Holiday Flix

My favorite movies to watch during the December holidays.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ Yes! ” - fraklein
 
2.
Nativity! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An improvised comedy based around a school nativity play. (105 mins.)
Director: Debbie Isitt
“ Newest addition to list - feel good fun. ” - fraklein
 
3.
A Christmas Story (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Naughty, but nice - love Jean Shepherd! ” - fraklein
 
4.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Often imitated - never better than the original. ” - fraklein
 
5.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Watch for inappropriate relationships. ” - fraklein
 
6.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Be prepared - have a large box of tissues handy. ” - fraklein
 
7.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Silly! ” - fraklein
 
8.
We're No Angels (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises. (106 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Classic! ” - fraklein
 
9.
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants. (43 mins.)
Director: Richard Boden
“ Not your grandma's Christmas Carol... ” - fraklein
 
10.
The Hebrew Hammer (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son. (85 mins.)
“ Naughty! ” - fraklein
 
11.
Bad Santa (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ Very naughty! ” - fraklein
 
12.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
13.
Remember the Night (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent... (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
14.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
15.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
 
16.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
 
17.
The Thin Man (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
18.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
19.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
20.
Holiday Affair (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed. (87 mins.)
Director: Don Hartman
 
21.
White Christmas (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
22.
Little Women (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
23.
Little Women (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s... (122 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
24.
Little Women (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War... (115 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
25.
Bernard and the Genie (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side. (70 mins.)
Director: Paul Weiland
“ A very young Alan Cumming. ” - fraklein
 
26.
The Snowman (1982 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Clause. (26 mins.)
“ One of my favorite books for pre-readers. ” - fraklein
 
27.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. (86 mins.)
 
28.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
 
29.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
30.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
31.
All Mine to Give (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes. (103 mins.)
Director: Allen Reisner
 
32.
Bachelor Mother (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling... (82 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
33.
Christmas Holiday (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
34.
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
HARK! THE HERALD PUNDIT SINGS! Join Stephen Colbert and his friends--Toby Keith, Elvis Costello, John Legend... (60 mins.)
Director: Jim Hoskinson
 
35.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. (112 mins.)
 
36.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
 
37.
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
38.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
39.
Radio Days (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
40.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage... (77 mins.)
 
41.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Added purely to satisfy the masses. ” - fraklein