25 Christmas Movies That Will Make You Feel Like Human Tinsel
The holidays are all about pine-scented candles, peppermint mochas, and as many movies as you can pack on one weekend (or longer) with your loved ones. Below, in no particular order, films that will get you right into the spirit of Father Christmas and company.
By now it’s no secret that Ryan Reynolds is funny — seeDeadpoolor his IG as proof — but this rom-com, in which he stars as a formerly overweight teen who inadvertently returns to his hometown for the holidays, was early proof that he’s comedy gold. Anna Faris as a no-talent pop-star is equally brilliant.
“To me, you are perfect,” is not the way everyone would describe this ensemble romance, but fans consider it peak holiday for its humor, warmth, and optimism.
Will Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy, a human raised by elves in the North Pole. He travels to New York in search of his true identify and discovers that life outside Santa’s Workshop is mean and scary, but maybe totally worth it.
A young man receives a cute, furry creature called amogwaias a gift, but fails to follow one of the three rules of raising it: he feeds the mystery pet after midnight. This leads to the rapid spawning of evil, destructive Gremlins. You will not finish the movie hoping to find a mogwai under the tree.
5.The Preacher's Wife
Penny Marshall directs this charming remake of the 1947 filmThe Bishop's Wife, starring Courtney B. Vance as the preacher, Whitney Houston (who also sings on the soundtrack) as his wife, and Denzel Washington as an angel brought to Earth to help the family.
6.The Family Stone
This may not be the tightest screenplay of all time, but it stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, and Diane Keaton — and that’s only half the stellar cast. Watch with red wine and you won’t even notice its flaws.
Yeah, it’s an action movie, but as contrarians like to point out: it’s also a Christmas movie. It begins on December 24, at a holiday party gone wrong. There’s snow. The soundtrack includes “Winter Wonderland.” Go with it.
The magic of this movie is remembering a time when you were so young and wide-eyed that you really, truly believed 8-year-old Kevin McCallister could pull off all those stunts. Maybe you could, too!
Iris (Kate Winslet), who lives in London, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), swap homes for the holidays and find love on the other side of the Atlantic.
10.The Polar Express
Based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg,The Polar Expressis a coming-of-age story that unfolds on a train ride to the North Pole. Magical.
11.About a Boy
Hugh Grant plays a spoiled man-child living off the royalties of his father's hit Christmas song. When he meets the titular boy attending a support group for single parents — a ruse to pick up women — he finally starts to grow up.
12.A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
IfDie Hardcan make this list, so can a stoner comedy. The movie follows the title characters on their journey to get a new Christmas tree. Trees, get it?
13.The Best Man Holiday
College friends reunite for the holidays, resurfacing all the joy, love — and drama — of the past.
14.A Christmas Story
If you don't hear someone say "you'll shoot your eye out" did Christmas even happen?
May your day be merry and fetch.
Yes, this holiday movie is full cheese, but you can’t deny the magic between Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. Black cashmere gloves forever!
17.Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
New York City, back at it again with the holiday charm. In the sequel toHome Alone, young Kevin finds himself living the life at the Plaza Hotel during the city’s busiest and most beautiful time—that is until the Wet Bandits catch up, forcing Kev to set up all his excellent traps at a relative’s empty townhouse.
18.A Christmas Carol
The 1951 Alastair Sim picture takes the figgy pudding as the best film version of the Dickens classic. Scary enough to qualify as a legit ghost story, but also sappy enough to remind you it’s also a Christmas tale of redemption. Bonus points for the use of sad music to pull tears out of your eyes.
19.How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss story had Jim Carrey as the mean one, a BB Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, and other stars including Molly Shannon, Christine Baranski, and Anthony Hopkins (who served as narrator).
20.A Christmas Prince
This Netflix darling from 2019 checks all the holiday movie boxes: a handsome prince (Ben Lamb), a meet cute that could definitely, maybe happen IRL between an aspiring young journalist (Rose McIver) and said prince, and all the charms of (fictional) Aldovia in the winter.
It’s time to stop denying how many words you know to theFrozensoundtrack. Go ahead, sing your heart out. Again.
22.While You Were Sleeping
After a transit token worker Lucy (Sandra Bullock) saves a handsome man named Peter (Peter Gallagher) from the tracks on Christmas Day, he falls into a coma. In an innocent mix-up, his family confuses Lucy for his fiancée and she ends up spending a chunk of the holidays with the group, which includes the equally handsome brother Jack (Bill Pullman).
23.It’s a Wonderful Life
There’s no better tradition than spending just over two hours with George Bailey, arguably one of Jimmy Stewart’s best roles.
24.The Nightmare Before Christmas
Go ahead, try to watch the Pumpkin King’s valiant efforts in trying to recreate the spirit of Christmas Town in Halloween Town andnotfeel things.
25.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The third installment in the National LampoonVacationseries, this film finds the Griswolds trying their best to get into the Christmas spirit. But this is National Lampoon, so there are a few (entertaining) bumps along the way.
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