The Top Ten Christmas Movies for Men Ever Made!
This is our list of the ultimate top ten Christmas movies for men everywhere! All ten on our list are guaranteed to keep your attention and get you in the festive spirit! Enjoy!
10. Die Hard 2 (1990)
As a follow on to one of the greatest Christmas and action movies ever made Die Hard 2 had a lot to live up to. In the second instalment of the Die Hard franchise Bruce Willis returns as John McClane and now finds himself in an airport taken over by terrorists. With John’s wife on one of the endangered planes John predictably goes nuclear and lots of shooting ensues.
Whilst Die Hard 2 fails to deliver the same level of tension and suspense as the first movie it is still a good watch. It’s hard to maintain the same level of mystery when you are essentially doing it all again but Die Hard 2 does work and is a great movie in its own right. Set on Christmas Eve in a snow covered airport what better way to get in the festive mood with a bang.
9. Home Alone (1990) – “Keep the change you filthy animal!”
In this Christmas classic Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin an eight year old accidently left behind when the entire family leave the country for a Christmas vacation. Realising their mistake whilst on a flight out of the country Kevin’s family rush to get home.
At the same time as Kevin is enjoying his new found independence he also has two would be burglars to deal with played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. With Kevin alone it falls on him as man of the house to defend his home at Christmas. The casting is exceptional and Home Alone perfectly captures the excitement and fears of every child tasting their first piece of independence.
Witty, very funny and creative, Home Alone is a great Christmas movie with something for everyone.
8. Bad Santa (2003)
Starring Billy Bob Thornton as Willie a thief who disguises himself as a store Santa to gain access to shopping malls he can rob at night. Willie is no saint, he’s a drunken sex addicted maniac. As Willie’s behaviour becomes more erratic his life spins out of control.
A dark Christmas comedy full of laughs with great performances from Billy Bob Thornton and Marcus Skidmore.
7. Deck the Halls (2006)
Danny DeVito plays Buddy who has just moved into a new street in a new town with his family. Buddy gets the idea to decorate his home with as many Christmas lights as possible and this sparks stiff competition with his neighbour and Christmas fanatic Steve played by Mathew Broderick.
Throughout the movie the two characters push each other to their limit as they compete to outdo each other. In the end the two realise they have more in common than they thought and work together to create a Christmas they will all remember. The casting is great in this feel good family Christmas movie with tons of laughs throughout this is a great choice.
6. Gremlins (1984)
A young man receives an unusual gift for Christmas from his father, Mogwai a mysterious but adorable little ball of fur. The mogwai comes with a catch, there are rules you have to follow to keep Mogwai such as not exposing him to light and not getting him wet. When these rules are broken all hell breaks loose.
I was shocked to see Gremlins is officially categorised as a horror as Gremlins is not scary at all by today’s standards. A fairer description would be comedy horror set in the backdrop of Christmas. A great watch and well deserving of a top ten spot.
5. Jingle All The Way (1996)
Last minute Christmas shopping is part of many men’s Christmas experience. No movie better captures the horror of last minute Christmas shopping than Jingle All The Way. In this 1996 hit Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a busy father who forgets to buy the dream present his son wants for Christmas. Now sold out and with the big day fast approaching Arnie’s character Howard is on the run around town to find it and save Christmas.
To complicate matters Howard’s not the only dad with the same idea and a game of cat and mouse ensues with fellow last minute shopper Myron (played by comedian Sinbad) to pick up the last toy in town. Full of laughs and very relatable for mums and dads everywhere, a great Christmas movie.
4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles follows Steve Martins character Neal Page as he struggles to get back to his family in time for Thanksgiving. A series of hilarious mishaps with various modes of transport pushes Neal and Del Griffith (played by John Candy) together in their quests to get home.
This unlikely pairing is much to Neal’s displeasure who does not welcome Del’s company or friendship. As Neal and Del struggle to get home they are seemingly polar opposites. The unusual relationship between both characters leads to some hilarious and heart-warming moments.
As the two work together to get home they gradually grow close and learn more about each other. This is a great festive comedy guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
3. Elf (2003) – “I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”
Elf follows Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who has been living as one of Santa’s Elves. Shocked to discover that he is actually human Buddy leaves the North Pole and goes on a quest to find his biological father in New York City. As Buddy’s struggles to reconcile elf and human life great comedy moments ensue.
Elf is probably the most laugh out loud movie on this list with a career defining performance from Will Ferrell. Elf is heart-warming and completely hilarious all at the same time. This is a Christmas comedy the whole family can enjoy and one that promises to have men laughing like children throughout.
2. Scrooged (1988)
Starring Bill Murray as Frank Cross a successful television executive who has lost his perspective on life and love. Scrooged is based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickins which is perfectly reimagined in this hilarious black comedy.
We follow Frank as he is visited by a succession of ghosts in a quest to help him reconnect with loved ones and regain his Christmas spirit. Scrooged makes number two on our list because it’s so hilariously funny. Scrooged is sure to have you laughing whilst still perfectly telling one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written.
1. Die Hard (1988) – “Welcome to the party pal!”
The ultimate suspense, action thriller with amazing performances from Bruce Willis and the late & great Alan Rickman. An American skyscraper is stormed by gun wielding terrorists, or is it? As the attacker’s true purposes become clear only one man can stand in their way. Bruce Willis plays John McClane a policeman visiting his family for Christmas and unwittingly gets caught in the crossfire.
The movie follows the struggle between John and Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman’s character). Hans intent on delivering his plan kills everyone in his path with ruthless efficiency, while John following his instinct to stop “scumbags” like Han’s can’t help but fight back. While Hans has his elite team of killers behind him and John has the police and FBI on his side this is essentially a battle between two men and everyone else is just in the way.
The action unfolds as bankers attend their annual Christmas party with festive cheer turning into sobering fear. Die Hard is the ultimate man’s Christmas movie with edge of your seat suspense and action. Very deserving of the number one spot on our list and highly recommended.