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25 Nov 17


This is a list of the BEST OF THE BEST Christmas and Holiday movies, including stories that take place during Christmas ~ Enjoy and HoHoHo!


Love Actually (2003)

Netflix: Writer-director Richard Curtis's charming treatise on romance and relationships is an all-star ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading up to a spirited climax on Christmas Eve. One of the threads follows the newly installed Prime Minister (Hugh Grant), who, on his first day in 10 Downing Street, falls in love with the luminous girl (Martine McCutcheon) who brings him his tea.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Netflix: It's a wonderful film. Frank Capra's inverted take on A Christmas Carol stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who's spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would've been like had he never been born.

White Christmas (1954)
Netflix: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies turned entertainers who fall for two sisters. The boys follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, and he's in danger of losing the place.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

A Christmas Carol (1951)
Netflix: Considered by many to be the classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, this 1951 version stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, the callous miser visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Michael Hordern plays the spirit who successfully haunts the old man. Co-starring in this seamless sketch of Dickens' England are Hermione Baddeley, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison and a young Patrick Macnee.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Netflix: When Santa falls down drunk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, reluctant Macy's supervisor Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) offers the job to a bearded Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) purporting to be the real Santa! During the Christmas season, he shares a flat with Doris's neighbor (John Payne), who has eyes for Doris. Kris hopes to unite the two while winning over Doris's skeptical 6-year-old daughter (Natalie Wood).

Miracle on 34th Street (Remake 1994)
Netflix: Dorey Walker and her daughter Susan are much too sensible to believe in anything as far-fetched as Santa Claus. But when a department store Santa named Kris Kringle claims he's the real thing, mother and daughter are given a special holiday gift.

Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel (2005)
On a Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish
fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. Based on a true story and a wonderful example of "Christmas Spirit".

Night of the Meek Twilight Zone (1960)
Netflix: When a Santa Claus who's been fired on Christmas Eve finds a strange bag that gives out presents, he wants to help the less fortunate enjoy Christmas.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
Netflix: Mr. Magoo brings the holiday "Bah, humbug!" in this animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic Christmas tale, which stars the lovable bumbler as Ebenezer Scrooge, a cheerless miser until three ghosts pay him a visit on Christmas eve.

A Christmas Story (1983)
Netflix: In this nostalgic look at Christmas in 1940s Indiana, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker desperately wants a "Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot Range Model air rifle." But first he'll have to wage an all-out campaign to convince his parents the toy is safe.

Elf (2003)
Netflix: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong.

Scrooged (1988)
Netflix: Cold-hearted TV exec Bill Murray is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas -- the hard way. Director Richard Donner's wild, woolly spin on Dickens's A Christmas Carol sees Murray visited by three high-spirited spirits.

Holiday Inn (1942)
Netflix: Bing Crosby croons to the tune of the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" in Irving Berlin's love triangle romantic comedy. Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy (Crosby) retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal (Fred Astaire) for a singer-dancer's (Marjorie Reynolds) affection.

The Santa Clause (1994)
Netflix: The snow hits the fan when advertising executive Scott Calvin accidentally kills Santa and suddenly finds himself saddled with jolly Saint Nick's job. While initially a Scrooge, Scott eventually becomes a true believer in this merry family comedy.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.

We're No Angels (1955)
Netflix: Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov play three escaped inmates who hatch a plan to steal from a shopkeeper on Christmas. But their plans change when they find themselves actually growing to like their target and his family. Besides, the luckless merchant is apparently about to lose his shirt, as his business is unraveling. So, instead of robbing him, the convicts decide to help him, a mission that proves wildly complicated.

The Polar Express (2004)
Netflix: A young boy's faith in the holiday spirit is revived after he makes his way by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve in this warm-hearted computer-animated tale inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's award-winning children's book.

Scrooge (1970)
Netflix: In this Charles Dickens classic filled with pathos, hope and redemption, a cold-hearted miser named Scrooge (Albert Finney) is forced by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future to take a good, long look at his life. What will he become after he faces what hurts most and why does he despise everything that makes people happy? Sir Alec Guinness plays Marley; Robert Neame directs this acclaimed 1972 musical.

The Family Man (2000)
Netflix: In this modern-day riff on Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, cutthroat investment banker Jack, who eschews emotional ties, is transported into the life he might have had if he wed his college sweetheart.

Noel (2004)
Netflix: Five New Yorkers -- including a brutalized man yearning for peace and a woman seeking a connection with her dying mother -- face Christmas Eve alone in this meditation on what lies at the root of the holiday spirit.

The Holiday (2006)
Netflix: Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Londoner Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible. This charming comedy from writer-director Nancy Meyers features an all-star cast that includes Jude Law, Jack Black, Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell.

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek

John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Kim Delaney Willow Creek, Alaska, is going through a depression because the local cannery has shut down putting many of the residents out of work. Ray and Pete are truck-driving brothers, different as day and night, who are hired by an old friend to bring Christmas presents and one huge surprise from sunny California up to his home town. Along the way, the brothers and Pete's son Michael argue and get stuck in a blizzard, but finally reconcile with each other.

A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000) Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams) is a one of the world's most successful pop singers. Yet her cold hearted soul and nasty attitude makes her lack a lot of holiday cheer and makes her band and manager, anything but happy. While in New York, Ebony is visited by her former singing partner, Marli Jacob, who claims that she will be visited by three spirits: Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Future who will hopefully turn Ebony's life around.

Christmas With the Kranks (2004)
Tim Allen, Jamie Leigh Curtis & Dan Akroyd Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration.

The Ref (1994)
Netflix: Gus (Denis Leary), a burglar, is about to score on Christmas Eve by breaking into a posh home in the suburbs. But his plans change when he trips up the alarm and takes the occupants hostage. Or is it the other way around? After all, his hostages include the house's owners, an endlessly bickering husband (Kevin Spacey) and wife (Judy Davis) on the verge of divorce, and Gus finds himself refereeing their blistering -- and constant -- arguments.

The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Netflix: This Christmas-time angelic intervention sparkles with good humor. Dudley the Angel (Cary Grant) is sent to help a bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral and the strain it's putting on their marriage. The film includes complex undercurrents, especially when the bishop sees Dudley as a rival for his job and his wife. The film was remade in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Netflix: Dr. Seuss's much-loved story about the real meaning of Christmas finally makes it to the big screen in live-action form, with Jim Carrey starring in the titular role of the green-faced villain who plots to rob Whoville of the holiday celebration. The Grinch has been an outcast all his life, but a dash of kindness from a little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) and her family may be enough to melt his heart.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (Animation)

Netflix: Animator Chuck Jones collaborated with Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) to bring his classic children's book to life. Embittered, green-haired hermit the Grinch (voiced by Boris Karloff) lives in the mountains above the village of Whoville. The Whos love Christmas, and the Grinch hates the Whos, so he conspires to keep Christmas from coming. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is enjoyable on every level.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Netflix: In this welcome addition to the canon of mandatory yuletide viewing,
Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a magazine columnist who touts
herself as a blissful wife, mother and expert homemaker living on an
idyllic Connecticut farm. Trouble is, it's all a lie. When her pudgy
publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) cooks up a scheme to boost circulation by
having Elizabeth entertain a war veteran (Dennis Morgan) on Christmas
Eve, will her charade unravel?

We wish you and yours very Happy Holidays and a Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year ~ Team


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