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The 10 Best Holiday Movies With Explosions

There are only so many times you can hear Ralphie get warned about shooting his eye out before you realize a truly great holiday movie doesn’t have warnings, it has actions. From annoying relatives literally blowing sh*t up, to an undisputed classic that might as well be named "A Nakatomi Christmas," here's a ranking of the best holiday movies that feature explosions.

10. Home Alone 2​

Joe Pesci kinda blows himself up inside of a house. The only real problem is Macauley Culkin’s not vaporized in the explosion.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

There’s not much to say, really. The sh*tter was full.

8. Gremlins

They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they’ll blow the theater to smithereens.

7. Iron Man 3

Really this is an explosions movie with Christmas in it, but who’s counting?

6. The Long Kiss Goodnight

Wherein Geena Davis realizes she’s a femme fatale around Christmas time, ultimately culminating with a giant fireball at the US-Canadian border.

5. Toys

Robin Williams and LL Cool J team up to fight a delusional relative intent on turning the family toy business into a next-generation defense contractor. For a 1992 movie, it’s almost eerie in its prediction of future weapons. That makes the fact that they were defeated by old school windup toys even scarier.

4. Brazil

Easily the all-time deepest and most difficult Christmas movie to follow, Brazil illustrates the absurdity of life as routine conversation carries on in the midst of a terrorist bombing at a restaurant.

3. Batman Returns 

It’s a film that had Batman, the Penguin, Catwoman, and all the greatness that is Tim Burton. Meow.

2. Lethal Weapon

Admit it: You forgot this was even a Christmas movie, didn’t you?

1. Die Hard *

In many homes, watching Die Hard has replaced gathering by the yule log. This is director John McTiernan’s opus, and it changed the paradigm of what sort of person could be an action hero. Plus it starts off with Run DMC.

* Yes, we're including Die Hard 2 in this.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. He’ll be watching Die Hard on the eighth night of Hanukkah this year, as always.