The 15 Best Holiday Movies to Stream This Season

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there is too much In the past two years everything has changed when it comes to holiday traditions. Yet one thing isn’t: gathering around the TV to watch new and classic movies with family and friends. The problem, if it can be called a problem, is that with each new streaming service comes a change in which movies streamers offer. We’re here to help—and give you a quick and easy guide to some holiday gems you’ve never seen before. Below are 15 titles that will definitely get even the most revelers in the holiday spirit.

home for the holidays

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If you’re feeling guilty that you won’t be at your parents for Thanksgiving this year, for the sake of useless family gatherings—directed by Jodie Foster—it can serve as a very realistic reminder that What is this Really Like when your relatives gather under one roof. Holly Hunter plays a recently unemployed single mom who moves from Chicago to Baltimore to spend Thanksgiving with her family—only to immediately regret the decision. (Yeah, we’ve all been there.) Hunter’s character might best summarize the sentiment when she asks, “When you get home, do you look around and wonder: Who are these people? Where have I come from? a very pre-iron Man Robert Downey Jr costar.

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Where to stream it: Amazon Prime, youtube

happiest season

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Given the increased production of original products that major streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime are releasing, it was only a matter of time before they all caught the Christmas bug. Last year, that honor went to Hulu, which gathered an impressive cast of actors you wouldn’t expect to see in a holiday rom-com (Watch: Kristen Stewart) happiest season, When Harper (hold on and catch fireMackenzie Davis) invites his girlfriend Abby (Stewart) home for Christmas, neglecting to tell her one thing: Harper never tells his ultra-Orthodox family that he is gay. Although it’s a setup that looks like it’s easy to reach company of three The levels of slapstick and double entendre, with the honesty with which it’s played by its stellar cast—including Dan Levy, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Mary Steenburgen—push it neatly into that idyllic spot between fart and family drama. give.

Where to stream it: Hulu

the best man Holiday

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Broadly speaking, the holidays are just background for the Best Man holiday, but when Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, and Morris Chestnut perform a New Edition dance-and-lip-sync number in a movie, does it matter? Is? They all attended the wedding of Lance (Chestnut) about 15 years later (and almost 15 years after its release) the best man), a group of old friends gather in New York to celebrate Christmas together. As with all Friends reunions, everyone remembers their closeness together and long-standing issues. No need to spoil it here, but suffice it to say that the laughs are heartwarming and the drama—cancer diagnosis, pregnancy, marriage—is high. The perfect movie for your friendgiving.

Where to stream it: Peacock

thankskilling

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okay so we’re not going to pretend like that thankskilling-A slasher movie featuring a foul/mouthed turkey and using the tagline “gobble, gobble, motherf*sker” – this is a family-friend of Turkey Day screening. But as Christmas movies are so much more than Thanksgiving, it seems important to note that this movie actually exists, especially for those who don’t mind being a little schlocky with their pumpkin pie. If you like what you see here, there is a sequel, thankskilling 3 (Don’t Ask What Happened to Part 2), which is available to rent Amazon Prime,

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime

Miracle on 34th Street

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Natalie Wood embodies the precocious as Susan Walker, the wise-beyond-her daughter of Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), a straight-shooting single mom executive at Macy’s, who has always considered her daughter to be make-believe. But when a Santa Claus look-alike named Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwen) comes into their lives (legally), he challenges their shared distaste for fairy tales—for the better.

Where to stream it: Disney+

preacher’s wife

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This remake of 1947 film bishop’s wifeDirected by Penny Marshall, Denzel Washington is cast as an angel named Dudley to help a pastor (Courtney B. Vance) who is struggling to keep his New York City church afloat. However, what happens is that he is crushed when, yes, the preacher’s wife, once a nightclub singer, becomes the star of the choir, played by Whitney Houston. There is comedy and heartbreak and, eventually, redemption. If all that heartwarming material isn’t enough, it also has a fair bit of Houston’s always impeccable voice.

