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How to sum up Christmas? Well, there’s the smell of chestnuts roasting on a open fire, the sound of door-to-door carolling, the mountainous portions of food and of course, watching Christmas movies on Netflix; a newly-established staple of a modern Christmas. The question is, what should you watch that is suitably festive and appeases at least 70% of nearby family members? Well, you’re in luck – read on to discover our ultimate guide to the best Christmas movies to watch every year.

Home Alone – 1990

You probably grew up with this film, and luckily nearly three decades on its still as good as ever. The plot revolves around Kevin aka Macaulay Culkin, who’s accidentally left alone after his family take a Christmas vacation. Not only having to fend for himself, but 8 year old Kevin has to contend with his house being the local burglars’ next target. Unsurprisingly hilarity ensues…

Batman Returns – 1992

Some may state it’s not a ‘Christmas’ film, but we beg to differ? Directed by the legendary Tim Burton and starring Christopher Walken and Michael Keaton, this Batman adventure is set throughout a snowy New York Christmas. It may not have the feel-good factor of most Christmas films, but it’ll sure leave you on the edge of your seat…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989

If you’re looking for some festive slapstick, it’s time to remind you of the legendary comedy; National Lampoon. Written by 80’s movie god (and Christmas lover – he directed Home Alone!) John Hughes, the outfits may have aged but luckily the jokes have not. This classic film follows Clark Griswald and his the dysfunctional family trying to make their Christmas run as smoothly as possible. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

Elf – 2003

Who doesn’t love a bit of Will Ferrell? A recent Christmas comedy classic, Will Ferrell plays a man raised as elf who goes in search of his real identity in the US. Just the thing to get you in the festive spirit, as his character loves Christmas more than most…to put it lightly. And as you can expect with any Will Ferrell film, it’s a real laugh-a-minute with a few unexpected turns along the way.

Love Actually – 2004

You may profess not to be rom-com fan but if there’s any film to convert you this Christmas, it’s Love Actually. Not just guaranteed to keep the girlfriend, mum and in-laws happy, it has all the hallmarks of a great Christmas film. With an impressive ensemble as the cast, including Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Keira Knightly, it’ll keep you laughing, smiling and maybe even shedding a tear…

The Grinch – 2018

If you’re not big on Christmas, here’s the perfect film for you! Joking aside, this new take on Dr Seuss’ Grinch (played by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch) is set to become unmissable Christmas viewing. Make a family trip out of it and see this movie on the big screen during the kids’ holidays.

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