30 Movies For The Holidays!

19 Nov

 

Winter Holiday Movie Season Is Here!

I celebrate watching holiday movies as much as the actual holidays.  You could say I’m a little intense about it. Truth be told, I have specific movies that I will watch seasonally and on most major holidays. I’m a ritualist.

I’m committed to watching ‘When Harry Met Sally” about 100 times every fall (not a holiday but it’s my favorite season). In my little world, holidays have designated films. For Halloween there’s always “The Shining”. For summer there’s always “Wet Hot American Summer”. Valentine’s Day is reserved for “Goodfellas”. Everyone knows that one is really a story about love and family. If that’s not your thing try something like “Definitely, Maybe”. You get the idea.

Since there’s something magical about the winter holiday season, I’ve made a list of 30 holiday films for you to watch from now until New Year’s Day without ever having to spend money on going to the theater or having to get out of your jammies. SCORE!

Here’s a list of 30 holiday films that you may already plan to watch or should. Gather up some drinks, snacks and yummy dishes; get ready to let movies take over.

30 Films To Watch This Holiday Season!

CLICK THE “i” ON THE TOP RIGHT OF EACH PIC SLIDE TO READ WHY I RECOMMEND EACH FILM.

In no particular order. Full List Below

 

Holiday Movie Picks with Recommendations

30 films and made for TV movies that will rock your world from now until New Years Day.

