Best And Worst Movies To Watch This Christmas

40. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Let’s be honest; we all know the song. You’re probably singing it in your head right now. While most people are familiar with the words of this song, very few people know that there is actually a movie of the same name. This animated TV special has since become a Christmas classic in many homes across the world, and it’s amazing to believe that it’s still so popular even after its release in 1969.

After a group of children make their very own snowman and watch it come to life, they’re over the moon to follow this Frosty around town. However, they soon realize why snowmen aren’t as common as they used to be because their amazing snowman soon began to melt. So, there’s only one thing for them to do! They make their way to the North Pole, and it’s just a whole load of Christmas fun.

39. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

If you’re familiar with A Christmas Carol, you’ll know that this is not only one of the most impressive Christmas stories of all time, but that it’s also one of the most impressive pieces that Charles Dickens ever wrote. Because of this, many people have been interested in how he wrote it and how he came up with the idea. Well, The Man Who Invented Christmas explores that. This 2017 biographical drama is based on a book that follows the writer during his writing process.

It gives you an insight into his inspiration and how he used some of the people in his own life to influence the characters he wrote in his own story. It’s not your average Christmas movie, but who doesn’t love to learn new things during the festive period? After all, every day is a school day.

38. Krampus (2015)

If you’re fed up with the happy-go-lucky films that make their way onto your screen during the festive period, then you might be interested in something a little different. Krampus is the ultimate dark fantasy horror comedy movie, and it will both make you laugh and scare you senseless at the same time. What more could you want?

This story is based on folklore that features the Krampus monster, and it’s this monster that terrorizes a family and town in the run-up to Christmas. Featuring snowy landscapes, Christmas trees, and all kinds of festive fancy, there’s no doubt about the fact that there are some real elements of the holiday in this movie. Of course, it will also leave you feeling a little uncomfortable at the same time. That’s why it’s one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time.

37. The Night Before (2015)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, and Seth Rogen all in one movie? We’re sold. As if that wasn’t enough, the likes of Mindy Kaling, Lizzy Caplan, and Jillian Bell also cameo in The Night Before, which makes it even more epic. This movie was first released in 2015, and there’s no doubt about the fact that it quickly became a popular film with those who love this kind of humor. It’s not your typical family-friendly holiday film, but there are some serious Christmassy vibes going on.

Not only do these friends all meet up on Christmas Eve to find the coolest party around, but there are so many other festive features. We’re talking lights, we’re talking trees, and we’re talking about some serious Eggnog. These guys brought joy to the world, so let them do it again in your own living room.

36. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Did you know that you could watch this movie in 3D? Could there be a better Christmas present on this Earth? We think not. If you’re familiar with the Harold and Kumar franchise, you’ll know that this franchise isn’t exactly the most PG thing in the world. These movies are created and made for a very particular type of person, and if you are one of those people, then you’ll know exactly what we mean.

After Kumar accidentally ruins their Christmas tree, Harold and Kumar go on an adventure to find a new one to replace it. However, if you know anything about these movies, you’ll know that a simple task like that is rarely simple with them. With the added bonus of Neil Patrick Harris in this movie, you’re in for a real treat with this one. Trust us.

35. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

If you watched The Best Man in 1999 and laughed your socks off in the process, then you’ll probably also love the 2013 movie, The Best Man Holiday. This movie is a sequel to the ‘90s comedy-drama and focuses on the main characters as they get ready for the holiday period. Featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa, and more, there’s no doubt about the fact that these people knew what they were doing.

The storyline, the characters, and the soundtrack was a hit at the box office, and it’s now the movie that many families like to whip out in the run-up to Christmas. After all, it’s not in-your-face Christmas, but it’s still pretty festive, and that’s the kind of mix that we love.

34. Black Christmas (1974)

If you really want to celebrate Christmas in a different way, then how does a slasher film sound to you? Black Christmas is one of those movies that should only be watched when you know what you’re getting into because it’s not your average Christmas film. That’s because it actually follows the story of a group of sorority sisters who find themselves the victim of some creepy phone calls during the festive period.

