10 Classic Holiday Movies To Get You Excited About the Season

There are certain movies that come on during the holiday season that remind us of the holiday season when we were growing up. These Christmas staples have become a tradition for us to watch with our families as we build up to the weeks before Christmas. The following films are perhaps the best examples of these films and are listed in no particular order of importance.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s hard to believe that nearly 70 years ago one of the greatest holiday movies of all time was released. Frank Capra’s classic film featured Thomas Mitchell and Jimmy Stewart in a dark, yet uplifting tale that shows us even the simplest man has a purpose in life. In the tale, Stewart plays a man who wants to commit suicide believing that there is no reason to live. But when an angel sent from God grants him that wish, he is surprised just how different everything is without him and not for the better.

A Christmas Story (1983)

A holiday classic that remains in heavy rotation this time of year. It gave us the classic line, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” which has remained with moviegoers since it was first released. The film revolves around young Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun. He is aggressive with his request and gets downright nasty with Santa Claus who ultimately dismisses him in the same fashion. The film is a nostalgic film that will leave you chuckling for all the wrong reasons.

Love, Actually (2003)

This is a modern classic Christmas tale that has become a must watch film during the holiday season for many people. During the course of the film eight couples fall in and out of love and experience the ultimate truth on Christmas Day. The film by Richard Curtis didn’t skimp on celebrity appearance either. With a central focus on Hugh Grant playing the Prime Minister chasing Martine McCutcheon, this shows how all of our lives can intertwine during the holiday season.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

There’s a reason why this film remains a mainstay on television each year and draws in millions of viewers. Charlie Brown realizes there is something missing out there and goes to search for the meaning of Christmas in a world that is full of material greed. It even delivers the ultimate lesson when he chooses a tree that makes the others stop dead in their tracks and realize that they’ve been focusing on all the wrong things the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Based on the Charles Dicken’s classic, this film follows the holiday soul awakening of Ebenezer Scrooge. In this film he is played by Alastair Sim. This holiday classic features three ghosts, a tale of misfortune, and time travel. All of which means it offers something for everyone. Of course, the ultimate message has to do with opening up one’s heart during the holidays and learning to love again.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Nothing compares to the original version of Miracle on 34th Street. While the tale has been retold on countless television show holiday specials, and in remakes of the classic film, Natalie Wood’s performance as a young girl who goes to the legal defense of Santa Claus can still warm the heart of the coldest person alive. If you want a film to offer you something uplifting and to give you a sense of the holiday spirit.

The Polar Express (2004)

Another modern classic that continues to inspire. Based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, the story follows Tom Hanks as he introduces the children to the North Pole so they can see Santa Claus while riding on the magical Polar Express.

Die Hard (1988)

This classic high octane Christmas film follows a New York City detective who simply wants to spend the holidays with his family. Unfortunately, terrorists don’t want to see that happen and he is placed against terrorists and ultimately saves hostages. There are plenty of holiday references and seasonal treats to enjoy. This is a great holiday film to enjoy with older family members and it has spawned several sequels.

Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

No holiday list is complete without this delightful film. Adam Sandler who wrote, The Chanukah Song, and opted to continue to ensure the holiday was properly represented helped to bring this holiday movie to life. It features the eight days of the Jewish holiday and is a fun and upbeat cartoon that you’ll enjoy watching during the holiday season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (2003)

A cautionary tale about why we don’t let the monsters of Halloween take over for Santa Claus. The beloved Tim Burton classic explores what would happen if the misfits from Halloween Town were ultimately responsible for helping with Christmas. Of course, hysterical hijinks ensue. This is one time where you’ll cheer along the perceived villain and hope that Christmas still ends up turning out well for all.

These ten classic holiday films are just some of the incredible features that are out there. Make sure you take the time to watch each of them and find one that inspires your own family to gather together around the television during the holiday season. After all, these years are some of the most precious ones you’ll have and you won’t trade the memories for anything.

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