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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story centers around Ralphie Parker’s Christmas dream—to receive an official Red Ryder 200 shot range model air rifle. The movie follows Ralphie through run-ins with his little brother Randy to getting attacked by the school bully Scut Farkus and toadie Grover Dill.

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Ralphie has to contend with his mother’s fear that Ralphie will shoot himself (namely, in the eye) when and if he receives his dream Christmas present. This holiday film is a favorite for families, kids, young, and older audiences alike.

Bad Santa

Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham. The story centers around a cynical, unpleasant drunkard named Willie (Thorton) and his sidekick Marcus (Cox). They set out to rob a shopping center by getting a seasonal as Santa and his elf.

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Neither expected to encounter the overweight child, or the attractive bartender Sue, who would give Willie a new perspective.

Elf the Movie

Elf was released in 2003 and to this day is one of the best Christmas movies ever. Before the release, few would ever guess that an elf movie could be this funny and touching at the same time. When Santa (Edward Asner) makes one of his Christmas Eve stops, a little baby named Buddy (Will Ferrell) crawls into Santa’s bag of presents.

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He ends up back at Santa’s home in the North Pole and is adopted by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart). Buddy senses something is wrong, and finally  decides to go to New York and find his real father (James Caan). When he gets there, his father, a high level publishing executive, initially rejects the elf’s story. When his new wife (Mary Steenburgen) meets Buddy, she insists that they take him in. He gets a job at a department store where he meets Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) and the two perform a beautiful, yet hilarious, duet in the women’s restroom. None of these New Yorkers is quite ready for all of the chaos that Buddy is going to cause at meal times, this workplace, and of course, at his father’s workplace. This elf film is one families can watch year after year for laughs and fun.

Fred Claus

Fred Claus is Santa’s bigger, less benevolent brother. Played by Vince Vaughn, Fred has felt inferior to his little, gentler, jollier brother since Mother Claus (Kathy Bates) named him Nicholas Claus. Nick Paul Giamatti) adores his big brother and always gives him the benefit of the doubt…

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In fact, it is precisely this trait that leads Nicholas to trouble at the North Pole and threatens to shut down the yearly Christmas Eve toy delivery operation forever.

Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the most popular movies of all time, and certainly on the list of best Christmas movies. The movie was so well-loved that it is still one of the most popular holiday films, and it inspired sequels. The sequels, particularly the second film, also did very well at the box office and are watched every year by countless audiences in the US and abroad:

Home Alone 1: In the original film, an adorable, mischevious Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left at home by himself when his family takes a holiday trip to France. By the time his parents realize they forgot Kevin, burglars have already targeted the home. Little did the robbers know that the home is still occupied! The crooks endure trap after trap, making audiences laugh aloud, adults and children alike. Definitely a fun family holiday movie. (Can’t wait to get the DVD or blu-ray? Watch home alone online now!)

Home Alone 2: In the wildly popular sequenl, the McAllister family takes a holiday vacation to Miami, Florida, but Kevin gets separated mid-trip and ends up by himself in New York City!

Home alone 3: This storyline revolves not around Kevin, but on another little boy named Alex Pruitt who is at home with the chicken pox!

Home Alone 4: Kevin is back (but the cast is all new). His parents are now divorced, and Kevin spends Christmas with his father, but ends up again in trouble with the burglars from the original film (also played by new cast members).

Watch one or all of these great movies. Simply a must-see for anyone who has never seen these holiday classics. You will laugh, cry, worry, and feel relieved as Kevin holds his own.

Home Alone 1

Home Alone 1 is one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. It’s about a cute little rascal named Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who is left behind accidentally when his family goes to France for the holidays. By the time his family realizes that Kevin is missing, burglars have deemed the home a goldmine.

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The crooks have no idea what was in store for them as they begin their robbery attempt. They discover the boy but don’t see him as an obstacle…until their efforts to rob the home are squashed by trap after trap and prank after prank. The crooks are just as funny as the tricks that are played on them, and the boy grows more clever and endearing by the minute. This family film will make adults and children laugh aloud. (Get the DVD, Blu-ray, or watch Home Alone online now with video streaming.)

Home Alone 2

In Home Alone 2, the family takes a holiday vacation to Miami, Florida, but Kevin gets separated mid-trip and ends up by himself in New York City! As the McAllister family rushes at the airport, they are at risk of missing their flight. Confusion at the separates Kevin from his family…they go to Miami, but he heads to New York—alone again!

