‘Tis the season to kick back on the sofa and watch all the best Christmas movies to immerse ourselves in this magical time! From chick flicks to dark thrillers, we’ve lined up the ones with the most feels from various genres (that we made up) for your viewing pleasure.
BEST CHICK FLICK
Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
We are taken for a ride inside the mind of 32-year-old Bridget (Renée Zellweger) who’s single and majorly stressed about, well, everything. She decides to take control of her life by starting a diary that records down everyday adventures with anything from men and sex to food and exercise. Her writing style? Totally sarcastic, and we love it!
Batman Returns (1992)
Tales of the caped crusader doesn’t seem like your typical Christmas movie, but it is the Yuletide season in Gotham city this time of the year, and decorations around town are used as weapons of destruction. This is one of the more memorable movies in the franchise, with the Peguin running for mayor and Catwoman seducing Batman in a psychotic way.
BEST COUPLE FLICK
Love Actually (2003)
Often described as the ultimate rom-com, don’t be surprised if the boyfriend enjoys this one as well! Nine unique stories are intertwined in this almost-complex movie that is connected at the end in many “OMG!” scenes. But the one common theme throughout the movie rings loud and clear through the jingle bells: love always wins.
The plot is simple enough: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl are seeing other people and they part ways. “If we’re meant to meet again, we will,” says girl. You can probably guess the ending, but how they end up there through the hands of Fate will leave your heart a-fluttering in this magical season.
MOST YULETIDE CHEER
This movie’s a gem that has the perfect recipe for a great Christmas movie: humour, heart and charm. A human named Buddy is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a child and raised to be one of Santa’s helpers. In search of his biological dad, he travels to New York in full elf uniform, and chaos (along with loads of laughter) ensues.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
If you didn’t read the fehmes Roald Dahl book in your childhood, you have to watch the movie. It brings the magical and mysterious chocolate factory alive to perfection, as the young Charlie joins other contest winners for a tour with eccentric candy creator Willy Wonka and his little Oompa Loompa workers (you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em!).
Rare Exports (2010)
Not all Christmas movies are made of joy and laughter. An archeological dig uncovers the tomb of Santa Claus, but this isn’t the Santa who goes ho-ho-ho. Children soon start disappearing and reindeers are being slaughtered in a nightmare that involves the capture of a feral old man and his evil elves. Grab a blanket for this one!
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Likeable characters, raw emotions, realistic relationships and set during Christmas season – what’s not to love? The tale of how a lonely transit worker saves the life of the crush (who ends up in a coma throughout the show) is both touching and funny, and may get you slightly weepy as you root for the heroine (Sandra Bullock).
Arthur Christmas (2011)
“How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” This animation has all the answers to that question in a state-of-the-art operation centre hidden in the North Pole. It takes us into the magical world of Santa in a happy-kiddy way, but also throws in a relatable dysfunctional family at the heart of the movie.
Home Alone (1990)
Even though some of us were only born years after this movie was released, shame on you if you have not watched it! Probably one of the first movies that pops into people’s heads when you talk about Christmas movies, this much-loved family film features a very young Macaulay Culkin, who stars as Kevin, a kid who accidentally got left behind when his family rushes off for Christmas vacation. When two inept burglars try to break in, the ingenious Kevin welcomes them with booby traps made from Christmas ornaments!