Counting under the days until Christmas just obtained easier, many thanks to 9Honey betterworld2016.org's movie advent calendar. 

We've selected 24 holiday movies to obtain you right into the festive heart — from standard tales to feelgood comedies. 

But what exactly defines a Christmas movie? walk it require all the trimmings — trees, decorations, gifts?


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Elf is our choose for December 24 in the 9Honey betterworld2016.org Christmas movie advent calendar. Funny Christmas! (9Honey betterworld2016.org/Tara Blancato)

Or go it just need to attribute tradition — Jesus, family, mass?

Well, according to some netizens the just real needs are the the film is collection during Christmastime, it explores holiday themes, and also Christmas is part of the film's core narrative.

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With that in mind, here's our choose of 24 Christmas movies that will aid you countdown to Santa's arrival — and yes, Die Hard is one of them.

DECEMBER 24

Elf (2003)


If will certainly Ferrell in one elf costume because that the whole movie doesn't get you in the festive mood, we don't recognize what will.

Ferrell stars as Buddy, one oversized human being raised by elves in the north Pole ~ he to be accidentally shipped there together a toddler. Girlfriend never totally fit in v his elf mates, therefore he go on a pursuit to new York to uncover his biological father, business man Walter Hobbs (James Caan), and a collection of misadventures monitor — consisting of one with Game that Thrones star Peter Dinklage.

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Will Ferrell wasn't the an initial choice for this top Christmas film. (Stan)

Ferrell nearly didn't play the duty of Buddy. Once the original script was floating roughly in 1993, producers wanted Jim Carrey come play the adventurous elf. This negotiations took location 10 years prior to Elf premiered and one year before Carrey starred in The Mask. Fortunately for Ferrell, Carrey pass on the duty and the rest, together they say, is history.

And that concludes our Christmas movie introduction calendar! merry Christmas, everyone!

DECEMBER 23

Love actually (2003) 

Lots of different stories room interconnected in Love Actually. Assorted relationships room explored through each one displaying love that a different kind: an initial love, brotherly love, unrequited love, forbidden love and also true love.

From Mark's (Andrew Lincoln) an enig crush top top his finest friend's wife Juliet (Keira Knightley), come Karen's (Emma Thompson) futile attempts to reconnect through her cheating husband take care of (Alan Rickman), you'll feeling their ache in her fingers, you'll feel it in her toes — as ageing resident popular music star Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) would say.

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Various relationships are explored in the hit movie Love Actually, with each one displaying love of a different kind: first love, brotherly love, unrequited love, forbidden love and true love. (Universal Pictures)

But it's no all heartache — love is still all roughly for UK element Minister (Hugh Grant) and his small staffer Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), young Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and his childhood crush Joanna (Olivia Olson), and Jamie (Colin Firth) who falls for his non-English-speaking housekeeper Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). Arguably one of the best Christmas movie of all time.

The memorable airport scene that anchors the movie was in reality shot for one week on location at Heathrow airport — with surprise cameras. The world at the terminal were unaware they to be being filmed, but when a special minute was caught on camera, writer-director Richard Curtis explained that a crew member would race up to the subjects and ask them to authorize a waiver for this reason the footage can be contained in the film.


DECEMBER 22

It's A wonderful Life (1946) 

Christmas might be the most beautiful time of the year, but it can also be the loneliest. 

For frustrated father and businessman George Bailey (James Stewart), it's a time when all his troubles are highlighted. That feels dejected, like he sacrificed his desires for his family and also friends but forgot come live life because that himself. Together he contemplates finishing his life, a guardian angel called Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) rescues the from despair and gives him some perspective. Clarence take away George top top a magical stroll under memory lane, reflecting him every the an excellent he has actually done in the past and also all the good he has in his life now.

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It's a exorbitant Life is a heartwarming tale that teaches us no issue the ups and downs, highs and also lows, life is beautiful. (Liberty Films)

A heartwarming tale that teaches united state no matter the ups and downs, highs and lows, it really is a exorbitant life.

