'Tis the season to soften your bod with pounds of Christmas cookies and soften your mind with an endless stream of holly jolly media consumption – but what to watch? Of course there are the classic Christmas movies – your It's a Wonderful Lifes, your Home Alones, your Santa with Muscles starring Hulk Hogans – but what are we, a bunch of Yankee Candle pumpkin spice basics? Hell no. You can only learn the true meaning of Christmas so many times before you start craving something a little less on-the-red-nose. After you've gotten your sentimental rocks off at the Bedford Falls savings and loan, you may be ready to explore the wonderful world of C.M.T.A.A.A.C. (Christmas Movies That Aren't Actually About Christmas)!

Please enjoy our top ten picks of non-Christmas Christmas films that are still definitely festive, but you know, within reason.

Die Hard (1988)

Batman Returns (1992)

Gremlins (1984)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Trading Places (1983)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

The Apartment (1960)

Brazil (1985)

Go (1999)

Honorable C.M.T.A.A.A.C. Mentions:

  • Rocky IV
  • LA Confidential
  • Carol
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Less Than Zero
  • Die Hard 2
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Elle
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