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Best Movies to Watch Around Christmas

Step into Christmas
Let’s join together
We can watch the snowfall forever and ever
Eat, drink and be merry
Come along with me
Step into Christmas

Elton John’s ‘Step in Christmas’ really does a number and takes us back to the carefree and fun days, doesn’t it? Although Christmas falls in Winter, it is the warmest time of the year. Whether you decide to celebrate it at home with the ever-so beautiful Christmas tree or plan to visit famous holiday destinations, there are a million ways to celebrate the love it brings along. The first snow of the winters takes us all down the Christmas intoxication and mercies everything in the path. From gingerbread house to hot chocolate, everything seems to come straight out of a child’s imagination. 

Now, it is obvious that Christmas of 2020 would not be the same as always – and you would probably have to spend most of the time at home. But isn’t that the spirit of Christmas…being with the family? Watching Christmas movies with the family has also become a major part of this warm festival and every year our insatiable thirst for Christmas content is quenched through cable channels, and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. You can subscribe to these streaming services or bring your television to life with some great cable TV providers like Optimum, if you already don’t have one. You should look into Optimum cable packages for the amazing channel lineup and other added perks.

Having said that, we have come bearing a treat! From comedies to horror and adventure to thrillers, we have brought the best of the festive flicks to make your Christmas time nothing but the best.

The Holiday (2006)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Nancy Meyers

Box office: 205.1 million USD

Jude Law flattering Cameron Diaz in a gingerbread-like country cottage is all that you need for this Christmas. Two women swapping their homes in the hope to get away from everyone fall for two native men and reread the carols of love in this romantic comedy. 

Krampus (2015)

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Director: Michael Dougherty

Box office: 61.5 million USD

This festive horror comedy brings the chills that Christmas warmth tries to take away. The Krampus, an anti-Santa creature, is a half-goat testing all the demonic traits of a villain in a rather comedic depiction. Krampus makes us believe that the best Christmas is when you are together as a family with all your relatives.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Genre: Fantasy, Animation

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Box Office: 325 million USD

Animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story of the same name, A Christmas Carol stars Jim Carrey playing Ebenezer Scrooge and three ghosts haunting Scrooge. The movie is a depiction of how the ghosts take Scrooge on a journey to better his bitter behavior. It is a perfect piece to be shared with your kids. 

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Director: Sharon Maguire

Film Series: Bridget Jones

Box office: 281.9 million USD

Instilling a passion to keep a diary in all of us, this movie brings the reality of 21st-century dating and love life. 32 years old Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) decided to drive the car of her destiny at the beginning of this festive romantic comedy and throughout the movie we watch her getting attracted to the ever-so handsome Daniel Cleaver played by Hugh Grant but ultimately falling in love with the love of her life, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).

Die Hard (1988)

Genre: Action, Thriller

Director: John McTiernan

Film series: Die Hard

Box Office: $139.8–141.5 million

Bruce Willis as John McClane is one of the greatest action heroes that we have seen. From 1988 till date, he is every guy’s inspiration and every girl’s fantasy. What makes this action-pumped movie a fit for Christmas is the protagonist’s spirit of family reconciliation throughout. 

Home Alone (1990)

Genre: Comedy, Family

Director: Chris Columbus

Box office: 476.7 million USD

If you want to escape your family amidst the holiday season, you should go and watch the 1990 comedy classic ‘Home Alone’. Scripted by John Hughes and music by John Williams, this movie is about an eight years old bratty Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left home alone behind when his family departs to France for Christmas. This tale of a dysfunctional family is enough to brighten up the mood of every family member.

Love Actually (2003)

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Director: Richard Curtis

Box office: $248.5 million

Written and directed by Richard Curtis, this Christmas themed romantic movie is like ice-cream. It brings joy and comfort to everyone whether they are in love or have gotten their hearts broken a few times, this romantic comedy draws everyone into the shadows of love, empathy, and warmth.

With a high-budget cast, the festive classic puts forth nine stories exploring the highs and lows of the finest and deepest emotion of all: Love. This movie’s cheesy sentimentality makes it a must-watch during the holiday season.

Just Friends (2005)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Roger Kumble

Box office: 50.9 million USD

Once ridiculed by people and rejected in love, Chris Brander played by Ryan Reynold returns to his hometown during the Christmas holidays as a successful record producer and the most dashing guy that the town had seen. Brandon keeps on trying to win his high school crush and then-girlfriend, Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart) while home. This movie is a fun watch around Christmas.

You’ve got Mail (1998)

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Director: Nora Ephron

Box office: 250.8 million USD

Real-life enemies fall in love through email in this romantic comedy, directed by Nora Ephron. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play the lead roles most gracefully and transform a cheesy movie into the classic it is. This movie is an ode to the power of love altogether and rekindles the expression of love in the hearts of its viewers.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Andrew Adamson

Film series: The Chronicles of Narnia

Box office: 745 million USD

Based on C.S. Lewis’ novel ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, is a snowy treat without which Christmas cannot be over. Four siblings are sent to a country house to ensure their safety during the Second World War. While playing, the youngest of the lot, Lucy, opens the door to another world, Narnia. This movie revolves around the magical experience the kids have in this wonderland.    


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