Dec 27, 2017

Movies to watch Over The Christmas Holidays

Christmas is the time when the whole family comes together, no matter how near or far they live. However, with age gaps and differences in tastes, preferences and opinions, it can be tricky to host the entire family! No matter how much everyone loves each other, there just aren’t that many things that hold cross-generational appeal.

 

Movies, however, do. Indeed, it has become a tradition with many families to cuddle together on a couch and watch charmingly Christmassy movies on Christmas day, munching away on popcorn and seasonal specialities as they do. People living away from their families or spending Christmas on their own also find refuge in movies and the simple messages they convey – love, peace and hope.

 

The best part is that there is no dearth of Christmas movies. Here is a short compilation of some of the best movies to watch during the festive season:

Classics

 

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

One of the most loved American movies and a must-watch around Christmas time is It’s a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra, this movie portrays the life of George Bailey whose plan to commit suicide brings Clarence Odbody into his life who happens to be his guardian angel. Through depicting the alternate reality had Bailey not been born, Odbody shows him the importance of all the good deeds that he has performed throughout his life and the number of people whose lives he has touched.

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This 1947 Christmas comedy drama is another classic Christmas watch. Directed by George Seaton, the story is set at Christmas time in New York. The story that won the Academy award for Original Story still seems as fresh as when it was first released! Revolving around the life of an old man posing as Santa Claus in a shopping mall who claims to be the real Santa and is declared insane, the movie captures the struggle of a lawyer who sets out to prove that he is actually the real thing!

 

Scrooged (1988)

A modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this movie was directed by Richard Donner. Just like the original, this version has a ‘Scrooge’ by the name of Frank Cross who is making his team work all through the holiday. Amidst all the stress of having to broadcast a live production of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Despite being a moderate success at the box office, it has become a Christmas classic.

Modern Classics

 

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Elf (2003)

This 2003 American fantasy film directed by Jon Favreau revolves around the life of one of Santa’s elves… who’s actually a human. Despite his life-long struggle to fit in, the elf only causes problems for the elf community due to its size. The human-elf is then sent to the New York City, where he tries to find his identity. The innocent and happy big elf warms the heart every time. People love this movie so much that today, it’s considered quite the Christmas classic!

 

Home Alone (1990)

The 1990 comedy film directed by Chris Columbus tells the tale of a young boy, Kevin McCallister, who is mistakenly left behind by his family who are flying to Paris for vacation. The movie depicts Kevin’s adventures as he tries to protect himself and the house as two burglars attempt to break in. The movie became the highest grossing live-action comedy American film worldwide. It held on to that title for over twenty years and was only overtaken by The Hangover in 2011.

 

The Polar Express (2004)

The 2004 Christmas musical fantasy film based on a book by the same name is also a much-loved modern classic. The movie depicts the story of a young boy who sets for the journey to the North Pole. The magical train, the Polar Express gives him the chance to meet up with children who are headed in the same direction and the journey teaches him the value of friendship, bravery and love.

 

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Apart from these classics, people also enjoy popular seasonal animated movies with their family, like The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and more recently Frozen (2013), which is not strictly a Christmas flick but is quite a popular animated movies of modern time!

 

Light, feel-good festive romantic comedies are also a popular genre to binge-watch during the Christmas period. A few of these movies that people like watching around the holiday season are, The Holiday (2006), Love Actually (2003), Serendipity (2001)the list is endless. There are so many of these movies set around Christmas time that your family will be spoilt for choice!

 

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Action buffs are not left out from all the Christmas cheer either. Some of the most loved and watched action movies are set around Christmas time, including Lethal Weapon (1987), Die Hard (1998) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).  

 

Enjoy every moment with your family. Make the most of this festive time together. Merry Christmas, and happy viewing!

 

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