10 Xmas films with a difference

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Do you have an afternoon or two during Christmas when you just chill and watch movies? Well, one of the things I look forward to beside festive celebrations, eating yummy food, getting all dressed up and catching up with family and friends, is one day when Balazs and I can just relax in comfy jammies and watch a couple of movies that are not necessarily full on Christmas-y but in our home they are Christmas-approved:) So if you fancy a break from the festive classics here are 10 films that we love watching over and over again during the jolly season.

1. Only You, 1994 - it has romance written all over it, especially since Robert Downey Jr. plays in it. It's all about destiny, faith and believing that true soul-mates will ultimately always find each other. What do you think? Do you belive that there is one person for everyone? Or not?

2. Hitch, 2005 - the witty Will Smith plays the "love doctor" who helps other men find love - and in the end he even helps himself. Oh boy, they really need help:) Check out the dancing - giggle!

3. The Family Man, 2000 - a touching, but equally funny romcom with the ever-charming Nicolas Cage.

4. Joe Versus the Volcano, 1990 - this little-known film from the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks era has a unique atmosphere and a quirky edge; an endearing flick worthy for the holiday mood.

5. Reality Bites, 1994 - a classic coming-of-age comedy with the necessary 90's coolness and a list of great actors in early roles: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller - and see if you can spot RenĂ©e Zellweger.

6. One Fine Day, 1996 - the sweetest little romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer and the foxy  George Clooney, before he became the silver fox he is today ;)

7. Groundhog Day, 1993 - a movie you can watch over and over and over again (get it? :) )...Bill Murray is funny as always in this comedy where you find out how many different ways can you spend that same one day.

8. The Distinguished Gentleman, 1992 - Eddie Murphy at his very best - you cannot spend a Xmas season without one of his comedies - this political satire certainly ticks all the boxes.

9. Erin Brockovich, 2000 - uplifting drama with the brilliant Julie Roberts that earned her an Oscar; based on a true story, a film with a lot of subtle humour and excellent acting.

10. Trapped in Paradise, 1994 - another one with Nick Cage, with a little help from the genius Jon Lovitz and (Mike Myers' sidekick from Wayne's World) Dana Carvey (whatever happened to him, btw?) - a classic holiday flick in every way - funny, heartwarming - a must see!

Loves, what's your all time favourite Christmas film? Or a few? Have you seen any of those films before? xo

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Anonymous said...

The family man is my fav movie and I could watch it every single day. Great list diana. I am bookmarking it for next week. Jill

kishipsa said...

Ohhh I love Hitch!!!

And the rest of your list- I need to watch them ;))

Thanks God it's Christmas :D

Lady Grey said...

great list. My all-time favourite Christmas films are Love Actually, and Home Alone : )

Anacristina said...

Love these! You should also add While you were sleeping, it's with Sandra Bullock & I love it.

x's & o's

Anacristina said...

Love these! You should also add While you were sleeping, it's with Sandra Bullock & I love it.

x's & o's

Christianna said...

This is a great mix of movies!

Marta G. (A Bilingual Baby) said...

I love Reality Bites (and Ethan Hawke in that movie, ha, ha). Have you seen Singles, with Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Eddie Vedder? It's just great! Marta

shopgirl said...

i love Family Man and Groundhog Day. I've never heard of Trapped in Paradise....and I thought I knew all the Holiday movies. .-) I have to check this one out.

My favourite....I don't know if they're considered 'holiday movies' are all the Nora Ephron movies with Meg Ryan - Sleepless in Seattle, You've got mail, When Harry Met Sally. They all have Christmas and New York in them. My two favourite things! :-)))

LyddieGal said...

I save groundhog day for February, but it's a classic and a favorite that i watch each and every year.
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