As these phone calls continue and the creepiness turns into stalking, they are eventually sent to the fishes. Okay, so this isn’t the kind of movie that will make you happy or put a smile on your face – but at least it’s kinda Christmassy, right? It’s definitely not one to watch with the kids unless you want to scare them so much they don’t sleep through the night.

33. Joyeux Noël (2006)

If you’re the kind of person that loves to watch war dramas, then you’ll be happy to know that there is a war drama movie that’s main focus surrounds the festive period – and that’s pretty cool. In fact, this movie follows the story of the famous Christmas truce that occurred in 1914. This truce is seen through the eyes of soldiers from different countries and shows how they put their differences aside for the one day of the year where people come together and celebrate.

It’s a truly tough watch, but it’s also extremely heartwarming. It’s not the kind of film you’ll want to watch if you don’t like reading subtitles, but hearing these native languages just brings the story to life even more. It will probably make you rethink the presents you have under your tree, too.

32. Happy Christmas (2014)

We’re not sure who we love more, to be honest. Is it Anna Kendrick? Or what about Melanie Lynskey? Well, you get the best of both worlds if you decide to watch Happy Christmas over this festive period. What’s so amazing about this movie is that it was directed by Joe Swanberg, who has built up a reputation for ditching scripts entirely and just allowing the actors to do their thing.

This was the case for Happy Christmas, and the result is something that will put a smile on your face. After Kendrick’s character moves to Chicago to live her older brother and his family, their life gets turned upside down – which isn’t something you want in the run-up to Christmas. However, they manage to make it work, and they still manage to have a Christmas to remember.

31. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Everyone loves a rom-com every now and then, right? It’s even better when you watch these movies during the Christmas period, as this is a time that’s filled with festive love and cheer. While You Were Sleeping is one of those movies. Starring the legend that is Sandra Bullock, this movie actually begins on Christmas day – although it’s a very strange day for her.

As she saves the life of a man who was almost pushed in front of a train, she soon enters into a whirlwind story of lies and love. Sure, it might not be the most obvious Christmas movie that there is in this world, but that’s not to say that you can’t watch it around the Christmas period and still enjoy it. Why don’t you give it a go and see for yourself?

30. Brazil (1985)

If you were old enough to acknowledge the films that made their mark in 1985, you might remember Brazil. For starters, you probably don’t need us to tell you that this isn’t your average Christmas movie. It’s actually a dystopian sci-fi movie that features the likes of Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, and Katherine Helmond.

The film only has a few hints of the festive period in it, as it largely focuses on a man who searches a dystopian world for a woman who has been making appearances in his dreams. While that may just sound like a really bad pickup line, that’s actually what this movie is about! It’s safe to say that this is the kind of film that people who kinda like Christmas but aren’t overly fussed about Christmas like to watch.

29. Home Alone 2 (1992)

Don’t worry; we’ll get to the first movie later on. Although there have been countless Home Alone movies within the franchise, there’s no doubt about the fact that the first sequel is always going to be one of the better films. That’s certainly the case with Home Alone 2, which is one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time.

While we would like to say something about the fact that Macaulay Culkin’s fictional parents lose him for a second time during the holiday period, this movie is all about his antics in a New York department store. Surrounded by Christmas ornaments, trees, and twinkling lights, it’s clear to see that this is the ultimate Christmas movie. It’s also pretty funny, so you might want to watch it. You know, if you want to.

28. The Polar Express (2004)

Let’s be honest; you’re either going to love or hate The Polar Express. This is the kind of movie that does make people feel a little weird because of the strange animated eyes and the general storyline, but there’s no doubt about the fact that it’s also iconic. After all, it has Tom Hanks in it! Many kids used to dream of the day that a train would come along and take them to the North Pole, and this movie makes that dream a reality.

There’s snow everywhere, there’s Christmas cheer, and there’s even Santa Claus and the coolest train driver you ever did see. The film fanatics amongst you will also be pretty impressed with the general production of this movie. Not only did Tom Hanks serve as one of the executive producers, but he also played seven different roles!

27. Jingle All The Way (1996)

All we want for Christmas is Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is why it’s pretty lucky that Jingle All The Way exists. This 1996 movie may be the most ‘90s thing in existence, but we all love a bit of nostalgia every now and then. One of the main reasons why this movie has proved to be so popular over the years is because many parents can relate to it. If you have kids, have you ever moved life and limb to get them the present that they really, really want?

