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The best Christmas movies on Netflix

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with our guide to the best festive movies on Netflix UK

By Ellie Walker-Arnott

Forget ice-skating, carol singing and frantic shopping at festive markets. Baby, it's cold outside and all we want for Christmas is to snuggle down on the sofa and with a pile of mince pies and a jolly festive film. If that sounds ilke your cup of eggnog, here's our pick of the best Christmas movies on Netflix UK. 

Christmas movies on Netflix UK

1. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Film Action and adventure

Director Sarah Smith

Cast James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent (voices)

Christmas has gone high-tech and its true meaning is under threat in this animation from Aardman. After Santa’s system fails to deliver one child’s present, it’s up to his son Arthur (James McAvoy) and his 136-year-old Grandsanta to get the forgotten gift to its rightful owner.

2. Die Hard (1998)

Film Action and adventure

Director John McTiernan

Cast Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker! There’s not a reindeer in sight, but this epic action movie is a Christmas classic. New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) attempts to get back with his wife at her office party, but the evening takes a violent turn when terrorists, headed up by an evil Alan Rickman, seize the building.

3. Scrooged (1988)


Director Richard Donner

Cast Bill Murray, Karen Allen

Charles Dickens’s classic morality tale gets a chain-smoking ’80s makeover. Bill Murray is Frank Cross, an arrogant TV exec who is forcing his staff to work over the holidays. He is soon shown the error of his curmudgeonly ways by a trio of trippy visitors.

4. Home Alone (1990)

Film Comedy

Director Chris Columbus

Cast Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara

‘Home Alone’ is such an iconic Christmas movie that it even spawned a range of Crimbo jumpers a few years ago (those ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animal’ sweaters). Macaulay Culkin is eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister, who is delighted when his family fly off to France for the holidays, accidentally leaving him home alone to deal with a couple of burglars.

5. Happy Christmas (2014)

Film Drama

Director Joe Swanberg

Cast Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham

Not your average Christmas schmaltz-fest, this gentle and funny indie movie stars Anna Kendrick as Jenny, an irresponsible, immature twentysomething who moves in with her older brother and his young family after a breakup. Her chaotic arrival over the festive period shakes up their quiet existence. Lena Dunham co-stars.

6. Jingle All the Way (1996)

Film Family and kids

Director Brian Levant

Cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rita Wilson

Those ’90s film dads are the worst. This one, Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is a workaholic who neglects his family. He even forgets to buy his son the year’s must-have Christmas toy. But he lives to regret it when he realises getting his hands on one will take much more than a quick trip to the mall.

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