Everyone loves curling up with their favourite Christmas classic. But what about those lesser known gems we often forget about?
We all have our go-to holiday favourites—everything from It's a Wonderful Life to Home Alone. But what about those other Christmas movies that don't get the same attention we give to others around this time of year? There's a wealth of other holiday-set movies out there—so many, in fact, that we often forget they exist.
For those looking to try something new this year, we took some of your all-time best holiday picks and paired them with an equally enjoyable alternative.
Click through for some memorable holiday movie alternatives.
If you love: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Try: The Bishop's Wife (1947) or The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Frank Capra's 1946 gem It's a Wonderful Life is a holiday staple: Christmas just isn't Christmas unless you've watched George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) joyously running through the snow. It's also the rare holiday flick that earned itself a trip to the Academy Awards with five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. With a premise that pulls some of its themes of redemption from A Christmas Carol, a suicidal George Bailey is shown (with the help of an angel) what life would have been like had he never existed. Its heartwarming climax could warm even the grinchiest of Grinches.
In keeping with the idea of kindly angels who miraculously arrive in time to help humans sort out their business, we also have The Bishop's Wife. Released close on the heels of It's a Wonderful Life, this film often gets lost in the holiday shuffle. But we think any movie that features the always-charming Cary Grant as an angel (named Dudley, no less) who helps a bishop repair his fractured marriage just in time for Christmas is a must-watch.
And, in a similar vein to The Bishop's Wife, there's the popular 1996 remake, The Preacher's Wife. This time around, Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the charming pastor of a small struggling Baptist church in a New York City neighborhood. With membership declining and bills piling up, Henry is under pressure from real estate developer Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) to sell the church's assets. As a result, Henry has become neglectful of his wife, Julia (Whitney Houston), and their son. Henry, in a moment of desperation, prays to God for help, which comes in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), a witty angel. This charmer, directed by Penny Marshall, was an instant holiday classic.
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