We know what it’s like at this time of year.
You may be invited to a few festive gatherings, so it’s tempting to get your glad rags on and head out. But, for those days over Christmas and New Year where you may be tired from partying too much, you want to save some money or if you just don’t like braving the cold, we have a selection of family movies that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you’re watching them for the first time or returning for the millionth viewing, enjoying these classics while you snuggle beside a fire is the perfect way to recharge your batteries during the party season...
1. Casablanca (1942)
Something of a sneaky flick, this one, as it tends to remind people of Christmas even though the 25th December isn’t mentioned at all.
Nevertheless, the drama, the romance and the heartbreaking finale are all there to be enjoyed in black and white, as Bogart and Bergman continue to battle their emotions - both this winter and as time goes by.
2. The Greatest Showman (2017)
This smash-hit musical came out only two years ago, but it already has a place in our hearts. It kind of has to, actually, as we can’t get the songs out of our heads.
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams are all on top form, as they put on the greatest show just for you, second only to a couple of heat logs ablaze in your log burner.
You’ll not be able to resist feeling good with this enjoyable spectacle unfolding before your very eyes.
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Some classics are classics for a reason.
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, as they take on the Wicked Witch of the West, follow the Yellow Brick Road and head for the Emerald City.
Just don’t be so inspired. A bucket of water is NOT the way to put out your heat log fire.
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Is there any greater hero than Indiana Jones?
If you like your adventures with a bit more action, this movie has it all – from its iconic opening to the ground-breaking end – all you have to do is cuddle up by the fire and hum along to the theme tune.
The following two chapters in the Indiana Jones trilogy are pretty good too. Just don’t bother with Kingdom of Crystal Skulls.
5. Stardust (2007)
Following along the same action-adventure theme as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Stardust is a rip-roaring family movie that’s full of fascinating characters, fantastic magic and Robert De Niro in a dress. No, really.
Another one that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end, Stardust is perfect to sit down and watch on a lazy winter’s afternoon.
6. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Two male musicians in prohibition-era Chicago witness a mafia shooting and, donning dresses, they join an all-girl band to hide from the gangsters pursuing them.
From start to finish, this movie (starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) will have your sides splitting with laughter.
Some like it hilarious.
Some like it heart-warming.
Some like it hot.
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7. The Lion King (1994)
The most recent version may be visually breath-taking, but we have a massive soft spot for the original animation.
With classic songs and a whole host of voice talent, The Lion King wasn’t just one of the most successful Disney movies of the 90s, but one of the most successful of all time.
So, fire up the heat logs and enjoy no worries for the rest of your days.
8. The Sound of Music (1965)
The alps. The nuns. The children. The songs. The lonely goatherd.
There’s something for everyone in this incredible musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein as you follow a plucky nun who’s sent to govern the seven unruly children of a retired sea captain.
If watching the relationship between governess, children and father doesn’t warm your heart, nothing will. Well, maybe some hardwood logs in the chiminea.
9. Back to the Future (1985)
If you’re in the mood for a time-travelling caper, they don’t come much better than Back to the Future.
Marty McFly, thanks to wacky Doc Brown’s DeLorean, finds himself face-to-face with the teenage version of his parents when he’s sent back to 1955. Fun ensues when he tries to get back to his own time, without jeopardising his parents’ relationship (and his own life) in the process.
This adventure is perfect for cosying up to in front of the fire and, if you’re in the mood for Parts 2 and 3 straight after, you might find that all night briquettes may end up replacing heat logs in the wood-burning stove.
10. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
We cannot write a blog about films to watch by the fire without mentioning a Christmas movie and if we’re going to mention a Christmas movie, we might as well mention the best one (in our opinion, anyway).
Surely, it’s not just us that thinks that, because as soon as you see It’s a Wonderful Life on TV, everything seems so much better.
It’s such an uplifting tale that remains on the right side of schmaltzy and gets the true message of Christmas across to everyone who watches – ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings’.
Agree or disagree with our choices?
Even if you’ve seen these celluloid legends a thousand times before, they are a great way to relax.
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