Buena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection
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Douglas Seale, Ernest Saves Christmas
Don't overlook this movie because of its comedic tomfoolery — Seale's Santa is one of the better portrayals on celluloid. After he leaves his magic sack in the taxi driven by Ernest (Jim Varney), he struggles to convince anyone he is Santa and complete his task of hiring a successor (Oliver Clark). Though all the problems in the plot are resolved, the film also delivers an emotional message about the true meaning of Christmas.