Yep, thought so. This movie is all about a parent doing what they can to make Christmas as special as possible, but like all Christmas movies, there are a few problems along the way. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, and it’s the kind of film that’s great to watch when the winter blues hit you. In fact, we kinda want to watch it right now…

26. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

If you’re the kind of person that struggles to get into the Christmas mood, then Jim Carrey has got your back. Created from the amazing poem from Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a movie about a green monster who just doesn’t really like people. Most of us can relate to that, after all.

As he hides in the nearby mountains and looks down at the residents of Whoville, he soon comes into contact with Cindy Loo Hoo, and his whole existence is called into question. Can he continue being a greedy Grinch who doesn’t care about the rest of the people in the world? Or will his heart soften and will he begin to love Christmas? Well, if you haven’t watched this movie, then it’s about time that you watched it. After all, it’s the ultimate Christmas classic.

25. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Can you believe that A Charlie Brown Christmas was released in 1965? It seems as though we only watched this movie for the first time yesterday, but instead, we’ve been watching it every Christmas for the past 54 years. While this animation was first created for television, it has since become such an iconic movie that it seems as though most families whip this out during the festive period.

One of the main reasons for this is because most people can relate to Charlie Brown in this movie. Because he just doesn’t feel happy and jolly about the fact that Christmas is on the horizon, he asks Lucy how he can get into the festive spirit. She suggests that he helps direct the school nativity play – so that’s exactly what he tries to do. After a lot of problem-solving, he eventually feels as though he can deck the halls.

24. The Santa Clause (1994)

And the award for the most hilarious Christmas movie goes to…. The Santa Clause! Incredibly simple in its punnery, this movie quite literally explains what it’s about in the title, and those are the kinds of movies that we like. As Tim Allen struggles to connect with his son, his life becomes even more complicated when he knocks the real Santa Claus off his roof. With Christmas in his hands, Tim Allen’s character has to make a deal and sign on the dotted line for the Santa clause.

He dons his red suit and his beard to become Father Christmas himself, and it’s just one giant pile of awesomeness. While we do love this movie and the concept behind it, it’s fair to say that it wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without Tim Allen in the driver’s seat of the sleigh.

23. Love Actually (2003)

You don’t need to be a genius to know that Love Actually was always going to appear on this list. As one of the most romantic, most heartfelt, and most hilarious Christmas movies out there, this film has made us laugh until we cry and cry until we laugh. It’s a real thing, you know. It’s amazing to believe that this movie was released almost two decades ago, and it’s still one of the most popular films to be watched at any point of the year – let alone the festive period.

Featuring an all-star cast such as Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, and so many other names, this movie was always going to be a smash hit. However, the intermingling stories have made the whole thing even more iconic. They all have something different to give.

22. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

If you want to watch something a little different this Christmas, then why not add a Finnish dark fantasy horror thriller film into the mix? We know it’s probably a lot to take in and a lot of genres to get your head around, but it’s actually a hugely popular movie. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is an alternative to the happy-go-lucky movies of this festive period because it actually features a very naughty Santa Claus.


Instead of giving presents to the nice kids of the world, Santa much prefers to punish the naughty kids for their wrongdoing – and there’s so much more to it than that. In short, Santa isn’t the guy we thought he was in this movie, and it’s down to the main characters of this movie to stop him in his tracks and restore the festive cheer of Christmas.

21. Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Judy Garland will forever go down in history as one of the greatest actresses that this world has ever seen, and while most people know her for her role in The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis is certainly a hit. While it’s not really a Christmas movie, it does feature a Christmas scene that many people believe to be the epitome of festive fancy.

There are trees, there’s food, and there’s a whole load of singing and dancing that’s enough to put a smile on even the grumpiest of Scrooge’s face. Of course, this movie does keep you on the edge of your seat. Will the family move to New York? Or will they stay in St. Louis? Well, after a Christmas miracle and after a beautiful rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy herself, they decide to stay in their home and live happily ever after.

