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The cold weather. Hot coffee and warm sheets. Your favorite movies on the queue. What better way to spend your holiday break than binge-watching on Christmas movies?
The holiday bells haven’t rung yet, but it is never too early to watch the best Christmas movies. Be it is a classic feel-good story, a wholesome tale for the family, a beautifully animated film, or a cheesy romantic comedy, there’s no shortage of flicks on-stream to jumpstart the holiday vibes. So get your popcorn ready and check out this list we have for you. Here are the 7 best movies on Netflix that will put you on Christmas mode.
7 of the Best Christmas Movies
Girl unlucky in love asks Boy to pretend to be her boyfriend. Boy plays the part well. Boy and Girl falls in love for real. Sounds familiar, right? If you don’t mind this romantic cliché, then Holiday Engagement is for you.
A made-for-TV movie released on Hallmark Channel on November 28, 2011, Holiday Engagement stars Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, and Jordan Bridges. This romantic comedy takes the “pretend relationship” trope and twists it for the online dating age. But it is by Hallmark, so expect wholesome mushiness.
Bonnie Somerville plays Hillary Burns, a woman who like most career women feels the pressure to settle down. But her lucky stars won’t align for her love life. Until she gets engaged to a lawyer. Finally, Hillary has a fiancé to introduce to her demanding mom Meredith (Shelley Long) during Thanksgiving.
But workaholic lawyer dumps her at the last minute. Devastated and desperate, Hillary posts an ad online looking for a “boyfriend.” In comes David (Jordan Bridges), a down-and-out actor whom she hires to pretend as her partner. She introduces him to her family. But the fake engagement starts to become real as Hillary falls for David.
This is no While You Were Sleeping, but Holiday Engagement is a good enough film to tickle your romantic bones – best to watch while snuggling up with your loved one.
When it comes to Christmas movies, nothing beats the classic 1954 musical, White Christmas. After all, this movie popularized the feeling of snow-covered holidays. Also, the main actor Bing Crosby serenaded generations with his movie version of the song White Christmas, one of all-time great Christmas songs.
White Christmas combines musical, romance, a heartwarming story, and best set of actors cast in movies during the glory days of 35mm. The film stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney.
Set in the United States after World War II, the film follows two former US Army soldiers Captain Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Private Phil Davis (Danny Kaye). The two first met in Europe while performing for the 151st Division on Christmas Eve, 1944. Bob is a Broadway entertainer while Phil is an aspiring performer.
During a bombing raid, Phil pushes Bob out of harm’s way. As gratitude for the private’s heroism, Bob agrees to perform with Phil in New York City. And thus begins a tale of friendship and Christmas that would stay in every US household for generations to come.
This film is as timeless as Christmas itself, so if you are in for a nostalgia fix, add this movie on your Netflix queue.
Netflix is on a mission is to stamp itself on every form of TV screen. Its quest for entertainment domination reaches the realm of Christmas movies, with its exclusive distribution of holiday romantic drama Christmas Inheritance on December 15, 2017.
The film stars Eliza Taylor as business heiress Ellen Langford, together with her love interest Jake Collins, played by Jake Lacy. The film also stars Andie MacDowell, Lori Hallier and Neil Crone.
The premise of the film is simple: in order for ambitious Ellen to inherit her father’s business, she must fulfill his wish first. He wants her to deliver a Christmas letter to his former business partner in Snow Falls, a rural hometown she has no clue about. But she gets stranded due to a blizzard. There, she gets forced to work for her keep and then finds herself the love of her life.
A heartwarming story about self-discovery, change and human relationships – sounds nice, right? Add a dash of romance, a sprinkling of comedy, and a splash of drama and you have yourself a nice dish for your Christmas movies binge. Pop this next on your Netflix playlist.
Romantic-comedies are common in most Christmas movies, so a film must have that special something to make itself stand out. Which is the case for Dear Santa, a 2011 romantic comedy starring Amy Acker, Emma Duke andDavid Haydn-Jones.
Amy Acker plays Crystal Carruthers, a spendthrift thirty-year-old woman who floats through life spending her parents’ money. To set her straight, her parents gave her an ultimatum: change or her credit cards gets canceled. Her feathers ruffled, Crystal set out to change.
One day, she finds a letter from Olivia (Emma Duke), a seven-year-old girl who asks Santa for a new wife for his father Derek (David Haydn-Jones). As a gift for this Christmas, no less! Charmed by the kid’s letter, Crystal decides to be the gift. And what follows is a heart-tugging, feel-good tale.
What makes the movie special is the performance of actress Amy Acker, who’s popular for her roles in TV shows Alias, Angel, and Person of Interest. Far from her usual tough lady roles, Amy makes one believable charming woman who wants to change someone’s life – and hers, too. David Haydn-Jones and Emma Duke make up one cute single-dad-and-kid combo. So if you want more rom-com in your list, add this movie.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Christmas movies are meant to be jolly and wholesome, bathing in bright lights, vibrant colors, and rainbow goodness. But not if you are Tim Burton.
A maestro of goth and auteur of eccentric films, Tim Burton puts his dark fantasy twist on Christmas with his now-classic 1993 animated musical, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton produced and conceived the stop-motion film, directed by Henry Selick. The film features the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ken Page.
The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, a fantastic underworld place populated by monsters, demons, deformed creatures, ghost, and other stuff of nightmare. Every year, the residents hold Halloween celebrations, which tires Jack, who yearns for something new. One day, while wandering in the woods, he stumbles upon a portal that leads him to… Christmas Town. Delighted by this strange but interesting discovery, Jack decides to get for himself what makes Christmas town special.
If you are a fan of Tim Burton’s works and wants to get away from the usual cheerful vibes of Christmas, then this movie is perfect for your dark fantasy cravings.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
If you feel like Christmas is too full of Christmas vibes, and want a movie that is not very Christmas-y, then watch the king of anti-Christmas movies: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Based on the popular children’s story of the same name, this 2000 film stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a misanthropic creature who hates Christmas. This comedy film is directed by Ron Howard and a take on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 story, which makes it the first work of Seuss to be adopted into a feature film.
The film is set in Whoville, a fantasy village whose residents (called Whos) celebrate Christmas with so much fanfare and happiness. This irritates the Grinch, who makes it a habit to pull practical jokes, which earns the ire of the residents and makes the Grinch an outcast. One day, he meets Cindy Lou, who is worried that everyone is missing the real meaning of Christmas.
The Grinch is classic Jim Carrey comedy, so expect slapstick scenes and rapid-fire witticisms to balance the negative vibes of his character. If you are in for a real laugh, or just want to become the Grinch for a day, then watch this movie next.
Disney’s The Santa Clause
To round up our list, play another classic American Christmas movie, the Tim Allen-starred fantasy comedy released in 1994, The Santa Clause.
The film tells the story of Scotta Calvin (Tim Allen), a man who by accident causes Santa Claus to fall off the room during Christmas Eve. So he and his son decides to deliver Santa’s gifts on his behalf. But upon reaching the North Pole, his temporary gig becomes real as he must become the new Santa. And thus begins a wild riot of a Christmas film that would soon popularize the Christmas movies tradition of Hollywood.
This Disney-produced film is the first of Santa Clause trilogy (if you feel doing a movie marathon). A Tim Allen gold, add this film on your list if you want trip down memory lane.
Christmas movies are a tradition of Hollywood so there’s a trove of goodness from different genres, from comedy to drama, to adventure, to fantasy, and the best of all,-feel-good stories that will surely warm your heart and hearth. Christmas is not here yet, but it’s always good to be in Christmas spirit any time.