Talk about Christmas films and the first name that pops into your head is that of either Home Alone or some other happy-go-lucky flick that follows the ‘all’s well that ends well’ policy. However, there are a few Hollywood classics that many don’t consider ‘A Christmas film’ when they are exactly that. Let’s take a look at these films and discuss why they aren’t in the Home Alone league but are in a league of their own!
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Mel Gibson became an overnight sensation with his appearance in the first Lethal Weapon flick, as the crazy Martin Riggs. With his aging partner Roger Murtaugh, the two wreak havoc in the city only to save it afterward. However, in all that mayhem, it’s easy to forget that the film takes place during Christmas, begins with 'Jingle Bell Rock' and concludes with 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'. If that doesn’t make it a Christmas flick, I don’t know what does!
Die Hard (1988)
The biggest debate Hollywood buffs have during the last week of December every year involves Die Hard and whether it’s a Christmas flick or not. Although the film’s main lead Bruce Willis thinks it’s not, the audience disagrees. After all, the action takes place on a ‘Christmas Eve’, John McClane was visiting his estranged wife for ‘Christmas’ and there are a few lines here and there that make reference to the holidays, such as 'Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho'. Get the drift?
Batman Returns (1992)
The Dark Knight’s second outing under Tim Burton was darker, featured multiple villains and a plot that would have destroyed Gotham City. All that aside, it was a Christmas film as well for it was set during the holidays in Gotham. What else would you call a flick that features a Christmas tree lighting, where a holiday party is ransacked, and where one giant present is filled with confetti? Happy Holidays!
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Any film with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it has to be an action flick until you come across Jingle All The Way. In this Christmas movie, he pairs up with standup comedian Sinbad to find the most popular Christmas toy of the year – Turbo Man. The movie didn’t do well at the box office but became a cult after the younger generation discovered that Arnie also has done silly movies, making the movie enjoyable even after 25 years!