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10 Christmas movies to binge for the holidays

10 Christmas movies worth watching with family
10 Christmas movies worth watching with family

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Christmas movies: It’s Christmas time, and people are returning to their homes to spend the holiday season with their friends and family.

Even though we have busy days ahead, what better way to unwind than to unwind and watch some holiday movies?

Here, we look at some of the best Christmas movies to watch with loved ones.

In no particular order

Klaus (2019)

One of the most modern Christmas movies around is Klaus, an animated Netflix film that recounts the origins of Santa Claus.

JK Simmons, an Oscar winner, portrays the joyful, toy-making titular character.

However, he is uninterested in children.

Jason Schwartzman portrays a postal worker, and Rashida Jones voices a cynical teacher.

Klaus received a nomination for Best Animated Feature because it has one of the most unique animations.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The third Vacation film from the National Lampoon magazine, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, honors the holiday season.

Legendary comedian Chevy Chase returns as Clark Griswold, who wants to have the perfect Christmas with his wife and children.

His employers didn’t give the holiday bonus Clark was anticipating from his company to him, and his cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family decided to disrupt the party.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

What good is a collection of Christmas movies without this Muppets classic?

In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed by renowned actor Michael Caine.

Kermit the Frog plays the role of Bob Cratchit, and Gonzo the Great plays the part of Charles Dickens.

This creative retelling of a well-known Christmas tale is one of the most faithful to the original, despite the presence of Muppets.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Kris Kringle portrays Santa Claus in a procession on Thanksgiving in this 1947 holiday movie starring Edmund Gwenn.

Kringle’s portrayal of the cheery Christmas figure is successful, and he continues to visit Macy’s while wearing the Santa Claus costume.

He starts surprising people by claiming to be Santa.

The next stage is for Kris Kringle to show up in court so they can assess his authenticity and mental state.

A Christmas Story (1983)

Unexpectedly, the Christmas movie A Christmas Story gained popularity.

The film’s main character, little Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), spends his holiday escaping a bully (Zack Ward) and dreams of a Red Ryer air rifle.

In A Christmas Story, the Parker family is the subject of short segments in Parker’s daydreams.

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Bad Santa (2003)

In the adult comedy Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox play two con artists.

They loot stores on Christmas Eve while disguising themselves as a mall Santa and his elf as part of their most recent scheme.

Security suspects Thornton’s demeanor since he is a depressed alcoholic with unpredictable behavior.

After befriending a small child, Thornton starts to wonder if there is still hope.

Die Hard (1988)

Even though Die Hard is an action film, it would be inappropriate to omit it from a list of Christmas movies.

NYC police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) has one of the worst Christmas Eves ever when terrorists take over a skyscraper he’s in.

And everything took place right after his reconciliation with his estranged wife.

Home Alone (1990)

In a movie that many millennials probably dreamed would occur to them, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) finds himself in trouble the night before a family trip to Paris.

His mother has him spend the night in the attic as punishment.

However, Kevin makes the most of his solitude after awakening, believing that his wish to be by himself has come true.

Con artists (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister home, which lessens the excitement.

Kevin needs to protect his home and fend off the intruders.

Elf (2003)

The holiday film Elf helped start Will Ferrell’s career as a renowned comedian in the early 2000s.

He plays Buddy, a human who accidentally arrived at the North Pole as a baby and was later taken in by Santa’s elves.

Buddy, who feels alienated, travels to New York searching for Walter Hobbs, his biological father, a cynical businessman (James Caan).

When the DNA test results reveal that they are related, Walter attempts to reconnect with his long-lost son.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The perfect Christmas movie is undoubtedly It’s a Wonderful Life.

The actor who played George Bailey in the film, James Stewart, had a unique affinity to the character because it was developed just after World War II.

The movie’s lead character, Bailey, is so stressed out by his problems that he considers killing himself on Christmas.

After guardian angels hear prayers for Bailey, they send Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) to watch over him.

In the movie, George is shown to put other people’s needs above his own.

Clarence also paints George a picture of the possible world that would have existed without him.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic movie that never fails to bring people to tears.


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