One of the US’s most beloved holiday movies, Bob Clark’s enduring and old-fashioned Boomer holiday favourite is an ode to consumerism, gun worship and family eccentricity told through the eyes of a kid who dreams of scoring a BB gun for Christmas. Black Christmas director Clark keeps the edges rough on this slice of Americana, foregoing the schmaltz for a healthy dose of gruff, blue-collar cheer and tongue-on-frozen-flagpole realism.
Holiday cheer is relative: One man’s big bowl of holly jolly fun is another’s bramble of humbug. That’s why Christmas movies come in every flavor, from schmaltzy Hallmark flicks and Netflix originals to rom-coms, yuletide horrors and action flicks in which the jingle of Christmas bells mixes with the jangle of shell casings hitting the floor.
For this list of the 30 best holiday movies of the moment, we reached deep into our stocking to come up with a glorious mix of tried-and-true classics, alternative holiday yarns, cult films and overlooked gems. They might not be the all-time best Thanksgiving and Christmas movies ever made (and they’re certainly not all for children), but among their ranks you’ll find something for every taste once you settle in for a long winter’s movie binge.