25 of the best alternative Christmas movies

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Kermit the frog, Rizzo the Rat, Gonzo the… thing, and all the rest of Jim Henson's multicoloured bunch of zany Muppets join in on this well-polished and surprisingly accurate representation of Dickens' classic tale. Michael Caine plays it completely straight as Ebenezer Scrooge – and the film's all the better for it.

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

This Coen brothers comedy sees villainous corporate boss Paul Newman make bumbling Tim Robbins president of a manufacturing company in a bid to lower share prices, making for an easy buyout.

When Robbins' naive Norville invents a toy that turns out to be a runaway success during the Christmas ball – we won't spoil the surprise – the company soars in value. The Coen brothers' homage to screwball comedies and Frank Capra sentimentality is full of Christmas spirit.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Between this and Batman Returns, we’d love to see what Christmas was like at Tim Burton’s house when he was a nipper. Chances are it was as innocently creepy as The Nightmare Before Christmas. The story of Jack Skellington opening up a portal between Halloween Town and Christmas Town is executed in glorious stop-motion with fantastic, dark and spindly animation. We have to warn you, it is a musical. But the good kind.

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