Christmas/Thanksgiving Movies/Shows Must Watch

TV shows and movies that I watch every year during Thanksgiving/Christmas time
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1.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ Charlie Brown can't stand the commercialism of Christmas. From his dog Snoopy to even his kid-sister Sally. ” - eman2136
 
2.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 Short Film)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
3.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
4.
Frosty the Snowman (1969 Short Film)
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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. (25 mins.)
“ A talking snowman? Magic really does exist! Karen and her schoolmates happen to find a magic hat and bring a snowman to life. ” - eman2136
 
5.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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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
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
6.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ It's not Christmas without chaos. Thousands of lights, a 8 foot cramped Christmas tree, the family and of course Cousin Eddie. ” - eman2136
 
7.
Bad Santa (2003)
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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
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
8.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ "Those aren't pillows!!" Without a doubt, even though there's no turkey, probably one of the best Thanksgiving movies. ” - eman2136
 
9.
Home Alone (1990)
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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
 
10.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
11.
The Santa Clause (1994)
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When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
 
12.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
 
13.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
 
14.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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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
“ The "must watch" Christmas movie. I try to never miss this movie, watch it every year. ” - eman2136
 
15.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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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
“ A definite classic, need I say more? ” - eman2136
 
16.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing. (114 mins.)
Director: Les Mayfield
“ Modern remake of a classic. With some bumps in the road this movie is still worth watching. ” - eman2136
 
17.
Scrooged (1988)
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A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ A modern update of "A Christmas Carol". Only the plot remains similar, all other names are changed and Scrooge has a brother? ” - eman2136
 
18.
Dutch (1991)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Faiman
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
19.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Special)
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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. (30 mins.)
“ 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? ” - eman2136
 
20.
The Ref (1994)
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve. (96 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
“ 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. ” - eman2136
 
21.
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
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Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve. (111 mins.)
Director: George Gallo
“ 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? ” - eman2136
 
22.
Reindeer Games (2000)
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After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist. (104 mins.)
“ 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. ” - eman2136