Blankets, pillows, and a cup of hot chocolate. What a great way to spend your winter break! Add in a nice Christmas movie, and you’ve got yourself the perfect night. It was tough, but we managed to come together and narrow down our top 5 recommendations based on genre, to give all our readers the chance to get in the spirit.
Comedy: Elf (2003)
Now, if you’ve come searching for a funny, fantastical Christmas movie, this is the one. Watch this movie to see Buddy’s (Will Ferrell) journey to finding his father after being accidentally shipped off to the North Pole. When Buddy was only a toddler, he was accidentally shipped to the North Pole and raised by Santa’s elves. However, Buddy never finds himself at home, and decides to go searching for his father, leading to a trip to New York to look for him. After finding his father, who happens to be a businessman, they attempt to bond. This bond is the result of some adventurous moments .
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Length: 1 hr, 40 mins
Romance: Love Actually (2003)
Are you a softie when it comes to romantic movies? Love Actually examines nine stories that all have a mutual emotion: love. These nine stories all have people that have to adjust to new lives, and deal with problems like death, communication issues and hatred between friends.This movie focuses on the people falling in and out of love, and finding the ones that they are truly meant to be with. All of this is summarized in a heart warming movie, perfect to watch for this time of year.
Genre: Comedy, Drama,Romance
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Length: 2 ½ hrs
Rating: Rated R
Classic: Home Alone (1990)
In the winter of ’90, the McCallisters plan a trip to France. When Kevin, their naughty 8-year- old son, misbehaves, he is sent into his room, which happens to be on the third floor, to sleep for the night. When his family rushes for the airport, they accidentally leave him home. Despite the enormous amount of fun, Kevin discovers thieves waiting to rob his house. Kevin then takes on the responsibility of protecting his house, and sending away the burglars by booby trapping his entire house. Watch this movie for some adventurous entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Length: 2 hrs
Action: Die Hard (1988)
While not technically a Christmas movie, Die Hard is the quintessential action movie for winter time. On a visit to his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and daughters at the headquarters of a Japanese owned business, NYC policeman (Bruce Willis) attempts to save the innocent people attacked by terrorists at a holiday party. There’s a lot of swearing and violence, so it might not be the best movie to watch with the whole fam, but it’s a must-watch film for any action fans.
Rating: Rated R
Family: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Looking for a family-friendly movie? The Grinch is the perfect choice to get you all cozied-up and ready to celebrate the holidays. The movie, based on a Dr. Seuss book, unravels The Grinch’s (Jim Carrey) plan to wipe out any sign of Christmas from Whoville, when an obstacle comes across his path, and changes his perspective of Christmas. It’s funny, light-hearted, and will put a smile on anyone’s face (even a Christmas “Grinch”).
Length: 1 hour 45 mins