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Top 10 Christmas Movies You Simply Have to See!


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Christmas is a busy time. There’s last minute shopping, entertaining family and friends, trying to find the perfect alcoholic balance in the homemade eggnog so it’s strong enough that the kids will be grossed out by the taste and not try to steal it, but not so strong that Aunt Bunny falls over after the third cup. But amidst all this madness, we have to find at least two hours to indulge in our favourite Christmas movie. Trouble is there are so many to choose from. We’ve narrowed it down to 10. You can take it from there. 

Love, Actually (2003)

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Set in London, this film follows an ensemble cast of amazing actors from six weeks before Christmas until the actual day. Amongst them are the newly elected Prime Minister, an aging rock star, and a man with a serious case of unrequited love. Totally heart-warming and funny. 

Die Hard (1988)

Directed by: John McTiernan

Not your average Christmas movie, but it’s set around Christmas time, and John McClane is one of the most awesome protagonists to come out of the 20th century. He is a man who knows right from wrong and has his priorities in order, and we love watching him win in every instalment. 

Elf (2003)

Directed by: Jon Favreau

This belly-clutching comedy really lets Will Ferrell shine at what he does best; total and utter silliness. It follows the journey of an abnormally large elf who was raised in the North Pole and he travels to America in search of his true identity. 

Bad Santa (2003)

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

References to drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll make sure that this Christmas movie is strictly for the adults of the family, so wait until the kids are in bed before you put it on. Billy Bob Thornton plays a disgraced shopping mall Santa who tries to take advantage of the kindness of a young social pariah. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2003)

Directed by: Ron Howard

OTT is really the only way to describe Jim Carrey’s performances in the vast majority of his films, but team that up with a Dr. Suess story and you have a winning formula. The Grinch who lives on the outskirts of a Christmas-obsessed town tries to sabotage Christmas, but finds joy instead. 

Home Alone (1990)

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Who can remember a world before the onslaught of the Culkins? Not us, but they have only been around for about 25 years, and Home Alone was the turning point from a Culkinless world to the world we know today. Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin who gets forgotten at home by his family when they go off on their Christmas vacation and he has to defend the house against a duo of burglars.

 

Life of Brian (1979)

Directed by: Terry Jones

We do not recommend this film to people who celebrate Christmas for its religious aspects, but if you’re more secular in your celebrations, then this one is a riot. The Monty Python crew tell the story of a man named Brian who bears some striking resemblances to our Lord Jesus Christ, but has none of the godlike qualities. 

Trading Places (1983)

Directed by: John Landis

Starring two comedy gods of the eighties, Trading Places tells the story of two rich, old men who take a bet that people are not inherently good or bad, but rather victims of circumstance. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy play the two unsuspecting Guiana pigs with hilarious effects. 

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Directed by: Henry Selick

I know what you’re thinking – that we’ve gotten the name of the director for this one wrong. Everybody knows this is a Tim Burton film, right? Actually, it was a Tim Burton creation, but he didn’t direct it. This visually spectacular and heart-warming tale is about Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town and his discovery of Christmas Town. 

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Directed by: Frank Capra

Probably the most well-known Christmas movie, It’s A Wonderful Life has had a resident spot on Christmas Eve airwaves in much of the Western world for decades. Sure, we’ve all seen it a hundred times, and we’ll all see it a hundred more, because the story of an angel showing a frustrated businessman what life would be like without him in it is something we can all relate to.



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