It’s Christmas!! The time of year where we stuff our faces with food, challenge our liver with alcohol, gets some nice presents hopefully, relax and watch a bit of the tv.
It is always nice to watch a good Christmas movie at this time of year to help you get in the Christmas spirit.
Here is our list of the best Christmas movies we like to watch at this time of year. These are our best but there was literally 10 or 20 more that could have made the cut.
Check out our list and see if you agree.
Vince Vaughn might not be everyone’s cup of tea but in our opinion some of his movies are definitely good for a laugh. Here he plays Santa Claus’s long lost brother Fred Claus. In a classic fish out of water story Fred moves to the North Pole as his brother Santa is struggling and needs help saving Christmas. In come the jokes thick and fast and with the excellent Paul Giamatti as Santa and Kevin Spacey as the villain this movie does just enough to make our list.
The Polar Express
The first animated movie to grace our list is 2004’s The Polar Express. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and starring Tom Hanks. It is the story of a young boy whisked away on the magic Polar Express train to the North Pole on a Christmas adventure. The movie featured human performances animated using the live action performance capture technique. A magical tale and great watch for all the family.
A Christmas Carol
The first adaptation of the historic Charles Dickens tale on our list is the 2009 animated version starring none other than Jim Carrey. Again directed by Robert Zemeckis using the same animation technique as The Polar Express. The animation is fantastic and the performance of Jim Carrey top notch.
This classic from 1984 had the perfect mix of comedy and horror as the little terrors known as The Gremlins terrorise a small town at Christmas time. Who knew that such a cute character as little Gizmo could cause so much trouble if the rules were not followed properly. Do not feed him after midnight, keep him out of bright light and what ever you do don’t get him wet! Directed by Joe Dante and executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg this classic makes the list.
Billy Bob Thornton really hits the spot as the heavy drinking, loud mouth thief who teaming up with his little friend Tony Cox they plan to steal from the mall at Christmas. An hilarious comedy with a great cameo from the late Bernie Mac and the last ever appearance in a movie from John Ritter. Bad Santa is definitely a film for your naughtier Christmas side!
Another 80’s classic is this amazing role reversal comedy from 1983 starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. It is the tale of two insanely rich old men who decide to have a bet that they can swap there lead sales man Dan Ackroyd with a bum from the street Eddie Murphy. What follows in an outrageous comedy with great twists and turns and a support role from a very sexy Jamie Lee Curtis! Can’t go wrong with Trading Places at Christmas!
No Christmas movie list would be complete without the inclusion of one of the funniest Christmas movies of recent times. Elf was the movie that really fired Will Ferrel’s career and made him the household name he is today. Classic Christmas comedy, fish out of water tale and with a great cast Elf is a perfect choice for a family Christmas Movie.
Every kid who saw Home Alone wanted to be Macauley Culkin when this film came out. Imagine being a kid and having the house to yourself you would have caused havoc. However it isn’t all peaches and cream for little old Kevin as the ‘Wet Bandits’ Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci are out to rob the house. Classic slapstick comedy and a great family feeling especially at the end Home alone has a bit of everything and is a certified classic.
The only movie on our list that quite rightly comes with an 18 certificate. The original Die hard the action packed Christmas special! You may forget this is a Christmas movie what with all the gun shots and explosions. Never the less it is Christmas Eve when the terrorists strike and try to siege the Nakatomi Plaza. They may have got away with it to if it wasn’t for pesky New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) in a career defining moment. Coupled with the perfect villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) you simply cannot beat Die hard at Christmas!
The second adaptation of the Charles Dickens immortal tale A Christmas Carol is a modern day version. This movie tops our list simply because Bill Murray is the master and he is hilarious as Frank Cross in this movie. Frank is the boss of a TV network and has become an evil and bitter man over the years. He soon is given a new outlook on life as he is terrorised by three ghosts before Christmas. they intend to show him the error of his ways. What follows is a fabulous dark comedy which takes you on an hilarious journey until the final showdown with the ghost of Christmas future! If you have not seen this movie fire up the fire get out the Christmas liquor and enjoy your bloody self!!
So there you have it our top ten Christmas movies! Do you agree with this list? Any you think should be on there? Let us know in the comments and have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.