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Top Five British Holiday Movies To Watch This Christmas

December 09, 2021
If there's one thing that the British truly know, it's fine entertainment. From literature to theater, the UK has produced some of the most memorable works that audiences will never forget. And don't forget their movies too! British films have been some of the finest in history, even going so far as to win notable awards and accolades both in the UK and abroad. They're also especially good with holiday movies, featuring heart-warming stories that'll make you feel all fuzzy inside. When it's time to cuddle up on the couch, with the Christmas tree the only one lighting up the room, play these memorable British Christmas films.

Top Five British Holiday Movies To Watch This Christmas

Scrooge (1970)

Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' is probably the most famous piece of Christmas literature, isn't it? Ever since it was published in 1843, it's become a staple story for the holidays, even more so for Christmas movies. One of the most famous adaptations was the 1970 move musical, 'Scrooge' starring Albert Finney as the titular money-loving, cold-hearted miser. As the three 'ghosts of Christmas' visit him one by one, musical numbers and magical sequences made it a more dazzling retelling. It's no wonder it was nominated for both Academy Awards and Golden Globes at the time.
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Love Actually (2003)

The hit 2003 romantic-comedy set in London, 'Love Actually' was the very definition of an ensemble cast. The movie starred Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, and Rowan Atkinson, among many others. Set in the beautiful British capital during the holiday season, it told many funny yet complicated stories of those who were in the city at this time of the year, with bits and pieces intertwining to make one huge love-infested escapade. Touching on many forms of love, from family to romantic and more, it's the perfect heart-wrenching and heartwarming movie to stream this Christmas!
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The Holiday (2006)

As far as romantic Christmas movies are concerned, the 2006 rom-com, 'The Holiday' certainly takes the cake! It tells the story of two women, Amanda Woods (played by Cameron Diaz) and Iris Simpkins (played by Kate Winslet), who both get cheated on right as the holidays draw near. To escape from their emotional struggles, they both agree to swap homes for Christmas, spending the holidays in new environments for the first time in their lives. Along the way, they both get into new romances they never would've expected. Isn't that the type of modern fantastical love story you just love to see during the holidays?
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel

The Christmas Candle (2013)

Since Christmas time is always near the awards season in Hollywood, it's become common that most period films—which are always rife for getting all sorts of accolades—premiere at this time of the year. And thus, watching costume dramas and the like have become sort of like a holiday tradition for film lovers over the years. But if you're one to still prefer watching a holiday-centric film, look no further than the 2013 drama, 'The Christmas Candle.' Starring Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, and the very memorable Susan Boyle, the film tells the story of a newly arrived pastor in a small town in Victorian England and how his presence threatens their Christmas tradition.
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Last Christmas (2019)

Finally, there's 'Last Christmas,' the 2019 rom-com that starred Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. The star power alone was enough to get people to the cinemas, but it's the plot's inspiring comeback story that makes it worthy to be on this list. The film's protagonist, Kate (Clarke) is a young aspiring singer who's working a dead-end job as an elf in a Christmas shop in Central London, one of the busier neighborhoods in the city. Though she feels she's at the worst point in her life. she meets Tom (Golding) who gets her to pick herself back up, helps other people along the way, and in true holiday fashion, eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Source: Universal Pictures YouTube Channel

There's truly nothing like cozying up with your loved ones and watching a British holiday movie by the fire. If you don't want to make a big fuss on Christmas this year, this is a great way to spend time and enjoy your loved ones' company during this time of the year!

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