10 Movies You Didn't Realize Were Holiday Movies

There are some movies that we instantly think of when we think Christmas: A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and even Elf. But there are some movies where Christmas plays a minor role  — ones where the holiday is not the main event, yet still makes an appearance.  Here are 10 surprising films — both classics and newbies — that you may not have realized are holiday movies.

1. Just Friends (2005)

Nothing beats being home for the holidays.  Unless you’re Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends, that is.  In this hilarious rom-com, Reynolds is forced to return to his past of lost love during the Christmas season.

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Sure, Johny Depp has scissors as hands (and that’s not very holiday-esque), but remember when he creates the angel ice sculpture? Edward, you’re a Christmas angel in our book!

3. About A Boy

We love a good coming-of-age story – especially when it involves Hugh Grant and Christmastime.  

4. The Family Stone (2005)

We can all relate to the Stone family – big, loud, and always meddling in our business. Chock full of stars, The Family Stone shows a Christmas celebration you’ve never seen before.  

5. Die Hard (1988)

If we learned one thing from Die Hard, it’s that Christmas doesn’t always go as planned.  This may not be one to cuddle up to with the kids, but it’s still a fave holiday flick.  

6. Friday After Next (2002)

A fake Santa and Ice Cube don’t exactly scream “holiday spirit.”  But this hilarious sequel will add a twist on your Christmas lineup.  

7. Serendipity (2001)

Who can resist the chemistry between John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale? Fate and the magic of Christmas bring these two together in an undeniable love story set in some of New York’s iconic spots.    

8. Batman Returns (1992)

You may be looking for an excuse to watch some of your favorite action heroes during the holidays. Luckily, Gotham celebrates Christmas, too.  

9. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Calling all hopeless romantics! In this ‘90s drama, Christmas day once again works its powers and leads to some unexpected turn of events.

10. The Family Man (2000)

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning, with your whole world turned upside down. Nicolas Cage’s character Jack can relate, as he questions the importance of money and revisits a life of what-ifs.