It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the final week or two where it’s possible, advisable even, to catch up on the year’s releases in order to cheat your stats—or, for the rest of us, to sink back into the festive faves over the holiday season without fear of judgment or deadlines.
Except that this year, we’ve been keeping count: now unwrapping the 100 films most obsessively rewatched by Letterboxd members between the 24th and 26th of December (allowing for a global slew of members to log on the big day in their respective time zones).
Our criteria here isn’t about the genre but about the day, meaning that there may well be plenty of movies that do fit into the festive genre but also plenty that may not. We’re talking big franchises (when else is there time?), lovely remakes (why choose just one?), major shoot-outs (who doesn’t want a bit of spice with their turkey?) and plenty of comedy (I need a laugh this late in the year, don’t you?)
The list, which we calculated in the last few weeks from a decade’s worth of Letterboxd diaries, reveals a few things. Let’s get this out of the way first: it answers that Die Hard is in fact a Christmas movie, ranking at number three. By that logic, thrillingly, GoodFellas gets the same label as it sits pretty at number 98. I am purely the Christmas messenger.
The first three Harry Potter movies each get a look in, as does the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (no hobbit left behind), and also a fair few of our favorite stories told time and time again: that’s three Mickey Mouse pictures, two Little Women—but just the one Paddington film, sorry to Nicole Kidman.