Is it even Christmas without Christmas movies? Thank goodness Netflix understands! Get yourself in the holiday spirit by cozying up on the sofa with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. Here are eight great holiday movies to start your holiday movie binge.
1. While You Were Sleeping (1995): Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher
Follow Lucy, a lonely train station attendant who is looking for love. She falls for a man she sees every day, but she doesn’t think that he sees her. After saving his life, she meets his family, and she’s thrown into a crazy, new family with issues of their own.
2. Serendipity (2001): Kate Beckinsale, John Kusack
Two people accidently meet while Christmas shopping and share an incredible connection. She says that if it’s fate to be, then they’ll meet up again. They both send out messages to the universe to bring each other back to one another. Fate plays games with them as they work to find the other after they are separated.
3. Scrooged (1988): Bill Murray
Scrooged is a hilarious, modern-day representation of the classic tale of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Bill is a cynical TV executive who is overbearing to his staff. He’s met with three ghosts that reveal the secrets of Christmas.
4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994): Elizabeth Perkins
An older man claims to be the real Santa Claus while performing in a Christmas Day parade. He’s institutionalized. It’s up to a little girl and a lawyer to prove to everyone that Santa Claus is real.
5. Snow Day (2000): Chevy Chase
A group of kids get to have a day off of school in a snow day. They can extend their time off from school if they can stop the plowman from completing the roads.
6. Love Actually (2003): Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley
A series of vignettes of different scenarios of love within families. A young boy in love with a girl at school, a couple on the rocks, unrequited love, and more. All of the people interconnect, and their stories collide.
7. The Ref (1994): Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, Judy Davis
A burglar is interrupted. He has to take this dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve, and he’s thrown into their crazy family drama.
8. White Christmas (1954): Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye.
This timeless classic is one of the best Christmas movies around. It is a musical with the original crooner Bing. It’s a story of two sisters who are on tour, and two comedians on tour. They meet, and the guys decide to follow the girls. After all, they were just going to visit an old wartime buddy.
Give yourself one movie a week for eight weeks to make the holiday season last. You can always rewatch them over and over until you can quote the movies. There’s something about the holidays that make the movies pull at your heart strings.