Do you love Christmas movies as much as I do? How many do you try to watch during the holiday season? I am a big, big fan of Christmas movies and I don’t really discriminate. I watch them all: the classics, the silly ones, the romantic ones and the family dramas. Every year, I (try to) watch a long list of all my favorites and then also try to seek out one or two that are not-so-commonly known (or at least new to me!).
I thought I was going to share with you seven of the movies that I have come across in recent years that might not be on everybody’s radar for the holiday season. As you will be able to tell, I have a thing for Christmas movies with a cast of celebrity actors and actresses, I guess.
1. A merry friggin’ Christmas (2014) with Robin Williams, Joel McHale and Lauren Graham.
This must have been one of Robin Williams’s last movies and I love his grumpy self in this movie. The movie might not be that well known because apparently it wasn’t well received by many people, but I can’t say the same for me. I enjoyed it and will watch it again.
2. A Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012) with Edward Burns and Connie Britton.
Gerry, one of 5 siblings, is the only one who’s trying hard to get an enstranged father and his slightly dysfunctional rest of the family together for Christmas.
3. Four Christmases (2008) with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.
Brad and Kate have to deal with all four of their divorced parents (and new family settings) for the holidays, which turns out to be a real relationship test for them.
4. Joyeux Noël (2005) with Benno Führmann, Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl.
This movie is based on the Christmas truce (a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of World War I) of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British, and German soldiers. It’s an anti-war movie, so it’s hard to watch at times, but it’s very well done and demonstrates the absurdity of war.
5. Noel (2004) with Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon.
This movie is set in New York (which already awards at least 3 stars for a holiday movie right of the bat) and tells the story of five strangers who are linked together – and who meet each other at separate times – by a series of events that take place on Christmas Eve. The perfect story of how our lives are all intertwined in weird ways.
6. While you were sleeping (1995) with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman
You might not think of this as a classic Christmas movie, but it is set during a snowy Christmas in Chicago and it’s about love and family and forgiveness around Christmas. If that is not Christmas movie material, I don’t know what is.
7. Love the Coopers (2015) with Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Steve Martin.
I have to admit I haven’t seen this one yet, but I pretty much love all Diane Keaton-movies, so I am pretty sure I am going to love this one! It’s also a multi-generational family drama set around the holidays and I guess I am always secretly hoping that there is a happy end. I am so sappy when it comes to Christmas movies, I want all the feelings and happy endings. Can’t wait to watch it.
What is one of the movies you like to watch for the holidays that is not one of the widely known Christmas movies? Maybe you have a new suggestion for me!