11 Holiday Films That Haven't Been Totally Ruined by the Holidays

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3.) Elf
This movie hits that magical muppet point of humor that few others achieve. A perfect blend of hysterically funny and incredibly wholesome, Elf plays hard on both Will Farrel's physical stature and his natural lean toward innocence. Plus, we get Bob Newhart as Farrel's elf dad, which is the greatest thing to happen to Christmas since eggnog.

2.) Christmas Vacation (National Lampoon)

From the wrapped-up cat to the cousins parked outside, this movie holds true as one of the best in the National Lampoon franchise. (Suck it, Vegas Vacation.) It's an annual must-watch, mostly because Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid are amazing together, but also thanks to its amazing quotability.

1.) Die Hard
My car was broken into a couple weeks ago, and while Die Hards 2 and 3 were left untouched, thieves stole the original. I can't blame them. The sequels border on unwatchable, but that first Die Hard, well damn. It's still one of the best action films and holiday movies ever made. It's an East Coast meets West Coast mash-up, a terrorist shake-down and yeah, a love story. Bring it, Bruce.


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13 comments
planecrazy
planecrazy

Yeah Jamie, it may not be for the youth of the world, but Bad Santa has to be in there somewhere for us dirty birds.  Not too many movies make me laugh out loud.  This is one of them.

therrick
therrick

Christmas Vacation blows.

wrw22
wrw22

Elf sucks.  Elf will always suck.  And where was Bad Santa?

Willie
Willie

J-H Christ, who vetted this list?.  Home for the Holidays and A Christmas Story are timeless.

Yehoodi
Yehoodi

True, these films don't actually suck but they make for a very lackluster list of mediocrities and nostalgia-ridden comfort-videos. Maybe you can graduate to 11 films that are okay but nothing special next holiday. Baby steps! 

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

No Muppet Christmas Carol?! Are you insane?

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

 @wrw22 Bad Santa and The Ref are alternates, but all lists need a cut-off point. Why do you hate Elf?

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

 @Willie I gotta disagree, Willie. A Christmas Story has been overdone. It isn't fun anymore.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

 @Yehoodi I have a tough time classifying the Always Sunny Xmas special or Less Than Zero as comfort videos, or nostalgia-ridden. Charlie bites Santa's throat open and Robert Downey Jr is whored out for drug repayment before dying in the desert.

wrw22
wrw22

 @Jamie_L. It's my own fault for hating Elf.  I went in expecting a goofy Will Ferrell comedy and ended up with a sweetly saccharine X-Mas mush-fest.  Bah!

Yehoodi
Yehoodi

@Jamie_L. @Yehoodi I'll give you 'Almost Sunny...' as I have not seen it. Otherwise, Less Than Zero is just ghastly-car-crash-junk-food-movie-nostalgia along the lines of Mommy Dearest or Can't Stop the Music. Throw in something like Eyes Wide Shut to give your list a whiff of mystery. 

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@Yehoodi @Jamie_L. I dunno. I really like Less Than Zero. And honestly, I did not care for Eyes Wide Shut. Just didn't.

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