The James Proclaims Advent Calendar Of Christmas(ish) Films.

In December 2017, I started writing my annual advent calendar of Christmas(ish) films. The idea was to pull together a definitive list of all of those movies that are set at Christmas time, but aren’t really Christmas movies in and of themselves. I’d noticed it was quite a popular trope for listicles on various websites, but that, while Die Hard was an ever-present, a lot of the lists contained slightly different movies. I assumed it would be easy enough to finds 24 movies out of the various ‘lists of ten’ that I found. And it was. But not all of the movies featured were actually all that Christmassy. For some lists, just having a Christmas scene or even a reference to Christmas might be enough to make the cut. And I reasoned that if that were the criteria I could probably keep the theme going for a couple of years. Maybe even three years.

How wrong I was.

At the time of writing I’ve managed to publish four advent calendars worth of Christmas(ish) movies and I’ve already put together enough movies to ensure that this feature will keep running for at least another two years. So The James Proclaims Advent Calendar Of Christmas(ish) Films looks likely to be a ‘thing’ on my blog for years to come.

In some ways it’s a shame that these are by far and away my least popular posts every year…

Anyway, the list of Christmas(ish) movies compiled to date is as follows:

2017

Door 1 – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Door 2 – Iron Man 3
Door 3 – Lethal Weapon
Door 4 – Reindeer Games
Door 5 – Ghostbusters 2
Door 6 – Batman Returns
Door 7 – LA Confidential
Door 8 – The Long Kiss Goodnight
Door 9 – The Last Boy Scout
Door 10 – The Ice Harvest
Door 11 – The Nice Guys
Door 12 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Door 13 – Gremlins
Door 14 – The Bourne Identity
Door 15 – In Bruges
Door 16 – Trading Places
Door 17 – Eyes Wide Shut
Door 18 – Prometheus
Door 19 – Rocky IV
Door 20 – First Blood
Door 21 – Enemy of the State
Door 22 – 12 Monkeys
Door 23 – Brazil
Door 24 – Die Hard
2018

Door 1 – Submarine
Door 2 – Catch Me If You Can
Door 3 – The Life Of Brian
Door 4 – King Kong
Door 5 – When Harry Met Sally
Door 6 – Hook
Door 7 – Go
Door 8 – Behind Enemy Lines
Door 9 – The Ref
Door 10 – Jaws The Revenge
Door 11 – Jurassic World
Door 12 – The Hateful Eight
Door 13 – Red
Door 14 – The French Connection
Door 15 – The Lion In Winter
Door 16 – Stalag 17
Door 17 – The Royal Tenenbaums
Door 18 – Last Action Hero
Door 19 – Eastern Promises
Door 20 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Door 21 – The Apartment
Door 22 – Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Door 23 – Ronin
Door 24 – Die Hard 2
2019

Door 1 – Three Days of the Condor
Door 2 – Rent
Door 3 – Tangerine
Door 4 – Filth
Door 5 – 2012
Door 6 – Cold Pursuit
Door 7 – Less than Zero
Door 8 – Just Friends
Door 9 – Shaft
Door 10 – The Rules of Attraction
Door 11 – About a Boy
Door 12 – A Long Way Down
Door 13 – Psycho
Door 14 – The Time Machine
Door 15 – American Psycho
Door 16 – Love Actually
Door 17 – The Boat That Rocked
Door 18 – Edward Scissorhands
Door 19 – Soldier
Door 20 – Better Off Dead
Door 21 – Diner
Door 22 – Run All Night
Door 23 – Crash
Door 24 – Shazam
2020

Door 1 – Vice Versa
Door 2 – Goodfellas
Door 3 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Door 4 – David Brent: Life on the Road
Door 5 – Hot Tub Time MachineDoor 6 – Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Door 7 – Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Door 8 – Fantastic Mr Fox
Door 9 – The Waterboy
Door 10 – Jumanji
Door 11 – This is Spinal Tap
Door 12 – Young Sherlock Holmes
Door 13 – Deadpool
Door 14 – Mean Girls
Door 15 – Bridget Jones’s Diary
Door 16 – Olympus Has Fallen
Door 17 – The Truman Show
Door 18 – Grudge Match
Door 19 – Children of Men
Door 20 – Donnie Brasco
Door 21 – The Equalizer 2
Door 22 – Rocky 
Door 23 – The Karate Kid
Door 24 – The Princess Bride
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