To get into the spirit of Christmas, two years ago Our Culture compiled a short list of films for Christmas. For a festive update, we have added a few new additions to this brilliant list of films.
Die Hard (1988)
‘Die Hard’, a Christmas classic by John McTiernan starring Bruce Willis, has been disputed by some for the Christmas film title. However, we believe Die Hard is as Christmassy as it gets regarding Christmas films. Hence, we have decided to put it on our list. Yippie-Ki-Yay, Mother#^@%*&.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Among our favourites, we have the comedy-filled ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ Ron Howard’s adaptation has become one of the most popular Christmas films in pop culture and holds some timeless comedy scenes that will make you laugh over and over.
“It’s not a dress, its a kilt! Sicko!”
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone, the film that made Macaulay Culkin a child superstar, has been regarded as one of the best Christmas films by many polls and film geeks. Additionally, while the realism of the scenes in the film have been challenged before, we still believe it is a Christmas classic and more importantly a fun family film.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Unsurprisingly, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ makes this list too. The five-time Oscar-nominated film has become a forgotten classic by many Christmas film fanatics, however, to this day it holds up as a special film that delivers eye-opening scenes and explores deep themes that are very much relevant today.
Love Actually (2003)
Richard Curtis’ Love Actually has become a Christmas classic for the British public in the recent years. One of the key elements that make this film such a success is its cast which includes Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, and Alan Rickman — to name a few. The film follows the lives of eight couples who deal with their love lives in numerous loosely interrelated stories during the hectic month before Christmas. Love Actually is brilliant comedy with easy-to-watch drama that will help lift the festive atmosphere during these tough times.
One of our favourites film starring the hilarious Will Ferrell is Elf, a 2003 adventury-comedy film directed by Jon Favreau. Witty, well-paced style of this film won’t leave you bored for a minute, it’s a must watch for anyone looking to get into the festive mood.
Our final film to make the list is Scrooged by Richard Donner starring Bill Murray as Frank Cross. The film is based on ‘A Christmas Carol’ by English writer Charles Dickens. Scrooged has a distinct style of comedy that makes it a timeless classic and thus deserves to be viewed every Christmas.
“The b**** hit me with a toaster!”