Christmas time is when we rest and relax, catch up with family and cook enough food to feed a small nation-state. Christmas is also the time when we can cash in on all the amazing Christmas movies! So, with December well and truly upon us let’s get stuck into our top 10 recommendations.
#1: Love Actually
You’ve all seen it, you all love it and it really doesn’t get old. How could anyone go through Christmas time and not re-watch the titan that is Love Actually? Filled with love and loss, Love Actually is a must watch for every holiday season. Dance with Hugh Grant, cry with Liam Neeson and learn Portuguese with Collin Firth – it’s all there for you to enjoy. Even if none of us will ever forgive Alan Rickman for betraying Emma Thompson.
#2: Die Hard
An 80’s aesthetic, a young Bruce Willis takes on Alan Rickman. Watch as puckish rouge, John McClane, infiltrates, fights and shoots his way to his final confrontation with Hans Gruber; all whilst slinging his iconic repartee. With the whole event taking place at the Nakatomi Plaza Christmas party it’s the perfect addition to your holiday season watch list.
#3: The Santa Clause
Tim Allen has done some fine work but none of those compare to his seminal Christmas film, the Santa Clause. If a man killing Santa by accident then gaining his magical powers isn’t enough to peak your interest then the wholesome family vibes will. Enjoy as ‘Scott Calvin (a.k.a Santa Claus) finds love in his heart and brings a merry Christmas to children around the world, especially his own.
#4: The Muppet Christmas Carol
The tragic fact about the Muppet Christmas Carol is that Jim Henson died half way through production but that didn’t stop the film from being filled to the brim with Henson’s trademark charm, wit and emotion. The Muppet Christmas Carol takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster and finishes with one of the most elating happy endings of all time. With Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, the Muppet Christmas Carol is sure to be a good watch these, or any, holidays.
Will Ferrell is a comedic genius, but with his 2003 Christmas hit Elf he showed us a sensitive and jolly side. Elf provides a sleigh full of laughs and meaning; a father finds his son, a son finds his father and both learn the true meaning of Christmas and family. After all there’s no better way to learn the meaning of Christmas then singing ‘Santa’s Coming to Town’ in Central Park to fuel Santa’s sleigh.
#6: The Grinch
You might not be celebrating Christmas in Whoville but with this classic tale turned live action film we can all celebrate with those determined denizens. Those Who just love Christmas, so much so that they won’t even let Jim Carey in a green fur suit stop them from ringing in the season. Faced with such cheer and the innocence of a child Jim Carey has little choice but to realise by the end of the film that “Christmas doesn’t come from a store” and that, “perhaps … it means a little more”.
#7: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Skeletons and Christmas aren’t usually something that goes together but a Nightmare Before Christmas melds them perfectly. Jack Skellington explores and adores Christmas town throughout the film only to end up realising the holiday isn’t always merrier on the other side. Filled with music, romance and a little bit of horror, a Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic film for all ages. But it’ll have you singing “What’s this?” for weeks though, so be careful.
Ah Gremlins, the gift that keeps on giving. These mischievous monsters broke onto the silver screen back in the 80’s and have been a Christmas stable ever since. Known for its macabre humor and delicious inversion of usual Christmas film themes, Gremlins is a great film – as long as you watch it before midnight. After all, what Christmas is complete without some mad Furby-looking beats terrorizing a small town?
#9 Lethal Weapon
Christmas is all well and good but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved, and what could improve Christmas more than Danny Glover and Mel Gibson stopping a criminal syndicate during the holiday season? The answer – nothing. Lethal Weapon has the magical balance of grit, action and Gary Busey to make an amazing 80’s police film, and with Christmas all around, the stakes are even higher! Rest assured you ain’t never getting too old for this…stuff.
#10 Batman Returns
Batman and Christmas? It sounds like an off the wall holiday special but it’s not; it’s the 1992 classic Batman Returns. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito, this movie offers a Batman before the Bales and provides a dark, almost fantastical version of the caped crusader. Batman Returns shows us all how the scourge of evil never sleeps, even on a silent night and that justice sometimes requires Robin and black rather than Rudolf and red.
With our Christmas movie selections in hand you’ve got no excuse to not be jolly. So, get your tree up, whack a wreath on your door and get comfy to enjoy some of humanity’s best forays into the world of Christmas cheer. We promise you won’t regret it!