Сhristmas and New Year are coming, cities and towns are already decorated for holidays and even though this year was tough for everybody, now it's time for some festive mood and relaxation. That’s why we selected the best Christmas movies: from classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Home Alone” to “Holidate'' and a slasher “Black Christmas”. Read on to make your own movie program for this December and the upcoming holidays.
A large American family is going on vacation and forgets its youngest son Kevin at home. A small but very ingenious boy is left home alone at Christmas and he finally gets to rest from annoying relatives. He learns how to cook for himself, do the laundry, buy groceries and do other adulthood stuff. In the meantime, two hapless thieves are planning to rob the house. A hilarious and timeless family comedy for the Christmas mood.
A new holiday Netflix movie Holidate tells the story of a young woman Sloane, who’s constantly judged by her family for not having a boyfriend, and Jackson, who’s dating a girl that he’s not very much in love with. They meet when returning received gifts in the store. Suddenly, they decide to spend New Year’s Eve together and that’s where the story starts. The movie stars Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Jake Manley, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Frances Fisher, Manish Dayal and Kristin Chenoweth.
You can watch Holidate on Netflix.
A remake of the well-known series of films of the same name, the 2019 Black Christmas is one of the top horror movies to watch before Christmas. A classic slasher with a masked psychopath killing people, sororities and fraternities, high school students and a lot of suspense. All this is happening right before Christmas, of course.
The all-time classic is the old Warner Bros. Pictures cartoon The Nutcracker Prince based on the fairytale The Nutcracker and The Mouse Kind written by E.T.A. Hoffman. On beautiful Christmas Eve a young girl Clara receives a gift from her uncle - a toy named nutcracker. And then, you know the fairy story. Pretty decorations, cool old-fashioned animation and a splendid melody of P.I. Tchaikovsky created for the Nutcracker ballet – is a perfect combination for a Christmassy mood just before the holidays.
You can watch it on YouTube.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of the most optimistic, life-loving and eternal movies. It was created by Frank Capra in 1946. The film tells the story of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who sees his work and family as a great burden, he is on the verge of suicide. Suddenly, he’s got visited by an angel who shows him how beautiful and wonderful his life is. A great and timeless black and white movie, especially for people who are exhausted after this merciless year.
You can watch this movie on Amazon Prime.
An all-time classic, Love Actually follows very different lives of 8 Londoners just before Christmas. The Prime Minister, his spontaneous assistant, a widower with his son who’s in love with a girl leaving for the US, blushing coworkers trying to get together, the sick brother and a family man tempted by a young secretary. All this, and a great cast and you get a perfect holiday season movie.
An original Netflix movie about two ladies who switched lives: a princess became an ordinary girl, however, the girl became a princess. This is the second movie following the first one called Princess Switch issued in 2018. It’s a simple romantic comedy to watch and relax after a busy day: thrones, princesses, Christmas markets and all other attributes of the holiday season are included.
You can stream the movie on Netflix.
A nice romantic Christmas movie – The Holiday – tells the story of two women: a journalist Iris Simpkins and Amanda Woods who owns a successful advertising company in South California. They find each other through an application to exchange houses and on holidays both decide to move to the other side of the world and get away from all the problems. A universally acclaimed cast: Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz, plus beautiful holiday decorations, some snow in England and some sun in California and here is the best watch for a lazy weekend.
A very soppy and touching movie starring Susan Sarandon (the star of Stepmom movie), Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Lindsay Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and Sam Neill. It’s a story about a terminally ill woman who assembles her beloved family to spend her last holidays altogether. It’s a remake of the Danish movie Silent Heart that gives a good feeling about the concept of the family and the possibility to spend holidays together, even though it’s a very sensitive subject for everyone.
You can watch Blackbird on Amazon Prime.
A good old movie about Santa Claus with Richard Attenborough as the main character. It is the story of a little girl called Susan, who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus but still, like all other children, makes a list of gifts she dreams of: a little brother, a loving dad and a new house for their family. Miraculously she meets Kris Kringle (Santa Claus) in Cole’s Department Store and realizes that her cherished dreams and hopes of so many other children are sure to come true.
New York, 1950s, decorated department store, beautiful hotels and stylish settings. Two women: a young saleswoman Teresa (Rooney Mara) and mature well-dressed Carol (Cate Blanchett) meet each other. It’s a very elegant holiday-inspired drama to watch when feeling a little bit blue. The movie was nominated for a Palm d’Or at the Cannes film festival and also got 6 Oscar nominations.
One of last year's major movies – the remake of a classic Little Women of 1994 (and 7th Little Women film) based on the novel by American writer Louisa May Alcott about 4 March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy living in New England during the Civil war of the 1860s. They pass through their lives from childhood to womanhood, they deal with their problems and try to be better people each day, even though life is tough sometimes, especially for women in the XIX century. That’s a really great and cozy movie for winter days. Another advantage is the brilliant actor cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, and Chris Cooper.
A legendary movie about the Grinch, who was bullied as a child and therefore hated Christmas. However, when he meets six-year-old Cindy Lou Who, who believes that all the Christmas fuss is too much about gifts, not personal relationships, he opens up and tells the child his tragic story. Cindy nominates the Grinch to be the town's "Holiday Cheermeister", and when he actually starts to have some fun, the story begins.
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