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Top Christmas Movies: For The Perfect Movie Night This Year

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Grab the popcorn and "Keep the change, ya filthy animal"

Ahhh it's that time of year again.

Whether you're a Christmas Enthusiast or an Ebenezer Scrooge, we know you're a movie lover and what is the point of Christmas if you're not curled up watching movies...?

Unfortunately, not all Christmas Movies are made equal. So here's a list Script Stable's favourite Christmas Films to help you navigate the holidays.


The perfect double-bill of Christmas films. Home Alone and its sequel Lost in New York, is the best way to kick off the holiday season. Funny, charming, slapstick-bad-guy-comedy, brilliant one liners and a fabulous soundtrack. Can't go wrong.


Comedy treasure Will Ferrell gives us "Christmas cheer for all to hear" with Buddy the Elf. An elf who discovers he's actually a human, leaves the North Pole and heads to New York City in order to find his biological father. Silly, heartfelt and very funny, this is a feel good comedy that is everyone's favourite for a reason.


What's not to love about The Grinch? Jim Carey is delectable. In the saccharine sweet town of Whoville, the Grinch's dedication in hating Christmas mixed in with his deep self-loathing and life of isolation is a real treat. Jim Carey's commitment to the role is next level and even the biggest Christmas lover will find it hard not to fall in love with him.


Anyone who denies that this is a masterpiece is off their rocker. It's a muppet musical with an Oscar-worthy performance from Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Charles Dickens would be proud. Between the classic literature adapted into a child friendly story, the Muppets and songs that knock it straight out the park in every scene; this film could be the all time greatest Christmas film ever made. There, we said it.


Speaking of classics - you can't have a list of Christmas films without It's a Wonderful Life. Talk about heartwarming. With a bit of a slow start perhaps for a modern audience, it's well worth it for the pay off.


We also love the original 1947 version but for other millennials out there, we're sure you'll agree there's a special place in your hearts for the 'Matilda' version, in this sweet Christmas tale of a young girl who doesn't believe in Santa.


A refreshingly naughty Christmas Film starring Billy Bob Thornton, not for the easily offended. Developed and Exec Produced by the Coen Brothers, this dark comedy centres around a morally corrupt alcoholic, working as a mall Santa. It involves lots of drugs, sex and swears... HOHOHO. Enjoy... but keep the kids away from this one.


Get Santa is such an underdog Christmas film that we couldn't even get a proper gif of it. Starring Rafe Spall as unlucky (and recently paroled) dad, trying to make it up to his son. When Santa (Jim Broadbent) crashes his sleigh and ends up in prison; the father and son duo embark on breaking him free in order to save Christmas. This one is a modern (2014) Christmas Movie that's fun for all the family. It's also an English Christmas Movie, which makes it even more of a rare gem.


Ok. Ok. So this isn't technically a Christmas Movie. But with its climatic scene at NYE it could be considered a New Year's Film...Maybe? Either way, hear us out: When Harry Met Sally transcends (and includes) ALL seasons. It's the best Rom-Com ever made and for that reason, it's on the list. This Fantastic script is elevated by the brilliant chemistry of Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. With a huge heart filled with humour, it's about friendship and love. It will leave you feeling warm and full to the brim, just like Christmas. Whilst, again, wanting to go to New York City.


Want more Christmas Movies? Check out Script Stable's others list Christmas Movies: Perfect For The Family and Alternative Christmas Movies: Palate Cleansers



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