Decorate your tree, put on your favourite reindeer jumper and bake some gingerbread cookies – Christmas is coming! With the weather getting colder and the nights getting longer, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up and enjoy your favourite online casino games and festive films.
To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up a list of the best timeless Christmas movies to enjoy (at least once in your life!). Whether you’re a sucker for a good rom-com, or enjoy a heartwarming classic Christmas tale, you’re sure to find something on this list that’ll have you singing carols and decorating your house in the spirit of Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
- Directed by: Frank Capra
- Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
This heartwarming classic is one of the few films worth an annual viewing and is considered one of the greatest films of all time. The story follows George Bailey (James Stewart) who is going through personal struggles and wishes he had never been born before an angel (Henry Travers) appears to show him how greatly his life has impacted others.
This 1946 classic was nominated for five Academy Awards and has won a number of titles, including being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the National Film Registry.
Holiday Inn (1942)
- Directed by: Mark Sandrich
- Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale
Not only did this film introduce “White Christmas” to the world, it also won an Academy Award, and is a firm favourite during the holiday season. The riveting tale follows the excitement and heartbreak of the members of a performing trio and shares some beautiful musical ensembles sure to get viewers into the festive spirit.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
- Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
- Starring: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley
With over 20 adaptations of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol is the longest running, most adapted holiday film to date, and each generation has enjoyed its own iteration. The best adaptation, and closest to truly bringing the pages of the novel to life, is undoubtedly this 1951 film, with a spectacularly nuanced performance by Alastair Sim, who plays the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. Over 170 years after the book-turned-movie was released, the tale is just as relevant as ever. The film is both dramatic and delightful, with humour to be found in every scene and touching moments to remind viewers of what truly matters. This is a timeless tale worth watching at least once a year.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- Directed by: Ron Howard
- Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is undoubtedly a classic, and you’ll have three brilliant adaptations to choose from! The 2000 film stars Jim Carrey who plays the Christmas-hating Grinch, until Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) decides to befriend him and change his mind. Anthony Hopkins narrates the film, brilliantly bringing to life one of everybody’s favourite Christmas classics.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
- Directed by: Henry Selick
- Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey
This stunning and original Tim Burton stop-motion animation follows the misadventures of the Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, providing a unique and unusual take on a Christmas tale. The film is filled with spooky visuals and catchy songs. Jack Skellington gets bored with the usual festive traditions of scaring people in the real world and gets a new lease on life when he discovers Christmastown and plans to kidnap Father Christmas and take over his role.
- Directed by: Jon Favreau
- Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner
Elf became an instant classic as soon as it was released. This Christmas comedy will have you in stitches as you follow Buddy (Will Ferrell), a human raised by Father Christmas’s elves, in his New York City adventures. The film was said to be one of Ferrell’s best performances and received several awards and nominations. So, don’t be a “cotton-headed ninny muggins” – add Elf to your annual festive playlist.
Love Actually (2003)
- Directed by: Richard Curtis
- Starring: Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney
No Christmas movie lineup would be complete without a romantic comedy. Love Actually shares the stories of ten separate couples throughout the festive season. The ensemble cast is packed with notable actors, all dealing with their relationships in their own ways. The stories begin five weeks before Christmas and are played out in a weekly countdown. The film was a box office hit and received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.
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