The Best Holiday Movies

21 Nov, 2014

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Unwind after a massive Thanksgiving meal or Christmas eve celebration by lounging in front of the television to enjoy some holiday-themed movies. From adult to kids’ holiday movies, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. Let us know some of your other favorite holiday movies in the comments below.

1. “Home for the Holidays” (1995)

Single mom Claudia (played by Holly Hunter) returns home for Thanksgiving gathering that blends family drama, love and forgiveness. Directed by Jodie Foster, the film also stars Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning and Dylan McDermott.

2. “Son in Law” (1993)

A country girl turned big city college student bring home a friend, Crawl, (played by Pauly Shore) to the family farm for Thanksgiving. Crawl’s behavior goes against the grain of the conservative family life as he tries to win them over and adapt to farm living.

3. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987)

This classic comedy stars Steve Martin and John Candy, two strangers who share an adventure together when their flight is cancelled. Martin’s character is bound and determined to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, while Candy’s character comes along for the ride as the pair encounters misfortune after misfortune.

4. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1973)

The Peanuts crew sets up a backyard Thanksgiving feast. The usual antics are in full swing, including Lucy tricking Charlie Brown into kicking a football only to pull it away at the last second. The movie includes memorable music scenes as well.

5. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

Kris Kringle is hired as the new Santa Clause at Macy’s flagship store in New York City. It soon becomes clear that Kringle is the real Santa Clause. The movie includes a dramatic trial over Kringle’s sanity and the heartwarming friendship with a Macy’s employee’s young daughter.

6. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

We include this classic in our holiday movies list because of its hilarious scenes and overall message of family bonding over the holidays. From the over-the-top neighbors Margo and Todd to the Jelly of the Month membership, you’ll laugh out loud from start to finish.

7. “The Santa Clause” (1994)

The movie starts out on Christmas Eve when a divorced father (played by Tim Allen) witnesses Santa Clause fall off the room. The magic of Santa Clause is passed onto Tim Allen who must inherit the role and deliver gifts to children. As his behavior becomes erratic over the year, he loses custody of his son until they are reunited over Thanksgiving. The plot continues through Christmas with authorities searching for Allen and his son.

8. “Elf” (2003)

Elf is a funny, uplifting family movie that everyone can gather around to watch. Starring Will Ferrell, the story follows a human who was raised in the North Pole as he journeys as an adult to reconnect with his father. Elf is a great movie year-round, but the holidays are an ideal time to watch it.
What are your must-watch movies around the holidays?

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