Simply Be’s Top Five Festive Films

We’ve made a list, we’ve checked it twice, you’re gonna find out what our favourite Christmas movies are! So get the kettle on, drag the duvet downstairs and get cosy with our top festive flicks.

Love Actually (2003)

We owe a lot to Richard Curtis. Not only did he bring us Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, but without him we may never have seen Hugh Grant and Colin Firth brawling in a fountain over Bridget Jones. He’s also the big softie behind some of the most romantic moments ever to grace our screens and his 2003 romcom, Love Actually, has to take the prize for the most heart-melty moments in one movie. If there’s one film that makes us want to snuggle on the sofa with a hunky man at Christmas (Colin or Hugh will do), it’s this one.

Love Actually

Favourite quote: Daniel: ‘Well, you know – I thought it might be something worse.’                                                Sam: ‘Worse than the total agony of being in love?’                                                                                                                Daniel: ‘Oh. No, you’re right. Yeah, total agony.’

Festive fuzzy moment: Andrew Lincoln’s doorstep declaration of love to Keira Knightley. *Swoon.*

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Putting a fuzzy felt spin on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Muppets bring us arguably the best adaptation of the Victorian classic. From cold-hearted human Ebenezer Scrooge, to the slapstick narration of Gonzo and Rizo, this one gets a big thumbs up from all the family. God bless them, everyone!

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Favourite quote: ‘Mother always taught me: “Never eat singing food.”‘

Festive fuzzy moment: When a redeemed Scrooge gives the homeless (and very cute) Bean Bunny money to buy the big turkey from the poultry shop.

Elf (2003)

When Buddy the Elf realises that he’s not actually an elf (hint – he’s 6ft 3), he leaves the North Pole and heads to New York to find his biological dad. Step in James Caan, who plays the cantankerous father figure to Will Ferrell’s giddy, goofy Buddy. Thanks to Ferrell’s overzealous portrayal of the kind-hearted elf, this is one of the funniest festive films around.


Favourite quote: ‘Santa! Oh my God! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!’

Festive fuzzy moment: Jovie leading the New York city crowd in singing Christmas songs to get Santa’s sleigh off the ground.

Home alone (1990)

What starts as an ice-cream eating, bed-jumping fun fest, soon becomes action-packed, burglar-bashing mischief when young Kevin McCallister is left home alone by his parents (oopsy). Like all good Christmas movies, Home Alone can be watched over and over again without losing any of its wit, charm or ability to make us wince at every fall, thud and thump. And we’re still totally jealous of Kevin’s booby-trap adventures.

Home Alone

Favourite quote: ‘Keep the change, ya filthy animal!’

Festive fuzzy moment: Kevin visits a stand-in Santa and asks him to have a word with the real one to bring his family back.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Sandra Bullock. Bill Pullman. Christmas-ness. A crazy but totally charming family. It’s all going on here to make this ‘90s yuletide romcom one of our faves. When a dishy commuter falls into a coma, Lucy accidentally-on-purpose leads his family to believe she is his fiancée…only to wind up in love with his (much lovelier) brother. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

While You Were Sleeping

Favourite quote: ‘I don’t drink anymore…I don’t drink any less, either.’

Festive fuzzy moment: Lonely Lucy is welcomed in by her “fiancé’s” family and spends Christmas night with them. Looking on at their chaotic but wonderful dynamic, she completely falls for all of them.

What are your favourite Christmas movies?