The Best Alternative Christmas Films

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Sleepless in Seattle

Perhaps a safer, more traditional bet if you’re looking for a family film, I mean who doesn’t love Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? This classic rom-com starts off with the son of Tom Hanks’s character ringing up a radio station on Christmas Eve to make a Christmas Wish for his dad (isn’t that nice?) and ends in wintery New York City just over a year later. You’ll do a job to find a film that will make you feel happier and sappier long after it’s over, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Well, that and presents.

Edward Scissorhands

A film almost never associated with Christmas, which seems odd considering the whole premise of the film is somebody telling the audience why it always snows on Christmas. Sure, at times it doesn’t bring that typical Christmas cheer most festive films do, but this is an alternative list… Besides, it has its cheerier moments, with decorations and ice sculptures galore, and of course that scene of Winona Ryder dancing in the snow. Well, broken shards of ice to be precise, but you get the point.

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