Recommendations: The best Christmas movies for adults

I’ve already revealed my favorite Christmas comedies, but I decided to supplement the previous list with a more mature selection of films. Those who enjoy their vacation flicks that are delivered with profanity, violence, and adult drama should stay away from the following shows.

evil santa

Bad, foul-mouthed sex addict Willie Sock (Billy Bob Thornton) spends his holidays pretending to be Santa Claus at the malls, eventually shoplifting with his young friend Marcus (Tony Cox). His attitude changes when he meets a young boy named Thurman (Brett Kelly) and a woman named Sue (Lauren Graham). This clichéd 2003 drama goes to some very dark places but will entertain those who can stomach its unstoppable dark humor.

the night before

similarly, the night before It has all the medicine and humor one could ask for but still manages to weave a celebratory tale about three friends trying desperately to hold on to the past. Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, this Jonathan Levine production will make everyone laugh except their wit.

Krampus

Such as GremlinsMichael Dougherty Krampus Offers a violent counter to light-hearted, funky Christmas fare via Santa Claus’ sinister shadow – Krampus. When a family Christmas gathering goes awry, young Max (Emjay Anthony) decides he’s tired of the holiday season and gives up his faith in Santa. Doing so leaves his family (and his oracle) vulnerable to Krampus, a demonic entity that preys on non-believers. Featuring a great cast, some darkly sinister humor, and plenty of wild shenanigans, Krampus A must during the festive season.

Kiss kiss bang bang

No list of Christmas movies is complete without the entertaining Shane Black movie and the thrilling detective comedy. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are at his best as our resident odd couple – the former a con, the latter a private detective – and show incredible chemistry. Black’s screenplay delves deep into the underbelly of Hollywood and throws in plenty of darkly humorous adventures for the duo to conquer. For the older crowd. Co-starring the sinister sexy Michelle Monaghan.

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The store is around the corner

Let’s lighten things up a bit, shall we? The store is around the corner It will put young viewers to sleep, but couples looking for a rom-com with some heft should check out this 1940 classic. James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan star as a pair of rivals working in a Budapest general store. Unbeknownst to the couple, they are currently in a mail-order affair with each other. If this plot sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen the 1998 remake You’ve got mail With Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The store is around the corner better.

It’s a wonderful life

Sticking with James Stewart, my holiday season isn’t complete until I cry with the Bailey family. This Frank Capra production follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart), a kind-hearted man who can’t escape the clutches of his hometown. On Christmas Eve, he bumps into an angel who shows him what the world would be like without him. Delicious holiday fare and one of my all-time favorite movies. Co-stars Donna Reed.

fat man

If you like violent nightthe violent Santa Claus epic currently playing in theaters, I urge you to check it out fat man. It is more of an entertainment western festival than an outdoor action festival. fat man It stars Mel Gibson as Santa Claus, who grapples with our ever-changing society. Complicating matters is the arrival of a hitman (Walton Goggins) hired by a spoiled brat (Chance Hurstfield) to kill old Scoundrel St. Nick, leading to a violent confrontation in the Arctic. The world-building here is unique, and directors Ishome and Ian Nelms squeeze an astonishing amount of emotion out of the premise. fat man It is a classic Christmas.

Really love

Richard Curtis’ sprawling tale of love is sentimental but ultimately poignant, and features a terrific cast – Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley and Alan Rickman, among others – and plenty of good-natured humor. The film follows several storylines that seep in romance and heartbreak, leading to a dramatic finale that will put a smile on all but the most cynical.

Die hard

I mean, obviously. Die hard It’s the best of Christmas movies and one of those I have to watch when December rolls around. Starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York cop who fights criminals in the Los Angeles skies on Christmas Eve, Die hard He kicks all kinds of ass but has enough holiday cheer to stand up to the constant violence and death. Alan Rickman practically steals the show as the criminal mastermind behind the attack. An authentic classic.

lethal Weapon

Likewise, no list of Christmas movies is complete without the tag lethal Weapon. Directed by Richard Donner, this action classic packs plenty of masculinity but skilfully wraps action beats around a dark story about a suicidal young cop teaming up with an old pro. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover bring the action, Shane Black’s script is muddled, and director Richard Donner keeps the production racing forward. Wonderful movie.

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