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Kevin ends up with a luxury suite at the Plaza and visit some of New York’s finest stores and sites; however, he is soon reunited with the Wet Bandits Harry Lime and Marv Merchants. These are the burglars from Home Alone 1 who escaped from prison. They’ve come to New York to rob Duncan’t Toy Chest. Kevin sets up shop in his uncle Rob’s townhouse and uses equipment inside to defeat the Wet Bandits once and for all.

Home Alone 3

Home Alone 3 is a 1997 family comedy from the Home Alone series, though all of the characters are new. The star of the movie is Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) who is left at home with the chicken pox. He receives a remote control toy car from Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes), but neither of them realize the car contains a secret computer chip.

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This computer chip is sought after by a North Korean terrorist group!When the thieves come looking for the micro chip, Alex sees them through is telescope while shoveling and contacts the police. He later attaches a camera to the car to try to film the crooks as they search his neighbor’s home. That’s when things get dangerous!

Home Alone 4

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House premiered as a TV movie in 2002. This sequel does not star the original cast. Kevin McCallister (Mike Wineberg) lives with his mother, as his parents have divorced. Kevin ends up spending Christmas with his dad and his father’s wealthy girlfriend Natalie.

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Unfortunately, Kevin encounters his old enemy Marv (French Stewart) who has a new female sidekick, Vera (Missi Pyle).

Love Actually

Love Actually stars Hugh Grant, Liam Neelson, Colin Firth, and Laura Linney. The new Prime Minister of England (Hugh Grant) is a dashing young single man named David who falls in love with Natalie, the catering manager of his team. Follow their story in one of the top Christmas movies of this generation.

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Other stories in the mix include a couple who meets on the set of a racy film. A father and husband married for many years meets a young vixen. Another young lady grapples to fit romance into her life full of daily obligations as she obligates herself to care for her brother with disabilities. A young couple live together while a mutual friend secretly struggles with his feelings for the girl. Follow these and other stories, enjoy the superb soundtrack, and learn which couples find and which couples lose love by the end of this uplifting, hilarious, meaningful holiday movie. Need to see it right now? Find Love Actually streaming video here. This is a favorite holiday movie for couples, singles, and families.

Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a comical adaptation of A Christmas Carol that even has a role for author Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great), as the narrator. This version of the story is set on Christmas Eve in 19th century London. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is a money-lender whose main concern is money, not holiday spirit.

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Scrooge is so cruel and selfish, in fact, that he refuses to grant Christmas Day off to his dependable right hand man and employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog). Bob finally convinces Ebenezer to give him the day off by pointing out that it would be a waste of coal to keep the office open on a day when no customers will visit. Fred (Steven Mackintosh), a nephew of Scrooge, arrives to invite his uncle to Christmas dinner. Two other men (Bunsen and Beaker) come to Ebenezer’s office gathering donations in the spirit of the holiday. Scrooge rejects Fred’s invitation. He explains to Bunsen and Beaker that looking after the poor isn’t prudent, as their deaths will decrease the surplus population—which Scrooge sees as a good thing.

From here, surly Ebenezer receives other visitors who try to soften his cold heart. Is Scrooge too mean and cold to ever understand the true meaning of Christmas?

Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton is one of the few movies that have combined holiday themes. The visuals recall Halloween fun with a skeleton, cobwebs, and dark, ghoulish props, but the quirky characters deliver a Christmas message that makes this one of the most unique Christmas films on our list.

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Jack, the King of Halloween, wanders into the land of Christmas and finds it wildly intriguing. He decides it’s time for Halloween Land to do Christmas. He then gathers everyone in the Land and puts them to work to make a Halloween-style Christmas for the world. He orders Santa Claus to be kidnapped but claims he will handle the gift-giving to give Santa a much-needed break.From here, the plan gets more and more out of control. Children all over the world receive ghastly “gifts,” the miscreants who kidnap Santa hand him over to a deadly fiend, and when Jack finally decides to fix all the havoc he has created…it may be too late.

Santa Claus the Movie

Santa Claus the movie is a classic fantasy comedy about St. Nick. Claus (David Huddleston) learns that it is his destiny to deliver toys to children all over the world. He needs a great deal of help and finds it with a group of elves, namely with his assistant Patch (Dudley Moore).

