As the year draws to a close and Christmas approaches, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a celebratory movie. While there are plenty of heartwarming classics, it’s often the movies that make us laugh that create the most joy. So to celebrate this merry season, we’ve created a list of the best Christmas comedy movies to watch. From charming childhood classics to hilarious new releases, this list has all the best comedies to keep you smiling, laughing and singing carols all month long.
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1. Office Christmas Party
While there are plenty of classic Christmas comedies out there, it can often be hard to find a new one that elicits the same laughs and holiday cheer. This year’s offering, Office Christmas Party ticks all the boxes and is sure to become a new classic. Featuring a great comedic cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and TJ Miller, this recently released film is worth checking out. As it is aptly named, the film tells the story of an office Christmas party, but not the average. In an attempt to throw an epic party to land a client, things hilariously spiral out of control.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
We all know the story of the Grinch, but Jim Carey brings the character to life in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Despite being 16 years old, this Christmas classic directed by Ron Howard is one that never gets old. A funny man, Carey excels as the revenge-seeking Green Grinch as he tries to ruin Christmas for the citizens of Whoville. Crawling from his mountaintop home to steal everything holiday-related, the Grinch encounters a hitch in his plan in the form of Cindy Lou Who, played by young Taylor Momsen. Based on Dr. Seuss’ book, this movie is lighthearted laughter for the whole family.
3. Bad Santa 2
In 2003, we were first introduced to Willie, a very inappropriate and unfestive department store Santa. Played by Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa made us laugh at all the things we shouldn’t do as he and his “Little Helper” attempted to commit a Christmas crime and rob the store. In 2016, the gang is back, including a hilarious grown-up Thurman Merman. This time around, Bad Santa is joined by his mother, played by Kathy Bates, as they attempt to rob a charity. Filled with politically incorrect jokes, foul language, and sex, these dark comedy movies are sure to be just for a grown-up Christmas. We recommend a movie marathon of both movies to get the full effect.
4. Home Alone
Home Alone is the ultimate Christmas comedy and if you haven’t seen it, chances are you’re living under a rock. If you’ve seen it, you’ll find it’s still worth revisiting this Christmas for a good old-fashioned laugh. The wacky film, which was written and produced by John Hughes, stars Macaulay Culkin as a boy who is accidentally left home alone over Christmas. As his extended family flies to Paris for the holidays, Culkin’s character Kevin wakes up to find they are gone. Trouble then arises when Kevin is forced to defend his home from two thieves looking to take advantage of his family’s absence. What follows next is a fury of goofy antics that will have you laughing as you cheer on Kevin to defeat the bad guys.
5. Christmas with the Kranks
Starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd, Christmas with the Kranks is the hilarious film adaptation of John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas novel. In this holiday comedy, the Kranks, who usually love the holidays, decide to skip Christmas after learning that their daughter won’t be home for the holidays. Trouble then arises when the Kranks’ lack of participation in Christmas celebrations causes a rift between them and the community. All of this is capped off with a sudden change of plans that will see their daughter return for the holidays and a mad dash will restore the Christmas spirit.
6. Just Friends
Coming home for the holidays inevitably means meeting people from your past and that’s exactly what Chris Brander discovers in this film. Played by Ryan Reynolds, Brander unexpectedly returns home for Christmas and meets his high school crush and former best friend. Now a huge success and a womanizer, Brander, once overweight, sees the reunion as a second chance to have the girl he always wanted. Things don’t quite go as planned, however, as the main man soon finds he’s out of his element in his old hometown.
7. A Very Murray Christmas
A Very Murray Christmas is a must-see 56-minute musical. Naturally, the film features Bill Murray in all his comedic glory. In the film, Bill wakes up the morning of his live holiday special to find that a terrible snowstorm has hit New York. With most transportation closed due to the weather, Bill worries that most of his guests won’t be able to attend the show. With a little help from George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and Amy Poehler, however, things are starting to look up.
Elf is a goofy holiday movie starring the always funny Will Ferrel. In the film, Ferrel plays Buddy, a human who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby and raised as an elf. After an adult Buddy discovers he no longer fits elves (figuratively and literally), he travels to New York to find his biological father. During his adventures, Buddy navigates common human issues, such as family relationships, finding a job, falling in love, and fitting in. On top of that, he also finds himself tasked with saving Christmas after Santa Claus runs into trouble. Charming, light-hearted and festive, this film is perfect for getting you into the happy holiday spirit.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon films may not be really neat, but they are funny and loved by countless people. The Christmas holiday installment of the series is no exception and delivers easy laughs and silly smiles. The film reunites viewers with the Griswold family with Chevy Chase as the head of the family, Clark Griswold. Although they have given up on their usual trip, in this film the family must survive Christmas at home. With a surprise visit from extended family on the cards, plus the usual Griswold antics, the holiday naturally turns into a complete disaster for your entertainment.
10. I really like
When you’re in the mood for a romantic Christmas comedy, there’s only one movie to turn to, Love Actually. Since its release in 2003, the film has become a true holiday classic with viewers loving its unique brand of storytelling. With lots of humor and heart, the film tells the story of Christmas in London through nine intertwined love stories. Among the stories are the prime minister who falls for a young clerk, a married man who is tempted to walk away from his wife, and a grieving father who hooks up with his stepson. In addition to a packed narrative, the film also features a cast full of A-listers. Among the countless names are Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy.
What are the 5 best Christmas movies?
It’s hard to pinpoint a definitive list of the top 5 Christmas movies; however, the favorites are reasonably consistent. They include Home Alone, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually and A Christmas Story. Other hot contenders include Miracle on 34th Street, The Grinch, Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
What is the most watched Christmas movie?
Money.co.uk has searched for the most searched films around the world during the festive season in 2019. Top results include Love Actually, Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
What should I watch for Christmas?
Ideally, a Christmas movie will have a feel-good vibe. You could go old school with a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. Modern classics include Love Actually, Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. However, if you’re looking for something a little left-wing, Die Hard and Gremlins are both popular non-mainstream Christmas movies. However, if you have seen all of this, most streaming services, such as Netflix, release new Christmas movies every year, such as A Christmas Prince, The Christmas Chronicles, or The Knight Before Christmas.
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