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The best NOW TV Christmas movies

Cosy up, because it's time for the best Christmas movies on NOW TV.

The best NOW TV Christmas movies
Becca Caddy
08 December 2020

Christmas trees, carols, festive lights. There are lots of ways to get into the Christmas spirit, but we all know the most effective is a marathon of the best Christmas movies.

Now that there are lots of ways to watch the best movies on streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV, there's so much choice. But let's get started with the list of the best Now TV Christmas movies, which is full of the best Christmas movies to watch on Now TV.

UPDATE:Elf is now available to watch and is, quite rightly, in our best NOW TV Christmas movies list.

There are Christmas classics, like It's a Wonderful Life, and modern romcoms sure to warm the coldest hearts, like The Holiday, as well as those are-they-aren't-they Christmassy movies that are sure to divide everyone, like Batman Returns and Die Hard.

Whichever you choose, they're pretty much guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. What's more, you don't have to worry about checking the TV guide or perfect timing over Christmas anymore – streaming services make everything so much easier.

So whether you're preparing for Christmas with a mince pie and want a dose of festive fun or it's that boring time between Christmas and New Year's Eve and you need something to watch as you eat your ninth turkey sandwich, we've got you covered.

  • In the wrong place? If you're a Netflix subscriber, head to our pick of the best movies on Netflix instead.
  • Sick of Christmas movies already? Then check out our list of the best TV shows on Now TV for a change of pace.
  • The best Christmas movies on Now TV

    The best Christmas movies on Now TV

    1. Die Hard

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    The ultimate non-Christmas Christmas movie, Die Hard is a firm favourite at this time of year. The movie follows the story of off-duty New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) who gets caught up in an LA skyscraper during a heist orchestrated by the (now infamous) Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). It's a fun one to watch with the whole family, particularly if you know the quotes. Don't shoot the glass!

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    You will have to wait until 8th December but the good news is that Elf is coming to NOW TV. The movie has become, quite rightly, a Christmas classic and follows the adventures of a grown-up 'Elf (Will Ferrell) as he heads to New York in search of his real father.

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    3. Bad Santa

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    If you like a little comedy and irreverence with your festivities, then Bad Santa is for you. It's about a sweary guy (played by Billy Bob Thornton) who dresses up as Santa in his local department store. To say he's not thrilled about being Santa is an understatement, which is one of the many reasons he makes a living from robbing the places he works, along with his elf assistant.

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    4. Gremlins

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    Gremlins is a fantastic movie to watch at Christmas. No, it won't get you in the festive spirit but it is full of comedy and horror that it will bring a sense of menace to the season. Plus, it has one of the darkest stories about 'Father Christmas' to ever be told on film.

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    5. It's A Wonderful Life

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    Is it really Christmas if you didn't pass out from too many quality streets while watching this movie? Now, admittedly a lot of It's A Wonderful Life isn't particularly fun and Christmassy. But it's a classic that's sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. Plus it has a heart-warming message at the end when you finally get there.

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    6. Jingle All The Way

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad play the lead roles in this festive movie about two dads on the hunt for a Turbo-Man action figure on Christmas Eve. The catch? Turbo-Man is in high demand and the two dads have to go on a frantic Turbo-treasure hunt to find one for their sons in time for Christmas Day.

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    7. Scrooged

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    Richard Donner's retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol ports the story into modern day (well, it was at the time of being made in 1988) with Bill Murray playing the Scrooge-like TV executive Frank Cross. He's visited by a number of ghosts who pump the spirit of Christmas into him.

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    8. Batman Returns

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    Over the past few years everyone has been arguing over the most important Christmas question: is Die Hard really a Christmas movie or not? This year, it seems everyone has moved onto another dubious Christmas favourite: Batman Returns. So, is it a Christmas movie? Oh it sure is. This is the 1992 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton, which means it manages to straddle the line between festive and creepy-gothic at the same time. It has a fantastic cast, starring Michal Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as the man-spirited (not to mention murderous!) millionaire Max Shreck.

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    9. The Grinch

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    The 2018 version of The Grinch lands on Now TV on the 6th of December. It's the 3D computer animated version of The Grinch that Jim Carrey made back in 2000, based on How The Grinch Stole Christmas from Dr Seuss. This time around Benedict Cumberbatch plays The Grinch, with a great cast of supporting voices from the likes of Rashida Jones and Angela Lansbury.

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    10. The Holiday

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    At any other time of year, we'd all have been fed up with this romcom already, but because it has a fun festive angle it's become something of a Christmas favourite over the years. With a top cast of Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, The Holiday is about four people who find themselves very suddenly in each other's company – and, well, you can guess the rest.

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