It’s a Christmas tradition for many families to watch the “Home Alone” movies over the Christmas season. Some people love to watch them all. Some only love to watch the first one or two. But, they are a popular series of holiday films. With the addition of a sixth film as a Disney+ Original this year, I’m going to rank them. This is a completely subjective listing of how I rank the six films.
6. HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST
From a quality standpoint, this is the weakest entry in the series. Now, I definitely enjoyed it more than a couple of others on the list, but that’s because I went into it with lower expectations just because it was an ABC Family (now Freeform) Original movie in the US when it was released in 2012. It’s cheesy. But, if you love cheesy movies, it can definitely be fun.
5. HOME ALONE 3
The last “Home Alone” film to be released into theaters, this one is just flat. It’s cool to watch back and see a young Scarlett Johansson, but it just isn’t as good as its immediate predecessors. While its sequels and/or reboots are fine for what they are; two made for television and one streaming original; a theatrical release, especially in the 90s, makes judgments harsher. And, I just don’t enjoy this one on rewatches.
4. HOME SWEET HOME ALONE
The 2021 Disney+ Original had the deck stacked against it from the beginning. Between being a reboot instead of a sequel, and original director Chris Columbus speaking out against the decision to make it, it saw tremendous backlash. Overall, it was kind of cute, but had two major flaws. The “villains” weren’t really villains, so it didn’t make you want to see them get their comeuppance. Plus, the main kid was annoying. It was impossible to root for the kid or against the couple.
3. HOME ALONE: TAKING BACK THE HOUSE
This is the final film in the series to feature the McAllisters. It’s not the real McAllisters, as it’s a new generation of actors, but they are playing the same family. Much like “The Holiday Heist,” it’s cheesy. Part of that is because it was made for television in 2002. That being said, I really enjoy it, no matter how cheesy it is.
2. HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK
The sequel to the 1990 classic brings back so much nostalgia for me. As a kid, I thought this was better than the original. Looking back now, it’s not as good, but it’s still a lot of fun. Duncan’s Toy Chest is a nice stand-in for FAO Schwarz. Plus, I had a talkboy as a kid that my parents got for me for Christmas after the movie came out. This will always be a Christmas favorite.
1. HOME ALONE
Was there every any doubt? This series has made it to six movies, because of this one. I am still quoting this film more than 30 years later. It’s a classic and it’s why so many people watch the others as well.
That’s my ranking. Now, I’m going to throw it over to you. What is your ranking of the “Home Alone” films?