3. “Elf” (2003)
A “new classic”? Will Ferrell (left) channels his inner child (not exactly method acting for him) as Buddy, a human raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop. Once he ventures out into the cruel grind of daily life, his boundless joy may be the perfect antidote to a lagging interest in Christmas for Jovie (Zooey Deschanel, right) and her fellow New Yorkers.