Modern Christmas Films: Top 5

Last week, I wrote a piece on the ‘Top 5 Classic Christmas Films’ to watch this festive season. Every household loves a Classic, heart-warming Christmas film, but what about modern Christmas films. Instead of black-and-white nostalgia, we may want more laughs and romance. There is certainly no short supply of modern Christmas films to choose from! This is my guide to the ‘Top 5 Modern Christmas Films’ to catch this December.

5. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

With Michael Caine as Scrooge and the Muppets in supporting roles, this is a brilliant addition to the Muppet film series. With catchy songs and typical Muppet humour, this excellent version of A Christmas Carol is especially enjoyable to watch with children or a group of friends.

4. Love Actually (2003)

Who would want to miss Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister dancing to Jump around Number 10? A heart-warming Richard Curtis rom-com set in the weeks before Christmas, with the characters discovering that Christmas is all about love, actually. With a large British cast, Love Actually is already a British classic.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

A slapstick comedy with plenty of laughs for the children, and the adults too. The town of ‘Whoville’ where the story is set is especially magnificent to see on screen. With a large dose of Jim Carrey’s style of comedy, The Grinch is a festive treat with a heart-warming tale of love and friendship. One of the funniest Christmas films you will find.

2. Elf (2003)

Now often described as a classic, Elf is one of Will Ferrell’s most well loved films. Buddy the elf, on finding out he is actually human, has to find his place in the world and begins by looking for his real father in the beautiful winter surroundings of New York. With a strong supporting cast including James Caan and Zooey Deschanel, Elf is now described as one of the funniest Christmas films ever made.

1. Home Alone (1990)

What Christmas films list would be complete without Home Alone on it!? Our number one is the classic that is now a firm favourite amongst adults and children alike, and the film that made a child star out of Macaulay Culkin. Home Alone was so popular that is spurned several sequels, and the first film is still as popular now as when it was released. Now a Christmas tradition in many households; Home Alone is a modern classic packed full of slapstick, humour and love.

Happy festive viewing!

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History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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