films below each a hold a special place in our hearts for their nostalgia, message and memories. So sit back, indulge in some eggnog and watch RACQ Publishing’s favourite Christmas films in the lead up to 25 December.

Deb Eccleston, Managing Editor

Love Actually (2003)

The best Christmas movie of all time is Love Actually. No matter how many times I watch it, I still laugh and cry in all the same places. Besides, where else can you see the British PM shaking his booty to the Pointer Sisters?

  • Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley.
  • Director: Richard Curtis.
  • Rating: M15+.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 64% critics – 72% audience.

Carolyn Gibbs, Publishing Business Manager

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The movie is not only 100% about the spirit of Christmas but shows how people can change and that any problem can be solved. Plus, it has some of the best one-liners!

  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Anthony Hopkins.
  • Director: Ron Howard.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 50% critics – 56% audience.

Barry Green, Motoring Editor and Lara Mewburn, Publishing Assistant

Home Alone (1990)

It was released in 1990 when my three kids were 10, seven and five. We hired the video as you did in those days and I remember them watching it together over and over, with no diminishment of enjoyment. Happy memories. Barry Green.

Marv’s iconic scream gets me every time! One of the only movies in which I love the villains. Lara Mewburn.

  • Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard.
  • Director: Chris Columbus.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 65% critics – 80% audience.

Sam Marsh, Journalist

Elf (2003)

One of my favourite movies to watch in the days leading up to Christmas is Elf. Will Ferrell does a fantastic job of releasing his inner child and has the entire family in stitches of laughter. This amazing comedy reminds us not to be so serious over the festive season. 

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel.
  • Director: Jon Favreau.
  • Rating: G.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 84% critics – 78% audience.

Nathan Torpey, Journalist

Gremlins (1984)

Before you ask, yes, Gremlins is a Christmas movie. Growing up, I begged my parents for a mogwai. But I guess they didn’t trust me not to get one wet or feed them after midnight. Eventually, they relented and bought the family a boxer, which is similar in the looks department.

  • Starring: Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday.
  • Director: Joe Dante.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 84% critics – 78% audience.

Jessica Wilson, Journalist

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

While some claim it’s a Halloween movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas is about sharing the spirit of Christmas, acknowledging your faults and becoming comfortable in your own skin. My sister and I watched it every Christmas as kids so there’s a huge nostalgia factor. Plus, the stop-motion animation is amazing and the songs are some of Danny Elfman’s best.

  • Starring: Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix, Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens.
  • Director: Henry Selick, Tim Burton.
  • Rating: G.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 95% critics – 91% audience.

Shannon Cook, Editorial Coordinator

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1988)

My mum used to put this on every Christmas and we would watch the perfectly-planned Griswold Christmas go down in flames as feuding family, marauding wildlife and Christmas lights come together to create a Christmas disaster of epic proportions.

  • Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki.
  • Director: John Hughes.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 65% critics – 86% audience.

Zak Adkins, Intern

The Polar Express (2004)

My favourite Christmas movie would have to be The Polar Express. It was so ahead of its time in terms of animation and motion capture and featured some great voice acting by Tom Hanks. It’s a feel-good story that you can’t help but love.

  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Nona Gaye, Steven Tyler, Eddie Deezen.
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis.
  • Rating: G.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 56% critics – 63% audience.