The holidays are all about comfort. There’s something magical about December which makes you feel the need to cuddle up in a mountain of blankets and forget about your troubles. While a movie might not be the same as a soft blanket, the comfort of watching your favourite films and actors is certainly comparable. Furthermore, around the holidays, there's always a huge emphasis on spending time with loved ones. We think the best way to spend the holiday season is to watch one of these beautiful Christmas movies with your family.
So, join in the Christmas cheer and frolic through quirky romantic comedies, and the evergreen classics. Here are the best Christmas movies of all time:
1. Home Alone (1990)
Nostalgia and holidays both have a way of warping emotions. Especially when they're old movies that captured our hearts as children, they're hard to resist. And Home Alone is that classic Christmas movie. It’s an ever-charming one and the sentimental ending works every time.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
A list of the greatest Christmas movies of all time is incomplete without this one. Tinged with magical passages, buckets of goodwill and an alternate plotline makes this movie a must-watch. It’s grounded in details of the times of the Depression and World War II — but its vision of holiday kindness and generosity remains timeless.
3. Carol (2015)
You may not take Carol to be a Christmas movie. But watching Rooney Mara falling for Cate Blanchette can bring as many homely feels. The movie uses its holiday setting as more than a backdrop, capturing the spirit of the holiday season through the characters’ relationship.
4. The Holiday (2006)
This romantic comedy might be the warmest and most snuggly film. Two women—one in London (Kate Winslet), and one in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz) face simultaneous romantic disappointments, which leads to them swapping homes over the holidays and, in turn, finding new men to swoon over.
5. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
It was not always cool to wear Christmas jumpers like you do today. But the fact that the protagonist of this movie, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) sees her potential love interest, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) while wearing a sweater with a giant reindeer face on it makes you feel optimistic about your dating life. The film begins with a sharp romantic comedy-drama about navigating twenty-first-century dating and the pitfalls of having an affair with a dashing Hugh Grant.
6. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
It’s a movie that you can watch repeatedly in bliss. Before the days of Tinder, Hinge and whatever other dating apps, people were meeting the old-fashioned way - via e-mail. Despite its festive setting, this romantic comedy is deeply charming. This ‘90s classic movie with the happily ever after ending with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan makes it the perfect movie for the holidays.
7. Just Friends (2005)
In this film, Ryan Reynolds portrays Chris Brander, a guy who was miserable in high school and became a player after being rejected by Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). However, when he returns home for Christmas, disaster ensues — especially since we all know that we will never be able to escape our hometowns and the tales.
8. In Bruges (2008)
You'll love this dark crime comedy if you like your Christmas movies foul-mouthed and melancholy. After a hit goes wrong, two mismatched hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) find themselves hiding out in a Belgian tourist town during the holidays. The movie is sad and hilarious in equal measure, another must-watch.
9. Elf (2003)
This is one modern Christmas movie that is genuinely sweet, despite a genre that has become generically saccharine in recent years. This comedy is about a guileless giant elf raised by Santa and his elves in the North Pole searching for his dad in NYC. It is hilariously funny thanks to Will Ferrell's overgrown-child persona, but the focus isn't just on the laughs.
10. A Very Kumar And Harold Christmas (2011)
In the best of the duo's big-screen outings, John Cho and Kal Penn's buddies get into an argument over a Christmas tree, leading to an all-night adventure filled with holiday madness. This is how Christmas usually turns out, isn't it?
11. The Family Stone (2005)
There's an all-star cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, and Diane Keaton. This fluffy entertaining dramedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker as the girlfriend meeting her partner's parents and siblings for the first time. In addition to some sharp observations about family dynamics, the movie contains some charming performances.
12. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Sandra Bullock is at her most lovable in this thoughtful, smart romcom about a lonely Chicago subway worker who rescues her dream man only to fall in love with his bad-tempered brother. Witty, sweet and festive – it’s the kind of movie you can warm up to.