The 10 Best Holiday-Themed Movies

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Whether you’re ready for it or not, Christmas is literally right around the corner, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching some holiday-themed movies on Netflix? Especially if you’ve been dealing with all the snow and other nasty weather outside.

While you’re probably getting your Christmas movie fix from almost every TV station you have available, there are some gems tucked away in Netflix’s streaming service. So, instead of watching A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone or How The Grinch Stole Christmas for the millionth viewing, why not spice things up by seeing what Netflix has in store? What’s that? You’re too busy to scroll through your Netflix account, no worries. We got you covered.

After spending an entire weekend of getting snowed in, we came came up with 10 holiday-central movies that you have to watch this year on Netflix. Included are a couple of holiday classics, some Christmas movies in disguise and even some unknown films that could become traditional favorites in your home. So, get the eggnog ready and sit back and enjoy the following movies on Netflix.

10. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

This was released in the late 90s. A time when all the girls were going crazy for Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement fame. Back then, I really could care less about a major motion picture starring JTT. But, years later, I can appreciate the struggles that Jake (Thomas’ character) goes through as he makes his way home from California to New York. Bonus points for also starring Jessica Biel and Gary Cole.

9. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)

We’ll be honest. This is a terrible movie. One of the worst movies ever made, in fact. But, it’s one of those movies that’s so bad that you have to give it a watch. Basically, the plot involves Martians kidnapping Santa and forcing him to make toys for all the good boys and girls on Mars. It’s absolutely silly and campy, but still an enjoyable experience. Plus it has some really trippy 60s background music. That’s always good for a laugh.

8. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

What’s great about the Tim Burton penned The Nightmare Before Christmas is that it can be passed off as either a Halloween or Christmas movie. The tale of Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, getting tired of running Halloween and longing to take over Christmas is fun, intelligent and full of catchy numbers that will definitely get stuck in your head.

7. Trading Places (1983)

Technically, this isn’t a Christmas movie. But, it does take place during the holidays – and it’s one of the funniest movies of all-time – so we’re including it in our list. If you haven’t seen this classic yet, it’s about two wealthy brothers, The Dukes, who take away everything from Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and give it to conman Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy). Naturally, hijinks ensue.

6. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

This is a very original Christmas-themed movie out of Finland that will become a cult classic someday. The plot is about a corporation digging up Santa Claus. Sounds awesome, right? Wrong. Very wrong. It turns out that Santa isn’t really that nice and causes all sorts of havoc in the community. While this is considered a horror movie, it’s not all that scary and isn’t full of gore, so you won’t scare viewers away.

5. All I Want For Christmas (1991)

If you’re looking for something more family friendly, or on the cutesy side to make your girlfriend/wife happy, you can’t go wrong with this movie from 1991. I’ll I Want For Christmas follows a young Ethan Embry and Thora Birch as a brother and sister setting out on an adventure in New York City just to get their parents back together. It features an interesting cast consisting of Kevin Nealon, Lauren Bacall and the great Leslie Nielsen as Santa.

4. Love Actually (2003)

There has to be at least one romcom represented during the holiday season. So, we went with one that is actually watchable. Love Actually follows eight different couples during the holiday season in London and abroad as they search, and try to stay, in love. The ensemble cast includes Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and a young Andrew Lincoln before he was dealing with zombies in the The Walking Dead.

3. White Christmas (1954)

In this sequel to Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, are a successful song and dance team who fall for a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen). As if that wasn’t hectic enough, the duo must help save a failing Vermont inn owned by their former commanding general. As always, hijinks and musical numbers ensue.

2. Jingle All The Way (1996)

It’s Arnold vs. Sinbad as two procrastinating dads running amok in the the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota for the hottest toy of the season. Turbo Man. It’s goofy, but an all around great Christmas flick. Who doesn’t like watching Arnold fight crooked Santas and reindeer? We know we don’t. Plus, Phil Hartman is great as the sleazy next door neighbor Ted who’s trying to get a little too close to Arnie’s wife Rita Wilson.

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

We’re gonna go out on a limb here and proclaim this as the greatest Christmas movie ever. It has everything you need. A dysfunctional, yet truly recognizable, family that learns the true meaning of Christmas. And, almost every scene is unforgettable and quotable – ex. “Why’s the carpet all wet Todd”. It’s just the perfect movie to watch during the holidays. While some of you may state the obvious, ABC Family plays it all the time, that channel censors the film. That’s why you have to watch it in all it’s glory on Netflix.

Was there a holiday-themed movie that’s streaming on Netflix that’s better than the 10 we selected? If so, drop a comment and let us know.

Albert Costill
Just a typical guy that wants an ice-cold PBR with some pizza and wings to go with football on a Sunday. Since venturing into the blogosphere many years ago to discuss his favorite tunes, Al has now moved onto publications by Alpha Brand Media such as AMOG and SoJones to blab about anything and everything else that matters.

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