11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 20th, 2010 at 7:11 pm,

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch That Stole Christmas 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

There have been quite a few adaptations of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, both animated and live-action. Originally a Dr. Seuss book, the tale explores a Scrooge-like Grinch whose only goal is to sabotage the merry Whoville Christmas celebration. If only Scrooge had the physical wherewithal to actually prevent Christmas from coming, he would be dancing the night away.

But the Christmas spirit triumphs yet again in this story of an evil man turned good. Maybe Scrooge will switch it off before the Grinch turns his frown into a huge smile. Is it possible the film’s uplifting message would even turn Scrooge into a smiling elder by the end of the night?


Jingle All The Way

Jingle All The Way 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

You may be surprised to find this movie on the list, but it exposes a side of Christmas few movies tackle. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad battle it out in a store-to-store adventure to fulfill the last-minute wishes of their children. As many procrastinating parents will tell you, Christmas is a frustrating time of the year. Of course, all this movie needs is a character with an Internet connection and it would be a lot shorter.

Scrooge would be on the edge of his seat as the two main characters stumble around town, destroying everything in sight. Nothing seems to go right for the two and their misery would be a pleasure to watch. Scrooge would sit back and laugh hysterically as Sinbad and Schwarzenegger become increasingly frustrated by the holiday; he might even revel in the fact that he has no gift obligations to worry about.


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

Lethal Weapon Writer Shane Black must love Christmas, because he penned this twisted Film Noir. In the first few minutes of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey, Jr.) steals a Christmas present for his child. The Christmas atmosphere is put on full display, but only within the context of some troubled and morally questionable characters.

This is definitely a “Scroogetastic” movie. But Michelle Monaghan in a sexy Mrs. Clause outfit trumps every other movie on this list. At least we’ll know that Scrooge still has some blood pumping through his veins. He might get a kick out of one line – “Merry Christmas, sorry I f—– you over.”



Gremlins 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

The quaint little town of Kingston Falls experienced a Christmas Eve like no other when a pet Mogwai named Gizmo found himself cloned into a number of violent duplicates. The terror is unlike any other movie, let alone Christmas movies. Needless to say, a Mogwai in a Santa hat is an image seared into my mind forever.

The 1984 horror/comedy was a massive hit and has since become a classic beyond cult status. If the slasher screams of Black Christmas weren’t enough for Scrooge, the hilarious horror of Gremlins should put a great cap on the movie marathon. One can only imagine what he would have done if got his hands on a Mogwai in the late 19th century.


Batman Returns

Batman Returns 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

Many forget Batman Returns is a pure Christmas movie through and through. It’s got everything a Christmas movie needs – snow, Christmas trees, babies, explosive presents and bats! Tim Burton’s cold take on Christmas time is something Ebenezer Scrooge would surely enjoy.

But Scrooge would enjoy the loneliness in the film. Both Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle find themselves lonelier than ever on the holiday eve, prompting a fascinating relationship throughout the film. But the biblical side of Christmas even gets a shout out with Oswald Cobblepot’s intriguing backstory, which is both tragic and sinister. The overall tone of the movie just seems like one of which Scrooge could relate.


Rare Exports

Rare Exports 11 Movies Ebenezer Scrooge Watches On Christmas

The latest edition to crazy Christmas movies comes from the twisted mind of Jalmari Helander. The tagline says enough – “This Christmas, everyone will believe in Santa Claus.” The Finnish movie is all kinds of strange. Not only is Santa Clause dug up in an archaeological expedition, but he and his angry, naked, elves go on a violent rampage. It’s just how Scrooge imagined jolly old St. Nick.

Santa even looks like Scrooge to some extent. In fact, Scrooge is probably responsible for putting Santa in an ancient underground prison. But Santa’s insane thirst for dead children is something only Rare Exports has had the audacity to explore. This movie should give Scrooge a belly full of laughs on an otherwise frustrating Christmas.


Christmas is a beautiful time of year where families gather and the streets fill with music. But as Ebenezer Scrooge sees it, the misguided joy is simply naive. The 11 movies we’ve listed are just right to keep the grouch distracted.

There are plenty of other Christmas movies for Scrooge to watch on December 25th – 0f course, most of them are cheery family films. A few capture the other side of the holiday spirit, where lonely people are frustrated and others just can’t seem to catch on to the holiday joy.

If you are a humbug, what would you say to a full day of movies like the ones above? Are there any we missed? Discuss in the comments section below.

Christmas will arrive in homes on December 25th, 2010.

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  1. Great list Mike!!

  2. what about Religulous? a great xmas movie for merry athiests everywhere.

    • Points at self… Atheist right here.

  3. Love almost all of those aside from Batman Returns, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Black Christmas. Scrooged is definitely my favorite of those.

    • Little monster you didn’t love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?

      How dare you sir How dare you.. Lol JK, but seriously that’s one of my all time fave films I don’t understand anyone not loving it.

