The holiday season can make us all a bit moody with weeks of over consumption and commercialism. Trade in your sequins for snuggies tonight and wind down with the film that fits your mood. Choose from classic tales of tradition and love to share with your grandmother and favourite niece, or grab the girls and your current crush to blush and giggle the night away. Whether you’re feeling naughty or nice this year, there’s a cinematic story just for you. Read on to discover the top 6 flicks to get you through Christmas, regardless of your mood.
Nice List: Watch with old friends, family or by yourself with hot coco and tissues.
Holiday Inn 1942
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire light up the Manhattan nightlife in this musical featuring dazzling dance numbers and original tunes. The most notable song was White Christmas, which won an academy award and the hearts of Americans in 1942.
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
A classic Christmas staple and one that will likely be on television so often that you don’t have to rent it. The story offers lessons in life and what to be thankful for, which is what Christmas is all about.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947
When an old man is charged with insanity for proclaiming that he is Santa Clause, a young lawyer defends him in court trying to prove he is the real thing. This moving Christmas tale will make anyone a believer in love, magic and Chris Cringle himself.
A Christmas Story
It just isn’t Christmas without this hilarious holiday classic. Ralphie’s got one thing on his Christmas list: a Red Ryder BB gun, and despite all the warnings, “you’ll shoot your eye out”, his determination is unflawed. Aside from being super funny, the family bond adds just the right amount of Christmas spirit.
Naughty List: Watch with the girls, a hot date or by yourself with a pitcher of egg nog.
Bad Santa 2003
Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) plans his annual Christmas Eve robbery by posing as a department store Santa with the help of his midget partner. In between drunken disputes, promiscuous sex and unparalleled acts of rudeness, Willie is faced with a young boy and the true meaning of Christmas.
Call it a horror, call it a comedy, but call it a classic Christmas movie. Phoebe Cates’ monologue about discovering how Santa doesn’t exist is just one of the reasons why this movie makes the Christmas cut. Gizmo’s face is the other reason-just remember not to feed him after midnight.
Black Christmas 1974
Can’t stand another sugarplum fairy, intrusive caroller or TV special? Pop this cult classic horror in when you’ve had enough of the holidays and literally want to scream: A sorority house is harassed by creepy phone calls from a psychopath while girls go missing during Christmas vacation.