Harking back to a time when kids were allowed to be scared by movies, Gremlins is still a bunch of fun. Beware the bank scene though, where Phoebe Cates blows Santa’s cover in what could possibly be the most spiteful thing Steven Speilberg has ever done.
9 Trading Places
Dan Ackroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Eddie Murphy in their prime. A couple of evil old bankers get what’s coming to them Murphy goes from rags to riches and Ackroyd the opposite. It’s a hoot.
8 Tokyo Godfathers
I did not expect to have an anime on this list but Tokyo Godfathers is sublime. Three homeless people, Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki discover an abandoned baby and try to track down the child’s mother. Heartwarming and surprisingly funny.
7 The Nightmare Before Christmas
I really loathe musicals but this is probably the one exception and that is purely because of how wonderfully dark and incredible this films looks. Tim Burton has such a unique style as a director and it really shines through in this movie.
6 Batman Returns
As far as Tim Burton films go I like this one over The Nightmare Before Christmas mainly because it’s not a musical but also because it’s bleak and very different, and because, well, Batman!
5 Bad Santa
Dark, rude, offensive and a welcome escape from Christmas cheer for those of us who may have had our fill over the season. Billy Bob Thorton is awful in the best possible way. In a time where political correctness is everywhere, this is a beacon of hope for nasty folk!
4 Die Hard
I know it’s become tired to mention Die Hard as a Christmas movie. That was funny about ten years ago, but it is still a really good movie and it’s become a tradition to watch this in my household at Christmas time.
3 Arthur Christmas
I’m not a total monster, I love watching this movie with my son and Aardman’s take on the science of Santa is a lot of fun.
2 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
A festive mainstay in my household. Christmas isn’t complete with out one viewing of this comedy classic.
1 Rare Exports
A piece of foreign gold and possibly my best favorite on this list. An irreverent, funny and bizarre take on Santa Claus.