From our favorite comedies to the tear-jerkers. We have some of the classics, a newcomer and a curveball. Here’s our list of the best holiday movies.
Sorry to the Grinch lovers out there, it didn’t make the cut.
Don’t @ me.
“SANTA! I KNOW HIM!”
I can’t think of a movie that I love more each time I watch it. Well, maybe Notting Hill. Elf is a modern day Christmas classic that never disappoints. There are so many quotable moments in the film. From the narwhal yelling “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!” to Buddy’s exchange with a fake Santa, “You sit on a throne of lies!”
Director Jon Favreau credits the monstrous success of Elf for landing him Iron Man in 2008 and launching the MCU.
This is my must watch every year Holiday film. The airport scene, the Christmas lobster, Hugh Grant going from door to door. Pick your favorite scene there’s a whole host to choose from.
And shout out to my friend Jill Saccente who thought until recently that Carol Singers was a person not a group of carolers.
The Happiest Season
The Happiest Season by Clea Duvall stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Aubrey Plaza and the King of 2020 – Dan Levi. The film follows Stewart and her girlfriend Davis coming home for the Holidays, except Mackenzie Davis’ character hasn’t come out to her family yet.
It’s funny, well acted and includes a heartwarming exchange between Stewart and Levi about coming out that once again proves Levi’s uncanny ability to marry comedy and authenticity. Released over the Thanksgiving Holiday, The Happiest Season, broke all of Hulu’s streaming records proving viewers appetite for a more diverse breadth of film stories.
Gizmo Caca! Spike, the original gremlin, was spawned after Billy feeds Gizmo after midnight.
You had two rules Billy! No food after midnight and don’t get them wet. You failed on both accounts.
Gremlins takes place at Christmas time and lends to one of the most re-wound scenes of my childhood (the bar scene with all the gremlins singing, drinking, playing cards and wearing Christmas hats).
What says the Holidays more than Bruce Willis walking on broken glass, fighting terrorists and kicking Alan Rickman out of a skyscraper? In the words of Andy Williams, “Happy Holidaaaays!’
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s Christmas animation, The Night Before Christmas, tells the story of Jack Skellington after he stumbles through a portal into Christmas Town. Another Schitt’s Creek alumna, Catherine O’Hara, voices the character of “Sally”, Jack’s love interest.
The Nightmare before Christmas was successful in the box office and gained critical acclaim as the first animation to be nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards.
It’s a Wonderful Life
No best holiday movies list would be complete without this 1946 classic. Theatrically, the film’s break-even point was $6.3 million, a figure it didn’t come close to grossing upon it’s initial release. Once it was released into public domain, It’s a Wonderful Life would go on to be recognized as one of the greatest films ever made.
The Family Stone
A little less known, The Family Stone, gets better each time you watch. Luke Wilson is incredible, Sarah Jessica Parker is cringe-inducing and the Diane Keaton during that dinner table scene is next level.
If you haven’t seen it – it’s worth a watch.
What do you think of our list of best holiday movies?
Kaeley is a contemporary artist and cultural organizer who loves good espresso and a cold Coke Zero.