Christmas movies are part of our most classic traditions that accompany us throughout all the holidays. Perhaps as it hasn’t happened for a long time, for this Christmas 2020 we feel the need to go back to our roots and “bare” with the emotions that make us feel more connected to our families. That’s why we have decided to offer you a list of Christmas movies (even if not strictly) that we prefer and we wish you to watch them (or watch again for the thousandth time) in the company of those you love. Where? On your comfortable sofas or soft armchairs combined with soft poufs on which to rest your feet in total relaxation. Don’t forget to place a steaming cup of hot chocolate, or a bowl of homemade poc-corn on the coffee table – the choice is yours. If it snows outside even better.
The Family Man (2000) by Brett Ratner
A timeless and moving Christmas fairy tale: the protagonist, Nicolas Cage, plays a wealthy businessman from New York who is enchanted with the chance to live the life he would have had if, thirteen years earlier, he had decided to stay in London with his girlfriend, Téa Leoni. The film confronts us with the choice between an existence dedicated to work, immersed in luxury but certainly lonely, and a life instead heated by the warmth of a family, certainly imperfect but full of love. Did you put the handkerchiefs on the table?
White Xmas (1954) by Michael Curtiz
The film that launched the VistaVision, 35mm cinema format and widescreen that replaced the previous CinemaScope. A revolutionary film for the time, which after more than 60 years remains among the most beautiful ever. Two longtime friends and former soldiers (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) join their sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen) to put on a series of Christmas shows in Vermont, where their former commander owns a hotel. Once on the spot, however, the protagonists discover that… An old film that mixes suspense, fun and feelings. For vintage lovers, but also for those who have never watched it!
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) by Tim Burton
From the genius of Tim Burton, a Christmas animated film loved by adults: it tells the story of Jack Skellington, king of the Halloween country, who after discovering a hidden world in which Christmas is celebrated, decides to bring this new party at home. The implications, however, will be unpredictable … A classic to be watched again and again.
Love Actually (2003) by Richard Curtis
A beloved film with a stellar cast: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson. Ten different stories intersect in an unpredictable way and form a great leitmotiv: the Christmas holidays, experienced differently in each family. Fun, moving, timeless: since 2003 it has always remained current and really makes everyone fall in love. To be seen with your loved one for an enhanced emotional effect.
It’s a wonderful life (1946) by Frank Capra
Based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift, this film remains from 1946 to the present day one of the most beautiful Christmas classics. The plot for those who have never watched it (yet): a man – played by the legendary James Stweart – who has dedicated his whole life to his neighbor, on Christmas Eve is about to take his own life. However, his guardian angel (Henry Travers) intervenes: a “second class” angel who does not yet have wings, who shows him what the world would have been like without him, providing the man with a reason to continue living. A beautiful metaphor about life and the importance of altruism.
Dickens – The man who invented Christmas (2017) by Bharat Nalluri
A biopic on Charles Dickens that tells the author’s return to London after a triumphant six-month tour in America. Desperate for money and inspiration, Dickens – Dan Stevens – is illuminated by the wonderful tales of a young Irish maid; thus begins to come to life A Christmas song, destined to become a classic of literature. The perfect Christmas story to watch with the whole family, full of good feelings and full of hope for the future. Now more than ever we need it. For the nostalgic of the 80s-90s: we propose the 1988 Dickens version with Bill Murray, SOS Ghosts, unforgettable.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004) by Joe Roth
Based on John Grisham’s best-selling book with the same title, this film remains one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. The script tells the story of a beautiful Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband Tim Allen, struggling with a real escape from the Christmas holidays. The 20-year-old daughter has left and will not return home, so the couple plans a cruise to the Tropics but … Among giant snowmen, honey ham, nosy but big-hearted neighbors, this comedy will warm your heart, reminding you that Christmas is always Christmas.
Parenti Serpenti (1992) by Mario Monicelli
An Italian comedy with Paolo Panelli, Alessandro Haber, Monica Scattini, Marina Confalone that makes fun of the stereotypical roles in the families. Christmas is about to be celebrated and all the relatives gather for the traditional dinner. A retired policeman, a librarian, a surveyor, a football fan, a housewife passionate about TV quizzes… A funny comedy that also makes you think. Not to be watched with relatives!
Edward Scissorhands (1990) by Tim Burton
The film that marks the beginning of the artistic partnership between the director and Johnny Deep, as well as the collaboration with composer Danny Elfman. This dramatic fairy tale tells of Edward, an artificial boy with long blades for hands, who is found by chance by Mrs Peggy Boggs (Dianne Wiest) in an old abandoned Gothic villa. Invited to move in with the woman’s family, the young man soon becomes the neighborhood hairdresser and gardener and falls madly in love with the Boggs’ teenage daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). One word to describe it: WOW.
Serendipity (2001) by Peter Chelsom
A romantic movie to watch with your partner. The magical story of a man and a woman who meet by chance and decide to leave their next meeting to fate. They write their phone numbers on a 5$ note and on a copy of the novel Love in the Time of Cholera. Ten years later, the magic of Christmas (and love) will give them a hand… The veiled message of the film is extremely important and very current: the ability to appreciate life as it comes, with its natural coincidences, not trying to make things go in a forced way, because destiny always takes its course and you have to have faith in the fact that if something is meant to happen it will happen.