There are a lot of Christmas movies out there. You have your classics like White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. You have modern favorites like Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. And thanks to the Hallmark Channel, you have a plethora of Christmas movies starring Gretchen Weiners.But what about the Christmas movies that aren’t traditionally considered Christmas movies? These are the ones that might not come to mind when someone asks you to name your favorite Christmas movie. Maybe it’s because none of these would be a favorite of yours. More likely, though, it may be that you’re not thinking of these because the plot isn’t very Christmas-y. They’re movies whose plots could happen against any setting at any time of year, they just happen to happen at Christmas. So here are my top five non-traditional Christmas movies…
Remember, as with any ranking on my blog, this list is purely opinion and not compiled based on any research whatsoever. Because research is too much like work and, since I’m not being paid to blog, I will not do work for it.
5. Just Friends – Ryan Reynolds returns to his hometown after 10 years and confronts the girl he loved all through high school who had placed him squarely in the friends zone. Hilarity ensues in situations that usually only happen to Ben Stiller. Christmas is just a part of the scenery.
4. Batman Returns – Michael Keaton returns as the Dark Knight as the Penguin’s gang attacks Gotham City’s annual tree lighting ceremony, not once, but twice. Catwoman shows up, too. The fact that it’s Christmastime seems circumstantial.
3. Love Actually – This British rom-com starring every popular British actor from the early 2000s is probably considered by most to be a straight up Christmas movie. But I hold that the interwoven storylines could have conceivably taken place at any time during the year.
2. Gremlins – A classic horror/comedy hybrid that happens to take place at Christmas. The fact that Billy’s dad gives him Gizmo as a Christmas present is key to the story, but that could have just as easily been a birthday gift.
1. Die Hard – The ultimate in non-traditional Christmas movies and, possibly, the greatest action film of all time. Die Hard features a pretty gruesome Christmas card in the form of Hans Gruber’s dead henchman on the elevator: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.”
Honorable Mentions: The Nightmare Before Christmas, You’ve Got Mail, Die Hard 2: Die Harder.
Am I wrong in calling these non-traditional Christmas movies? Should they just be considered actual Christmas movies, fitting in somewhere with It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf? What are your favorite non-traditional Christmas movies? Let me know in the comments.