The Essential Holiday Movie List

Bridget Jone's Diary/ Photo via Miramax

Long nights and cold weather make this the opportune time for Netflix sessions. When you wait all year to watch the holiday themed movies, you best be making sure you don't miss out on the (modern) classics. Here are the can't-miss-flicks of the Christmas season:

For Nostalgia:
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - The perfect movie for that time in-between Halloween and Christmas.
  • Home Alone 2 - The way Kevin Mcallister navigates the drama, adventure, glamour, and food scene (cheese pizza anyone?) of New York during the Christmas season is goals! 
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - Let's face it, the Grinch's grumpiness is relatable af when the Holiday grind gets tough. Available on Netflix. 
  • Elf - This is a great movie to watch when you can't find someone who can match your level of excitement and Christmas spirit. Alternatively, it serves as a good a palette cleanser if you're starting to relate a little too much with the Grinch. Available on Freeform.
  • Harry Potter (all of them) -  Perfect for those nights when you need to be reminded about the magic of the season.
For Romance:
  • Bridget Jones's Diary - They don't make movies like this anymore, people! Hilarious, relatable, cringeworthy and accurately depicts romance, friends, family, love, and failed recipes. Available on Netflix.
  • The Holiday - The romance is great but Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz also make a strong case for why cozy nights in for the season are better than anything else. Available on Amazon Video.
  • Love Actually - Charming. Check! British. Check! Star studded ensemble cast with a million adorable love stories at Christmas. Check! What more do you need in a holiday film?
  • When Harry Met Sally - We're forcing this classic rom-com into the list because of that amazing New Year's Eve scene. 
For Laughs:
  • The Night Before - A modern and relevant depiction of the millennial Christmas experience, especially in the day and age of Santacon.
  • Why Him - The Silicon Valley setting is a refreshing departure from traditional movies and James Franco and Keegan Michael Key are downright hilarious in this one! Available on HBO Go.
  • Office Christmas Party - Simultaneously inspiring and frightening inspiration for what could happen at your office's very own holiday party.

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