5 Christmas Movies To Re-watch This Holiday Season

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Planning a Christmas film marathon? We’ve rounded up the best festive films available to watch on Netflix this year…

1. Scrooged, 1988

 Bill Murray takes on Ebenezer Scrooge in a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He plays a cynical, sardonic TV network boss who doesn’t understand why everyone loves Christmas, but eventually sees the error of his ways after three ghosts come to visit. Murray’s final speech is embarassingly saccharine, but the Danny Elfman soundtrack more than makes up for it.

2. Happy Christmas, 2014

Caveat – this is not your average Christmas film. It won’t leave you warm inside and ready to be kinder to everyone you know, but it is a funny improvised comedy about parenthood, break-ups, marriage and growing up. Christmas isn’t a big part of the film, rather just the excuse to bring everyone together.

If you’re in need of a good weepie, then Hector – a warm story about homelessness at Christmas – should tug on heartstrings. The film focuses on Hector who journeys from Scotland to London to stay at his favourite shelter at Christmas, while looking to reconnect with his family on the way. It’s a film that proves that decency, warmth and charity are everywhere.

4. Home Alone, 1990

No festive season would be complete with a re-watch of Home Alone, a cheering Christmas classic that never gets old. The lead role was written specifically for Macaulay Culkin, making him into an overnight star. The film is, in fact, a Guinness World Record holder – it’s the US’ highest-grossing action comedy.

5. A Very Murray Christmas, 2015

What else could bring together Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Amy Poehler and Chris Rock other than Christmas? Or maybe it was the prospect of being in a festive film directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Bill Murray. The plot doesn’t make much sense, but it’s well worth watching for the music and to see George Clooney sing.

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