The 12 best films to binge watch this Christmas

What better way to waste this year’s Christmas holidays than to laze around watching the same mind-numbing gimmicky festive-themed Hollywood money-makers that we have watched every year and will watch for every year yet to come?

That’s right, we’ve compiled a list to make this annual moulding of you into the couch even more effortless. As if Christmas dinner and selection boxes didn’t give you enough reason to count calories. You’re welcome.

12. Elf (2003)

This film will either be the reason you can’t wait for the festive period or the reason you can’t wait for it to be over and done with. Love or hate Will Ferrell’s 6 foot 2 manic childish antics, any kids in the house will probably love them. This is one you’ll be forced to sit through, sorry mum and dad.

11. Die Hard (1988)

Yippee-ki-yay, don’t try and say this isn’t a Christmas film. It all kicks off at a Christmas party for goodness sake. If at any point you get fed up of the usual feel-good cheesy Santa-based comedies, then sit back and watch John McClane batter bad guys as parts of the surrounding scenery blow up for no good reason at all. The perfect escape from all those jolly ho-ho-ho’s.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Are you fed up of the materialism of Christmas? Do you wish people would remember the holiday’s true meaning? Then you’re just like Charlie Brown and this half-hour stocking filler is right for you. The story of this Christmas special is more applicable than ever in our modern Apple-stickered world.

9. Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins simultaneously manage to be the cutest and the scariest characters in any Christmas film. The only horror on the list, hilarity ensues when these little creatures transform from cuddly fur-balls into nasty pieces of slime. They topple Christmas trees and tangle the town in its own fairy lights during a rampage caused by three simple rules being broken.

8. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

We’ve all heard the song and the accompanying added lines, but have you ever seen the TV adaption? Poor Rudolph, often laughed at and called names by all the other reindeer, is animated beautifully in this timeless stop-motion classic. If you begin to feel low on Christmas spirit then stop here for a refuel.

7. Jack Frost (1998)

Perhaps one of Michael Keaton’s greatest performances. No, we’re not just trying to be controversial. Prepare to be emotionally wrecked as a father dies in a tragic car

accident, rendering his spirit unable to spend Christmas with his son. That is until he joins the ranks of the living dead in the unlikely form of a snowman.

6. The Snowman (1982)

Edging ahead as the single greatest film about a snowman, this short provides a burst of nostalgia every year for Brits who were kicking about in the 80s. It can’t be described as anything other than magical. A young boy builds a snowman who comes to life and flies him to Santa. Every kid’s imagination goes wild like this at Christmas.

5. The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Halloween and Christmas celebrated all at once? Yes please! This film is Tim Burton’s typically wacky contribution to the Christmas canon. Like many of us most likely, the protagonist Jack Skellington doesn’t quite understand what Christmas is all about. Misguided, he steals away ‘Sandy Claws’ so Halloween Town can have their own tinsel-tied nightmare.

4. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

We’re all familiar with Dickens’ classic, but to the woe of some this is the rendition recent generations are most familiar with. Nevertheless, Kermit and co. gracefully guide us through Scrooge’s visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Have a giggle as you never manage to get over the fact that Michael Caine and his character’s nephew are the only non-Muppets in the entirety of the film.

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

There’s absolutely nothing Christmassy about The Wizard of Oz except that it can be seen on British TVs every Christmas Eve. As a result, most of us associate it with that time of year, as well as that iconic transition from black & white to technicolour. It serves as a gentle reminder that at the end of the year there’s no place like home.

2. Home Alone (1990)

This film is much-loved. That is until it leads us into conversations with friends where we have to relive traumatic childhood experiences of our parents losing us in supermarkets. Reason enough to make them watch Elf. Still, Home Alone is the ultimate family comedy as Macaulay Culkin craftily wards off two stunningly stupid burglars after his parents somehow accidentally fly off on vacation without him. Keep the change ya filthy animal!

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

We all owe a lot to the George Bailey’s of this world as they do battle every day with the Henry F Potter’s. It’ll do you well in life to treasure this cinematic gem over and over, but it is best saved for this time of year. George Bailey finds himself in some serious debt and wishes he had never been born. That is until an angel is sent to Earth to show him what a terrible reality that would be. For some, Christmas can be a melancholy time of year, but over the decades It’s a Wonderful Life has reminded us that life is worth living.

Author: Callum Bell

Glaswegian student journalist

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