Best Christmas Movies
It's that time of the year again!
The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year for so many reasons. And it marks the return of our favourite movies that bring holiday cheer! Christmas has come to represent different things to people over the years, and movies are just a few things that reflect exactly that. So grab your friends, family and a giant tub of popcorn and melt into the Christmas spirit.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This timeless classic is the perfect movie to watch with family and friends. Over the decades it has continuously topped the charts as one of the most well-loved Christmas movies with inspirational and thought-provoking festive messages guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.
The Santa Claus (1994)
Now if you are a 90’s kid or parent, the face and voice of Tim Allen would be familiar as “Tim the Tool man” but Disney pushed Tim Allen's fame into a Hollywood spectacle casting him as the ever-so-lovable Santa in The Santa Clause. This lightweight entertainment and undemanding Christmas classic are firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of those iconic movies that are so cheesy and bad that it is soo good! With so many familiar family and Christmas quirks, it makes the overall movie and the Griswold family memorable and relatable during the holiday season chaos. Chevy Chase's befuddled Dad remains a genuinely amusing creation, and the sight gags are impeccably timed making this film a classic and providing a lot of laughs for the entire family.
The Polar Express (2004)
Perfect for children, The Polar Express is a new frontier of filmmaking with 3D computer-image illustrated cartoons pushing the boundaries of animation and telling a wonderful, sweet and heartwarming story that will hopefully captivate children during the holidays for decades to come. The nostalgic voice of Tom Hanks shines through as many of the characters in the film, really capturing the Christmas spirit.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Since 1964, Larry Roemer's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become a staple of the holiday season. The wonderfully crafted stop-motion film defines itself with absurdist humour that to this day gets an audible laugh. Based on the 1949 song and 1939 book of the same name Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it tells the story of its titular character as he finds himself being outcasted and bullied and finds his place in the world even being the one responsible for saving Christmas one especially stormy year.
If you have yet to add this to your watch list this Christmas, the beautiful hand-drawn animated movie of Klaus will surely become a holiday favourite in many homes. It's warm, sweet, and fantastically funny. Weird and awkward character moments, and strange visuals alongside hopeful and humorous junctures, give this film a personality, charm and a freewheeling, nonsensical quality that feels refreshing.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Directed by Brian Henson of the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ seminal holiday classic Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a definitive holiday classic, a triumph of comedy and tragedy with something to offer audiences of all ages. Simply a perfect emotional roller coaster. The Muppet Christmas Carol is one that should not be missed each and every December.
Buddy the elf, brought to life by Will Farrell is a character that can not be missed during the festive season. Even if you aren’t a Will Ferrell fan, you’ll find this to be a fun, sugar-coated holiday treat with light-hearted humour and a storyline that is all-around family entertainment.
Bad Santa (2003)
Now Bad Santa is not for everyone. This adult-targeted holiday movie is an antidote to forced holiday cheer, with scabrously funny misanthropic comedy making it a one-of-a-kind Christmas movie. Billy Bob Thornton, who stars as a drunken, chain-smoking, dirty-minded, incontinent, foul-mouthed and larcenous department-store Santa casts a very real perspective of the opposite facade to the festive season's overdone sickly plastic culture whilst still honouring humanity and good faith. Let's say it is a remake of The Grinch, but for adults.
This visually striking movie touches on themes well beyond the standard Christmas film. With topics of transgender sex and sexuality on full display, often layered in comic undertones, Tangerine, is nothing short of a remarkable warm and vivid portrait of people doing their best to be their best selves.
Now, this Christmas movie list wouldn't be complete without the favourites from our Slugg team. And I must admit, there are some winners in there!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Love Actually (2003)
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Home Alone (1990)
Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
Die Hard (1988)
The Holiday (2006)