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime

Nightmare before Christmas

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No, Tim Burton Didn’t Direct Nightmare before Christmas (Henry Selick did it). But he came up with and created the stories and characters, and his stop-motion-animation-savvy fingerprints are on this masterpiece, which serves as a Halloween movie as well as a Christmas movie. When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, accidentally discovers Christmastown—a place that’s less about scaring people and more about comfort and joy—he plans to kidnap Santa Claus and bring him back to Halloweentown. Makes plans so that his fellow townspeople can experience Yuletide’s joy. Perhaps not surprisingly, Jack expected the mischief not to end. Even today, nearly 30 years after its original release, Nightmare before Christmas remains an excellent work showing the true magic of stop-motion animation.

Where to stream it: Disney+

home alone

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Till now, there are very few people who don’t know home alone Story, but we’ll give you the lodging arrangements anyway: The night before the McCallister family leaves for France to vacation in Paris, Kevin—annoyed that he has to share a room with his bed-wetting cousin, its Not to mention someone ate his pizza – I wish his family had disappeared. While that doesn’t happen at all (they just forget he’s sleeping in the attic when they wake up late for their flight), it does mean that the 8-year-old is left to his own devices at Christmastime. Amidst the issues he is forced to face? A neighbor whom he believes may be a serial killer and two bumbling thieves set out to ransack his family home. Lucky for Kevin, he’s got a seriously sadistic side that allows him to come up with all kinds of inventive ways to slay these intruders as he learns to appreciate his family a little more. (The same goes for them.)

If you want to see what happens when a family leaves their young son alone Second Time, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York but also running Disney+,

Where to stream it: Disney+

during christmas

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If the tensions of 2021 have wished you a gracious, good time, few movies (holiday-themed or otherwise) are as sacred as during christmas, It’s not minor, just a very advance warning that if you’re looking for even a drop of cynicism, you’re better off looking elsewhere. This holiday romp — featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and some of the most fake snow ever seen on camera — is brazenly sentimental, which is part of its allure. What is this about? Two WWII friends-turned-big-time showmen are having a grand Christmas event to help their former commanding officer, whose Vermont Snow Lodge is about to go down.

Where to stream it: Netflix

the inventor of christmas

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In 2012, Dan Stevens ruined Christmas for millions Downton Abbey fans when their beloved character, Matthew Crowley, met an untimely—and rather bloody—end. Five years later, in an attempt to make up for that heartbreak, he became the inventor of christmas, move on in this meta-ish Christmas Carol, Stevens plays Charles Dickens, who hasn’t had a hit book since Oliver Twist, With the Christmas season playing around it, inspiration strikes as to what will become Christmas Carol, as the characters reveal themselves to Dickens, and the real life and the fictional world merge into one.

where to stream it, Hulu

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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talking about Christmas Carol: There have been dozens of adaptations of Dickens’ book over the years in almost every medium. The 1951 Version (The One You Can Rent From) Starring Alastair Sim Is One of the Best Takes Amazon Prime), Richard Donner’s screwed With Bill Murray (Which You Can Also Rent Chieftain), And The Muppet Christmas Carol, directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian (his directorial debut). While it’s as Muppet-y as you might imagine, with Gonzo taking on the role of Charles Dickens and Kermit as Bob Cratchit, the film also stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and features some pretty cool complex puppet,

Where to stream it: Disney+

Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

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If you grew up with HBO in the ’80s, there’s no doubt you’ve long considered Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas One of the best Jim Henson movies. For anyone else, it’s only in recent years that the film has made its way to the public with sold-out theatrical screenings nationwide and a new Blu-ray version in 2018. If you still haven’t seen it, or have never heard of it, it’s time to correct that terrible mistake. A Muppetified Take On the gift of the MagiIn , the story is about widowed Ma Otter and her son Emmett, who are struggling to pay their bills but do what they can. When they hear about a talent contest in a nearby town with a $50 grand prize, they—unbeknownst to each other—make a huge sacrifice in the hope of being able to win and give each…

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