Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for the airwaves to be flooded with Christmas movies. From It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol to Elf, Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, each year at this time, the same movies that are deemed to be classics of the Christmas genre are shown multiple times on different channels leading up to December 25th. And if, like us, you are tired of the same old Christmas fare, and have no desire to watch Miracle on 34th Street for the 34th time, then here is a list of other, not so obvious, classic Christmas movies that you may enjoy.
10. Reindeer Games (2000)
A classic starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise (at his most sinister) and Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games was directed by action master John Frankenheimer (Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate) and is about a convict (Ben Affleck) who is paroled on Christmas Eve and finds himself embroiled in the heist of a casino on an Indian reservation. All Ben Affleck’s character wants to do is get home for Christmas and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa. But instead, he finds himself at the mercy of love interest Charlize Theron and her psychotic brother played by Gary Sinise, who is hell-bent on robbing the casino on Christmas. Fun, dumb, and with lots of action and funny one-liners, Reindeer Games is a decent film for people looking to watch something different over the holidays. Look for the director’s cut of this movie, which is better than the original version that was in theaters back in 2000.