If you're seeking an edgier classic to watch during the Christmas holiday season, something less sentimental than It's A Wonderful Life or White Christmas and something less jolly than Elf, I've got a DVD recommendation for you.
Wake in Fright (1971): It's been written that this controversial film put the Australian New Wave film scene on the map. The story opens on the last day of school before Aussie youngsters start Christmas break. Their handsome, blond, neat and clean teacher plans to head to Sydney for his Christmas holiday after he spends the night in a small town. What happens to him could make most male viewers swear off beer for the rest of their lives. The simple offer "Have a drink, mate?" opens a door to psychological alpha male darkness in the dusty sun-drenched outback. The schoolteacher will wind up a total mess, in an alcoholic haze, having witnessed a kangaroo slay ride and having been near opportunities for some primal sex. It's a hell of a Christmas holiday. A living hell of a holiday for the teacher. He planned to spend Christmas with his girlfriend. The stopover in an outback mining town could do him in. "Have a drink, mate?"