[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-christmasstoryposter.jpg]3200Credit: MGM
Yes, it's on TBS all day, every day for what seems like eternity and yet we can't look away or stop laughing out loud. That's the beauty of this movie.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-planes_trains_and_automobiles.jpg]120Credit: Paramount Pictures
There's no wrong with this Thanksgiving themed film about two guys( Steve Martin and John Candy), trying to get home through planes, trains, automobiles and tons of laughs!
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_babes_in_toyland_1986.jpg]130Credit: Orion Television
It's so bad it's good. Just like Keanu Reeves. This one is for those who love a bad musical and a good cult film.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-scrooged1988billmurray.jpg]70Credit: Paramount Pictures
Bill Murray saved the 80's and gave birth to a perfect dark comedic twist of "A Christmas Carol". Can I get a "I Love You Bill Murray" t-shirt?
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-muppet_christmas_carol.jpg]70Credit: Drew Struzan
It's got muppets! It's a musical! It stars Michael Caine! It's FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! I know all of the songs. Yes, you may be super annoyed if you watch it with me. I DON'T CARE. Muppets rule.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_200px-how_the_grinch_stole_christmas_cover.png]60Credit: Random House
It's a short made for TV movie that feels like an epic film of wholesome goodness. Who else wants to visit "Whoville"?
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-pieces_of_april_movie.jpg]60Credit: United Artists
If you don't care much for Katie Holmes, watch this film. It will turn you into a Holmes lover. It's her shiniest moment in cinema thus far.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-theholidayposter.jpg]60Credit: Columbia Pictures
It's the perfect holiday chick flick. Stay away boys. You'll think it's lame. Gals, grab some chocolate Santas, a handful of tissues, and a box of wine with some girlfriends.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_charliebrownthanksgiving.jpg]60Credit: Charles M. Schultz
Awwww. So sweet. So cute. Make it stop. No, don't. GAH!
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-die_hard.jpg]6020th Century Fox
Feeling super sleepy and unmotivated after eating 10 pounds of Turkey on Thanksgiving? Kick your Christmas spirit into action with this movie. Bruce Willis will show you the way as he saves Christmas.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-the_santa_clause.jpg]60Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
A true modern classic. Funny. Smart. Simple. Thanks Tim Allen. No thanks for part 3.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-home_for_the_holidays_film.jpg]70Credit: Paramount Pictures
Now I know why so many people hate going back home for the holidays. However, Robert Doweny Jr. is reason enough for me to go anywhere just to see him.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-nothing_like_the_holidays.jpg]70Credit: Overture Films
Am I wrong to say this is the only Latino-based theatrical holiday film in the US, ever? I don't like it just for that reason, but it's nice to know that Chicago, Puerto Rico and Latino culture is celebrated in this Christmas based film. Plus, I have a little crush on almost every male co-star in this film. Don't tell them.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-home_alone.jpg]40Credit: 20th Century Fox
It takes me back to my hometown of Chicago. In my early childhood, I grew up in what is considered "the 'hood". The suburb mini mansion, the big loud family, and the gift of being left alone as a kid to play was my fantasy. Hughes knew how to write for the Midwest heart and how to make coasters want to be part of our world.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_215px-gremlins1.jpg]60Credit: Warner Bros.
Gremlins in santa hats being naughty, singing and dancing. 'Nuff said.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-trading_places.jpg]70Credit: Paramount Pictures
I first watched this film in the 90's. I didn't really understand the grandness of the cast, but I did understand the humor and greatness of the film. It's my favorite Eddie Murphy film and 'till this day I find myself quoting it outside of the holiday season. HILARIOUS.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-bad_santa_film.jpg]70Credit: Dimension Films
Now I get why Angelina Jolie fell in love with Billy Bob Thornton. He's a comedic genius as a grumpy, boozed up and immoral Santa. I like it. He's got bad Catholic all over him.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-elf_movie.jpg]50Credit: New Line Cinema
Just looking at the film's theatrical poster cracks me up. Plus, you get to enjoy a singing, skeptical and blonde Zooey Deschanel.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-miracle_on_34th_street.jpg]60Credit: 20th Century Fox
Although it's in black and white, there's nothing two dimensional about this film. It's a classic for a reason. The film remains relevant and engaging. It's a must see.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-nationallampoonschristmasvacationposter.jpg]60Credit: Warner Bros.
You all already love it! I will advice that you try watching it dubbed in French or Spanish. You'll thank me later.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-two_hundred_cigarettes.jpg]60Credit: Paramount Pictures
The perfect New Year's Eve film. An all-star cast before Hollywood "ruined" most of them. A superb soundtrack and a storyline that includes Elvis Costello. What are you waiting for? Put it on your queue already!
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_215px-8crazynights.jpg]60Credit: Columbia Pictures
It's a musical! It's made up of mostly Sandler voices! It's about Chanukah! It's the best freakin' Chanukah movie out there. The songs are catchy and it makes you wonder why there aren't more Chanukah films.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_215px-hebrew_hammer_dvd_cover.jpg]50Credit: Comedy Central and Strand Releasing
You will laugh through its ridiculousness and insensitivity. Lower your expectation and just have fun.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_rudolph_the_red-nosed_reindeer_marion_books.jpg]40Credit: Robert L . May
The theme song is great. The story makes me sniffle. It's a great holiday film that serves up hope to all those being bullied for their uniqueness. Thanks Santa, Thanks Rudolph!
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_215px-bridgetjonesdiarymovieposter.jpg]60Credit: Miramax Films
It's not heavy on the holidays, but this film makes a gal hopeful for the new year. Out with dream boat Hugh Grant,
and in with new dream boat Colin Firth.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-the_family_stone_poster.jpg]60Credit: Fox 2000 Pictures
Although the film is not a modern classic, it does serve up some great lines by a snobby Sarah Jessica Parker and some hilarious scenes with Diane Keaton. Plus, there's a Claire Danes cameo.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-frosty_the_snowman_gb.jpg]70Credit: Corinne Melvern
How can you not LOVE Frosty? He melts my heart. ;)
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-whenharrymetsallyposter.jpg]70Credit: Columbia Pictures
At the end of the film, It all begins with a kiss on New Year's Eve.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_220px-its_a_wonderful_life_movie_poster.jpg]80Credit: Liberty Films
If you feel the need to cry a little or if "Scrooged" doesn't really impact your "Scrooge" at home, this will break him/her.
[img src=http://www.ruthvaca.com/wp-content/flagallery/holiday-movie-picks/thumbs/thumbs_charlie_brown_christmas.jpg]70Credit: Charles M. Schultz
It's a classic TV special for the kids, adults and grandparents. Plus, it's easy to understand in any language! Every time my mom watches it, she primarily speaks Spanish, she looks at me and says, "Hmm hmmm. Christmas is not about gifts. It's about family and Jesus." She then opens up more gifts...

 

Full List 

1. A Christmas Story

2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

3. Babe’s in Toyland (1986)

4. Scrooged

5. A Muppet Christmas Carol

6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

7. Pieces of April

8. The Holiday

9. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

10. Die Hard

11. The Santa Clause ( All of them!) Yup, the third one is awful.

12. Home For The Holidays

13. Nothing Like The Holidays

14. Home Alone

15. Gremlins

16. Trading Places

17. Bad Santa

18. Elf

19. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

20. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

21. 200 Cigarettes

22. Eight Crazy Nights

23. The Hebrew Hammer

24. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer

25. Bridget Jone’s Diary

26. The Family Stone

27. Frosty The Snowman

28. When Harry Met Sally…

29. It’s A Wonderful Life

30. A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

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