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?
20. Bad Santa
www.fanpop.com Directed in 2003 by Terry Zwigoff, Bad Santa is an American Christmas black comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham. The story is about two bad guys – Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton ) and Marcus (Tony Cox), professional thieves who disguise themselves as Santa Claus and elf in order to rob shopping malls. However, their plans get crossed by an 8-year-old exceedingly naive overweight boy.
15. The Nightmare Before Christmas
www.soundonsight.org Directed by Henry Selick, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 American stop motion fantasy film produced and co-written by Tim Burton. This original Christmas movie, marked by typical BurtonÂ´s creepy, sometimes even chilling atmosphere, received unusually positive reviews from film critics. The American Film Institute even nominated The Nightmare Before Christmas for its Top 10 Animated Films list. If you want your Christmas tale to have a horror tinge, this movie is the right choice.
10. The Polar Express
drafthouse.com The Polar Express is a 2004 computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy movie based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. With a budget of $165 million, The Polar Express is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as the first all-digital capture film. The main character of the story, a boy, is given a unique opportunity to travel to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus, which has always been his dream.
5. Frosty the Snowman
cinephilefix.wordpress.com If you like more peaceful and gentle Christmas movies, you cannot miss Frosty the Snowman, a classical Christmas animated fairy tale based on the popular song of the same title. The program, which first aired in December, 1969 on CBS, was produced for television by Rankin/Bass and featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the titular character. The movie is marked by the traditional cel animation that was used back then.
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