Classic Christmas Movies to Watch with Family

12/06/2015

Since time immemorial, Christmas has been the season of spreading good cheer, of spending time with your family and of sharing, caring and giving. Of love and compassion and of family bonding. These old but great Xmas movies will guarantee to bring you and your family a quality time together.

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Receiving 5 Oscar nominations and being in the list of 100 best films all the time, It's a Wonderful Life is a must-see classic movie whenever Xmas is around. Director Frank Capra is adapted from the novel The Greatest Gifts by author Philip Van Doren Stern. the movie revolves around George Bailey, a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman, who decides to end his life on Christmas Eve, and an angel who has not earned his wings yet comes to convince that "It's a Wonderful Life". Over 60 years since the release, It's a Wonderful Life still makes millions of viewers all over the world sobbed when shown on screen. 

2. A Christmas Carol (1951)

The famous novel of great writer Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, is one of the novels which has been adapted so many times, and in this case, the total is 22. However, the most highly appreciated adaption is the one released in 1951. The movie tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooger, a greedy miser, who hates Christmas, and how he is transformed into a caring, kindly person through the visitations of four ghosts.

3. A Christmas Story (1983)

The movie is set in Indiana, Christmas is around the corner and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: an official Red Ryder BB rifle. Now he has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. Thanks to the fun, warm and humorous atmosphere it brings to us, A Christmas Story has always been classified as one of the most favorite Christmas movies of all time.

4. Lethal Weapon (1987)

For those who want to find some thrills on Christmas Eve, Lethal Weapon with the participation of Mel Gibson will be always the first choice. The action movie starts with Jingle Bell Rock and ends with the scene of the whole family gathering around the Christmas Tree. And in the middle? It's the journey of two police officers who team up with each other to raid a drug smuggling ring. Although the movie was released in the spring, a really unusual time for an action blockbuster, Lethal Weapon still got huge success and became a milestone in the illustrious career of Mel Gibson.

5. Die Hard (1988)

This is one of the superlative classic action movies that Hollywood has ever produced and at the same time it is a perfect choice for Christmas Eve. There are not only fierce gunfight, but Die Hard also contains many hidden meaningful stories. Watching Bruce Willis fight against terrorists in order to spend his Xmas Eve with his wife and kids has become a tradition for many action movie lovers in December during the years.

6. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone is an indispensable spiritual meal for every Christmas. The movie is regularly shown on TV in many countries in December. The movie revolves around an eight year old boy who has to protect his house from two robbers after being accidentally left home alone when his family takes a trip to France for Christmas. Over the past 24 years, Home Alone always brings endless laughs to viewers each Christmas season.

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The classic stop-motion animation movie is directed by Henry Selick with the script of Tim Burton. The movie revolves around Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, who is tired of the same old thing every year: the monsters come out and perform a real scare. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween. But the atmosphere is not conducive to Jack's newfound sensibility. The Nightmare Before Christmas used to be considered as too "dark" for kids, but over the past 20 years, the movie is still loved by many generations of viewers thanks to its creative plot and meticulous work on pictures. This is also the first stop-motion movie being converted into 3D format and being shown every Christmas since 2006 to 2009.

8. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually gathers the A-class cast and has been one of the most favorite romance movies for Christmas. The cinematographic work of director Richard Curtis encompasses many meaningful messages for Christmas Eve, for example, everyone is surrounded by love no matter what. The movie is like a picture assembled by 8 different romance stories, in which each carries a nuance, different expressions. Everyone has their own troubles, but on Christmas Eve, they are all warmed by love either directly or indirectly.

9. The Polar Express (2004)

Being produced continuously for three years, The Polar Express is the animation movie adapted from the children book of the same name. The movie starts with the scene a young boy sees an express train in a cold Christmas night. He decides to get in the train and travel to exotic lands. The movie is full of colors and definitely a good choice for those who want to immerse themselves in a fairy world.

10. The Holiday (2006)

The first reason that makes the movie attracting is the participation of four famous names: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. The movie revolves around the love life of two workaholic women: Iris and Amanda. Iris, who lives in England, is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, in USA, Amanda realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. The charm and humor of the four main characters bring us gentle smiles and faith in love in the Christmas season.