My fave! “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

A List of The Best Unconventional Movies For The Holidays

The holidays can be an overwhelming period for many reasons — particularly when the familial ties aren’t as tight — causing tensions that don’t dissipate until the welcomed end signals the much-needed return to normalcy.

But, while the relatives stream in and interrupt normal routines there is no better time to rely on the magic of entertainment. Movie marathons always provide the perfect diversion — and the fun part is unearthing the classics or re-discovering the titles you forgot about. It’s also a conversation starter when you’re hanging with first-time visitors or a way to bond with familiar faces that aren’t so familiar due to the strain of time and distance.

Here’s a compilation of films both past and present that won’t force you to religiously loathe Christmastime.

It’s a healthy mix of humor and vulnerability that give the characters and story arcs a level of escapability and inspiration that could propel your goals for the new year.

Happy viewing!

Pleasantville (1998)

Mulan (1998)

The Wedding Singer (1998)

The Matrix (1999)

The Mummy (1999)

The Cider House Rules (1999)

She’s All That (1999)

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

Scary Movie (2000)

Best In Show (2000)

Meet The Parents (2000)

Shrek (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Serendipity (2001)

Spiderman (2002)

Chicago (2002)

Gangs of New York (2002)

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Bad Santa (2003)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

The Notebook (2004)

Man on Fire (2004)

Sideways (2004)

Sin City (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Casino Royale (2006)

Cars (2006)

Inside Man (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Dreamgirls (2006)

Night at the Museum (2006)

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Avatar (2009)

The Soloist (2009)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Fast Five (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Hours (2013)

Selma (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Creed (2015)

Zootopia (2016)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)

Trolls (2016)

Sausage Party (2016)

Loving (2016)

Get Out (2017)

Okja (2017)

Girl’s Trip (2017)

Logan (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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