5 Great Christmas Movies That Aren't Christmas Movies

5 Great Christmas Movies That Aren't Christmas Movies


Posted 2023-11-29 by Mindo Koerberfollow
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If you’re looking for holiday movies to watch in December, but don’t want to watch Christmas movies, here are some great un-Christmast movies that are just perfect for this kind of situation.

Lethal Weapon (1987)
The opening scene of this movie has Bobby Helms’s “Jingle Bell Rock”. On top of that, there’s also a scene where Los Angeles cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) goes undercover at a drug deal that takes place in a Christmas tree lot. A warm relationship between Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), in contrast with the loneliness, reckless and suicidal state of mind of Martin Riggs after his wife's death, will make Lethal Weapon a perfect holiday movie because it encompasses both the warmth and bitter cold of the festive season.

Die Hard (1988)
The movie takes place on Christmas Eve as all the employees in the Nakatomi Plaza unwind with a few festive drinks and a well-earned party following a tough financial year when John McLane, a rowdy ex-cop, tries to get his family out of the hands of terrorists and safely home for Christmas.
The movie also underlines the value of family, especially during Christmas, plus the friendship between McLane (Bruce Willis) and Sargent Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson), and also a driver, Argyle.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
During one seemingly ordinary Christmas shift, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) witnesses her crush, the handsome commuter who passes her Chicago Transit Authority ticket booth every day, falling off the platform. In one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions, she saves him from certain death, only to be mistaken for his fiancée at the hospital. This movie features Christmas and New Year's, plus an ice skating scene. There is also hope on the thin string that keeps the family together during a special time such as Christmas.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Some of the setting of this movie takes place at Christmas. Children’s bookstore owner Kathleen (Meg Ryan) decorates her Christmas tree alone while memories of Christmases she used to spend with her mum come flashing by. She also makes the observation that Joni Mitchell’s “River” is such a sad song and “not really about Christmas at all.” You’ve Got Mail is an optimistic cozy romantic comedy that has good supporting characters. The holidays are all about comfort and you can find it from this movie. Watching Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen find their way past their initial dislike for one another is also comforting. Furthermore, around the holidays, there's always a huge emphasis on spending time with loved ones.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
It is not a Christmas movie at all, but it has a few scenes that take place around Christmas time. There are also several Christmas songs played throughout this entire scene.

The opening scene occurs on a rainy 1969 Christmas Eve, at a prison in Marseille, France, just as Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), the FBI agent who tracked Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), for several years, arrives with extradition papers to take the young American criminal back to the United States. In another scene, time back to 1964 Christmas, Frank Abagnale, Sr. (Christopher Walken), is being honoured at a banquet with a lifetime membership in the New Rochelle Rotary Club. Immediately following the banquet, we cut to a scene of the happy family at home, where Frank, Jr., dances around the Christmas tree with his mother, Paula, in their family’s living room, while Frank, Sr., puts up additional decorations.

But the main thing about this movie is revealed when Frank, Jr., begins to telephone Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who is chasing him, every year on Christmas Eve. Christmas is the ultimate happiness time, especially when you can spend that time with your loved ones. For some reason or another, Frank, Jr. and Carl Hanratty have that “special time” together. These phone calls serve to highlight both men’s loneliness during this special time of the year. Carl is always working alone in the office so that men with families can be at home, and Frank, as Carl sneeringly points out in their earliest conversation, has no one else to call.


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