25 best alternative Christmas movies

Feck the halls with boughs of holly – here are the best films offering a skewed take on the season of goodwill

Whether you've been good or not, here's our present to you: The 25 best alternative Christmas movies, in no particular order.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

Director Shane Black's fast-paced, postmodern action film was unjustly overlooked on its release, but it's built up a cult following in recent years. Robert Downey Jr stars as Harry Lockhart, a small-time crook who's mistaken for an actor and paired with Val Kilmer's exasperated Hollywood private eye "Gay" Perry.

What follows is an entertaining, self-aware romp through the cliches of film noir, complete with femme fatale (Michelle Monaghan sporting a Santa hat) and more twists and turns than a Curly Wurly.

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