We all know the classic Christmas movies: Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life, etc. But what about the ones that are less classifiable? Below is a list of films with memorable Christmas scenes or moments that take place during the holidays that iterate Christmas is everyone’s favorite/least favorite time in America. Maybe it’s the consumerism, maybe it’s the time off–who knows?
Bridget Jones’ Diary-What could be more memorable than Mr. Darcy’s (because Colin Firth is always a Mr. Darcy) hideous holiday sweater that first catches Bridget’s eye?
Notting Hill-The famed rom com has some wintry scenes, mainly one in which the seasons transition as “Ain’t No Sunshine” plays in the background.
Mean Girls-”Jingle Bell Rock” will never be as fetch again.
When Harry Met Sally-Because you always realize you want to be with your best friend during the holidays.
A Little Princess-The evil headmistress, Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron), serves as the perfect foil for the Grinch when she relegates Sara (Liesel Matthews) to the attic during the cold winter in this early film from Alfonso Cuaron.
Less Than Zero-Christmas break in 80s LA = Coke, misery and James Spader.
Something’s Gotta Give-Because, if The Holiday proves anything, it’s that Nancy Meyers has a soft spot for the holiday season.
Edward Scissorhands-Those ice sculptures aren’t going to cut themselves.
While You Were Sleeping-It’s so much easier to take advantage of someone’s amnesia when it’s December.
Eyes Wide Shut-There’s no better time of year for some erotic thrills than Xmas.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-Again, Christmastime in LA proves rife with sinister occurrences–and Robert Downey Jr.
About A Boy-Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) shows us that making royalties off of a Christmas song is one of the few foolproof ways to stay posh in England.
American Psycho-Bateman (Christian Bale) pries himself away from his killing spree to make a cameo at Evelyn’s (Reese Witherspoon) Christmas party.
Bad Teacher-You would think the title Bad Teacher would be some sort of play on Bad Santa, but, unfortunately, this film starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel only has a few Xmas-related scenes during the holiday break.
Better Off Dead-Christmas in an obscure ski town is ideal for learning the “international language of love.”
Bell, Book and Candle-Kim Novak brings witchcraft and sex appeal to Christmas at the beginning of this kitschy 60s movie.
Citizen Kane-It all comes down to that sled Kane was given for Christmas, prompting what would ultimately be his last word.
The French Connection-Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) shows himself to be a devoted stakeout cop by dressing in a Santa costume at the beginning of the film.
Everyone Says I Love You-Woody Allen and Golide Hawn in a Groucho Marx costume at a Parisian Christmas fete. Enough said.
Go-The old familiar plot: Drug dealing, Christmas, Los Angeles.
L’ultimo Treno della Notte-Perhaps the most obscure on the list, this movie is the least “Christmas-spirited” in spite of taking place during the holiday. Among some of the accelerating plot points are rape, murder and suicide.