The best Christmas films available with Amazon Prime UK
James R | On 23, Dec 2021
An Amazon Prime Video subscription costs £5.99 a month – or, if you would like free next day delivery in the UK for your presents, is included within a £79 annual Amazon Prime membership. (A 30-day free trial is available. Click here for more information.)
But with an Amazon Prime Video subscription comes hundreds of films and TV shows at your fingertips, including a growing library of Christmas originals and exclusives. You can read our full guide to Amazon’s complete Christmas catalogue here – but how do you know which is naughty and which is nice? Enter VODzilla.co, where we’ve sorted through the sleigh-full of seasonal offerings to pick out the best Christmas films to put on your watchlist:
Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Come for the cast that includes Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Stay for the pretty interior decor. (Read our full review.)
For all its cliches, it’s hard to resist Richard Curtis going full Richard Curtis in this rambling, uneven seasonal anthology. Shrewdly commercial yet annoyingly charming, the cast alone make it worth watching, from Emma Thompson’s bittersweet romance to Bill Nighy’s snorting pop star, while Rowan Atkinson’s cameo as a shop assistant walks away with the whole thing.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Iron Man 3. Lethal Weapon. Shane Black seriously likes Christmas. His best December-set outing, though, is easily this post-modern film noir, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a wannabe detective, who untangles a conspiracy worthy of Chinatown in a snow-covered LA. Darkly funny and boasting a stellar turn from Val Kilmer, this is a buddy comedy that will leave you with a festive smile on your face.
This interesting, surprisingly sweet documentary follows a group of people attending Santa college in training to becoming Santas at shopping centres during the Christmas period. The result strips away some of the magic of the season, but also has enough heart and hope to make the whole thing magical all over again. Available until 1st January 2022.
The Night Before
Three best friends set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties – and enter a night of debauchery and hilarity.
Martin Freeman stars in Debbie Isitt’s charming comedy about a grumpy teacher put in charge of his primary school’s nativity.
Idris Elba and Delroy Lindo star in this 2007 comedy about The Whitfields, who celebrate their first family Christmas together for four years. And they’re going to do it in the traditional style: with put-downs and punch-ups. With a strong cast and a toe-tapping soundtrack, the result an enjoyable family outing that deserves to be on your annual festive playlist.
A Christmas Gift from Bob
A struggling street musician finds himself the target of an animal welfare investigation that threatens to take away his beloved cat at Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life
What would the world be like if you didn’t exist? Frank Capra’s seasonal classic not only tackles the subject of suicide but also manages to find time for topical anti-bankers commentary, angels and heart-warming family sentiment. It’s hard to think of a Christmas movie that’s more human. Available for free (with ads) on IMDb TV.
Think Santa Claus is nice? Think again. This Finnish horror comedy sees a small mountain village accidentally unleash the real Kris Kringle – and, from dead reindeer to old men running through the wild hills, ensures you’ll never look at a Coca-Cola advert in the same way again. Deadpan, dark and delightfully offbeat, Rare Exports deserves to be seen by everyone at least once. Available for free (with ads) on IMDb TV.
A Bad Moms Christmas
There is some fun to be had in this festive sequel, which sacrifices originality for cheap and dirty humour.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Dan Stevens leads a charming cast in this Charles Dickens drama that balances cute literary references with the inspiration for A Christmas Carol.
Silent film star and early 20th century legend of the stage Seymour Hicks stars in this 1935 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol (1970)
Albert Finney stars in this musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ novel about a miser taken on a journey of self-redemption.