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

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s not easy turning a film about attempted suicide into a Yuletide family favourite – but Frank Capra and his leading man James Stewart did exactly that with It’s a Wonderful Life. So when you realise you’ve left all your presents behind at the last minute on Christmas Eve, don’t panic too much or else you might be plagued – we mean, helped – by a well-meaning angel called Clarence.

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