Did you recognize that the movie all started with a Christmas card? American author Philip van Doren Stern created a quick story in 1943 titled The best Gift, which to be rejected by countless publishing residences at the time. Therefore he self-printed 200 copies of the story and sent them out to friends and colleagues as a 21-page Christmas card. A copy the the card found its method to RKO Pictures, who then paid US$10,000 (approx. $13,000) to acquisition the legal rights to it is adapted it right into a movie, i beg your pardon they title It's A exorbitant Life.


DECEMBER 21

Miracle top top 34th Street (1947)

This Christmas favourite is because that the non-believers.

When the Santa Claus functioning at a Macy's department keep in brand-new York i do not care intoxicated top top the job, a shopper called Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is appalled and also takes his place. Kris is an extremely believable as Santa, wowing both customers and also workers alike — and also young protagonist Susan walker (played by the so late Natalie Wood) — the he's rental to take on the gig full-time. However when the won't protect against insisting he is the actual Santa Claus, it leads to a court fight to identify if he's delusional or the real deal.

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Natalie Wood and also Edmund Gwenn in wonder on 34th Street. (Silver display screen Collection/Getty Images)

The film's writer, Valentine Davies, got the idea for the story after ~ standing in a queue in ~ a room store during Christmastime. When observing the chaos that surrounded gift-buying throughout the holiday season, he wonder what Santa would have thought about the commercialisation that Christmas and also thus the film to be born.

This standard attracted a new audience in 1994 when Home Alone producer and also writer man Hughes rebooted it starring Matilda actress Mara Wilson.


DECEMBER 20

Home Alone 2: shed In brand-new York (1992)

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself alone again because that the holidays. This time he renders it to the airport, but casually boards the wrong plane. Destination? brand-new York. 

Also in the huge Apple room burglars Harry and also Marv (Joe Pesci and also Daniel Stern), that escape from prison and also flee come the city that never sleeps. It's no long before Kevin and the 2 thieves cross courses again, this time in one abandoned residence owned through the youngster's uncle.

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Home Alone 2 look at the bandits from the initial film discover Kevin in new York City. (20th Century Fox)

Sequels rarely ever live up to the original yet dare we say this sure does. 

Culkin raked in the big bucks to play Kevin because that the second time. The child star was reportedly paid US$4,500,000 (approx. $6 million) because that the sequel -- the best salary ever before received through a 12-year-old in the industry.


After shooting his assistant just before Christmas Eve, frank is saw by a sequence of Christmas ghosts past, present and also future in an effort to aid him change his ways. But the ghosts soon uncover they have their work cut out because that them.

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The infamous lip-grab scene which actually stopped production because that a few days. (Paramount Pictures)

In the well known lip-grab scene, actress Carol Kane -- who played the Ghost of Christmas current -- pulled Murray's lip so tough that she hurt him. His injury was so bad, they stopped production because that a couple of days. Ouch! 

DECEMBER 18

The Nightmare prior to Christmas (1993)

One look in ~ the aesthetics the the stop-motion movie and also it's apparent Tim Burton was the brains behind the production. Simply to be clear up, Burton walk not direct the film, together many human being assumed. He developed the story but was busy directing Batman Returns at the time, for this reason he handed the directorial reins over to his colleague, Henry Selick.

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The Nightmare prior to Christmas was the brainchild the Tim Burton. (Buena Vista Pictures)

The movie follows Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, that tires of the yearly Halloween event and seeks out a new playground. Once he by chance stumbles top top a winter wonderland filled with snow, stockings and also Santa's little helpers, that plots to end up being the king that Christmas. Only difficulty is, that must eliminate Santa first…

This masterpiece took three years to finish due come the nature of stop-motion videos — a solitary minute that the film reportedly took one week come shoot!


DECEMBER 17

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 

What execute you obtain when you cross Jim Henson and also Charles Dickens? The Muppet Christmas Carol, that's what.

This adaptation breathes new life into the story of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge. In this instalment, his overworked and underpaid employee Bob Cratchit is played by Kermit the Frog.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol featured favourites such as Kermit the Frog, miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear. (Buena Vista Pictures)

A few cameos from muppet favourites including Miss Piggy, Gonzo and also Fozzie bear will add light and also laughter to this classic Christmas tale. Also the spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future — room played through muppets. Cute! 

