So the presents have all been opened, and you (and/or your kids) are lying on the floor in a chocolate coma. What do you do now? Christmas afternoon can be kind of a let down after the frenzy of the morning. You could grab a quick nap since you got woken up way too early. But after that you might want to watch a holiday movie to stay in the Christmas spirit. Here are five Christmas movies to watch after the chaos has passed.
Love Actually (2003)
This modern classic is undisputably the romantic Christmas movie of choice. Featuring an all-star cast of mostly Brits, including Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, and Keira Knightley, this ensemble film really has something for everybody. The nine different relationships that make up the movie cover the entire spectrum from happy to heartbreaking, comedic to bittersweet, and pre-teens to aging rock stars.
Die Hard (1988)
If you’re in the mood for more explosions and less heartfelt drama, Die Hard is an unlikely beloved Christmas classic. A perennial favorite of the action genre, it features Bruce Willis as off-duty NYPD officer John McClane and Alan Rickman as the sinister Hans Gruber. McClane’s wife and her co-workers are taken hostage by Gruber during their office Christmas party. The ensuing hijinks are just plain fun to watch.
Holiday Inn (1942)
This hidden gem could be called the other film where Bing Crosby sings “White Christmas.” While it may be lesser known than White Christmas (1954), Holiday Inn is an absolutely charming movie in its own right. Technically it features all the holidays of the year, but it begins and ends with Christmas. Bing Crosby’s character runs the titular Holiday Inn, a resort only open on holidays. The many musical numbers by Crosby and his co-stars Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale are more than worth the price of admission, but the heartwarming story is a nice bonus.
Home Alone (1990)
Eight-year-old Kevin McAllister gets left behind when his family flies to Paris for the holidays. While his mother frantically tries to get back home to him, Kevin overhears a couple of burglars planning to rob his house. He mounts a full-scale defense of his home that is both impressive and hilarious. It’s just as enjoyable whether you’re eight or eighty.
Joyeux Noël (2005)
This World War I drama is based on the Christmas truce of 1914. On Christmas Eve, German, Scottish, and French soldiers agree on a temporary truce and gather in No Man’s Land to celebrate the holiday. The characters speak in their own languages: English, French, and German. The film depicts the unlikely bonding of soldiers from opposite sides during the brutal era of trench warfare and the fallout that follows as the officers are accused of fraternizing with the enemy.
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