December 25th is that time of the year when you get to spend time with family, eat loads of food, get three pairs of socks from aunts you haven’t seen since last Christmas, and cuddle up in front of the TV and watch Home Alone for the fifteen billionth time.
If you’re looking to mix things up for this year’s Christmas, try considering these manly Christmas movies that manage to bring across all the joy of that jolly good time of the year without resorting to the classic combination of cheesy romantic subplots, slapstick humor and thin plotlines.
Also, guns and explosions.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Nothing quite says “Christmas” like partnering up a responsible veteran cop (Danny Glover) and a young, near-suicidal cop (Mel Gibson) and giving them a crisis to overcome. Also, Mel Gibson’s late eighties haircut is top tier.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Not the best of the Iron Man movies, but it’s the only one that fits the Christmas theme (although it was a summer blockbuster, oddly enough). If you’re looking for a movie that has superheroes, explosions, Robert Downey Jr.’s one-liners and a romantic subplot and a seemingly random small child to convince the girlfriend, this is the movie for you.