The holiday season is about spending time with the family. But after the usual pleasantries of “Are you married yet?” and “When are you going to get a real job?”, maybe it’s time to set settle down to watch a movies that the whole family will actually enjoy.
Here are our top 10 picks, in no particular order, of movies to stream this Christmas.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you are over Christmas but is obligated (or more accurately guilt-tripped) into spending Christmas with your kin, try “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
For some extra fun, try engaging in a lively debate on whether it’s a Halloween or Christmas movie. (Hint: it’s both.)
Maybe you could find the holiday spirit through the eyes of the Pumpkin King.
9. Four Christmases
Add this to the list of guilty pleasures, a movie that’s good because it’s bad. Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as a couple who had to spend Christmas with both sets of their divorce parents.
You know what they say, misery loves company. This movie may make your Christmas get-together seem not so bad in comparison.
8. Happy Christmas
Show this holiday indie gem and you’ll be known as the movie buff in your family.
Starring Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham, “Happy Christmas” is about an irresponsible 20-something Jenny (Kendrick) who moves in with her older brother and his wife and shakes up their quiet domesticity.
7. Love Actually
Sometimes spending the holidays with loved ones isn’t so bad. So, queue up this British rom-com and get cozy with your significant others.
While not technically a Christmas movie. It is set around Christmas and it’s also set to be removed from Netflix at the end of the year, so we’re giving it a pass.
6. Bad Santa
This is the anti-Christmas Christmas movie. Maybe not something to watch with grandma, but with all your 20- to 30-something cousins over some eggnog.
Billy Bob Thornton as a bad mall Santa and yet somehow manages to be endearing, what more could you ask for?
5. White Christmas
There’s a reason why a classic is a classic. Discover why Bing Crosby’s voice gave grandma the chills all those years ago.
In this 1954 musical, two war buddies, Crosby and Danny Kaye, help save two women’s Vermont inn, whom they have fallen for.
4. Die Hard
Who says Christmas movies can’t be an action movie. We’ve all been to some bad office Christmas party, but this one is a bit extreme.
It should be noted that this movie launched Bruce Willis’ film career and cement him as an action movie star.
This comedic take on Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carole,” is both poignant as it is hear-warming.
Bill Murray stars as the titular character, along with a who’s who of comedic talents, such as John Forsythe and Bobcat Goldthwait.
In the same vein as “Die Hard,” who says a Christmas movie can’t be a horror movie. Seriously, worst Christmas gift ever.
Just remember not to feed the Mogwai after midnight and never get it wet.
1. A Christmas Story
This perennial Christmas favorite is a modern classic for a reason. This movie spawned countless leg lamps and kids asking for a Red Ryder B.B. gun.
Admit it, we’ve all been in Ralphie’s demented Easter Bunny’s onesies.
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