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Michael Caine stars in The Muppet Christmas Carol. (Buena Vista Pictures)

This to be the very first muppet movie made there is no creator Jim Henson. The famous puppeteer — who famously voiced Kermit the Frog up until his death — i m so sad passed far in 1990, two years before the movie premiere. That reportedly passed away of severe pneumonia led to by a rarely complication native a usual bacteria.

It's believed Henson complained of cold symptoms to a doctor cousin simply days prior to his death. But by the time he checked himself right into hospital, it was too late — the bacteria had struck his various other organs and the illness might no much longer be managed with antibiotics.

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Puppeteer and also creator Jim Henson voiced Kermit the Frog up until his fatality in 1990. (Getty)

In The Muppet Christmas Carole, fellow puppeteer Steve Whitmire took over the voice the Kermit and Henson's son, Brian Henson, stepped in together director in what would certainly be his directorial feature film. Today, Brian and his sister, Lisa Henson, operation The Jim Henson Company, which their father established in 1958.


DECEMBER 16

Bad Santa (2003)

It's not all carols and also candy canes throughout the holidays. In part cases, it's Christmas and con men. That's the premise behind the dark comedy Bad Santa. Willie Sook (Billy Bob Thornton) and also his literal meaning partner-in-crime Marcus (Tony Cox) reunite because that their annual holiday con.

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Billy Bob Thornton and also Tony Cox star in bad Santa. (Dimension Films)

Like past Christmases, Willie poses together a shopping centre Santa Claus with Marcus together his elf and together they plunder the shop on Christmas Eve. 

But will certainly Willie's surprising friendship with a boy he meets in ~ the shopping center be sufficient for the to readjust his ways? Well, Christmas miracles have the right to happen…

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The actor played a mall Santa who was anything however jolly. (Dimension Films)

Thornton later admitted come going method to play the booze-soaked Santa Claus, telling The brand-new York Times in 2016, "A couple of times, ns was drunk, yet not every day. I verified up with a hangover a couple of times … i wasn't the many pleasant man to it is in around." 

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Billy Bob Thornton admits to being 'drunk' during filming. (Dimension Films)

Of one alcohol-fuelled scene, Thornton recently told People TV's Couch Surfing program, "I drank about three glasses of red wine for breakfast … Then ns switched end to vodka and cranberry juice, and also then I had a couple of Bud Lights. By the time I obtained to that scene there, ns barely knew I was in a movie." 


DECEMBER 15

National Lampoon's Christmas holidays (1989) 

The Griswolds are back in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. After their damaging vacations throughout the US and Europe, Clark (Chevy Chase), his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and their two youngsters are happy to stay home for the holidays this time.

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Chevy chase stars in nationwide Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. (Warner Bros)

But Clark being Clark is quiet met with some Christmas challenges — from the tree come the decorations to the display lights. And also his troubles only escalate once his prolonged family, command by hillbilly cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), come uninvited and set up your campers ~ above the Griswolds' lawn. 

This is the 3rd instalment in the franchise — National Lampoon's Vacation was released in 1983 and also its sequel National Lampoon's europe Vacation in 1985 — yet the laughs never acquire old.

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Randy Quaid (centre) and also Miriam Flynn pat Chevy Chase's cousins in national Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. (Warner Bros)

The stars that played the Griswold kids in this instalment were various from the an initial two. In those offerings, Audrey's function from Dana Barron and Rusty to be played The Breakfast Club's Anthony Michael Hall.

But in the third film, Juliet Lewis and also The huge Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki play Audrey and Rusty, respectively.

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Juliet Lewis and Johnny Galecki were cast as the Griswold youngsters in the third movie. (Warner Bros)

Apparently, a heart-to-heart scene was meant to go down in between Chase and Galecki's characters, yet the last thought over there wasn't "any point" consisting of a tender exchange in a comedy. It was a career selection he would later regret.

"I literally talked myself out of what could have been a classic scene through Chevy Chase," Galecki newly told Rolling Stone. "I realise the error of my ways. Ns still absent myself ... For this every day."


DECEMBER 14

A Christmas Carol (1951) 

Alastair center plays Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1951 adaptation that Charles Dickens' novella, A Christmas Carol. 

The cold-hearted London businessman despises the season and all that trimmings — the rejects an invite from his nephew come Christmas dinner and also shoos away gentlemen kindly questioning for charitable donations.

