Christmas/Thanksgiving Movies/Shows Must Watchby eman2136 | created - 25 Dec 2012 | updated - 25 Dec 2012 | Public
TV shows and movies that I watch every year during Thanksgiving/Christmas time
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1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Charlie Brown can't stand the commercialism of Christmas. From his dog Snoopy to even his kid-sister Sally.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)
Unrated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
If anyone has a worse attitude about Christmas other than Scrooge, it's the Grinch. The Who-people of Whoville, all they do is "feast on the 'roastbeast' " And "all the noise, noise, noise". Maybe the Grinch can make sense of it all when he completes evil plan.
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.
Yes, a story about outsiders. An elf who wants to be a dentist, a reindeer who just wants to fit in, and a prospector searching for silver!! or is it gold? The must face finding a new place to live or hoping to be accepted among their peers, with a Abominable Snowman in their way.
4. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.
A talking snowman? Magic really does exist! Karen and her schoolmates happen to find a magic hat and bring a snowman to life.
5. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 112,758 | Gross: $19.29M
Of course it's pretty hard to miss this movie, unless you don't have cable or satellite. A young boy's tale in Midwestern Indiana leading upto Christmas and his expectation of the ultimate gift.
6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 118,434 | Gross: $71.32M
It's not Christmas without chaos. Thousands of lights, a 8 foot cramped Christmas tree, the family and of course Cousin Eddie.
7. Bad Santa (2003)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 119,669 | Gross: $60.06M
Not for the faint-hearted, or yong children. He's vile, rude, vulgar and down right a criminal. Knocking over malls during Christmas time, that's just what Willie does. Featuring John Ritter's last movie role, a vulgar holiday classic.
8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
R | 93 min | Comedy
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
Votes: 100,650 | Gross: $49.53M
"Those aren't pillows!!" Without a doubt, even though there's no turkey, probably one of the best Thanksgiving movies.
9. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 357,767 | Gross: $285.76M
10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.
Votes: 231,243 | Gross: $173.59M
12. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.
Votes: 39,162 | Gross: $139.24M
13. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
Votes: 24,997 | Gross: $84.50M
14. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 312,469 | Gross: $7.27M
The "must watch" Christmas movie. I try to never miss this movie, watch it every year.
15. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 33,343 | Gross: $2.65M
A definite classic, need I say more?
16. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
PG | 114 min | Family, Fantasy
A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
Votes: 24,915 | Gross: $17.19M
Modern remake of a classic. With some bumps in the road this movie is still worth watching.
17. Scrooged (1988)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 69,254 | Gross: $60.33M
A modern update of "A Christmas Carol". Only the plot remains similar, all other names are changed and Scrooge has a brother?
18. Dutch (1991)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.
Votes: 10,174 | Gross: $4.60M
Very similar to "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" because that was also written by John Hughes. This one also is a "road trip" type movie. Where a son (Ethan Embry) and his mom's (JoBeth Williams) boyfriend (Ed O'Neil) has to pickup her son to bring home for the holidays.
19. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special)
Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.
Hey Chuck, that's actually Charlie Brown to the rest of us. Peppermint Patty and some friends would like some Thanksgiving dinner and we're all invited. But wait, where's the food?
20. The Ref (1994)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 20,796 | Gross: $11.44M
Nothing's better than being held hostage during the holidays. Guess it looks bad when the hostages aren't as well-adjusted as their captor. All at home on Christmas Eve. Mainly suitable for adults.
21. Trapped in Paradise (1994)
PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 10,723 | Gross: $5.78M
So there's a million bucks filled in a small town bank on Christmas Eve with a disconnected security camera and sleeping security guard, perfect scenario for a robbery, right? If only they could get out of town, maybe it's a sign?
22. Reindeer Games (2000)
R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.
Votes: 33,366 | Gross: $23.36M
So knocking off a casino on Christmas Eve does sound festive? A bit of blackmail when an ex-con is forced to work with criminals to pull off a heist. Not for the younger audience.