Unexpected Christmas movies

Tis the season for good cheer, good music, good food, and good company. But don’t forget a good movie!

Sure there are many Christmas movies out there you’d expect, things considered classics. A Christmas Story, It’s a wonderful life, and Miracle on 34th Street (both the 1947 original and the 1994 remake) pop in my head immediately. But this year, why not try something more unexpected?!

Maybe you need something to transition you into the unexpected. Here are a couple of titles that are far from classics but would still be considered a more traditional Christmas movie.

Elf (2003)
 
Will Ferrel stars as Buddy, a man raised as an elf by Santa Claus. Buddy finds out where he came from and goes on a search for his biological family.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
 
The Griswald family is back in this sequal to National Lampoon's Vacation. This time it's Christmas and the family is planning to host  Christmas dinner, but as all the Griswald's plans go, it quickly turns into a disaster!

Bad Santa (2003)
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This dark comedy stars Billy Bob Thornton as a con man and thief who teams up with his best friend for a very special scam each holiday season. They get jobs as Santa and his little helper at malls and then rob the stores blind.

 

And now onto the unexpected…

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
 
It's Christmas Eve and Gin, Hana, and Miyuki have found an abandoned baby while searching a dumpster for food. Now these three homeless friends must find the baby's parents.

The Ref (1994)
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It's the eve of Caroline and Llyod's big Christmas party. What could possibly go wrong for this bickering couple? They are taken hostage by Gus, a thief on the run from the cops.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
 
This is Tim Burton's take on Frankenstein with Johnny Depp playing a synthetic young man named Edward with scissors for fingers. He is taken in by the Avon lady and ends falling in love with her daughter, played by Winona Ryder.

Batman Returns (1992)
 
In this sequel to the first Batman movie, staring Michael Keaton, the caped crusader goes up agianst the likes of The Penguin (Danny Devito), Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and evil businessman Max Schreck (Christopher Walken). If you haven't seen the first Batman movie with Michael Keaton, fear not! We own the double feature!

Lethal Weapon (1987)
 
LA Detective Roger Murtaugh just wants to make it to his 50th birthday. But he's beginning to think this might be harder than he imagined when he's partnered with loose canon Martin Riggs who seemingly has a death wish.

Die Hard (1988)
Movie posterJohn McClane, a NY Cop played by Bruce Willis, has come to LA to visit his estranged wife for Christmas. Hans Gruber, played by Alan Rickman, throws a wrench in McClane's plans when he holds a group of partygoers hostage, including McClane's wife.

Gremlins (1984)
"Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight." If only these three simple rules were followed! What started out as a seemingly innocent Christmas present turns out to be anything but.
 

Please note: Not all movies are appropriate for all ages.