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A Christmas Carol. (Renown pictures Corporation)

It isn't until he gets a visit indigenous the Ghost the Christmas Past, Ghost that Present and Ghost of however to Come the he receives the wake-up speak to he so badly needs. 

Back in 2009, Jim Carrey portrayed Scrooge in the 3D animation of the movie, and he was as equally frightening as Sim.

Fun fact: Though us all recognize 'Scrooge' to average a stingy person, back in Charles Dickens' time, it was a slang word an interpretation "to squeeze".


DECEMBER 13

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

There's a Christmas movie for everyone, even those festively challenged. 

Based on the Dr Seuss children's book How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the movie adaptation stars Jim Carrey in the title function — and, boy, is the believable as the furry, green, Christmas-hating creature. 

Living in a cave over the tiny town that Whoville, The Grinch properly plots to refuse the citizens a merry Christmas through stealing every the decorations, presents and food. However his "two sizes too small" heart quickly grows after meeting a tiny girl called Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen). 

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Supplied)

Spoiler alert: in ~ the end, the Grinch sees the error in his ways and also joins in the festivities. An uplighting movie that highlights the spirit of Christmas.

But, apparently, behind the scene Carrey had some Grinch-like tendencies. The gibbs was compelled to undergo 8.5 hrs of makeup every day to transform right into the Grinch, and also it made that so uncomfortable the lashed the end at the makeup artist and also kicked a feet in his trailer.

"It was prefer being hidden alive every day. Top top the very first day ns went earlier to my trailer, put my leg v the wall and called Ron Howard i couldn't carry out the movie," Carrey revealed on the Graham Norton show in 2014.

Producers had actually to lug in the CIA to assist the actor address being under all the makeup without having actually a breakdown.

"So a male that trained CIA operatives how to endure torture was lugged in. That's just how I acquired through it," that added. 

DECEMBER 12

Serendipity (2002)

Serendipity is another stealth Christmas movie. However when girlfriend think around it, snow, ice rink, brand-new York City... It has holiday rom-com written all over it. 

A opportunity encounter in between Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) while last-minute Christmas shopping at NYC institution Bloomingdale's is a meet-cute because that the history books. Your chemistry is so electric, they invest the rest of the night chatting, ice-skating and also eating dessert together.

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Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in Serendipity. (Serendipity)

Given both room in relationships, lock go your separate means at the end of the night. Yet not before leaving their future up to fate. Jonathan to write his phone call number top top a $5 note and also Sara writes hers in a provided book, and also should castle be rejoined with either item, climate they were intended to be.

Many years later, Jonathan is gifted the used publication by his fiancée simply days before their wedding and also Sara find the $5 note in she wallet. Is the fate or too tiny too late? A magical vacation movie from begin to finish that will certainly make you think in destiny.

Serendipity premiered in October 2001, one month after the September 11 attacks on brand-new York City. Provided the movie was filmed in Manhattan, the human being Trade facility – which to be targeted in the terrorist strike -- remained in the background of numerous scenes. Complying with the disastrous events, the towers were digitally eliminated from the film.


Beckinsale walk not want to attend the film's premiere at all as she believed it to be "insensitive, tone deaf, disrespectful", however she was forced to go by the film's producer, Harvey Weinstein.

DECEMBER 11

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 

Team a small-time crook v a collection of misadventures in LA during Christmastime and you gain the black color comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

All harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr) desires to carry out is rob a toy save for that is cash while likewise stealing the article his kid wants for Christmas. Yet when his plan is foiled through police, Harry provides a operation for it, finding covering in an audition room with spreading directors. He plays along and pretends he's an actor, and somehow manages come wow the execs. 

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Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer star in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Next point he knows, he's being presented the ropes by the on-set cop consultant (Val Kilmer) and finds himself in the middle of a murder-mystery special his childhood to like Harmony (Michelle Monaghan) put on a Mrs clause costume.


It's essentially a buddy-detective movie, but set during Christmas. 

Downey Jr. Nearly wasn't cast in the role of Harry. Producers had actually their eye on Jackass star and perennial prankster Johnny Knoxville, and Harrison Ford to be the first choice to play Kilmer's role, but apparently lock couldn't bought him.

