Top 25 Christmas Movies To Watch This Year

Top 25 Christmas Movies To Watch This Year

Christmas season is officially upon us! It’s now totally acceptable to watch a holiday movie every single day, and that’s just what we intend to do with our advent calendar of Christmas movies.

By Sarah Taviani | 1st December 2015

Christmas season is officially upon us! Deck those halls, jingle those bells, and let the year smack you in the face with festive joy! To help you get into the holiday spirit, we’ve put together an advent calendar of Christmas movies to help you count down to the big day.

So settle down in your paltry air-conditioning and weep about not having a white Christmas because we are about to get all up in your holiday business. Mix and match, swap and switch, but we’ve made a list, checked it twice, and come up with some of our holiday favourites, both naughty and nice.

1. Die Hard

Start your Christmas movie viewing with a bang. This is the story of John McClane (Bruce Willis) cruelly interrupting Alan Rickman’s screen time over and over again. Oh, and maybe he saves the world just in time for Christmas or something. Yippee-ki-yay, mother f****r.

2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Almost everyone had a crush on JTT in his prime. He was GLORIOUS and SNARKY and you could still hear vaguely hear Young Simba in his voice, which is the stuff nostalgia is made of.

3. Rise of the Guardians

This movie is basically animated Avengers, with the Avengers replaced by mythical festive Guardians (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost) and it’s EXCELLENT. The vocal talents of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law and Chris Pine are combined with stunning DreamWorks animation to create a magical festive film for all ages.

4. Home Alone

You know you wanted to be Kevin McCallister. And if you didn’t try to booby trap your house even a little bit then… well, you probably saved yourself a lot of unnecessary injuries and good on you. Home Alone started Macaulay Culkin’s reign as child actor supreme for much of the 90s and made him a household name.

5. Miracle on 34th Street

Speaking of 90s child stars, you can’t go past the Mara Wilson version of Miracle on 34th Street. Is the Cole’s Santa, Kris Kringle, the real deal? Is it all an elaborate hoax? That’s totally up to you but we’re more than happy to suspend belief because Richard Attenborough is the most majestic Santa we’ve ever seen.

6. Nightmare Before Christmas

As Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, grows disenchanted with Halloween and becomes envious of the Christmas spirit, the film morphs into merry-making meets marketing. Filled with Tim Burton’s trademark creepy-cool vibe, this stop motion musical film is a must for most 90s kids.

7. The Santa Clause

Who doesn’t love this movie? Our deputy editor declares this mandatory viewing when putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, on Christmas Eve… basically put it on repeat from December 1 and you’re set. It’s not Christmas without The Santa Clause.

8. Little Women

So maybe it’s not TECHNICALLY a Christmas movie but there’s some Christmas parts in it and Little Women is amazing, OK? We’re not going to question WHY it’s a perfect holiday film; we’re just going to accept it. And if nothing else you can fall in love with these characters all over again.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone has their Grinch-like moments when it comes to Christmas. Stress gets the better of you and you’d like nothing better than to stomp around and make everyone feel as miserable as you. But Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen (pre-raccoon eyes) manage to make your heart grow three sizes in one sitting.

10. Scrooged

Starring Bill Murray, this modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a story of how insatiable corporate greed leads only to unhappiness. Is this a dark comedy or does it tiptoe into terrifying territory? We’ll leave that one up to you.

11. The Polar Express

The animation in The Polar Express is so beautiful you could probably watch it on mute and still be blown away. It’s that perfect mix of fantasy and just-too-real visuals that will haunt you forever.

12. The Holiday

Who can resist a bit of rom-com charm? Beautiful people swapping houses and falling in love is the perfect “surely that would never happen” premise for this feel-good movie.

13. Jack Frost

You know those movies that are so bad they’re good? This is one of them. After Michael Keaton’s character dies in a car accident, he comes back the next winter as a snowman. An actual snowman. The anthropomorphosism is strangely touching, making this a holiday classic for all its good-bad glory.

14. It’s a Wonderful Life

Guardian angels and Christmas miracles! And also a lot of depressing stuff that makes you wonder whether it really is a wonderful life. (Spoiler: it totally is. Everyone chill.)

