A Christmas Story (1983): Bob Clark’s Classic, Starring Peter Billingsley (National Registry)

Billingsley plays Ralphie Parker, a boy of 9, who wants only one thing for Christmas: Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

The movie is known for the line “You’ll shoot your eye out” (his parents’ reason for not wanting to buy him the BB gun) as well as the iconic leg lamp (which his dad wins in a contest), among other memorable moments.

A classic, it has been shown in a marathon annually on TNT since 1997 and on TBS since 2004 titled “24 Hours of A Christmas Story,” consisting of 12 consecutive airings of the film from the evening of Christmas Eve to the evening of Christmas Day annually.

Released on November 18, 1983, it is often ranked as one of the best Christmas films.

Shot partly in Canada, it earned two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984.

Critical Status:

In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”