DECEMBER 10

The Santa clause (1994)

Tim Allen plays divorce dad Scott Calvin who accidentally kills the big man in The Santa Clause. To do it as much as his boy Charlie (Eric Lloyd) — who is in his treatment on Christmas night — Scott put on the red suit, hops ~ above the sleigh and attempts to provide the gifts to every the children roughly the world.

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Tim Allen and also Eric Lloyd star in The Santa Clause. (Walt Disney PIctures)

But shortly Scott discovers that he's not simply filling in for Santa for one night, he's slowly morphing into him ahead of following Christmas — beard, belly and all. 

So well-known was the film, that birthed 2 sequels: The Santa clause 2 in 2002 and also The Santa clause 3: The to escape Clause in 2006. 

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Tim Allen played a reluctant Santa in the movie. (Walt Disney Pictures)

What's a Tim Allen movie without a few Tim Allen jokes?

The movie watch a combative relationship between his character and also ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson). As Laura drops turn off Charlie for Christmas, she hand Scott a item of paper with her mother-in-law's phone call number, as that's whereby she'll be remaining for the holidays.

"1-800-SPANK-ME. I know that number!" Allen quips in character.

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Tim Allen read out an yes, really sex hotline number in this scene v co-star Wendy Crewson. (Walt Disney PIctures)

Awkward since 1-800-Spank-Me was an actual functioning number … for a sex line! Apparently, once the DVD come out, some children called it unknowingly.

Disney has since removed the scene from future home video clip releases top top DVD and also BluRay.


DECEMBER 9

The Family stone (2005)

It's awkward sufficient meeting her potential in-laws for the very first time, allow alone meeting them during Christmastime. So spare a assumed for effective Manhattan executive Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) in The family members Stone.

Her dashing boyfriend Everett stone (Dermot Mulroney) introduces she to his free-spirited parents, Sybil (Diane Keaton) and also Kelly (Craig T. Nelson), and it's fixed a warm family members welcome. Things go from poor to worse and Everett starts to wonder if stuffy Meredith is a an excellent fit for his family. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker theatre stuffy executive Meredith in The family members Stone. (20th Century Fox)

Don't let the picture-perfect Connecticut setting and the impeccable Christmas set-up fool girlfriend — the Stones space one dysfunctional family. Aren't us all, come Christmas time?

While reminiscing around the movie in 2018, Parker recalled Keaton being "tough" ~ above her during filming. At first the Sex and the City star take it it personally, yet she soon learned the Keaton wanted to remain in character.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney and also Diane Keaton star in The family Stone. (20th Century Fox)

"I wasn't specific in the start whether she to be being personally tough on me, even if it is it was her connection to the character," Parker said Vulture. "I pertained to understand the it was very much around the dynamic that the characters, what room they engaging in.

"She was challenging on me in a way, yet it to be very certain to the on-camera story, and also not personal and not mean. It was a vast joy come play those scenes v her, and also wonderfully terrifying."

The pair had operated together prior to in the 1996 movie The first Wives Club, however had very little scenes together.


DECEMBER 8

Holiday Inn (1942) 

The movie musical that offered us the lover holiday song 'White Christmas' deserves an annual rewatch.

Holiday Inn stars Hollywood symbols Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds and Fred Astaire, through Crosby and Reynolds singing a duet of composer Irving Berlin's tune in the film. However the story is simply as mesmerising together the melody. 

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Bing Crosby and also Marjorie Reynolds sang a duet that White Chirstmas in vacation Inn. (Paramount Pictures)

Musical plot Jim (Cosby) and Lila (Virginia Dale) desire to leave the city and run a country hotel. But she soon drops in love through the dancer in your act, Ted (Astaire). A brokenhearted Jim complies with through v their plan alone, setting up an entertain venue dubbed — you guest that — vacation Inn.

He books a young woman called Linda (Reynolds) as among the consistent performers and the pair fall in love. Their relationship is tested, however, once a newly-single Ted transforms up at the venue and sets his sights on Linda.

FYI, there space 17 other song-and-dance numbers in the movie, but we intend no much less with Crosby and also Astaire in ~ the helm.

