7 Overlooked (But Excellent!) Christmas Movies

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– By Matthew Sawczyn –

We all have them, those films we watch this time of year, every year. It’s A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, Die Hard… (insert your own personal or family favorites).

But, because the Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, you may need a few extra tales, to fill the cozy winter nights and stay in the spirit. So, in no particular order, here are some classic Christmas movies you may not have seen!

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Recently recommend by a friend, I can say that this older classic definitely still shines! The musical that brought us “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, this funny, charming, and beautiful film is a great change up for your holiday watchlist.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Depending on who I talk to, Arthur Christmas is either one of the best Christmas movies they’ve ever seen, or “What, again? I’ve never heard of that.” Centered on Santa’s youngest son Arthur, this hilarious animation explores the holiday sentiments between generations, and what we all should really hold dear.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

When three homeless people find an abandoned baby in a dump, they must do all they can to track down the mother and return the child. What follows is a humorous and heart-warming tale of family, belonging, and the value of every life.

A Christmas Carol (1984)

Though the Muppet version is wonderful and hilarious—for me—the George C. Scott film is the definitive take on the Dickens novella. Gorgeous costumes, sets, and a wonderful score make this masterpiece a must-see.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Known by its contemporary remake You’ve Got Mail, this original version stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, and is just as magical. With its cast’s chemistry, sweet story, and liberal amounts of snow, it’s a Christmas classic.

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Suave angel Cary Grant is sent to help an Episcopal bishop and his wife rebuild their church, and their marriage. One could say, Cary Grant is the perfect wingman.

Fargo (1996)
Definitely the darkest movie on the list! Though by no means an overlooked film, most people probably don’t relate this Coen Brothers masterpiece with Christmas. Yet, the bone-chilling setting, kooky characters, and incredibly poignant ending make this the perfect film to watch this December. You betcha!

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I hope you enjoy one of these gems! May your movies be merry and bright, and may you have a wonderful Christmas season!


About the Author

Matthew Sawczyn is a screenwriter in Los Angeles, and alumni of JPCatholic (MBA in Film Producing – Class of 2017). He loves hiking, HBO, and cuddly cats.

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