Because Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a classic movie.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a good movie. Once Santa has been and gone, the dinner is done and dusted and the family are slumped on the sofa, you simply must watch a movie worthy of the time of year. But, you don’t want to watch some forgettable, boring drama, you need a real movie; a Christmas movie. Here are some ideas:
Let’s start with an absolute classic and a stalwart of most British Christmas afternoons. Zulu follows a band of British soldiers in colonial Africa, heavily outnumbered by an enemy who want their land back. Miraculously the small unit manage to repulse attack after attack from the hordes of Zulu warriors, leaving Michael Caine and his brave troops to sing to the enemy after an uneasy truce.
Christmas often has a funny way of bringing everyone together — sometimes even when you least expect it. In this modern Christmas comedy, Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play an unhappily married couple whose tropical holiday plans get derailed and things turn out unexpectedly.
The Shawshank Redemption
A movie that usually tops ‘Best ever movie’ lists across the internet, Shawshank is not necessarily a Christmas movie but it will make you feel like someone is chopping onions and leave you with a warm heart that didn’t come from the brandy. Morgan Freeman masterfully narrates a movie about a wrongfully convicted man who gets at least a little justice after the legal system failed him so badly.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a bit of Will Ferrell. Elf is one of his more understated movies; a movie full of Christmas cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy which benefits hugely from Will Ferrell’s funny and charming performance as one of Santa’s best helpers.
Die Hard is quintessentially a Christmas movie. The original, we mean, as the movie has had its fair share of imitators and sequels that never quite lived up to the feeling the first movie gave us. We’re still shocked that poor Bruce has never received an Oscar.
Billy Bob Thornton stars in this dark comedy as an alcoholic spinster, teaming up with his sidekick Tony Cox and aiming to pull off their annual Christmas scam. As you might expect, things don’t go exactly to plan as the criminals get tangled in a web of deceit. Hilarious action scenes and depressingly funny characters; a must watch.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Whilst The Empire Strikes Back is my favourite Star Wars movie, you should get some perspective and watch the first, or fourth, movie first. Star Wars is not a Christmas movie, and we aren’t sure if they even celebrated Christmas on Tatooine, but it sure is a classic that the family can enjoy whilst digesting your Christmas dinner.
The Silence of the Lambs
One for when the kids have fallen asleep from all the excitement of sweets and presents, The Silence of the Lambs is a gripping psychological thriller about a deranged serial killer played grippingly by Anthony Hopkins.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
If you want to introduce your kids to the classic Christmas tale, start them with this musical featuring all their favorite Muppets like Kermit and Gonzo playing Dickens’s characters.
Love Actually is a beautiful Christmas movie with several different stories that intertwine and briefly overlap. It has an outrageously talented, and mostly British cast that suit each different storyline perfectly. From lovers who don’t have a common language, a grieving father helping his stepson get the girl of his dreams, the Prime Minister in love with his maid, to an aging rock star looking for one last hit; this movie has it all and will leave you feeling fuzzy and warm inside.