It’s almost Christmas time so with that means Christmas movies. There are definitely many to choose from, some classics and some not so classic movies. In order to help, I have provided a list of ten movies that will should definitely make your holiday season a little more enjoyable. I will say that I haven’t included the classics as those have been done to death and there is plenty of information about them elsewhere.
1. Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton’s drunk, bad-mouth, department store Santa was a welcome change to other more good-hearted Christmas movies. The movie did manage to sneak in a little heart in between the comedy and the crimes.
This comedy manages to utilize Will Ferrell’s man-child-type charm by making him being a human raised by elves and then thrown into a modern day New York city.
3. Home Alone
This is a fantasy movie. A kid’s parents leave for a holiday and then forget the kid. He now can eat all the ice cream and watch as many movies as he likes. This is interrupted when two burglars show up. Now he must invent a series of booby traps in order to stop them.
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas
‘Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?’ exclaims Charlie Brown in this anti-consumerist cartoon that sees an anxious kid nursing an ailing Christmas tree and learning the value of cooperation. Unlike many festive favourites, this actually features the biblical passage about the birth of Christ.
5. Die Hard
Cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) was hoping for a quiet Christmas, but kidnapper Hans Gruber has other ideas. This movie made an action star out of TV actor Bruce Willis, and made many subsequent holidays just as challenging for McClane.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Only Tim Burton can give Christmas a darker edge as this stop-motion animated movie. This movie still has some heart however. Jack Skellington is the anti-hero who has had enough of Halloween and decides to stand-in for Santa Claus.
7. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey plays the grumpy green grinch from the book by Dr. Seuss. He is a hermit living on a dump near the city of Whoville. He has a skeptical view of the consumerist town except for a child named Cindy-Lou who might be the one to get to him.
8. Lethal Weapon
Opening with the song ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and ending with a family gathering around the Christmas tree, this film has a Christmassy start and finish, story of drug busts, suicide and torture. There’s a shootout in a Christmas tree lot too.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
There’s something irresistible about the third part of this comedy series, as Chevy Chase and the Griswold family have an accident-prone Christmas.
10. The Polar Express
I will end this with my personal favorite Christmas movie. This movie features performance-capture animation staring Tom Hanks playing multiple roles including a train conductor and also Santa Claus.