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Iconic Christmas film holiday Inn celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017 through this digitally changed poster. (Paramount Pictures)

'White Christmas' go on to success Berlin an Oscar for best Original track in 1943, and also the Crosby-performed track has because sold 50 million duplicates worldwide, making that best-selling solitary of all time, follow to the Guinness world Records.

But the haunting track the reminisces past Christmases was never intended as a Christmas song. It's believed Berlin — who was Jewish and did not celebrate the vacation — had actually written the track in storage of his three-week-old son, that had died on Christmas work in 1928.

It to be reported he and his wife would certainly visit their baby's grave every year on December 25 and they constantly found the holiday to it is in a sad occasion.


DECEMBER 7

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Many are fast to peg Bridget Jones's Diary as a straight-up rom-com, but perhaps the Rudolph pullover on one grandfather Darcy (Colin Firth) will certainly make castle think otherwise.

Yes, the majority of the movie takes ar in the day-to-day life that perennially solitary protagonist Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger), however it is bookended by Christmas and new Year.

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Renée Zellweger and also Colin Firth star in Bridget Jones's Diary. (United global Pictures)

We very first meet Bridget composing in she diary (after a terrible meeting v Mr Darcy end Christmas), listing her resolutions for the year — shed weight, uncover love... Friend know, the usual.

She sets the end to revolve her life around and has she eye on her handsome boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). Yet her love life i do not care messy — and also knickers less huge — as soon as she starts arising feelings for mr Darcy. 

This film accurately depicts the highs and also lows of being single during the holidays, yet it's naught a party of brandy can't fix. Simply ask Bridget.

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Renée Zellweger stars in Bridget Jones's Diary. (United worldwide Pictures)

Fun fact: Aussie actress Toni Collette was at first tapped ~ above the shoulder to play Bridget yet she declined because she was collection to star in the Broadway musical, The Wild Party.

Collette to be then asked to stay on Broadway come play the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, yet producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly propelled to gain Zellweger into the role. At the time, Weinstein was the head the Miramax, among the studios behind Bridget Jones's Diary.

"Harvey Weinstein demanded the Renée execute it even though the <Chicago> writer and producer stated to me, 'We're creating this for you ... You re welcome don't take any type of other jobs,'" Collette called InStyle back in 2006.


DECEMBER 6

Deck The Halls (2006)

Optometrist and also suburban dad Steve Finch (Matthew Broderick) is the street's resident Christmas lover in Deck The Halls, often outdoing himself through his OTT Christmas decorations and also spirit every solitary year.

But his title is intimidated when auto salesman Danny (Danny DeVito) and also his family members move right into the neighbourhood. Danny is just as lot a Christmas enthusiast and also is figured out for the lights display on his home to be clearly shows from space. Well, no if Steve can help it...

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The Finches (Matthew Broderick and Kristin Davis) and also Halls (Kristin Chenoweth and Danny DeVito) display screen varying reaction to a holiday-themed event. (20th Century Fox)

What's a tiny friendly neighbourhood competition throughout the holidays, right? 

Kristin Davis dram Broderick's onscreen mam in the film. In real life, Broderick is married come Davis' Sex and the City co-star sarah Jessica Parker, therefore Davis respectfully request SJP because that permission come kiss her husband if filming. Luckily, SJP gave her the eco-friendly light or things could've got real awkward.


DECEMBER 5

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon is not your traditional Christmas movie. But, hey, if Die Hard deserve to be classified as one, so deserve to this.

We meet cop and protagonist young name Riggs (Mel Gibson) complying with the recent fatality of his wife in a vehicle accident. It's Christmas season but Riggs is understandably far from festive and has shed his will certainly to live. The is till a Bugs rabbit holiday one-of-a-kind on TV convinces him to cave in there.

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Mel Gibson and also Danny Glover in the standard Lethal Weapon. (Warner Bros)

Over the food of the film, Riggs meets veteran policeman roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) who not only becomes his companion but additionally his best friend. In a complete circle moment, the movie ends with Roger inviting Riggs over because that Christmas dinner through his family.

Action, explosions and also cop drama aside, the story of family and friendship prevails in this movie.

