1 - Die Hard
This movie is so awesome that it’s easy to forget that it’s taking place around Christmas. There’s no room for Santa or Elves in a movie where John McClane coined the phrase “yippee ki-yay, motherfucker”.
2 - Rocky IV
On Christmas Day 1985, Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War. Sure, this movie isn’t as good as “Rocky” and Drago isn’t as memorable a villain as Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in “Rocky III”, but this might be the most re-watchable of the Rocky movies.
3 - Lethal Weapon
As “How I Met Your Mother” reminded me last season, Murtaugh was “getting too old for this shit” from the very first movie. This doesn’t really turn into a Christmas-related movie until the final scene, but whatever, there’s a Christmas scene and the movie is awesome.
4 - Gremlins
For the longest time, I wanted my own Gizmo. Not a stuffed version, but the actual creature. I’m pretty sure I could have stuck by the rules. We’d be fine, right?
5 - Ghostbusters II
Who ya gonna call? Santa? Hell no. Also, I’m aware that this is more of a New Year’s Eve/New Year’s movie, but it starts right around Christmas-time in New York, so it qualifies.