Movie | Holiday | 16th December 2021 | Virtual Wire
Christmas is here, and we're all ready to cosy up and enjoy a festive film or three. Whether you're into holiday comedies, feel-good flicks, or just that one "Christmas" movie that always leaves you in tears, there's something for everyone on this list.
So grab the popcorn and get ready to fill your home with Christmas cheer! These movies will be sure to bring out the best of December.
Here are 10 movies to watch during Christmas in a cosy atmosphere:
10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" is a 1989 American comedy film written by John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. The film tells the story of a dysfunctional family on their way to Aunt Eva's home in Chicago, during the holiday season when they encounter Clark Griswold trying to return a shopping cart to Wal-Mart only to be mistaken for criminals. It has become a popular holiday comedy staple due to its mix of crude humour and sentimental themes of Christmas.
9. The Santa Clause (1994)
"The Santa Clause" is a 1994 American comedy fantasy film directed by John Pasquin. Michael Scott (Tim Allen), an ordinary man, becomes Santa Claus after accidentally causing the real Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. It is the first instalment of The Santa Clause trilogy, followed by The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). The film received mainly positive reviews from critics and grossed over $183 million worldwide on a budget of $15 million.
8. The Polar Express (2004)
"The Polar Express" is a 2004 American computer-animated Christmas fantasy film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, and produced by William Joyce and Bonne Radford. Based on the children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, the film features human characters animated using live-action motion capture animation with a supporting cast made up of both human actors and animatronic figures. The film was released in the United States on November 10, 2004, by Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Animation Group, and Live Entertainment. It received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $309 million worldwide against its $165 million budget.
7. A Christmas Carol (1984)
"A Christmas Carol" is a 1984 American television film directed by John R. Musker and Ron Clements based on the novella of the same name by Charles Dickens. It stars George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, Angela Lansbury as his money-hungry and demanding wife, Robert Morse as his cold-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit, Denholm Elliot as his disgruntled employee Jacob Marley, and Peter Ustinov as the ghost of Christmas past. The film is set in Victorian-era London at Christmas time, with additional scenes set in Paris and New York City.
6. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
"The Santa Clause 2" is a 2002 American Christmas comedy film directed by Nelson McCormick and written by Christopher B. Landon, Daniel Waters, and Danny Bilson. The film stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, the husband of Kris Kringle (also played by Tim Allen), who magically becomes "Santa Claus" after his wife dies from mysterious circumstances. The movie was a success at the box office in spite of receiving negative reviews for its writing and acting, which was mostly panned by critics.
5. Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone is a 1990 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin Mc.ister, an 8-year-old boy who is left behind when his family vacations in France, and attempts to protect his home from burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern while reuniting with his family. It was a major box office success, becoming the highest-grossing live-action domestic film released in that year, as well as the second highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time unadjusted for inflation.
4. Elf (2003)
"Elf" is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film written and directed by Tim Allen, produced by Imagine Entertainment, and distributed by Touchstone Pictures. It stars Will Ferrell as an average human raised as an elf named "Will Vinton", who learns about his true identity the day after Christmas when he is sent to New York City by Santa Claus in order to help save Christmas for one year only. The film was a critical and commercial success upon its release, grossing over $247 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $30 million. The film was also nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Santa Baby") at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. The film's story takes place in a fictional locale known as "Halloween Town", where Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween, discovers Christmas Town but doesn't quite understand the concept. After inadvertently causing havoc in his new "hometown", Jack realizes the importance of family and must save Christmas before it's too late."The Nightmare Before Christmas" was met with critical acclaim from critics and fans alike, with a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
"Rise of the Guardians" is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy-drama film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Based on the children's book "The Guardians of Childhood" by William Joyce, the film is directed by Peter Ramsey, who voices Jack Frost. Set in present-day New York City, it centres on a group of celestial beings that protect children from the forces of darkness – known as the Badgertooth – in their never-ending battle for children's hearts during their most crucial time, Christmas.
1. Frozen (2012)
"Frozen" is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen", the film was directed by Chris Buck. The screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee, who also voices Queen Elsa. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana provide their voice acting as the female leads Olaf the snowman; Anna; Kristoff; and Hans respectively. The film had an estimated worldwide box office gross of over $1.3 billion and became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in 2014.