Gift of the Magi

In the short story "The Gift of the Magi", written by O. Henry, a young married couple deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. What do you consider to the most thoughtful or unusual gift given in a film?

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1.
Gift of the Magi (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Newly wed true lovers Jim and Della Young can barely afford moving into to their new apartment, especially when the second-hand car breaks down... (85 mins.)
Director: Lisa Mulcahy
“ Della sells her hair to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim's watch. Jim sells his watch to buy Della an assortment of expensive hair accessories known as combs. ” - dan_dassow
 
2.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind. (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Kevin gives a Christmas tree ornament in the shape of a turtledove to the homeless/pigeon lady, and keeps one for himself. As long as they both have their turtledove, they will always have a bond. ” - dan_dassow
 
3.
A Bug's Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. (95 mins.)
“ Dot gives Flik a rock, saying "imagine it's a seed"... ” - dan_dassow
 
4.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ Mike Wasowsky gives the little piece of Boo's Door to Sully. ” - dan_dassow
 
5.
Even the Rain (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
“ A group of Spanish filmmakers get stuck in some protests in Bolivia regarding water privatization. The producer of the film gets involved on it at at the end of the film a Bolivian actor gives him a little box with a bottle of water so he always remember their fight. ” - dan_dassow
 
6.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Arwen gives Aragorn her necklace, which transferred her immortal life to him as protection. ” - dan_dassow
 
7.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Kris Kringle gives Susan Walker her dream house. ” - dan_dassow
 
8.
A Christmas Story (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Ralphie's parents give him the Red Ryder BB Gun. ” - dan_dassow
 
9.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Galadriel gives Gimli a lock of her hair. ” - dan_dassow
 
10.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Melvin pays his personal physician to treat Carol's son, Spencer. ” - dan_dassow
 
11.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
“ Sydney Carton trades places with Lucie Manette before his execution by guillotine. ” - dan_dassow
 
12.
Les Misérables (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman. (108 mins.)
“ Jean Valjean gives Police Inspector Javert his freedom rather than killing him. ” - dan_dassow
 
13.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Adrian gives Butkus the dog to Rocky for Christmas. ” - dan_dassow
 
14.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) calls the airline to transfer five hundred thousand miles each to the newlyweds, enough for them to fly around the world for their honeymoon. ” - dan_dassow
 
15.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Glinda, the good witch of the North, gives Dorothy Ruby slippers. Later, the Wizard of Oz gives The Scarecrow a brain, The Cowardly Lion courage, and The Tin Man a heart. ” - dan_dassow
 
16.
The Santa Clause (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
“ Scott Calvin (Santa Claus) gives Dr. Neil Miller the wiener whistle that he wanted as a three-year-old. ” - dan_dassow
 
17.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
“ Scott Calvin (Santa Claus) gives a whole room of high school teachers their childhood favorite toys. They starts playing with them as if they were kids again. ” - dan_dassow
 
18.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Future Biff gives young Biff the sports almanac. ” - dan_dassow
 
19.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ The gruff heart of gold owner of the diner and the waitress sell bread and peppermint sticks to Pa Joad for only ten cents. Everybody in the scene gets a gift; Winfield and Ruthie get candy, Pa gets to keep his pride, and the owner, the waitress and the two truck drivers, who watched the proceeds and over-tipped, all got the gift of giving. ” - dan_dassow
 
20.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ At the beginning Frank Costello tells the shop assistant to fill a shopping bag with groceries for the young Colin Sullivan, a couple of loaves of bread, a couple of quarts of milk, and an X-man Wolverine comic book. ” - dan_dassow
 
21.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Andy gives his whole toy collection away to the little girl Bonnie. He tells her that he is going to college and doesn't want them to be neglected. ” - dan_dassow
 
22.
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
“ Aladdin sets Genie free with his final wish. ” - dan_dassow
 
23.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. (103 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ The engraved silver watch given by C Troop to Captain Brittles (John Wayne) upon his retirement. "To Capt. Brittles from C Troop. Lest we forget." ” - dan_dassow