Merry Christmas everyone!
Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, it’s been the inspiration for some fantastic films. While the following five movies are best enjoyed during the holiday season, these classics can be watched any time of the year. Some of them are true Christmas classics, while others are Christmas movies by the loosest definitions. In any case, here are five movies to watch at Christmas… and other times too.
1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Seems appropriate that I start with what is perhaps the most famous of the Rankin/Bass Production Christmas specials, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Originally airing in 1964, the beloved stop-motion cartoon is considered by many a Christmas classic. For many of us, it was our introduction to not only the famous 9th reindeer of Santa’s sleigh but an introduction to the amazing world stop motion animation. Although other titles on the list would perfect that art, I think that the art style of the film and it’s themes of accepting our differences and being proud of being different are universal. So what if it’s a Christmas movie, there are definitely some people out there who should watch it now and in the new year.
2. Home Alone
I’ll admit, I forget that this movie is technically a Christmas movie. But with all the traps that Kevin set ups in his family’s house as burglars try to break in make it timeless. There isn’t much else for me to say. If you’ve seen Home Alone and enjoyed it, then chances are you’d be willing to watch it again any time of the year. And if you haven’t seen it, then you need to stop reading this and watch it, it’s required viewing for anyone who grew up in the 90s.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
While Rankin/Bass Productions might be known for their stop-motion Christmas specials, Tim Burton is certainly known for his own stop-motion masterpieces. Specifically The Nightmare Before Christmas. The amazing thing about this title is that without even trying it’s already both a Halloween film and a Christmas film. But with amazing animation, catchy songs, wonderful characters, and a vibrant world, The Nightmare Before Christmas is fantastic to watch any time of year. It’s certainly one of my all-time favourites.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life
I watch It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas. But considering that it’s perhaps one of the greatest films ever made, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by waiting to watch during the Holiday season. While some might feel that the movie is a bit dated, the fact that we’re still seeing it on tv to this day 70 years after its original release is a testament to its incredible story, characters, and performances.
5. Die Hard
I mean, technically the movie takes on Christmas Eve. So obviously Die Hard is the best Christmas action movie ever. There’s a lot to love about Die Hard, I mean if you’re a fan of action movies that is. If you’re not, there’s not much that I can say that will probably change your mind. Except that both Bruce Willis and the late, great, Alan Rickman are in it, so there is that. It is considered by many to be the grandfather of what is regarded as the modern action movie, a lone hero fighting against both the clock and incredible odds. A true action classic for Christmas or the rest of the year.