Arguably the finest of the National Lampoon’s films, the third Griswold holiday is ready to fall apart mere minutes into the film when Clark (the hilarious Chevy Chase) wedges the family station wagon (no longer metallic pea) beneath a truck hauling felled trees. They manage to avoid catastrophe, but not for long. It’s Christmas, and Clark has a dream, a Griswold family Christmas in his home. Sounds good on paper, but what unfolds is one of the funniest and most definitive holiday comedies on record. To name my favorite moments in this side-splitting film would essentially be a catalog of the entire film, but let’s just say that most of them feature a hilarious Randy Quaid in full trailer park mode. It’s holiday madness at its very best, a true treasure that should be required viewing for any budding comedian.