Lethal Weapon (1987)
Buddy cop duos were big in the '80s, and Lethal Weapon typified the genre. There’s a scene in a Christmas tree market, and it’s on every year around December 25 – giving us enough yuletide excuses to watch crazy Mel Gibson kick crazy Gary Busey’s ass in his best fight since Blue Monday.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
A twisted take on the Christmas tale, told from the perspective of a band of hunters out to catch the fabled Santa Claus in its natural environment. If you like eerie and you like Christmas, you’ll love Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.
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Trading Places (1983)
Trading Places has all the elements of a good Christmas movie: a Christmas-y setting, the underlying fable about money not being important and of course love and family (even if it is the unconventional kind). Oh, and Santa – a drunk and depressed, salmon-stealing Santa.
A street hustler (Eddie Murphy), arrogant yuppie (Dan Aykroyd) and prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) aren't exactly pillars of good, but compared to a pair of ageing, sinister millionaires, this unusual trio are the film's heroes.
Gremlins introduced the world to Gizmo – the cute ball of fur you shouldn't get wet, expose to bright light and feed after midnight. Of course, this strict set of rules is nonchalantly broken, throwing up a mixture of comedy and horror as Billy (Zach Galligan) struggles to put an end to the self-inflicted festive terror caused by the ugly and green side of the mogwai. See what happens when you defy your parents, kids?