Christmas Movies You Need to Watch This Year
Posted in Entertainment on Dec 12th, 2018
OMG! Christmas is around the corner! It's the time of year to sit down with the fam and spend time trying not to beat up your siblings because you don't want to be on Santa's naughty list. Christmas movies are a sort of tradition for many families. They bring us together and allow us to revisit the magic of the holidays. Christmas movies are funny, and heart-wrenching. They're action-packed and silly. Sometimes Christmas movies are all of those things at the same time. It doesn't matter where you're at in the world - when you're watching a Christmas movie, you immediately want to put mittens on. Grab your hot chocolate, and favorite blanket - we've got some holiday cheer to spread!
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15. Bad Santa
Yes, Billy Bob Thornton does spend the majority of this flick on a bender fueled by booze, burglary, and yes, he swears up a storm. On the other side of that coin though, his character finds the meaning of Christmas thanks to a nameless, parentless kid. And also Bernie Mac is in the movie. Bad Santa definitely isn't a movie for the little kiddos. Save it for after bedtime.
Will Ferrel took his Saturday Night Live antics and dialed them up to 11 in this 2003 movie. He's got so much Christmas cheer, it'll spread to the saltiest grinch in your family. Not only is Elf a good flick for the whole family, it's instantly quotable year round.
13. Miracle on 34th Street
Beyond the story itself, in this day and age Miracle on 34th Street is a must. It's pro-woman empowerment and shows that folks old and young not only can work together, but they can also make the world a better place.
12. Home Alone
Who can forget Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern fighting tooth and nail over an empty home? Sure Kevin does set a pretense for stand-your-ground laws, and there's a ton of product placement that helps to remind us movies are about making money. The story is basic, but it's got a wholesome message throughout, and John Candy makes a cameo.
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Yes, it's a Christmas Movie, and a musical, and wholesome entertainment. Tell your Aunt Becca just because it's a bit goth doesn't mean she can't learn a thing or two about the Christmas spirit from Jack Skellington. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton film at its best. And watching it with the fam will make a certain awkward teenager who wears a lot of black feel included in the festivities.
10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The kids will say this movie is for the olds, and the olds will say it's for the kids, so they learn how to appreciate things before their time. Whatever the case may be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is fun, and entertaining, and helps teach the kiddos the value of people being different. Isn't that a message we need to hear all year round?
A father wanting to get his son a unique Christmas present is the start to many a great story, and Gremlins is no exception. Set in a picturesque American town, Billy's new pet comes with a set of instructions. Three simple rules to follow. And when they're broken, chaos ensues. Gremlins might not sound very Christmasy, but it's got a lot of 80s nostalgia. And its got enough little scares for the young and old.
8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
This 1966 TV movie takes the much-loved tale by Dr. Seuss and turns bedtime into fun time! Even if your heart is two sizes too small, your cockles will be warmed by the charming Whos of Whoville. Grandma and Grandpa will likely remind the young of when the show aired originally, and how it looks worse on the big TV but hey, isn't that what the holidays are for?
7. Iron Man 3
Sometime in mid-December, your family is going to get very sick of animated movies, Elves, and moms who remember they forgot their kid at home when flying to France. And that's okay because Christmas time is all about variety. And yes, a Marvel movie can be a Christmas movie especially when it's written and directed by Christmas action filmmaker extraordinaire Shane Black. Some of his other works include Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. What happens in Iron Man 3? Who cares. It's awesome, and Ben Kingsley is in it!
6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold, super buffoon, is determined to have the ideal family Christmas. A Christmas with lights, and caroling, and all the family visiting for dinner. Even cousin Eddie. In what is arguably the last funny thing Chevy Chase ever was in, we get the chance to ask what happened to Randy Quaid. We get a few good laughs. And you realize Rusty is also in The Big Bang Theory. Weird.
5. It's a Wonderful Life
What many will call the quintessential Christmas movie, and if you need your fill of Jimmy Stewart understanding he is valued then It's a Wonderful Life is a must. Directed by WWII propagandist Frank Capra, it's got angels, wishes, snow, and all the things that make a Christmas movie wholesome.
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Everyone needs a Charles Dickens classic tale during the holidays. Add Muppets to the mix, and you've got yourself a movie that's fun for the kiddos. Brian Hensen steps into his father's shoes and does a serviceable job. The adults in the room might need to have a few egg nogs to make it through the entire film, but hey, they'll feel warm with the Chrismas spirit.
3. Batman Returns
Batman Returns takes place during the Christmas season, so it counts. Add into the mix Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Michelle Pfeiffer, and you've got yourself a Christmas action movie. It's safe enough for the little kiddos and shows off the best parts of the 1990s in true Tim Burton fashion.
2. Trading Places
We could all use a John Landis comedy during the holidays, and Trading Spaces is one of the best. Scrooge-like characters want to prove what makes a man - either heredity or environment. A bet is made, and a street hustler swaps lives with a bourgeoise broker. When they realize their lives will go back to normal after the experiment, the dupes develop a plan to get back and the morally corrupt the brothers. A classic 80s comedies by two powerhouse actors, Trading Places might not be the best movie for the kids, but it's good fun.
1. Die Hard
It's not Christmas until Hans Gruber is falling from Nakatomi Plaza.
BONUS! The Proposition
Disclaimer: The Proposition is not for the kiddos or the faint of heart. It's a gritty western set in 19th century Australia where two brothers are being held for murder and rape while their oldest brother and mastermind of the crime remains at large. Guy Pearce's character is given the opportunity to earn a pardon and save his little brother's life if he finds his older brother in the Outback. If he fails to return in nine days - by Christmas, his little brother will be hanged. If you're a fan of westerns or enjoy Nick Cave's music, you'll like this film, which Nick Cave penned.