Do you think these should be considered Christmas movies?

Who doesn't love a good "yippee-kai-yay" at the holidays?


There are some films that you know you'll pull out at this time of year to enjoy. They have all the clear signs of being a Christmas movie; holiday tunes, baubles and trees galore, and likely a solid moral that encourages peace on earth and goodwill towards all. These are seasonal staples that you just can't refuse when they come up.

But what about those films that aren't "Christmas-specific", more like "Christmas-adjacent"? You know, movies that take place on or around the holidays but may not carry the same holly-jolly feelings that you'd usually expect. 

We've compiled a list of films that are not-quite-Christmas movies and now we want to know your thoughts. Do you think these should be considered Christmas movies?

  1. We'll start easy: is Die Hard a Christmas movie? It takes place at the office holiday party, there are plenty of flashing lights and Santa Claus puns. What do you think?
  2. Is Holiday Inn a Christmas Movie? It may dance and sing around a handful of other holidays, but Christmas is clearly one of the most important ones.
  3. Here's a tricky one: is Edward Scissorhands a Christmas movie? Think about it; the premise for the movie is all about why the town now has snow for the holidays!
  4. OK. How about Lethal Weapon? It starts with an opening set to "Jingle Bell Rock" and ends with the family gathered around a Christmas tree.
  5. What about Gremlins? Gizmo was a Christmas gift to begin with, and those Gremlins do sing carols throughout the movie!
  6. Is The Swiss Family Robinson a Christmas movie? The whole family tries to keep their spirits up by singing "O Christmas Tree" together, and nothing screams the holidays like a zebra!
  7. How about The Blue Lagoon? Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins certainly do their best to remember Christmas traditions while stranded on an island.
  8. Is Batman Returns a Chritmas movie? The whole thing is set around the holidays, and is jam-packed with the puns to prove it.
  9. Here's one we can all agree on: The Apartment. It's very distinctly set between Christmas and New Years Day, and has all the family drama one person could handle at the holidays.
  10. OK, OK, let's try one more... Everyone can agree that Trading Places is a holiday movie, right?

Do you think these should be considered Christmas movies?

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KristenQuaedvlieg 17 months ago
I can’t believe everyone leaves out “The Man Who Came To Dinner” (1942) with Bette Davis and Monty Woolley.
I also include Auntie Mame (1958) because it was always shown around Christmas time.
Donna 36 months ago
What about "The Ref?" It takes place on Christmas Eve and it's hilarious. Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis and Christine Baranski are all excellent. I highly recommend it!
KristenQuaedvlieg Donna 17 months ago
I absolutely love The Ref!
dethLSMO89 49 months ago
Got 90% similar after just commenting after the last one of these kind that I took that I m always in the 50% range.
Mike 53 months ago
80%. I guess I'm close to mainstream..
MeAgain65 53 months ago
90% . Still say The Gremlins are a Christmas movie.
booster 54 months ago
"Once Upon a Time at Christmas", "Black Christmas", and "Silent Night, Deadly Night", are all wonderful movies for the family to watch together on Christmas Eve.
pel5087 54 months ago
Check out Lemon Drop Kid. Bob Hope and Doris Day where they sing Silver Bells. Borderline Christmas movie but a better choice than some mentioned in this quiz. Also suggest The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Dale 54 months ago
I got 90% similar. Most of these movies have Christmas as a backdrop or a silent character actor but NOT as the main reason for the season. But then mainstream Hollywood hasn't been Christmas or even Christian friendly since it's original founding.

Hollywood and most of its networks or studios want to separate themselves from Christ and Christmas as much as they can and have been that way for several decades. Why do you think it is that we often see movies like The Ten Commandments, a fantastic movie based on the Jews, always played on CHRISTmas and Easter??? Netflix wants to air a movie about a "gay" Jesus, but Heaven forbid they actually play a movie based on the life or death of Christ. That would be secular sacrilege.

pel5087 Dale 54 months ago
Ever notice we get Frosty and Rudolph but never see Little Drummer boy anymore. Has a religious theme.
RobCertSDSCascap pel5087 54 months ago
So does A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Lacey RobCertSDSCascap 54 months ago
They are not brave enough to go after Peanuts.
RobCertSDSCascap Lacey 54 months ago
All about ratings. Christmas specials we enjoyed might not fly with today's kids.
thedude1500 54 months ago
The Blue Lagoon isn't a Christmas movie. It's soft-core kiddie porn. No way you could make that film today.
Joe 54 months ago
Is an anti-Christmas movie, e.g., Black Christmas, considered a Christmas movie?
Sally 54 months ago
First time my responses have hit 100%
MrBill 54 months ago
First time my responses have ever been 100% similar to the most popular responses.
Dave 54 months ago
Don’t forget KISS KISS BANG BANG too!
AlF 54 months ago
Hahaha! I voted yes for “Trading Places”. Dan Aykroyd pulling a smoked fish out of his filthy Santa suit? Doesn’t that just scream Christmas?
AlF 54 months ago
My favorite Christmas movie is “The Shop Around the Corner” with Jimmy Stewart and Frank Morgan (from Oz) and Margaret Sullavan. Dialog is fun. See it if you haven’t!
daDoctah 54 months ago
"Gremlins" also qualifies because of Phoebe Cates' story about how her father disappeared at Christmas time (I won't spoil the details in case you haven't seen it).

Not mentioned in the quiz is "Night of the Comet". The titular comet is actually called "the Christmas comet" by characters in the movie itself, and nothing happens without that comet.
RobCertSDSCascap 54 months ago
If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, this one is too.
It also has needless sequels! (And nudity).
RobCertSDSCascap pel5087 54 months ago
Sad thing about this one, it has some very beautiful original Christmas music.
Can't find it anywhere!
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