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[Sophie Joaman | Contributing Writer]
The weather outside is frightful, and a night in front of the box is delightful. It’s time to curl up and watch some of the best Christmas films in existence; if you’re looking for a heart warming festive movie, then look no further. Here are our top 10.
1. Elf (2003)
This hilarious comedy set in New York follows Santa’s helper, happy-go-lucky Buddy, as he attempts to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear while attempting to forge a relationship with his estranged biological father (who’s human *ahem*). Elf has everything from Will Ferrell as a larger than life elf, to a true holiday spirit message.
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This Christmas classic really needs little explanation. It’s warm, full of Christmas spirit, and one of old Hollywood’s finest. It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us that Christmas is a time for loved ones and for realising how lucky we truly are.
3. Home Alone (1990)
Including the entire Home Alone series might be cheating, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without the musings of young Kevin as he is left at home… alone. His violence towards the criminals that invade his home is a sure sign that this kid has watched too many action movies. No-one will want to mess with Kevin again! Merry Christmas you filthy animals.
4. The Holiday (2006)
The swap of a lifetime sees two unhappy women from across the pond switching lives for Christmas and finding love, happiness and friendship in the process. What is most surprising though, is the uncharacteristically picturesque snowy Christmas that apparently occurs in the UK… Nevertheless, The Holiday is romantic comedy at its sweetest.
5. Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually stars potentially every single British actor around. Its intertwining stories all blend perfectly to show us that love, or in this case Christmas, is all around. Cheesy but brilliant? Definitely.
6. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppets’ take on the Dickens’ classic is a musical family movie must. The movie stars Michael Caine as Scrooge alongside everyone’s favourite Muppets, this is one version of a classic tale that never seems to grow old.
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Richard Attenborough plays one of the most santa-y Santas ever. He captures the childhood magic of Father Christmas, while reminding us all that no matter how old we may be, Christmas is that special time of year to ‘believe’.
8. White Christmas (1954)
Here’s another oldie from Hollywood’s golden age that is still very much a classic, with an eponymous song that still resonates with the festive period. Despite living in a war-torn world, Bing Crosby and friends ensure that the sparkle (lashings of Hollywood glitz and glamour) of Christmas doesn’t go amidst.
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Dr. Seuss’s Grinch surely gives Scrooge a run for his money with his deep rooted hatred of Christmas. The hair department of this film also had a fabulous role in producing some of cinema’s craziest styles; bringing Seuss’s colourful story to life on screen.
10. The Gremlins (1984)
As cute as they may seem, the Gremlins have the ability to turn dark. This film is oh-so 80s sci-fi, complete with monstrous little creatures wreaking havoc. What’s not to love?
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What are your favourite films to watch over the festive period? Let us know! @TridentMediaUK.