Top 10 Christmas Movies For Adults
With winter firmly upon us and the Holiday season already here, we love nothing more than to sit in front the TV with a good Christmas movie and a roaring fire. The holidays are a time to chill out, relax and recharge your batteries before getting back to the grind in January.
But why do we feel the need to laze our days away in front of the box while scoffing luxury chocolates by the handful?
The answer; we need that feel good factor!
We all feel a little down and depressed in the winter months due to lack of sunlight but we also feel a little guilty at Christmastime as we have plenty while others do not.
So what is the solution?
A few feelgood Christmas movies to lift our spirits? Or maybe we should try giving to those less fortunate than ourselves, as that is the whole meaning of Christmas spirit isn’t it?
Or what about getting out there in the chilly air and getting some exercise to work off that turkey dinner and make us feel better… No need to buy mountain hardware, you aren’t going rock climbing, just getting wrapped up for a brisk walk. All these things would give you that feel good feeling, so what are you waiting for?
But while you’re feeling in the mood for a movie why not take a look at this top ten list of Christmas movies for adults.
It’s a Wonderful Life
George Bailey (James Stewart) contemplates suicide after $8,000 is lost by his Uncle Billy on the way to deposit it at the bank on Christmas Eve. Of course, George will be held responsible for this and he wonders if his family and the town would be better off without him. That is, until an Angel named Clarence shows him otherwise.
The Christmas Cottage
This the story behind Thomas Kinkade’s painting ‘The Christmas Cottage’. After Thomas (Jared Padalecki) discovers his mother is behind with her mortgage repayments, the amateur artist decides to go professional to save their family home from repossession. So he seeks the guidance of an aging mentor to show him the way.
Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) have been unlucky in love and decide they need to get away. So just before Christmas vacation they surf the ‘net for ideas and choose to swap their house through a home exchange website. Amanda is off to a lovely old cottage in Surrey, England and Iris to a beautiful modern home in Los Angeles. But little do they know that love is just around the corner for both of them...
While You Were Sleeping
Lucy (Sandra Bullock) leads a lonely life as a fare collector in Chicago and with no family to speak of she dreams of being married to handsome commuter Peter Callahan (Peter Gallagher) whom she sees everyday at the station. When Peter is mugged and knocked onto the tracks, Lucy rushes to save him from an oncoming train. She then poses as Peter’s fiancee at the hospital and ends up meeting his family while Peter is in a coma. The whole family love her and think she’s fantastic, including Peter’s brother Jack (Bill Pullman). And there begins the love story.
On Christmas morning happy couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) are off to Fiji to avoid spending Christmas with their two sets of divorced parents. But Fate has a cruel twist up its sleeve, they don’t get to Fuji and they end up visiting all four parents all in one day! As the day wears on they begin to realise they don’t really know each other that well after all. This is exacerbated by remembering all the stuff that happened to them as they were growing up. Is their supposedly perfect relationship without marriage and kids really what they want?
Homeless For The Holidays
Jack Baker (Matt Moore) leads a perfect upper-middle-class life right up until he loses his job as an executive. He then has to master the horror of working at a burger joint to cover the bills but it soon becomes clear that he can’t survive on such poor wages and if something doesn’t change soon they will be homeless by Christmas.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is going to spend Christmas with his estranged wife in L.A. He is heading to her company’s Christmas party but soon discovers that all the partygoers, including his wife, have been taken hostage by terrorists. Their leader, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) is demanding the release of terrorists from prison in exchange for the lives of the hostages, but is secretly plotting to steal millions in bearer bonds from a vault in the building.Of course, McClane takes all the terrorists on single handed!
The Preachers Wife
When Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) prays to God for help with his failing marriage to choir mistress Julia (Whitney Houston) and to stop his church being under threat by property developers, he doesn’t expect his prayers to be answered. God sends him an Angel named Dudley (Denzel Washington) to help out but it seems Dudley sets to cause him even more trouble.
The Family Man
Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) is a successful business man. He loves his single life, his Ferrari and his job. But one day he wakes up in a different life, a life where his old girlfriend is now his wife and he’s a father of two kids. He has a minivan instead of a Ferrari and works at a Big Ed’s as a tyre salesman, instead of a president at an investment house. However, he soon learns to live this life and realises just how much was missing from his bachelor existence.
Louis Winthorpe (Dan Ackroyd) is a successful business man who works for two brothers at their company Duke and Duke. The brothers are constantly bickering and this time it’s whether it’s environment or heredity that determines how well a person does in their life. Winthorpe bumps into a street con-artist named Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and thinks he is going to rob him so has him arrested. Well, when the Duke brothers see how different Valentine and Winthorpe are, they decide this will bring an end their argument. They decide to place a bet on how Winthrope will do without a job, his home and his dignity, while giving Valentine, Winthorpe’s job to see how he copes.
Here’s hoping everyone enjoys their winter break whatever you are up to…