3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Directed by Brian Henson
Genre: Musical comedy drama
Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Michael Caine
An adaptation from Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol, this was the fourth Muppets feature film, but possibly the most loved. A film to enjoy with the whole family, this is a cult classic with excellent, merry musical numbers and a wonderful message. Although some of the film is really quite sad, on the whole the Muppets add in that splash of comedy that any Charles Dickens novel could probably use. Despite the Muppets making up the majority of the cast, the film is an incredibly faithful adaptation with stunning costumes and sets. Like Home Alone, this film will be forever shown throughout the generations, and will be forever loved as one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time.
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
Genre: Christmas fantasy comedy drama
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
This black and white tear-jerker initially performed poorly at the cinema but it has since become regarded as a classic around the world. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and crops up on ‘Best of’ lists constantly. If you haven’t seen it, it tells the story of George Bailey, a man who has given up on life and plans to commit suicide. He is shown what life in his community would be like without his presence and the tears fall from that moment onwards. As you can well imagine, a film in the 1940s depicting male suicide was incredibly rare but as the years have dragged on, this film has become more and more relevant to today’s society. This film has a dark core but ultimately has an uplifting message.
1. Die Hard (1988)
Directed by John McTiernan
Genre: Action Thriller
Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Not a curve ball! As I’m sure you haven’t been able to avoid there seems to be a constant argument as to whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas film but it’s set at a damn Christmas Party! Of course it’s a Christmas film! Not exactly a light hearted family film so avoid it with the kids, but it does include scenes that are cemented in cinema history and some absolute classic quotes masterfully delivered by in increasingly dirty John McClane, who is trying to stop a terrorist attack at his estranged wife’s Christmas party. The terrorist gang, led by the wonderful Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber (his first feature film role!) gradually get picked off until John and Hans come face to face. With the inclusion of Run-D.M.C.’s Christmas in Hollis, one of the most under-rated Christmas songs ever, Die Hard whole-heartedly deserves its place at the top of the list. So pop this bad boy on once the kids have gone to bed and see the Christmas period in the right way!
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