20. The Snowman (1982)

Although The Snowman might not be as famous in the US as it is in the UK, there’s no doubt about the fact that it has become iconic over the years. It’s not your average Christmas movie, due to the fact that it’s actually only 30 minutes long, but it’s a short film that has become a staple within the Christmas celebrations of many families across the world.

While most versions don’t offer any narrative or wording at all, there are some versions of this movie that do feature a short introduction from David Bowie – so you might want to get your hands on that one. The majority of this film features a high operatic soundtrack and some serious animation, and it’s absolutely stunning. The animation is something that should really be congratulated when you think of the year of its creation because the pencil-drawn images just seem too good to be true.

19. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Would Christmas really be Christmas without some Walt Disney magic? We think not. You might be sick of the number of A Christmas Carol stories that are out there, but this one offers something a little different. After all, it’s Mickey Mouse! Many people find that the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future can be pretty scary – especially in some of the movie adaptations – but this story is just downright cute and adorable, meaning it’s perfect for the whole family.

With Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge himself, it seems as though this animated character was made for the role. Of course, then Mickey comes along and makes everything better, which is essentially what has happened in real life anyway. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a cartoon, so why not give it a whirl?

18. White Christmas (1954)

No Christmas festivities would be complete without singing a few songs here and there, but if your voice isn’t quite what it used to be, then you might want to let others do the singing for you. That’s why you should add White Christmas to your to-watch list. Featuring the wonderful song of the same name, that’s not the only song that this movie has to offer.

In fact, the whole thing is full of singing, dancing, and a whole load of cheer that will either make you happy as well, or a little bit annoyed at the fact that people are so cheery. Nevertheless, it’s a Christmas classic that sees Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye utilize their entertaining skills to their advantage. Their characters leave their posts in the military to put on a show for their commanding officer and oodles of guests, and it’s certainly one to remember.

17. Miracle on 34th Street (1947/1994)

With this particular Christmas movie, you actually have a couple of options. After all, there are two different versions of Miracle on 34th Street to choose from. The original movie was released in 1947, while a second, modern version was released in 1994. If you want our opinion, you should totally watch both of them – because why not?

Taking place within the bright lights and the big city of New York, this movie runs on from Thanksgiving until Christmas, which will provide some serious festive vibes. Featuring all kinds of comedy and all kinds of drama, this movie will make you laugh your Christmas socks off while also sitting on the edge of your seat. After all, it’s not every day you get to watch a department store Santa do his thing behind the scenes.

16. A Christmas Story (1983)

As you can probably tell by the name, A Christmas Story is a story that takes place at Christmas. It’s that simple, really. Although this movie was released in 1983, it’s actually set around four decades earlier and follows the life of a child by the name of Ralphie. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun, but it seems as though his mom and dad – and, by proxy, Santa Claus – need some serious persuasion to allow him such a present.

The movie is really just a way for Ralphie to get what he wants, but there’s something about this movie that just rings in the festive period in the best ways possible. It spreads Christmas cheer, it makes you feel all happy and warm inside, and it makes you really think about what you’re asking for on your Christmas list.

15. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Griswold family by your side, which is why it should probably come as no surprise to learn that National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. As the third installment in the epic franchise, this movie follows the same kind of vibe as the previous two movies – but this one just happens to take place during the festive period as well.

Of course, everything that could go wrong for the Griswold family does essentially go wrong in this movie, but that’s exactly what makes it so funny. It’s how they deal with it and their family interactions that push us over the edge because everyone knows that Christmas in real life is a bit dramatic. There’s always got to be pieces of turkey being thrown around the room.

14. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Can you believe that Edward Scissorhands was released three decades ago? While Johnny Depp may not be as famous as he once was, there’s no doubt about the fact that he has taken on iconic characters over the years, and many of these have allowed him to be in cahoots with Tim Burton. In 1990, Johnny Depp became Edward Scissorhands – and the rest is history.

This emotional movie not only teaches children why it snows during the Christmas period but also shows the world what it would be like to have scissors as hands. Of course, it would be pretty lonesome – especially if you don’t have someone like Winona Ryder around to help you out. While this is not the most obvious of Christmas movies to enter this list, there’s no doubt about the fact that the festive themes are there.

