I love the debate every Christmas season about whether or not certain movies should be considered Christmas movies. Die Hard always tops the list. Gremlins and Lethal Weapon are two others that usually enter the conversation. I have a list a movies that don’t typically enter the conversation, but should. These should all be considered Christmas movies and once I make my argument, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Full Metal Jacket – Yes, this is a movie about the horrors of Marine Corps Bootcamp and The Vietnam War, but the heart of this film is how 43 young men, from all walks of life, were able to overcome their cultural differences and form a kinship during Christmas. How the hell has everyone overlooked this? It’s not mentioned once in any description of the movie that I’ve ever read. Here’s a clip, which in my opinion, should be the trailer. If it had been, we’d see it running on loop on TBS every December.
Rocky IV – No one ever talks about how this movie is a Christmas movie and it blows my mind. The fight between Rocky and Drago is on Christmas! In the final scene, which features one of the greatest speeches in cinematic history, Rocky reveals at the very end of his speech that his entire motivation for taking this fight was to spread the true meaning of Christmas to the Russian people.
Mean Girls – A movie about a group of the most popular girls in school that also happen to be evil bitches. But their lives are turned around as they are overcome with the spirit of Christmas so they use their musical talents and hotness to bring the entire school together with their rendition of Jingle Bell Rock.
Goodfellas – One of the most iconic Mafia movies of all time. The entire movie is built around a heist that Jimmy Burke and his crew pull off during Christmas and the celebratory Christmas party that follows. There are some other non-related scenes that are used as filler but its clear that the purpose of this film was to showcase how property crimes tend to skyrocket during the holiday season.
American Psycho – This was our first introduction to the brilliance of Christian Bale. In this film he portrays a serial killer who, as a psychopath, struggles with the Holiday Season. We can tell that he wants to experience the joy that the spirit of Christmas brings the rest of us but his inability to bond with others or to feel emotion, makes him a more believable Scrooge than Ebenezer. He wasn’t visited by ghosts who inspired him to become a good person and right his wrongs, he was overtaken by demons who inspired him to murder every single person he could get his hands on. That’s my scrooge.
I’m sure after reading this you all now agree that these are 5 of the best Christmas movies that are never referenced as Christmas movies. Let it be known that I included Mean Girls in this list even though it’s not my kind of movie. That’s because I’m a good person and I recognize the other 4 are “guy flicks” so I wanted to throw one out there for the ladies. Merry Christmas everyone!