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OK, Let's Settle This: Are These 12 Films Actually Christmas Movies?

We have the same debate every year, so let's put an end to it.

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1. Die Hard

20th Century Fox

Reasons for: It's set on Christmas Eve and Bruce Willis' character festively decorates a terrorist he kills.

Reasons against: Dozens of people die and the movie's redemption arc comes from a policeman getting over his fear of guns by shooting someone.

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2. Home Alone

20th Century Fox

Reasons for: It's set over the holidays and some of Kevin's improvised weapons are Christmas themed.

Reasons against: Two home invaders terrorising a small child and almost getting killed in the process doesn't exactly scream Christmas.

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3. The Apartment

United Artists

Reasons for: Like a lot of the films on this list, it's simply set over Christmas.

Reasons against: It's the eternal debate over whether there's a difference between a "Christmas movie" and "a movie set over Christmas".

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4. Gremlins

Warner Bros.

Reasons for: Gizmo, the animal that the gremlins originate from, is introduced as a Christmas present.

Reasons against: Christmas presents shouldn't spawn evil creatures capable of mutilating innocent people.

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6. Brazil

20th Century Fox

Reasons for: The opening scene features a family watching Tiny Tim's monologue from A Christmas Carol.

Reasons against: If you were to list all of the things associated with Christmas I'm pretty sure Kafkaesque bureaucracy, totalitarian governments, and unchecked industrialization would probably place somewhere near the bottom.

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7. Lethal Weapon

Warner Bros.

Reasons for: If Die Hard can be considered a Christmas movie then so can Lethal Weapon.

Reasons against: If they're not trying to save Christmas or something can what is essentially a buddy cop movie really be considered festive?

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8. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Universal Studios

Reasons for: It's 100% a Christmas movie, no question about it.

Reasons against: It's 100% a Halloween movie, no question about it.

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9. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Warner Bros.

Reasons for: It's another movie from Lethal Weapon director Shane Black that takes place around Christmas.

Reasons against: Call me old fashioned, but a neo-noir comedy movie set in a non-snowy Los Angeles just doesn't feel very Christmassy.

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10. Edward Scissorhands

20th Century Fox

Reasons for: The film was released at Christmas time and Mr. Scissorhands even carves a couple of festive ice sculptures.

Reasons against: Surely he could have used his scissors to cut wrapping paper at least once, right?

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11. Batman Returns

Warner Bros.

Reasons for: The action all takes place around Christmas, and Christopher Walken's character delivers a nice Christmas speech.

Reasons against: It was a wasted opportunity to not have Batman wear a Santa hat throughout the entire movie.

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12. Eyes Wide Shut

Warner Bros.

Reasons for: Not only does the movie take place over Christmas, it also features a bizarrely high number of Christmas trees.

Reasons against: Christmas is the time for family, festivities, and joy, not the time for masked orgies held by secret societies – but to each their own.

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