It’s finally time to turn off work email notifications, hang up school uniforms, and relax with a classic Christmas movie as the big day approaches.
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With less than a week before Christmas, the MetFilm School sought advice from one of its top “rom-com” experts to help moviegoers decide which heartwarming seasonal movies to binge watch.
Dr Alice Guilluy, a lecturer at the famous MetFilm School, has put together a list of movies to watch next week to get them excited about the arrival of Santa Claus.
Here are nine of his best Christmas movies to watch while on vacation.
If it’s too cheesy for you, better turn away now, it’s not going to get better.
Nancy Meyers is one of the reigning contemporary masters of romantic comedy, and it’s one of my favorites: yes, the two heroines’ homes are worth millions, but their mess and awkwardness make them appealing and relatable, and the production design is, as always with the Meyers films, flawless.
The corner shop
A true Christmas classic: this delicious epistolary romance between two warring workshop workers bears the mark of the famous “Lubitsch touch”.
Jimmy Stewart has never been so elusive.
Also check out the 1998 Nora Ephron remake (You’ve Got Mail), which is on my colleague Justin Trefgane’s (screenwriter) must-have list.
One of the best romantic comedies of the past decade.
This one doesn’t feature Christmas, but ends (happily forever) on New Years Eve, and most of the first act takes place in the snow-capped Himalayas.
Every musical number is excellent, the chemistry of Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor is spectacular, and (a sign of a really good romantic comedy) the best friends characters almost steal the show.
This one has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, except that it is an absolute Christmas TV classic in continental Europe (Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose life she dramatizes, is born December 24).
The dresses are to die for, Romy Schneider is exceptional and the romance is ultra-schmaltzy.
The real-life romance of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy shines through this charming romantic comedy between a sarcastic librarian (Hepburn, always gorgeous) and the cranky computer engineer (Spencer Tracey, marvelous gruff) hired to replace her with a computer.
A truly fun 1950s workplace comedy, starring endearing sidekicks, fantastic zingers, and a heartwarming Christmas finale.
Set on Thanksgiving, Gurinder Chadha is most famous for his brilliant Bend It Like Beckham (not a Christmas movie, an everyday movie), but this cute Thanksgiving coat hanger movie is very underrated.
Come for the family drama, stay for the lovingly prepared food.
Die Hard / Die Hard Manufacturing
While technically not a romance (the love story is really a subplot), it is an undeniable Christmas classic (or is it?).
And while the movie itself doesn’t need to be shown, Netflix’s dedicated episode of The Movies That Made Us is also worth a look.
Here is a true 50s mourner for those who are fed up with all the holiday cheer.
Shot in glorious Technicolor, this heartbreaking love story between an upper-class widow (Jane Wyman) and her gardener (Rock Hudson) will have you fetching the tissues in no time.
Presents perhaps the most heartbreaking gift scene in Hollywood history.
And if you still need to cry, watch Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s new German cinema remake, Fear Eats The Soul (1974).
And finally, the most controversial of all.
Is it a scary, bloated mess that tries to make stalking romantic (spoiler: no, romantic comedy viewers aren’t dumb), or a starry ode to love and London?
I stand firm in the second camp and have seen it once a year since its release almost 20 years ago.
Sing it with me: I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes!
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