13. Lethal Weapon (1987)

Despite the fact that Lethal Weapon has the words “lethal” and “weapon” in the title, the opening credits feature the song Jingle Bell Rock – so that’s enough to qualify it, in our opinion. As if that wasn’t enough, the story takes place during the Christmas period, and the happily-ever-after features a loved-up family sitting around the tree on the big day itself.

Featuring the likes of Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover, and so many other big names, it’ll also make you happy to know that you can spend this festive period with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Sure, it might feature cops and car chases, but it’s also kinda funny, and we all need a laugh during the holidays. Once you’ve watched this one, you could then watch the other three sequels…

12. Home Alone (1990)

We’ve seen the second movie, but what would the sequel be without the OG Home Alone? While there’s no doubt about the fact that we have some serious questions surrounding this movie, it’s pretty iconic. We won’t dwell on the fact that Macauley Culkin’s parents had a giant house and we’re not quite sure how they could afford it, and we won’t get too caught up in the fact that they quite literally went on vacation and didn’t realize that their son was in tow – because it’s awesome.

It’s everything that most people would hope that their festive period wouldn’t come to, because why would you want to fight off robbers when you’ve finally got some time off work? Macauley Culkin has some serious work on his hands to make sure that his family home is safe, and that all of the Christmas ornaments can be used as weapons if needed.

11. Elf (2003)

Santa! Did you know that Buddy the Elf knows you? As one of the most Christmassy movies out there, there’s no doubt about the fact that this movie has to be added to everyone’s itinerary over the holiday period. Featuring Will Ferrell dressed up in an outfit that we’ve always wanted to wear ourselves and Zooey Deschanel being as adorable as ever, this movie even comes complete with a talking narwhale and gumdrop forests.

After Buddy the Elf realizes that he isn’t really an elf, but is instead a human who snuck into Santa’s sack when he was a baby, Buddy soon makes his way to New York City to find his dad. The big snag? Buddy’s dad is on the naughty list, so this elf has to spread his festive cheer and prove that everyone can be good if they want to. After all, the best way to spread festive cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.

10. Bad Santa (2003)

When you think of Santa, you probably think of a jolly old man with a big beard, a red coat, a giant sack of presents, and a real taste for mince pies and brandy. Who can forget he also has some pet reindeer? We can’t imagine they’re too easy to look after. Most people know this depiction of Santa Claus, but Bad Santa throws everything we thought we knew about this man out of the sleigh and into the Bermuda Triangle below.

In this movie, Billy Bob Thornton drinks a little too much brandy, he curses a little too much, and he has a real thing for robbing banks and safes. While this movie is all about learning right from wrong, it’s fair to say that Billy does this in a rather strange way. He befriends a weird and wonderful young child, and he has his elf by his side the whole time.

9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

If you’re the kind of person that loves Christmas but doesn’t really like all the carols, all the outfits, and all of the festive cheer that comes with this holiday, then we’ve got the perfect movie for you. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is as un-Christmassy as can get, which is why you just have to add it to your list. Featuring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan, it’s only really Michelle’s saucy Mrs. Claus outfit that hints towards the holiday – but that’s all you need, right?

The movie is filled with dark turns, a whole load of action, and Robert Downey Jr. being Robert Downey Jr. The reviews of this film are amazing, and the box-office numbers when it was released in 2005 certainly aren’t lying. So, get your grandma in the living room and watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with her. She’ll love it.

8. Batman Returns (1992)

Do you even need an excuse to watch Batman time and time again? We thought not. Batman might not be the most obvious Christmas movie of choice, but we’ve gotta keep Tim Burton in business, haven’t we? Featuring some huge names, Batman Returns allows you to watch the likes of Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken on the run-up to Christmas, and we’re not quite sure what more you could want.

While it’s not obviously festive, there are little hints here and then. After all, decorations are used as weapons, and trees become the ultimate hiding places. Oh, and there’s also a bit of snow here and there, so it’s essentially as Christmassy as can be. It’s the perfect movie to settle down on the couch with, where you know you’re far away from the drama of Gotham…

7. Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray seems to love a Christmas movie because he’s always starring in one or another, and that’s exactly why we love him. That was the case in 1988 when he took on the main role in Scrooged. As you can imagine, this actor wasn’t the lovely and innocent Bob Cratchit. With his harsh demeanor and his ability to play the bad guy, Bill became Ebenezer Scrooge – and he did a pretty good job of it, too.

