Christmas movies are a strange breed. You want Cameron Diaz singing Green Day in an empty cottage in an English Village, It exists. If you want a holiday movie with Arnold Schwartzenegger, you can have it. You want near-elf castrations? Oh you better believe it exists. If you want many movies that have almost the exact same title, but in some cases literally the same title, this genre has you covered. There’s horror. There’s comedy. There is never a lack of options good, bad, or confusing—that can fill the many hours of the holiday season.
List of some Amazing Christmas movies:
1. Last Holiday
Queen Latifah kills it as a terminal patient mistakenly diagnosed by a faulty MRI machine. What ensues is a woman who has always played it safe taking her savings and embarking on a European vacation to meet her culinary inspiration. The problem with all of that is, when you don’t have a terminal disease and spend all your money, what comes next? You have to watch.
2. Office Christmas Party
T. J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston play feuding siblings who have different perspectives on how to run the company they inherited. Tasked with winning the business of a high-stakes client, Miller’s Clay sets out throw the office Christmas party to end all office Christmas party—an event so debauched that it might end their company, too.
3. Jack Frost
Sure, Michael Keaton gets a Christmas movie, too. He plays a man literally named Jack Frost, who lived his life as a bitter, aging rocker and meets a tragic end in a car accident on Christmas Day. A year later, his son plays a song on his old harmonica and brings him back to life; this time as a snowman. Bad special effects might make this one more of a horror film than a heartwarming Christmas movie, but nonetheless, here it is.
4. The Holiday
Nancy Meyers is the Queen of Cozy, and this Christmas-set romantic comedy might be her most warm and snuggly film yet. Two women—one in London (Kate Winslet), one in Los Angeles face simultaneous romantic disappointments, which leads to them swapping apartments over the holidays and, in turn, finding new men to swoon over.
5. The Santa Clause
Way to make a lovely holiday into a complete nightmare, mid-1990s filmmakers. In 1994 a very specific Christmas fear formed for some children: that Santa would fall off their roof and to his death. When Tim Allen inadvertently causes Santa to die on his property, he has to assume the role of the next Santa Claus. There’s a lot of body-shaming stuff here that likely doesn’t fly as well in 2019, but this movie is featured in enough Christmas movie marathons that it belongs on the list.