At the risk of triggering the inevitable yearly debate on the quality of Love Actually, which is arguably both an infinitely watchable Christmas film and a lesson in how-not-to-choose-a-life-partner, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of Chrissy movies that never disappoint.
Year-after-year these festive favourites deliver; laughs, tears, mistletoe, romance, family feels, EXPLOSIONS.
They’ve got it all.
So, get your reindeer pajamas on, set your microwave to ‘popcorn’ and, um, lock yourself inside your house because sometimes all you want for Christmas is a night-in.
Without further ado, we present our definitive list of things to watch when you’re too full to move and maybe a teenie bit sick of your family.
Home Alone 1 and 2
Look you filthy animals, there’s no denying the timeless charm of Kevin Mcallister battling for survival against two felons on a diet of pizza and age-inappropriate movies, which is why Home Alone is obviously top of the list.
BUT we’re also giving a shout out to the sequel, because, um, Tim Curry, Donald Trump, New York and that classic unsung heroine: the pigeon lady.
Okay, so much like in Love Actually, Alan Rickman plays an incredible villain in Die Hard.
It also stars a ‘Yippikaiyai’-ing, wise-cracking cop in the form of Bruce Willis. It’s also set at Christmas time.
Only a cotton-headed ninny muggins could dislike Will Ferrell as Buddy the human who thinks he’s an elf.