If producers had their way, Bruce Willis would've play the function of Detective Riggs, however he turned down the role. Willis went on the play john McClane in the 1988 activity Die Hard. In a strange twist, Gibson was in reality the very first choice come play the hero in Die Hard however he passed and also opted because that Lethal Weapon. Little world!

DECEMBER 4

Home Alone (1990)

We an obstacle you to find one kid who hasn't wanted to be residence alone for the holidays — no parents, no rules, an ext fun. That's the instance eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself in once his household leave for Paris without him in Home Alone.

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Macaulay Culkin stars together the naughty Kevin McCallister in house Alone. (20th Century Fox)

But ~ relishing his newfound freedom, Kevin soon realises the his home is the target of two would-be burglars, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and also Daniel Stern), and also it's approximately him to safeguard it. Thanks to Kevin's cheeky streak, the mission is not impossible.

Apparently, Robert De Niro was supposed to beat Harry, but he turned under the role. Producers climate asked comedian Jon Lovitz come play the famed negative guy, but it was additionally a difficult pass from him. Pesci then swooped in to play bother and, honestly, Robert who?

It's been 30 years because the movie premiered and also each year it finds a brand-new following the fans. A feelgood Christmas movie for both young and also old. 


DECEMBER 3

Last Christmas (2019)

Based on the George Michael monitor of the same name, Last Christmas speak the story the London toy save worker Katarina, aka Kate (Game that Thrones star Emilia Clarke), and a mysterious guy named Tom (Crazy well-off Asians star Henry Golding) she meets exterior her store. 

Kate hates her dead-end job — er, maybe because she's forced to wear one elf outfit during her shifts? — and, despite nearly dying one year ago, she no her life in general. Till she meets Tom.

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Emilia Clarke stars in the 2019 movie critical Christmas. (Universal Pictures)

Have tissues on hand for the twist in ~ the finish — you'll require it.

And if the movie gets also soppy because that you, you'll uncover comedic relief in Emma Thompson, who plays Kate's tell-it-like-it-is Yugoslavian mother, Petra. 


DECEMBER 2

The holiday (2006)

What's a California girl come do once she gets dumped by her boyfriend and also tires that the Hollywood BS? Well, in The Holiday, she go a straight house-swap through an equally heartbroken and lonely mrs from England in the week prior to Christmas.

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Cameron Diaz plays unlucky-in-love Amanda in The Holiday. (Universal Pictures)

Cameron Diaz's unlucky-in-love Amanda escapes come a picture-perfect tiny town in the English countryside, while lovelorn Iris (Kate Winslet) finds refuge in Amanda's LA mansion. At very first they battle with their brand-new surroundings, however soon the ladies realise the readjust of scenery is simply what castle need.

Look out for Jack Black and also Jude law in the flick. Although legislation will be difficult to miss — he'll be the one wearing a napkin on his head. 


There's even a cameo indigenous Dustin Hoffman, who appears in the background once Iris and Miles (Black) room borrowing a DVD in ~ the video clip store. The couple consider renting The Graduate, i m sorry stars the Oscar winner.

Hoffman was never written right into the script but he simply happened to be driving past the video clip store the night when Black and also Winslet were filming.

Apparently, Hoffman pulled over to view the activity and director Nancy Meyers asked the to make a cameo. Best place, right time!

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Dustin Hoffman renders a surprise cameo top top The Holiday. (Universal Pictures)

DECEMBER 1

Die difficult (1988)

Each year it's hotly debated whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not.

Well, the film might not be your classic holiday flick, however it bring away a place on Christmas Eve and that's requisite enough.

When NYPD cop man McClane (Bruce Willis) visits his estranged wife and also kids because that the holidays, the didn't think he'd end up at his ex's office party on Christmas Eve.

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Die difficult is no your traditional Christmas movie. (20th Century Fox)

She functions at the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business that find itself target by a group of terrorists mid-festivities.

And with McClane the lone cop in the vicinity, that realises he's the only one who deserve to save the day.

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Santa may want to cover his ears as soon as Willis births the now-famous line, "Yippee-ki-yay, motherf---er". It's solid a Christmas catchphrase the huge guy would grant of... Although that may gain a good laugh indigenous the location junxtap of Christmas carols choose 'Let the Snow' with details action scenes.