Christmas surrounds us . The nougats, the shortbread, the carols, the nativity scenes, Santa Claus, the Three Wise Men, the little glasses… and the Christmas cinema . These winter holidays invite you to stay in the warm and comfortable home, enjoying a good movie (or several) set on these very familiar dates.

Every year there are numerous lists on Christmas in the seventh art. There aren’t many recommendable titles so, inevitably, we almost always find the same ones. That is why I bring you a wide selection, with proposals of all kinds, for all tastes ; Let everyone celebrate the holidays as they want, right? Here you have my contribution, 35 films to enjoy these days and always:

‘The bazaar of surprises’ (‘The Shop Around the Corner’, 1940)

The GENIUS Ernst Lubitsch leaves us his Christmas story, in which a young shop assistant falls in love with a stranger with whom she begins to correspond. Quentin Tarantino recently claimed ‘You have an e-mail’, a remake of this delicious romantic comedy.

‘Living is beautiful!’ (‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, 1946)

Frank Capra signs the only film on this list (and any other) that you should have seen by now. The CLASSIC par excellence on these dates about a man overwhelmed by his life who will learn to value it as a result of a magical event.

‘You also live with illusion’ (‘Miracle on 34th Street’, 1947)

Another gem that has been the subject of a remake. George Seaton tells us the story of a girl who believes in Santa Claus… and makes us believe in him too. Hilarious and with some great Maureen O’Hara and John Payne.

‘Scrooge’ (1951)


Brian Desmond Hurst directs one of the first versions of the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, with a fantastic Alastair Sim playing the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who will receive a visit from the three ghosts of Christmas.

‘Ben-Hur’ (1959)

If you have about 220 free minutes, this is one of the best movies you can spend that time on. William Wyler ‘s spectacular classic based on the novel of the same name has everything and was awarded 11 Oscars, a record that could not be matched until ‘Titanic’ (1997).

‘Placido’ (1961)

Luis García Berlanga portrays the Spain of the 60s with this black comedy set on Christmas Eve. He retains all the bad vibes of him (deep down the people are the same) and the cast is so extraordinary that more than fiction it seems like a documentary.

‘The Big Family’ (1962)

The other ideal Spanish classic for these dates about a large family that goes through many hardships and, even so, there is also room for optimism. It was directed by Fernando Palacios and has the phenomenon Pepe Isbert. Endearing, funny and memorable.

‘Thank you very much, Mr. Scrooge’ (‘Scrooge’, 1970)

Thank you very much Mr Scrooge

Another of the best versions of Dickens’ most representative work. The signature Ronald Neame and in the cast stands out the presence of two greats like Albert Finney and Alec Guinness as heads of cast.

‘Black Christmas’ (‘Black Christmas’, 1974)

On these dates, comic and dramatic stories predominate to watch with the family and give thanks for everything; but there are horror fans who want to indulge in another type of cinema, without leaving the Christmas atmosphere. Bob Clark signs this benchmark among slashers.

‘Among crooks is the game’ (‘Trading Places’, 1983)

John Landis squeezes the chances of bringing Eddie Murphy together with Dan Aykroyd in the best and most fertile film of their careers. One of the best comedies of the 80s that begins with a bet and will make us smile more than once.

‘Gremlins’ (1984)

With the help of Steven Spielberg in production and Chris Columbus in the script, Joe Dante shot a Christmas classic that masterfully combines humor with terror. One of my favorite movies, every time I see it, it amuses me like the first time. The similarity of the creatures with children is genius.

‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ (‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’, 1984)

Silent Night Death Night

Charles E. Sellier Jr. is not John Carpenter, that much is clear. But he has ideas and the best is to place this nightmare at Christmas. A different offer for these holidays, for horror fans and whoever is fed up with cloying stories.

‘The ghosts attack the boss’ (‘Scrooged’, 1988)

Richard Donner thought that Dickens’ story is so good that no one can spoil it. He almost got it. Luckily he had the funny Bill Murray to distract the viewer from an uninspired narrative. It is one of those films that, without being good, from seeing them so much you end up becoming fond of them.

‘Crystal Jungle’ (‘Die Hard’, 1988)

Even if you are not a fan of the action genre, here we are talking about one of the best moviegoer plans for Christmas. John McTiernan ‘s film is incredibly funny, exemplary work, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, it always hooks you and you have to get to the end to see how John McClane gives Hans Gruber what he deserves.

‘Help! It’s Christmas already’ (‘Christmas Vacation’, 1989)

John Hughes writes and Jeremiah S. Chechik directs another disastrous adventure for the Griswold family, led by Chevy Chase. Easy and effective humor for a film that only intends to entertain the family.

‘Eduardo Manostijeras’ (‘Edward Scissorhands’, 1990)

One of Tim Burton ‘s best works , which in recent years seems to have run out of ideas and abused the same resources that made him famous. Despite his clumsiness, he has been a filmmaker who has left unforgettable scenes and great characters. ‘Ed Wood’ will always be my favorite but this fairy tale follows close behind.