11 Alternative Christmas Movies To Watch When You're Over The Rest
We all love a classic Christmas film, from The Holiday to The Santa Clause - but go on, admit it, you've seen all the best ones near-on *dozens* of times - and some are getting a little tedious (except you, Home Alone. Except you).
Luckily there are alternatives; films that might not *strictly* be about Christmas, but that use the holiday season as a backdrop for the main plot. Invest your time in these - you won't regret it...
1. American Psycho
“Hey Hamilton, have a holly, jolly Christmas.” It might not be quite on a par with Elf, but American Psycho does feature a very festive Reese Witherspoon, plus a Vietnamese potbellied pig in a Santa hat.
2. Die Hard
“Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho, ho.” Imagine Santa saying those immortal words while coming down your chimney. Jeez. If you haven’t seen Die Hard, what you need to know is that it’s set on Christmas Eve, but terrorists get in the way of lead character John McClane’s dream reconciliation with his estranged wife. Knobs.
When Billy got a pet mogwai for Christmas, who knew he would end up with six of the little mischief-makers? Certainly not his Dad, who bought Gizmo not realising that ‘mogwai’ is Cantonese for ‘monster’. Lols.
4. 101 Reykjavik
There’s haggling over a Christmas tree, there are fireworks at New Year and there’s a Damon Albarn score throughout – what’s not to love? Add a no-hope guy who still lives with his mother, his mum’s lesbian friend who turns out to be in love with her and an unexpected pregnancy, and this is basically an arty version of the nativity. Sort of.
5. P.S. I Love You
Maybe not one to watch when you’ve got the hangover weepies, though ironically one of the funniest scenes is when The Pogues’ Christmas classic, Fairytale Of New York, plays at Gerry’s funeral.
It starts when two people meet trying to buy gloves as a Christmas gift, and ends on a Manhattan ice rink, but really it’s about fate and happy accidents. It’s also a very good place to go for hot chocolate in New York if you ever get a chance.
7. Mean Girls
“Four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco!” And as if you needed another reason to watch Tina Fey’s teen masterpiece, the Jingle Bell Rock scene still *kills* it.
8. Lethal Weapon
There's another Jingle Bell Rock appearance in Lethal Weapon, though sadly no dance routine. There's also a shoot-out in a Christmas tree lot.
9. Batman Returns
If Batman's using Christmas decorations and trees as weapons, then it officially counts as a Christmas film.
10. Edward Scissorhands
Remember the old lady explaining why it always snows at Christmas? Remember Edward making the angel ice sculpture while snow flurries down around him, the house covered in Christmas lights in the background? Edward Scissorhands is just the right amount of festive (though we prefer the funny bit with the waterbed).
11. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Robbery, murder, lies and Michelle Monaghan in a sexy santa suit. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The Definitive Ranking Of Christmas Movies:
The Definitive Ranking Of Christmas Movies
Warner Bros.1 of 32
Revolution Studios2 of 32
New Line Cinema3 of 32
20th Century Fox4 of 32
Walt Disney Pictures5 of 32
Warner Bros.6 of 32
Inferno Distribution7 of 32
Warner Bros.8 of 32
Paramount9 of 32
Walt Disney Pictures10 of 32
Warner Bros.11 of 32
Universal12 of 32
Columbia13 of 32
Castle Rock Entertainment14 of 32
Walt Disney Pictures15 of 32
Warner Bros.16 of 32
20th Century Fox17 of 32
Paramount18 of 32
Touchstone Pictures19 of 32
Universal20 of 32
Walt Disney Pictures21 of 32
Walt Disney Pictures22 of 32
Liberty Films23 of 32
Universal24 of 32
20th Century Fox25 of 32
20th Century Fox26 of 32
Paramount27 of 32
20th Century Fox28 of 32
Sony Pictures29 of 32
New Line Cinema30 of 32
20th Century Fox31 of 32
20th Century Fox32 of 32
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