We asked for the ‘Hopeland 12 Movies of Christmas’ and this is the list you landed on, Hopeland! Counting down from 12 to one.
12. A Christmas Prince series
This unexpected Netflix franchise entered our homes and hearts in 2017, when the story of an American journalist (but really a home blogger) captured the attention of a made-up country (Aldovian) prince and we all forgave the many, many plot-line fails. In fact, it’s the ridiculousness of each new movie that has us laughing and earned its place in this ultimate list. The latest in the series – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby – has just been released.
Christmas brings the ultimate gift to Aldovia: a royal baby. But first, Queen Amber must save her family and kingdom by unwrapping a monarchy mystery.
11. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
A 1970’s classic might be a slightly harder find but will have the older viewers reminiscing and the young ones delighted.
The story of how Santa Claus came to be is brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation
10. Last Christmas
While this flick has only been released for a month, it’s clearly already grabbed some people’s attention.
Hope movie reviewer Laura Bennett offers her take: “Last Christmas may not mention the ‘reason for the season’ – save for some horrifyingly gaudy nativity trinkets – but encourages an attitude toward life that is sacrificial, loving, and values what a gift life really is.”
You can read the full review and watch Laura’s interview with director Paul Feig here.
Nothing seems to go right for young Kate, a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. But things soon take a turn for the better when she meets Tom — a handsome charmer who seems too good to be true.
Warning: alcohol and sexual references. Refer to IMDb Parents Guide
9. Jingle All the Way
Before he was a governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger was entertaining children (and adults) all over the world with his starring roles in family movies.
Howard, a haggard salesman, promises his son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. He is forced to fight every parent and travel all over town to get the toy after he forgets to buy it.
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If something can go wrong head of the Griswold household, Clark, it will. And, whether you enjoy it or not, it just wouldn’t feel right if this movie wasn’t playing on free-to-air TV during Christmas.
Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he turns everything completely around, causing a domino effect of disasters.
7. Die Hard
This one is for the adults but the debate over whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie has been called – Hopeland says yes.
Just as Detective McClane lands in LA to spend Christmas with his wife, he learns about a hostage situation in an office building.
Warning: violence, sexual references and strong language. Refer to IMDb Parents Guide
6. It’s a Wonderful Life
This originally black-and-while movie was nominated for Academy Awards in the ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’, and ‘Best Director’ among others and has been a beloved Christmas movie for decades and has been listed as one of the greatest movies of all time. It was remastered in colour in 2007. If you haven’t seen it before, the movie deals with suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling or needs a compassionate listening person to talk to, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Australia’s Suicide Callback Service, on 1300 659 467.
It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film, based on the short story and booklet ‘The Greatest Gift’ by Philip Van Doren Stern.
5. The Grinch
We love this storyline because Christmas does feel like its got two teams – #TeamChristmasOverboard and #TeamChristmasToneItDown – and this storyline appeals to both. We’ve decided both Grinch movies – the recent animated version and Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey – have made the list.
The Grinch grows increasingly annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer that engulfs the village of Whoville. So, he teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by playing spoilsport.
Grinch lives in solitude just outside Whoville. He hates the townsfolk and despises Christmas. Cindy Lou, a six-year-old girl who believes in the spirit of the festival, sets out to reform him.
4. The Polar Express
Starring Tom Hank’s voice as the train’s conductor, this 2004 computer-animated adventure film is based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.
A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. His life takes a turn after he encounters special people that make his journey memorable.
The story of Buddy who believes he’s a real-life Elf. Will Ferrell’s character has spawned many memes for every day life and if you don’t find yourself laughing along to his zest for elf life then you are in some serious need of some candy canes and tinsel.
Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.
2. Love Actually
It’s no surprise this makes the list with an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson.
Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.
Warning: adult themes, sexual references and minor storyline has nudity. Refer to IMDb Parents Guide
1. Home Alone
If you haven’t seen this 1990’s classic, you may be in the minority of kids who learnt all of their first-time pranks and household tricks from leading character, Kevin played by Macaulay Culkin.
Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he has to put up a fight.