Winter holidays are the best part of the year to spend evenings tucked in your bed with a cozy blanket and a bunch of pillows, prepare some food and a hot drink, and watch a movie with your loved ones. Sounds amazing, isn’t it? That’s why we think it would be a great idea to make a list of best Christmas movies that will bring your family together.
You can decide will you choose between classic ones or the new ones we keep discovering every year. On our list you will find both, so let’s discover what holiday cinematography has prepared so far.
Classic Christmas movies - stories of all generations
The list of best Christmas movies needs to have evergreen movies about holidays. These heartwarming stories are well-known among various generations. That’s why we will start with 5 classic Christmas movies that will melt your heart.
#1 It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Very old, but such a great movie, that is considered a masterpiece. This is a funny, heartwarming, profound, and an annual reminder of the great love family can give, and that the Christmas is about more than presents, all thanks to Jimmy Stewart's turn as George Bailey.
This is a Frank Capra movie, and this is not just about the best Christmas movie, it is about a great movie in general, with such a delicate story. The fact that It’s A Wonderful Life ranks #11 on the American Film Institute’s original list of the 100 Greatest American films of all time, says enough about the importance of this movie.
#2 A Christmas Story ( 1983)
This heartwarming comedy is directed by Bob Clark and it is one of the most loved Christmas movies of all time, and it’s also often ranked as one of the best Christmas films of all time.
Fun fact about this movie is that since 1997, a marathon of the film titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" has aired annually on TNT or TBS, including 12 consecutive airings of the movie on both Christmas eve and Christmas day each.
#3 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Comedians John Candy and Steve Martin team up for a classic holiday tale, known as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Released in 1987, this movie features these two actors at their finest: as rivals trapped in the car on their way home for the holidays.
Sit next to your Christmas tree decorated with beautiful ornaments, bring some popcorns, and enjoy this funny and exciting story with your family.
#4 Home Alone (1990)
When it comes to the movie Home Alone, we talk about the most-watched Christmas movie, that earned $285 million at the box office. But this movie is much more than these numbers. It is a story about 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, left alone at home, plot and scheme his way out of home burglary.
This smart kid gives us such a joy every time we watch the movie, wile teach us about good deeds, humbleness, and courage to fight for things that matter.
#5 Home Alone: Lost in New York (1992)
The story about little Kevin moves to The Big Apple, where the McCallister family manages to leave the boy behind one more time. Ended up in New Your City on his own, he tries to outwit the Wet Bandits again.
The second movie about this extraordinary boy, got out two years after the first, and it also made a huge success. Nowadays, Home Alone movies are considered as well know Christmas movies that everyone must watch.
Christmas movies on Netflix - new holiday stories on favorite platform
Netflix Original movies about Christmas made huge success all around the world. Thanks to these movies we got a chance to watch heart-melting stories in modern production. That’s why we made a list of Christmas movies on Netflix that will spread joy and holiday spirit in your home.
#1 A Christmas Prince (2017)
This movie has become a holiday canon, and we love it in all its cheesy glory. A young journalist travels abroad to cover a royal family, and finds herself in a real-life fairytale. In 92 minutes you will see the quick proposal, the secret adoption, family drama, and a lot of timeless motives in such a movie.
Still, this movie is just a great getaway from real world to a magical one, where everything is possible. We all need that kind of encouragement, don’t we? Also, the holiday season is great for endless imagination, so enjoy it while it lasts.
#2 The Princess Switch (2018)
Incredibly charming movie, where Vanessa Hudgens plays both the commoner, Stacy, and the duchess, Margaret. These two lookalike ladies switch places the week before Christmas.
This plot is well known, but this time is brought by a lovely Vanessa Hudgens, who knows how to touch our soles. You will enjoy in romance brought by this great movie, that will keep you interested till the end.
#3 Klaus (2019)
Netflix Original prepared animated Christmas movie for us. The story is about the postman Jasper, who after proving himself to be the worst postman at the academy, he goes to a frozen town in the North where he discovers Santa Claus is hiding out. The movie features a bunch of famous voices, including Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, and Joan Cusack.
#4 Let It Snow (2019)
Who doesn’t like a good teen rom-com, and Netflix is just the best in making this kind of movie right now, so the movie Let It Snow is no exception. The movie gives us the Love, Actually vibe, with multiple storylines and romances told separately that all blend at the end of one snowy day.
The cast includes Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, and Odeya Rush, and they are incredibly charming. You will love this movie, and certainly rewatch it in years to come. So light some candles, prepare your favorite hot drink and enjoy it.
#5 The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
A medieval English knight is transported to present day where he falls in love with a high school science teacher who's had it with love. Vanessa Hudgens is back in Netflix Original Christmas movie, but this time she falling in love with a time-traveling knight from 1300s.
Unusual story, with a usual happy ending, will bring you joy and smile on your face which is exactly what you need for a perfect movie night with your family.
We hope that this list can help in choosing the right movie for a beautiful evening with family, in a great ambiance that you created by decorating the house.
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