  4. Nightmare before xmas! Hell yeah! :D

  5. I don’t think Shane Black had anything to do with Die Hard.

  6. Shane Black did not write Die Hard.

    • I think Mike got confused with ‘Lethal Weapon’ there darkpassenger. Thanks for the heads up, we’ve corrected it.

      • No problem. It’s an easy mistake to make since Shane Black is an awesome writer and Die Hard is an awesomely written movie. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films of all time.

  7. Nice list, I would add Go. A great dark comedy set during the holidays.

  8. What about Home Alone?

  9. who the heck is disliking this? what’s to dislike?

    • That´s what I´m asking myself right now…

    • What do you mean Pittman I don’t see the ability to dislike it anywhere.. Unless I’m missing something.

      If there is though there are trolls who come up to the site and like to hate on all the writers. Though for some reason alot of them tend to gravitate toward Paul which is very undeserved.

  10. has anyone seen rare exports i want to but workin my ass off at the min so not had time

  11. Some of my favourite Christmas films on this list!

    I’ve watched already last week;

    Die Hard
    Die Hard 2:Die Harder (still cant believe that’s what they called it)
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Bad Santa
    Muppets Christmas Carol (not on the list but my personal favourite Christmas flick)

    Watching Gremlins right now.

    Got Scrooged to watch tomorrow!

    • Sam I thought you LIked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?

  12. What tard is going through here clicking dislike??? Whoever you are, Vic was trying to do something nice for everyone by upgrading the site for those who use it regularly, the Screen Rant family, and you’re just ruining it for whatever lame ass reason!

    Jog on!

    • couldnt agree with you more dsb

      on a side note as a northener i love the sayin jog on you never hear it up here

      are you watchin gremlins on itv 2 (stalker lol) im watchin trueman show not seen it in years but i love it

      bad santa is one of the best xmas films ive seen it makes me crease up when i watch it

      • Yup. Well ITV2+1 to be exact.

  13. One of my favorites that never gets mentioned on any list (on any site) is The Ref, great movie and characters.

    • Sully I like The Ref as well though I’ll be honest it isn’t that amazing of a movie I just really really love Dennis Leary and kind of like Kevin Spacey.

  14. I think Christmas Vacation would be a fitting addition to the list. It’s an excellent example of how, even with the best intentions, the holidays are a series of disaters waiting to happen. Scrooge would even get a kick out of Mr. Shirley getting kidnapped and delivered wrapped up with a bow by Cousin Eddie. My holidays don’t start until I see this movie on the tv schedule.

  15. I usually watch Die Hard every Christmas.

    I used to love Jingle All the Way. Don’t know if it would hold up today. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is another one I used to love. Haven’t seen it in a while.

    Man, I want to see Rare Exports so bad. When will it be available in the US?

  16. Oh die hard 2 was just and given the current British weather was just right, off topic tho I still rate die hard 3 pretty highly

  17. Sinbad FTW

    • “Ta-ta, Turleman!”

      Sinbad is most definitely ftw. :)

  18. I know it’s not a movie but the episode of south park with the Christmas critters would suit Scrooge nicely. “but we can’t rape their eye sockets unless we got the AIDS first”.

  19. i wouldn’t consider this a movie scrooge would love to see, but one of my favorite movies in general and to watch during Christmas, is Love Actually :) if you haven’t seen it i highly recommend it!!

  20. Am I the only one who thinks Scrooge would watch the Punisher on Christmas?

  21. Bad Santa has to be one of THE worst movies I’ve ever seen. Billy Bob’s character never really comes off as anything close to a character i can feel any sort of positive emotion for for 99% of the movie.
    He just comes across as a huge douche. Which was what they were going for I’m sure.

    I love love loved Nightmare before Christmas. Its really the only “musical” I’ll sit through.

    Great list, Merry Christmas fellow screen ranters

  22. “The Ref” should be on this list.

    Any Christmas movie starring Dennis Leary and Kevin Spacey is without a doubt curmudgeonly enough for Scrooge.

  23. can’t think of anything to say… Merry Xmas

  24. jingle all the way is hilarious

  25. I pretty much agree with the whole list! Well done! Happy Holidays! ;)

  26. I love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Die Hard, really like Bad Santa, and Enjoyed Scrooged and Nightmare before Xmas.

  27. If I were to rank them I’d say

    1.Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Loved)
    2. Die Hard (Loved)
    3. Bad Santa (Really really Liked)
    4. Scrooged (Liked)
    5. Nightmare Before Xmas (Liked)
    6. Jingle All the Way (Enjoyable, but not very good)
    7. Grinch (Decent)
    8. Batman Returns (Barely Watchable)
    9. Gremlins (Dislike)
    10. Rare Exports (Can’t stand this movie)
    11. Black Xmas (One of the worst movies I’ve seen in years. Possibly in the top twenty worst of the decade. )

  28. Great movie picks for Scrooge!

  29. Why would you chose the crappy Live action version of the Grinch?!