Christmas Holiday Films

This is a list of films I associate with the holiday period. I must add that these are not all strictly Christmas films (I have a seperate list for that), but most do feature Christmas in them somewhere barring the odd one or two. Instead these are films that I personally like to watch during the Christmas holiday period (mainly after Christmas Day) and is a good mix up of some classics and blockbusters to break it all up. Stack them up, draw the curtains, snacks at the ready and get comfy on the sofa!
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1.
Uncle Buck (1989)
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Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister. (100 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
2.
The Time Machine (1960)
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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
3.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
4.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
5.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
6.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
7.
Home Alone (1990)
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An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
8.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
9.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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The story of 'Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
 
10.
The Cruel Sea (1953)
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers. (126 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
 
11.
The Ice Harvest (2005)
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A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash. (92 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
12.
The Family Man (2000)
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A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
13.
Mousehunt (1997)
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Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is. (98 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
14.
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
15.
Ratatouille (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
 
16.
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
17.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
18.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
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John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
19.
Batman Returns (1992)
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When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
20.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
21.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
22.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality. (96 mins.)
Director: Gabor Csupo
 
23.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
24.
Battle of Britain (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
25.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
26.
The Others (2001)
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A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
 
27.
Cast Away (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
28.
The Golden Compass (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization. (113 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
29.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
 
30.
Serendipity (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
31.
Night at the Museum (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. (108 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
32.
The Holiday (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. (138 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
33.
Hector (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Hector has been living on the motorways for years. His once comfortable family life has been replaced... (87 mins.)
Director: Jake Gavin
 
34.
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
35.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
36.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. (105 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
37.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. (98 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
38.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie