These popular Christmas movies are pop culture-oriented – not your traditional Christmas holiday classics. Some of these holiday romances and comedies contain hints of Charles Dickens and Dr Seuss (who wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas), but they’re mostly a modern perspective on the Christmas season.
“We’re gonna need champagne for 250 people, and send the stuff that you send to me,” says Frank Cross in Scrooged. “Don’t send the stuff that I send to other people.”
Scrooged is one of my favorite Christmas comedies, starring Bill Murray as Scrooge. It’s a satirical, sometimes violent twist on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday movie, and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh…and think about your life.
And, here are more holiday romances and comedies to keep you entertained over the Christmas season…
Popular Christmas Movies – Holiday Romances and Comedies
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, keep these holiday movies in mind! They make great holiday gifts for family members, colleagues, teachers, or friends.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy is a great Christmas movie. Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called … Christmastown. As Roger Ebert noted in his review, “some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen.” For more info on this pop culture Christmas movie, visit The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Love Actually – The ultimate romantic comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill. Funny, irresistible and heartwarming, an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson) will take you on a breathtaking tour of love’s delightful twists and turns of love. To learn more about this holiday romance, visit Love Actually (Widescreen Edition).
Elf – A smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. For more info about this holiday comedy, visit Elf (Infinifilm Edition).
The Santa Clause – Divorced toy company executive Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is pleased to have his son Charlie for Christmas, though the boy himself isn’t happy about it. But when Santa Claus accidentally topples off the roof of the house and falls with a thud in the snow, Scott finds himself taking the merry old elf’s place and earning new respect in his son’s eyes. The Santa Clause probably won’t supplant It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street as the best Christmas movie of all time, but it’s an enjoyable family holiday flick. For more info on popular Christmas movie, visit The Santa Clause (Widescreen Special Edition).
Bridget Jones’ Diary – This is a Christmas movie recommendation from @Working_Writer on Twitter. Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance. Bridget (Zellweger), a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures. Soon she becomes the center of attention between a guy who’s too good to be true (Grant) and another who’s so wrong for her, he could be just right (Colin Firth). To learn morea bout this romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’s Diary (Collector’s Edition).
The Holiday – Another Christmas movie recommendation from @Working_Writer” two successful yet unhappy women connect through a home-swapping website, and decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday. Iris (Kate Winslet) is a London-based journalist who lives in a picture-postcard cottage in Surrey, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) owns a movie-trailer production company and lives in a posh mansion in Beverly Hills. Iris is heartbroken from unrequited love, and Amanda has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend, so their home-swapping offers mutual downtime to reassess their love lives. For more info, visit The Holiday.
The Family Stone – This romantic Christmas comedy is recommended by @AmyJoSprague on Twitter: Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings his fiancé Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his family for Christmas. It’s an instant disaster when parents Sybil (Diane Keaton) and Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) agree with their sons and daughters that Meredith is too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Meredith recruits her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to help her thaw the Stone family cold front. To learn more about this Christmas movie, visit The Family Stone (Widescreen Edition).
While You Were Sleeping – This is another one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time – and it was recommended by @cmdrsue on Twitter. Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a lonely subway worker, who becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher). But when she saves his life after he’s been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancée. The mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she’s never met. Then, she falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman) and has to choose between the two. For more info, visit While You Were Sleeping.
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation – Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the “perfect Christmas” for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations, this Christmas movie is fun for the whole family. To learn more, visit National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Special Edition).
Scrooged – Bill Murray stars in this spin off a Charles Dickens classic – he’s the world’s meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future. For more info about this popular Christmas movie, visit Scrooged.
For more movie ideas, read Best Christmas Movies – Classic Holiday Movies at Christmas.