By “contemporary” I mean released since 2000. By “Christmas” I mean “not merely taking place at Christmastime, or released in December, but actually involving the Yule holiday as a major part of the plot.” In other words, The Preacher’s Wife does not quallify; nor do any of the Lord of the Rings movies.
I’ll open the bidding with Love Actually. Being that it clearly a Christmas movie and also the greatest movie of all time, it is also, obviously, the greatest Christmas movie of all time. Admittedly it loses some points for Alan Rickman’s inexplicable cheating on Emma freaking Thompson with the brunette skank, but it’s so overall wonderful that no one cares. Admittedly, not showing January Jones naked was probably a mistake, but the wonderfulness of the Liam Neesom and Laura Linney storylines compensates for that.
Anyway, that’s just me. Anybody else?
ETA: Not supposed to have been a poll. I must have been distracted by work. Stoopid job.