With the festive season quickly approaching, here’s a selection of the best Christmas films that you can put your feet up to this Christmas. Let us know if we’ve missed any at the bottom of the article.
10. Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton plays a Santa that goes from department store to department store cracking into safes and stealing all their money. It’s not your traditional Christmas movie, in fact it’s pretty X-rated. But his relationship with The Kid, who sees him as a role model despite all the terrible things he does, is still a little heartwarming.
9. Miracle On 34th Street
Matilda and Richard Attenborough team up in this John Hughes Christmas classic from 1994. Six-year-old Susan doesn’t believe in Santa as her parents had told her from an early age. But after meeting Kris Kringle in a department store, Susan is given a Santa to believe in.
8. Love Actually
The Richard Curtis ensemble piece with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister, the guy from My Family doing a British accent in America and Bill Nighy doing a one-man impression of Wet Wet Wet. Eight couples lives are loosely intertwined at Christmas in London. Also starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Lincoln, Joanna Page, Martin Freeman, Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejoifor, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth and LOADS more.
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase desperately needs a Christmas bonus to get the swimming pool he’s wanted all his life but instead gets a free year's membership for the Jelly of the Month Club. A huge Christmas tree setting on fire, house light decorations causing a city-widepower shortage and a kidnapping plot ensues with hilarious consequences.
Sky Movies have caused a stir this year by buying the rights from Channel 4 and ending what had become a terrestrial TV annual event. Will Ferrell was adopted as an Elf and goes to New York City to find his real father. Zooey Deschanel co-stars and sings.
5. Die Hard
Not your traditional Christmas movie but still one of the best all the same. Bruce Willis goes to visit his estranged family but gets caught up in a hostage situation where Alan Rickman has a German accent. It’s set in December and Let It Snow plays at the end so is perfectly eligible as a festive classic.
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rizzo the Rat and Gonzo narrate Kermit’s take on the Dickensian classic starring Michael Caine as Mr Scrooge. Perhaps the best Christmas Carol adaptation ever and certainly one of the best of The Muppets silver screen outings. With AMAZING songs. “It’s true wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas.
3. Santa Claus
Not the Tim Allen version (The Santa Clause) but the brilliant Dudley Moore one. Visionary elf Patch sets out to use Santa’s magical toymaking process in his own company and doesn’t realise he might be ruining Christmas as we know it.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life
Where do you start? If you can make it through this film without sobbing uncontrollably then you’ll probably never cry at anything. James Stewart plays George, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose suicide attempt on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel. The angel shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life would be had he never been born. Emotional.
1. Home Alone
Macauley Culkin is accidentally left to his own devices as his family jet off for a Christmas holiday and leave him home alone. He then has to fight off holiday burglars with an array of creative contraptions. “Keep the change, you filthy animal."