Christmas is a time of caring and sharing, which goes for holiday movies. But what do you do if you’re in a mood for something a little less “ho-ho-ho” and a bit more “boom-bang-blam” yet still retaining that Christmas theme?

Here are some X-mas movies for real macho men! You heard me. No girls allowed!

1. Gremlins (1984)

Searching for that one perfect present for his son, the future inventor stumbles upon an eerie antique shop in Chinatown, where he finds a cute little Mogwai — the most adorable creature he has ever seen. But when eventually, lil’ Gizmo accidentally gets sprayed with water, five more furballs pop out of him. And before even people start realizing what’s going on, a gang of naughty gremlins is already turning the small town into real hell. Oh, and yeah, the movie takes place on Christmas, of course!

2. Trading Places (1983)

If you don’t think that Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are a hilarious comedic duo, all you need to do to change your mind is watch this brilliant comedy. A successful broker and a street hustler become the subjects of a brutal bet between two company owners. Basically, the rich guy becomes poor, and the poor guy is now a millionaire, hence the title of the movie. What really shines here are the dialogues and the jokes. By the way, Trading Places has become a Christmas classic in Italy, where it airs every year on December 24th.

3. Die Hard (1988)

Nobody does an office Christmas party like Hans Grueber and his boys. Of course, taking the entire building hostage might mean that there’s a guy on the outside who would not love that idea. Look, we all know who John McLain is and why this movie is a national treasure, so let’s not beat around the bush and rewatch this Christmas hit once again! Do it for Alan Rickman and the best movie line ever written — “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho!”

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