This isn’t your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas movie, and that’s exactly what makes it great. “Bad Santa” is a black comedy about two con men (played by Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox), that reunite once a year for a holiday scheme. The actors seem like the perfect cast for the film, as Thornton plays the heavy-drinking Willie Soke, a thief disguised as a mall Santa, and Cox plays his sneaky elf assistant.
This dark comedy takes an unexpected turn when Thornton starts to get close with an outsider kid and his mother (played by Lauren Graham), forming an oddball makeshift family. This is one Christmas film that has it all, and with the comedy genius of Bernie Mac and John Ritter, film director Terry Zwigoff is sure to keep you glued to the screen for the whole hour and a half.
His Girl Friday
If you haven’t seen this 1940 romantic comedy, you must add it to your list for movie nights. "His Girl Friday" stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and tells the story of a newspaper editor and reporter who get wrapped up in a murder case. The film made number 19 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years and 100 Laughs list.
In 1993, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The movie's dialogue (considered one of the fastest ever shown in a movie) and script are unique elements, making this such a wonderful movie.
Tom Cruise veers way off course from his action-hero persona to play Wes Grossman, a balding movie executive. Cruise dove head-first into the part, even though it was merely a supporting role to Robert Downey Jr., Matthew McConaughey, and Ben Stiller in Stiller’s 2008 comedy.
Even though we expected this film to be terrible, the parody of famous war films is hilarious. The movie effortlessly found punch lines. With a cast, any producer would die for "Tropic Thunder," which became one of its era's funniest and most entertaining movies.
The Family Stone
Even if you're not a fan of the typical American rom-com, "The Family Stone" is one of those movies you'll never regret watching. Why? Because it's a witty comedy-drama with great performances by some of Hollywood's finest.
With a cast that includes Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Craig T. Nelson, this film paints a perfect picture of what family holidays are really like — a gathering of sometimes unlikable characters with whom we have a love/hate relationship. Expect witty dialogue, hilarious scenes, and a tear-jerking performance by Keaton, who plays the matriarch of the family.
You just have to have a zombie movie on the list. This comedy/horror features Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harelson teaming up on a road trip to Ohio to find Columbus's (Eisenberg) family. Enjoy the wild ride, laughs, and a little gore in this wildly entertaining road trip film. The Cadillac Escalade is also a great touch.
One of the reasons for the success of this movie is, without a doubt, the cast. The chemistry between them came so naturally and effortlessly. It feels as if the two had known each other for years and just happened to be on the same screen simultaneously.