In many countries, watching Christmas movies is one of the most popular Christmas traditions. They help us laugh, cry, or even relax our way into a more festive disposition, ultimately allowing us to enjoy some parts of the Christmas holiday. So stop worrying about the pre-Christmas clean up or getting presents for your family and start planning a Christmas movie night with these 25 popular Christmas movies. Have you seen them all?
A Christmas Carol
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, A Christmas Carol is 3D computer animated holiday fantasy movie. Based on a famous Charles Dickens´ story of the same name, the movie stars Jim Carrey in several roles including the main character – Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted, tightfisted, frugal man, who despises Christmas and all things which bring happiness. The movie is a combination of several genres such as a spirit-filled tale, a ghost story, comedy and drama.
Officially known as Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch is another popular Christmas movie with Jim Carrey in the lead role. Directed by Ron Howard, this 2000 fantasy comedy is the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time with $345,141,403 worldwide, only behind Home Alone. Before Jim Carrey was cast to play the Grinch, the green cynical misanthrope, Jack Nicholson and Eddie Murphy were briefly considered.
This 2005 French movie directed by Christian Carion is about an extraordinary event, the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914. Depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers, the plot of the movie suggests that the magic of Christmas can overpower even the hatred of the war. The unique situations begins after German private Sprink (Benno Fürmann) sings Silent Night and is accompanied by an enemy Scottish bagpipe player from across No Man’s Land.
While You Were Sleeping
Directed in 1995 by Jon Turteltaub, While You Were Sleeping is a popular romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit Authority token collector, and Bill Pullman as Jack, the brother of a man whose life she saves, along with Peter Gallagher as Peter, the man who is saved. The film was a tremendous success, credited as having launched Sandra Bullock into stardom.
The Shop around the Corner
The Shop around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Frank Morgan. The movie is about two employees at a gift shop in Budapest, Hungary who can barely stand each another, but at the same time they’re falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their love letters without knowing it.