What makes a movie a Christmas movie? That question is easy to answer when you are talking about movies like It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation or... A Christmas Movie. For other films, it may not be as obvious, which is why there are numerous Reddit threads and bloodied fists & noses over whether or not one particular flick is a Christmas movie or not.
For a movie to be considered a Christmas movie, it can't simply take place during the holiday or feature it prominently... it has to be a major aspect of the film. For this list, the movies are something else.
None of the movies listed here are considered to be classic "Christmas Movies", but thanks to their setting and the impact they had when they were released, there's little argument these films are Christmas movies.
Whether their primary focus is action, adventure, or science-fiction, these movies are traditionally known for their Christmas spirit. Let us know in the comments if you have always thought of these movies as X-Mas flicks or if we missed your favorite!
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