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 Joe Dante, Chris Columbus and Steven Speilberg have 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.