The festive films that should feature in your Boxing Day binge

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By Gabbie Wright |

It’s the 26th, Boxing Day. The bubbly is still flowing, there are pine needles all over the house, and you’d rather not play another game of ‘Spoons’. One of the most anticipated things about the Christmas break for me is the watch-list; whether it’s a light-hearted chic-flick or a Tarantino marathon, everyone should compile a collection of must-see movies for the holiday. Fix yourself some festive snacks from the night before, move along the sleeping relative and you’re set – twelve excellent movies for the twelve days of Christmas.

To make things easy, most of these films are available on household streaming services Netflix, Amazon or on regular catch-up now. After many suggestions and collaborative shortlisting, here is a rundown of the best big movies you should be including in your Boxing Day binge this year, in case you need a few more…

Meet Joe Black

Starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, ‘Meet Joe Black’ is a 90s fantasy film about *death* and love, and follows the life of billionaire Bill, his family, and his mysterious new friend Joe.

Run-time: 181 minutes

If you’re looking for something lengthy, this 3-hour classic will last all afternoon and whilst funny, is also a little heart-rending. Available on Netflix.

Love Actually

The Christmas movie of our generation, ‘Love Actually’ is a family-favourite that sees eight London couples tackling love in different ways. With an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley to name a few, it will most likely be watched more than once and can be found on regular ITV, Netflix and Amazon.

Run-time: 136 minutes

Harry Potter: 1-8

If it’s truly a binge you’re after, this will take longer than Boxing Day alone. J. K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ movie adaptations are somewhat essential in the Christmas countdown, and with eight films in the series, there’s no better time to start. Featuring magic, romance, adventure and *Christmas*, these movies should suit just about everyone in the family.

(8 movies) Run-time: 1140 minutes approx.

The Holiday

Another original take on the Christmas break, ‘The Holiday’ is a festive rom-com starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two single women undertaking a last-minute house swap for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year. With a lot of emotional ups and downs (and a lot of Jude Law) this one is perfect for girl’s night. Find on Netflix.

Run-time: 138 minutes

The Irishman

Run-time: 209 minutes

If you don’t fancy a traditional Christmas crowd-pleaser that you’ve seen a hundred times, Netflix‘s newly premiered ‘The Irishman’ is an excellent bet. With Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, the epic crime film follows truck driver-turn-hitman Frank and his dealings with the American mob. Featuring much threat and violence throughout, this movie is something different for the appropriate audience to invest in, and by invest I mean it’s three and a half hours long.

Marley & Me

For the students that have been waiting since Freshers to see the dogs again, this pet-lovers comedy stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston and has been turning on the tears since 2008. Based on the true story of John Grogan, his family, and their nightmare dog Marley, ‘Marley & Me’ will give you the puppy-fix you’ve been craving all Christmas. Find on Amazon.

Run-time: 121 minutes

The Wolf of Wall Street

This mega-movie is based on the life and crimes of Jordan Belfort, a Wall St. millionaire that used ‘penny stocks’ to manipulate investors, and exploited the stock-market as a place of outrageous competition, greed, and scandal. Featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie, and Jonah Hill, this lengthy biopic is one of the most controversial around and makes for an incredibly entertaining night in. Available on Netflix.

Run-time: 180 minutes

About Time

This original rom-com follows the life of Tim and his long-kept family secret of time-travel. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams, this love story is a must-watch over the holidays and hits very close to home with its important insight into family life, and how to navigate milestones with or without the ability to travel in time. Available to watch on Netflix.

Run-time: 124 minutes

Stand By Me

Available on standard Freeview TV over the holiday, this 1980s Stephen King movie adaptation is based on his novel ‘The Body’ and follows the hike of four boys to find a dead body over Labour Day weekend. A coming-of-age story about friendship and adventure, and featuring music from Ben E. King, this film saw the rise of child-stars like Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix, and will leave everyone watching with the ‘feels’.

Run-time: 89 minutes

The King

At over two-hours long, this history of Henry V features an incredible performance from Timothee Chalamet, alongside a French Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp. Another one of Netflix‘s new original movies, this dramatic biopic is tense, emotional and a good fit for a Sunday afternoon, exploring the difficult reign and military success of King Henry V.

Run-time: 140 minutes

Bridget Jones’s Diary

This cult-classic follows the unlucky-in-love Bridget Jones and her attempt at finding a ‘nice man’ as opposed to her boss, journaling everything she hopes to accomplish along the way. With heart-throbs Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, this go-to British rom-com includes everything from job dilemmas to family drama to large underwear, and should definitely feature in the movie marathon. Find on Netflix.

Run-time: 97 minutes

Groundhog Day

This festive 90s film follows Phil, a self-centred weatherman, that finds himself stuck in a time-loop, reliving the same day in the town of Punxsutawney whilst covering the annual Groundhog Day. This fantasy comedy is perfect for easy-watching with the family and stars Bill Murray, as well as being ranked among the best comedy films EVER.

Run-time: 102 minutes

Showing on Sky over the Christmas holidays.

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