Christmas season is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ… but it’s also about sitting at home in your pyjamas with your loved ones and watching movies all day! Here are some of the best Christmas movies ever made. (Warning- Not all of the movies on this list are necessarily about Christmas. Some only took place during the season or are just really, really awesome and deserved to be watched this holiday)
1- Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’s Diary is a classic. Bridget is every single, middle aged, wine drinking woman and watching her find her prince charming is always a good time. Plus the scene with Colin Firth in that hideous Christmas jumper gets to me every damn time. Based on Helen Fielding’s hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who has a penchant for alcoholic binges, smoking, and an inability to control her weight as she goes on a journey to find true love.
2- It’s a Wonderful Life
This bitter sweet tale is a holiday classic. George Bailey (James Stewart) is the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. But high above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey’s dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. The rest is pure Christmas magic.
Fun fact- It’s a Wonderful Life lost money when it first came out as it was seen as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmas time TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic.
3- Die Hard
Christmas isn’t always about gifts and eggnog and trees. Sometimes it’s about stopping a deadly terrorist attack. Die Hard is one of the most ghen ghen movies ever but somehow it’s ideal for Christmas time viewing. So it’s Christmas time in L.A., and there’s an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. But the revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber, who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi’s high-tech safe. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis!) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah. It’s a fantastic Christmas thrill!
Home Alone is the highly successful, beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they’ve left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighborhood. The results are HILARIOUS and despite the somewhat violent ending, this film is definitely a classic.
This is hands down the funniest movie on this list! Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. I can’t even lie, this movie is honestly one of the greatest things ever.
6- The Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie is kind of weird and a little creepy but it’s also really perfect. Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. The end is super sweet.
7- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is one of my absolute favorite movies ever. It’s all about the curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas and becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville and decides to wreck it. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who’s of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys. The scene where is heart grows three times bigger? It gets me everytime! Definitely a must watch.
Are there any Christmas movie favs of yours that we missed out? Let us know in the comments below.