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Bill Nighy in Love, Actually Photo: IMDB
Bill Nighy in Love, Actually Photo: IMDB

Let it show – Christmas on film

Christmas movies are as long-lasting and endlessly appealing as the season itself. Whether you want light entertainment, sugar-sweet romances or full-on action, there’s something for everyone.

Common to the genre is the message of Christmas time as the light in the dark, where everything from loneliness and selfishness to unreliable family relations and terrorists can be overcome. It’s Christmas after all. Here are some eternal favorites.

Love Actually (2003)

 The ultimate English romantic Christmas movie. Britain’s king of the rom-com, Hugh Grant, charms as the prime minister who falls in love with his assistant, while Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and other big names find themselves entrenched in complicated love stories with various bumps in the road, but all of which (almost) end well.

Destination: London

 

Bruce Willis celebrating Christmas in Die Hard Photo: IMDB

Die Hard (1988)

 The action Christmas movie to end them all and Bruce Willis’ breakthrough. NYPD’s John McClane fixes a Christmas party with his wife but ends up battling terrorists in a hostage situation in a skyscraper in LA.

Destination: Los Angeles

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone

Home Alone (1990)

 Kevin’s relatives go to Paris on Christmas vacation, but in the hurry to get ready, somehow forget the eight-year-old. As if that’s not enough, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) has burglars to deal with before trying to reunite with the family.

Destination: Chicago

The Snowman (1982)

 Raymond Briggs’ magic cartoon about the boy who builds a snowman that stays alive at night and flies with him across Eng­land’s snowy landscape for an enchanting Christmas party. The fine drawings and classical music create an atmospheric, bittersweet and touching Christmas film to melt every heart.

James Stewart (left) in It's a Wonderful Life Photo: IMDB

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

 A classic Christmas movie offering divine intervention and true family values. When the righteous family father George Bailey (James Stewart) is imprisoned and broke, he contemplates suicide, until an angel shows him how the world would look if he wasn’t there and how he had been crucial to so many lives. George realizes that life is worth living after all and returns to the family, while the angel earns his wings by saving George.

Disney’s Christmas Show From All of Us to All of You (1958)

Disney’s Christmas show from 1958 is not strictly a movie as such, but a carnival of short stories and clips from classic cartoons. Nevertheless, it’s included in the list because throughout Scandinavia, even after all these years, the Disney staple still rarely fails to bring families together and provide TV networks with guaranteed ratings winners.

Text: Lise Hannibal

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