Scrooged (1988, dir. Richard Donner)

A mean TV executive is visited by a series of ghosts intent on teaching him the true meaning of Christmas. A raucous, overlong, and often unfunny retelling of A Christmas Carol, overly keen to cash in on its star’s links to Ghostbusters. Inevitably, some bits work nevertheless, and the film’s become something of a Yuletide perennial despite its weaknesses.

The Lusty Men (1952, dir. Nicholas Ray)

A retired rodeo rider trains another man to ride competitively. Tough-for-its time melodrama with plenty of good second-unit work on location, and a focus on its female protagonist typical of its director. Loads of salty dialogue. Recommended.