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Best Holiday Movies

Updated on December 29, 2012

Great Christmas Movies

The weather is getting colder, many people already have snow on the ground and a fire in the fireplace.  The Holiday Season is a great time to cuddle up and watch a great Christmas movie that makes you laugh, cry or appreciate the good things in your life.  I have listed both my favorite all time Christmas movies, and my favorite Christmas Comedies.  My sentimental favorite is " A Christmas Story" - I have watched this movie every year for almost 20 years! Enjoy, and let me know what is your favorite Holday movie! Happy Holidays!

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Elf

Great, funny holiday movie!

Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street

Six year old Susan has doubts childhood's most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special departement stare Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.

 
The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Drummer Boy

This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about - giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys' Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.

 
Classic Christmas Collection (It's a Wonderful Life / White Christmas)
Classic Christmas Collection (It's a Wonderful Life / White Christmas)

This 2pk includes 2 of Christmas's all-time classics - It's A Wonderful Life 60th Anniversary Edition and White Christmas

 
The Bells of St. Mary's
The Bells of St. Mary's

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The Bells of St. Mary's works much better for its battle of wills between a parish priest and a head nun than the dopey musical interludes that pepper it, but Bells is still a winning, emotionally satisfying film. This sequel to Going My Way has Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) taking over the St. Mary's parochial school and finding himself at loggerheads with Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman, looking gorgeous even in a habit). There's a wonderful balance to all of this: O'Malley takes a more worldly approach to administration and is wrong just as many times as the nun is when she insists on a more biblical approach. About four subplots suffuse the film, including the story of a young charge from the wrong side of the tracks, and the deteriorating state of St. Mary's in the shadow of a brand-new building (the owner is played by the avuncular Henry Travers). A dear film. --Keith Simanton

 

My Favorite Christmas Comedies

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Special Edition)

Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the "perfect Christmas" for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations. Year: 1989 Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid.

 
A Christmas Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)
A Christmas Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)

This delightfully funny holiday gem tells the story of Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsly) a 1940's nine-year-old who pulls out all the stops to obtain the ultimate Christmas present.

 
Elf [Blu-ray]
Elf [Blu-ray]

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Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer

 
The Hebrew Hammer
The Hebrew Hammer

Okay - not your "typical" holiday movie, but it is a great comedy. THE HEBREW HAMMER stars Adam Goldberg in the title role of this holiday farce as a handsome Orthodox stud and man of action who is called upon to save Hanukkah. When Santa Claus' evil son Damian (Dick) is pushed over the edge by his father's liberal policies, he murders the Christian patriarch and, stepping into the vacated role, launches a nefarious worldwide campaign to eradicate the Jewish Holiday. The Hammer joins forces with Esther (Greer), the gorgeous daughter of the chief of the Jewish Justice League to topple Damian and save Hanukkah for future generations.

 
Scrooged (Widescreen)
Scrooged (Widescreen)

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Most critics couldn't get behind Bill Murray's modern retelling of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, finding it too unfocused at times and not nearly wicked enough. Still, if you're a Murray fan, you have to enjoy his deliciously nasty portrayal of the world's meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future and a Kumbaya moment when Al Green and Annie Lennox sing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." The effects are otherworldly, but one wishes the writing were as sharp as Murray's edgy portrayal. --Marshall Fine

 

Family favorite - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Watching this movie is a Christmas Eve tradition with my family......

A Christmas Story

Original theatrical trailer for the 1983 holiday classic, A Christmas Story.... one of my absolute favorites!

Miracle on 34th Street

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