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After an unfortunate incident, Patch quits as Santa’s assistant and moves to New York City. There, Patch becomes acquainted with an evil toy executive (John Lithgow) who attempts to use the naïve elf to eliminate Santa Claus. This is one of the meaningful, yet hilarious and cheerful Christmas films and classics.

This is one of the most well-known films in which the leading character is an elf. Dudley Moore is so funny and endearing that he draws audiences right into the world of Santa, elves, reindeer, and toys. If you love films about elves, another to watch is the more recent Elf movie starring Will Ferrell.

Santa Clause

Santa Clause makes the best movie star. Santa movies are perfect for families, children, and couples to inspire holiday spirit and warmth. Not only this—but dozens of them are excellent movies, and all of them put a different spin on the joyful, lovable king of Christmas spirit, cookies, and gifts, Santa Claus. Here are a few:

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  • The Santa Clause: Tim Allen paints a hilariously superb, touching, sometimes pitiful picture of Saint Nick. First, the main character of the film accidentally…well, kills…Santa. Then, he finds himself becoming Santa. Finally it becomes clear that despite all odds, awkwardness, and risks, he has to either accomplish the task of delivering gifts to children all over the world in Santa’s place, or disappoint every family on earth. This movie was so popular that it inspired a sequel in which Santa needs to find a wife to help him manage his operation (the Santa Clause 2) and one more in which Jack Frost tries to take over Christmas (Santa Claus 3) co-starring Martin Short. These sequels are still as widely watched as the original every holiday season.
  • Santa Claus the Movie: This must-see comedy explains how Claus became Santa and then explores a small scandal involving and elf, an evil toy executive, and Santa. Claus (David Huddleston) and his wife discover that the destiny of Claus is to deliver toys to children everywhere. After an unfortunate mishap, Claus’ assistant elf Patch (Moore) quits and moves to New York City where he meets a sneaky toy executive (John Lithgow). The evil businessman uses Patch in his attempts to eliminate Santa Claus forever.
  • Fred Claus : Another film that portrays Santa in childhood, the focus of this comedy is Santa’s older, and less benevolent, brother Fred. From a very early age, Fred becomes resentful of Santa for undermining him—unintentionally, of course. Fred becomes a cynical driver for repossessed items, while Santa becomes one of the world’s favorite jolly toymakers and deliverers. Fred sabotages Santa’s North Pole operation, which may cause auditor Clyde Northcutt to shut down the Christmas Eve toy delivery completely.
  • Bad Santa: In one of the darker portrayals of Santa, a department store Santa and elf set up shop to rob a shopping center blind. Alcoholic Willie (Billy Bob Thorton) works as Santa accompanied by his partner in crime posing as his “elf,” little person Marcus (Tony Cox). Their get-rich-quick scheme is thwarted by a lonely, overweight child, and a pretty bartender Sue to whom Willie becomes unexpectedly attached.

Santa movies are the funnest for children, and they inspire adults with the magic of the holiday season as well. One doesn’t need to see Santa to feel inspired by him, but watching a great portrayal of St. Nick in a movie can certainly get a family or couple laughing and reminiscing about warm holiday memories.

Scrooged

Scrooged is a modern version of the traditional holiday story with the Christmas Carol theme from the classic novella by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge takes form as an insensitive, self-absorbed modern television executive Frank Cross (Bill Murray). Life has rewarded him with a top paying job, hard earned through cold, cruel treatment of his family, employees, and the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen) whom he gave up for his first television gig in Frisbee the Dog.

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Frank has alienated all of those who should be near and dear, including Claire, his brother James (John Murray), and his ever dependable, patient assistant Grace Cooley (Alfre Woodard). Grace is probably the person closest to Frank, yet he works her to the bone, constantly coercing her into breaking plans with family and even doctor visits for her son Calvin who is mute. On Christmas Eve, Frank fires an employee Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait) for criticizing an offensive television commercial.

Frank is assigned the task of coordinating the live Christmas Eve show A Christmas Carol, and the story events weave themselves intricately into Frank’s life, beginning with a visit from his career mentor and media legend Lew Hayward (John Forsythe). The story takes a romantic spin as we follow the love story between Frank and Claire. (For a super romantic film, try Love Actually–talk about holiday romance!) Lew warns Frank about upcoming visits from three Ghosts…and one by one, the ghosts indeed appear to replay for Frank scenes from his life that impacted others in ways that shock and sadden him.