My Top 5 Christmas films

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During the holidays, Christmas movies can be just as important a tradition as matching ugly sweaters or a nice turkey dinner. As someone who loves films and Christmas with a passion, it’s always great when they meet. These are my favorite Christmas movies and the ones I make an effort to watch every year.

Love Actually (2003)

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Directed by: Richard Curtis
Written by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Andrew Lincoln, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Martine McCutcheon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rowan Atkinson

A star-studded cast if there ever was one; they go beautifully through all the highs and lows of the holiday season. Funny, sweet, warm and undeniably Christmassy, Love Actually is the most significant holiday movie of the 21st century.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Written by: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
With the voices of: James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Eva Longoria
, Laura Linney

One of the newer entries in the list, Arthur Christmas is a very sweet and clever take on the business of being Santa, with extraordinary voice work.

The Holiday (2006)

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Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Written by: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell

Rom-com goddess and queen of interior design porn makes a Christmas movie and it’s awesome. The Holiday is a bit long, but with insane replay value. One of few roles where you don’t feel to need to stab Jack Black in the face and actually root for him to end up with Kate Winslet.

A Christmas Story (1983)

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Directed by: Bob Clark
Written by: Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark (based on the novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd)
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

The funnest Christmas movie. A hilarious comedy with great performances and top-notch writing. A Christmas Story is Oscar-worthy yet accessible.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Directed by: Frank Capra
Written by: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling (based on a story by Philip Van Doren Stern)
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers

IAWL is the holiday movie! Sweet, poignant and guaranteed to make you cry at the end (unless you’re a rock or something).

Honorable Mentions

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Home Alone, Die Hard, Home Alone 2

Whats on your list?

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