In an attempt to bring the story of A Christmas Carol to the modern world, Scrooged definitely hit the nail on the head, and it’s the kind of movie that everyone wants to watch with their family. If you don’t, then you seriously need to watch it again, because you couldn’t have been watching it right the first time.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

If you asked us in 1992 whether Tim Burton and Christmas go together, we would have definitely said no. After all, he’s the king of all things weird and not-so-wonderful, and Christmas is jolly and wonderful every single year. It seems as though this is exactly why Tim Burton decided to make a Christmas movie that would entrance and entertain – while also adding his own style into the mix. Out of this brainstorm came The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was released in 1993.

This stop-motion movie features skeletons, snakes, and all things dark and gloomy, but it totally works around the holiday period. There’s something about keeping up with Jack Skellington that puts us in the mood for all things cutesy and classic, and that’s something we never thought that we would say about a movie like this. We guess that’s why they call Tim Burton a genius.

5. Trading Places (1983)

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Trading Places probably isn’t the first movie that you think of when the topic of Christmas movies comes up – but that doesn’t stop countless people across the world from watching this movie during the festive period. Featuring Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy, this movie was released in 1983 and follows their partnership as they unknowingly become involved in a bet.

What happens next is a wild and wonderful story that shows them getting their comeuppance, and it’s more of a morality tale than anything else. Despite that, the Christmas themes and the Christmas setting that makes its way into the movie at various points is enough to put it on the list, and it’s enough to put it pretty far down the list. Have you seen it? If not, you need to watch it this Christmas.

4. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

If you’re a fan of Michael Caine and you’ve always dreamed of watching him sing with the famous Muppets in tow, then you’re in for a right treat with this one. While nobody ever expected this dream to become a reality, that’s exactly what happened in the 1992 movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol. For this role, Caine becomes the grumpy miser Ebenezer Scrooge, Gonzo clears his throat as the narrator, and Kermit becomes Bob Cratchit.

They hilariously make their way through the motions of the classic Charles Dickens novel of the same name, but they strangely manage to showcase the message of the story at the same time. How did they manage that? It’s a gift that really does keep giving, and we don’t think that we will ever tire of this movie. That’s why it’s in third place.

3. Gremlins (1984)

If your child has been pressuring you for a pet in the run-up to Christmas, then we have a feeling that a family movie night featuring the Gremlins movie might help you out of that sticky situation. After all, we all know that mogwais are naughty little pets. Written by Chris Columbus and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Gremlins has become one of the most famous Christmas movies of all time – despite the fact that the puppets and the cinematography are nothing compared to the movies we can watch today.

With elements of black comedy and horror, this isn’t the type of movie that you watch when you’re in the mood to bake cookies and sing Christmas carols. It’s really the only movie within a very niche genre, but it’s set around the festive period, so it still totally counts.

2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

There are many Christmas films in this world that you just have to watch – even if you’re not the biggest fan of it. That’s certainly the case when it comes to It’s A Wonderful Life. This movie was released in 1946, but it has since become a timeless Christmas classic that many families swear by on the run-up to the big day.

While the movie can be a tough watch for some people, the strong messages of love, compassion, and honesty are the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Amazingly, the film really struggled when it was first released in movie theaters, but since then, it’s won awards and accolades as one of the greatest movies ever made. Why wouldn’t you want to realize what a wonderful life it is on the most wonderful day of the year?

Die Hard (1988)

Taking the gold medal as the most popular Christmas movie of all time is Die Hard. We know what you might be thinking, but this really is a Christmas film! While Bruce Willis may not be the kind of Santa Claus most people are used to, there’s no doubt about the fact that saving Nakatomi Plaza is a priceless gift that even the most experienced of elves could knock up in the North Pole workshop.

Released in 1988, Die Hard has since become one of the most iconic action movies of all time, and it seems as though the diehard Die Hard fans will always maintain that it’s the ultimate Christmas movie. There might not be twinkling lights and Christmas trees, but there are giant machine guns and Bruce Willis in a tank top. So, we’re not quite sure what else you would really need, to be honest.