15. Jingle All the Way

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a subpar dad trying to make up for his shortcomings with material possessions. We can’t joke about this predicament too much, though, because we all secretly wanted a Turbo-Man action figure.

16. Batman Returns

Christmas is basically just a backdrop in this 1992 film but it can’t all be snow and mistletoe. Sometimes you need a villain raised by penguins and a vigilante taking catsuits to the next level.

17. Elf

After Buddy, one of Santa’s elves, finds out that he’s actually human, he travels to New York City to meet his biological father. Buddy’s (Will Ferrell) ceaseless love of Christmas is infectious, and if nothing else this film will leave you with the overwhelming desire to shout, “SANTA! I KNOW HIM!” whenever you’re faced with someone in a Santa suit.

18. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Clark Griswald wanted a perfect family vacation. Now he just wants a perfect family Christmas, goddamn it, complete with all the trimmings. Is that too much to ask? Well it's the Griswalds so... yeah.

19. Gremlins

Whatever awful Christmas present you receive, just be thankful it doesn’t spawn Gremlins that try to tear apart your city and kill your neighbours. Seriously. You can return that ugly outfit from your aunt if you really need to.

20. Meet Me in St. Louis

Full of old-world charm and beautiful 1940s costuming, Meet Me in St. Louis is truly a timeless classic. The Christmas standard Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas actually originates from this movie, and was originally performed by Judy Garland.

21. The Muppet Christmas Carol

This is basically A Christmas Carol with Muppets thrown in just because. As kids, we didn’t question it. As adults… nah, we’re still not questioning it. Find that rainbow connection and just enjoy.

22. Bad Santa

This movie puts all shonky shopping centre Santas to shame. Billy Bob Thornton’s character is fantastically morally corrupt, and it’s dumb luck rather than Christmas cheer that sees him through this black comedy.

23. Rare Exports

Enough of that Hallmark Santa Claus junk. This movie has SERIAL KILLER SANTAS. Well, serial killer elves. Rather than rewarding good children, the supernatural Santa punishes the naughty and uses his creepy band of elves to trap said naughty children while he just chills out in a sacred grave. WHAT THE? It sounds so bad but so, so good at the same time.

24. Joyeux Noël

You’ve probably heard about the World War I Christmas truce, a series of unofficial ceasefires around Christmas 1914, where soldiers from warring countries crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and basically just hang out with each other. This French film depicts the heart-warming series of events through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers.

25. Love Actually

YOU KNOW IT. Of course Love Actually is making the list! It’s THE holiday movie and it never gets old. Ever. We can’t imagine what kind of film would ever top this. So we’re just going to watch it on repeat and jingle all the way to Christmas.

Honourable mentions:

So these aren’t Christmas MOVIES but we could list our favourite Christmas-themed TV episodes until the reindeer come home. We’ll be kind and limit it to our top five.

1. Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (Community)

Concerned about Abed’s mental health, the group goes along with his desire for a classic stop-motion animated Christmas.

2. A Christmas Carol (Doctor Who)

If you feel like you need to cry your eyes out then boy is this the Doctor Who Christmas Special for you! It’s A Christmas Carol like you’ve never seen it before, and Michael Gambon is positively heartbreaking.

3. Chuck Versus Santa Claus (Chuck)

An homage to Die Hard, this episode revolves around a hostage crisis at the Buy More with gaudy Christmas decorations to boot.

4. In Excelsis Deo (The West Wing)

Like most West Wing episodes, this is a more serious look at Christmas and how everyone is reflecting on their personal difficulties during the holiday season. Consider this a recommendation for the entire series if you haven’t already watched it because it is BRILLIANT.

5. The One with the Holiday Armadillo (Friends)

Ross is keen to celebrate Hanukkah with his son but Ben sees a year without Christmas as a horrible punishment. With all the Santa costumes rented out, Ross decides to try and teach Ben more about Hanukkah with a creation of his own. And so Santa’s Tex-Mex friend, the Holiday Armadillo, was born.

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Article by Sarah Taviani

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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