The 1 Hallmark Movie Everybody Seems to Love This Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re not talking only about kids jingle belling or much mistletoeing, although we are talking about plenty of good cheer. And this year, the most good cheer among Hallmark’s movies seems to be last January’s A Winter Princess

Hallmark, with its 12 drummers drumming and a partridge in a pear tree of sentimental, often holiday-themed movies, has made just as much a cottage industry out of those movies as it has its greeting cards. Let’s take a look at why A Winter Princess rules over the Ranker list of 51 Hallmark movies

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Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades, California. | Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

What is ‘A Winter Princess’ about? 

The movie, starring Natalie Hall, Chris McNally, and Lara Gilchrist, is about Princess Carly, who is working incognito at a ski resort.

She must team up with the owner’s brother, Jesse, to plan the resort’s 50th anniversary celebration. 

It sounds fairly similar to the classic 1942 movie Holiday Inn with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. In that film, Crosby decides to retire from life on the road to open an inn that will only be open on holidays.

It was the movie that gave us the original version of “White Christmas,” which remains one of the best selling songs of all time – not just Christmas songs, but songs of any kind. That movie was kind of/sort of remade as 1954’s White Christmas, about a pair of performers and army buddies (Crosby again and Danny Kaye) who try to save a resort owned by their former commanding officer. 

One reviewer on IMDB writes:

“The main actress does a very good job with her role, with 2 different faces. Many movies with a princess, the actress does not in any way shape or form give off anything that implies a lifetime of specialty training and decorum. Those kind of movies are (a) real cop out. This movie does a good job comparing the two worlds, without vilifying either one.” 

What Hallmark actors rank high?

Interestingly, relatively few movies near the top of the list feature any actors who are well known outside of the Hallmark arena. McNally stars in the top two, with number two being Sailing into Love with Leah Renee.

Stalwarts like Donna Mills of Knots Landing show up in the number three movie, Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses. Becca Tobin, formerly of Glee, is in Sister of the Bride

Ranker also has a list of the top actors in Hallmark movies. Interestingly, a lot of these actors don’t figure prominently in the list of 2019 movies. The No. 1 actress, Lacey Chabert of Mean Girls fame, doesn’t show up in the Ranker list of 2019’s movies until No. 9, Love, Romance and Chocolate.

The No. 2 actor, Danica McKellar of The Wonder Years, doesn’t show up in the list this year at all. No. 3, Taylor Cole, shows up at No. 12, One Winter Proposal.

Also a no-show on the 2019 is the No. 4 actress. Alicia Witt. The top male, Brennan Elliott, is likewise MIA. Ditto Alexa PenaVega of the Spy Kids movies.

And something in this year’s news tells us that Lori Loughlin won’t be seen very much this year either. 

Other holiday movies to try

Of course, Hallmark is hardly the only outlet for delectably cheesy movies, especially with Christmas coming up fast. 

Another former Glee actress, Lea Michele, stars in Freeform’s  Same Time, Next Christmas. The woman best known as Rachel Berry, also has a new yuletide album called Christmas in the City. One of the covers on that album is “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from Frozen.

Speaking of Frozen, Idina Menzel, who played Rachel Berry’s mom on Glee, also has a new Christmas album called Christmas: A Season of Love.

Although not truly a Christmas movie, Frozen II, out November 22, will provide the appropriate wintry ambiance even if you don’t want to build a snowman. OK bye.