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The 16 Best Holiday Movies to Re-Watch This Year

There’s never a shortage of festive movies for your family to watch during the holidays. In a crunch, you can always turn on Freeform’s 20th Annual 25 Days of Christmas or the 24 Hours of “A Christmas Story” event on TBS each Christmas Eve. But there are so many great choices, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on other Christmas classics!

To help you get the most out of your holiday-movie-binge marathon, we made a list of the holiday necessities. As long as you watch these classics, the whole family will be ready to celebrate the season.

Turn on your fireplace, grab your coziest blankets and enjoy!

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Year: 1965

Rating: TV-G

Length: 25 minutes

Originally a TV movie, this short film will have the entire family laughing while reminding everyone why we celebrate this festive holiday. Follow Charlie Brown and the gang while they put together their own holiday production and search for the true meaning of Christmas.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Year: 1947

Rating: N/A

Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes

This heart-warming drama is all about believing in and caring for others this holiday season. When a nice, old man claims to be Santa Claus and is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him and claim he’s the real thing.

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Then, watch the 1994 remake with Matilda’s Mara Wilson! You can instantly stream it on Netflix and Amazon.

 

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Year: 1964

Rating: TV-G

Length: 47 minutes

This classic Christmas movie tells the tale of Rudolph, an outcast because of his red nose. As he searches for a place he can call home, we’re all reminded to come together this holiday season and make sure everyone has a place to celebrate.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Year: 1992

Rating: G

Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Michael Caine plays Scrooge in this hilarious classic story with a Muppets twist. With the help of the whole gang, Kermit the Frog, Rizzo the Rat and Miss Piggy tell the story of Scrooge’s redemption and his journey through the past, present and future.

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A Christmas Story

Year: 1983

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hour, 34 minutes

This beloved holiday movie follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his family during all their holiday adventures. Set in the 1940s, all Ralphie wants is a Red Rider BB Gun, but along the way he has to dodge a bully, the neighbors’ dogs and much, much more.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Year: 1966

Rating: N/A  

Length: 26 minutes

The story of The Grinch began in 1966 with the original TV movie, featuring the beloved grumpy, green hermit. This is a great film to watch when you don’t have a lot of time — or as a preview to the 2000 remake!

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Year: 2000

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hour, 44 minutes

After you watch the original cartoon, watch Dr. Seuss’ live-action remake starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch! With more Whoville details and characters to love, this movie adds more to the classic story and instantly became a holiday favorite.

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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Year: 1993

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hour, 16 minutes

In a universe where every holiday has its own world, The Pumpkin King finds himself lost in a Christmas wonderland. Inspired by the decorations, merriment and, of course, Santa Claus, Jack tries to bring Christmas to Halloweentown. Follow along with him in this dark, festive and heartwarming story.  

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Year: 1946

Rating: PG

Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes

When frustrated businessman, George Bailey, has given up hope, he’s greeted by his guardian angel. Clarence guides him on a journey to find out what life would have been like if he’d never been born. With twists, turns, tears and laughter join them in getting Clarence his wings and George his Christmas spirit!

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Elf

Year: 2003

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hour, 37 minutes

In one of the most creative Christmas tales, Buddy the Elf travels from the North Pole to New York City to find the father he never met. Raised as an elf, Buddy is the perfect house guest to bring Christmas cheer to his grumpy dad and new family.

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Home Alone

Year: 1990

Rating: PG

Length: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Kevin is an eight-year-old trouble maker lost in a sea of family during the holidays. After his frustration and antics send him to his attic room, the family forgets him the next morning when they leave for a Paris vacation. Left on his own, he must defend his home from two unruly burglars. This is the perfect movie to fill your home with laughter and remind everyone to hold each other a little tighter this season.

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Follow it up with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York! You can stream it on Amazon as well.

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Year: 1989

Rating: PG-13

Length: 1 hour, 37 minutes

The Griswold family’s plans for a big Christmas celebration predictably turn into a huge disaster in this comedic classic. Hilarity ensues when the uninvited cousins show up and things start to fall apart, but in the end we’re reminded what Christmas is all about.

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The Holiday

Year: 2006

Rating: PG-13

Length: 2 hours, 18 minutes

The perfect festive movie to watch with your girlfriends this season, The Holiday tells the story of two women trying to escape their lives and troubles with a Christmas vacation. Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet are the ideal cast for this hilarious romantic comedy.

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Love Actually

Year: 2003

Rating: R

Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Love Actually follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives in various interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London. Watch it with your girlfriends, your significant other, and maybe a glass of wine (or two).

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What will you watch?

If we missed your favorite holiday classic, let us know! We can always use more reasons to hibernate, curl up by the fire and celebrate Christmas.

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