What’s the holidays without some Christmas movies? Over the past week I’ve been thinking about movies I like to watch around Christmas time or movies that just remind me of Christmas/holidays in general. One or two of these may not even have Christmas in them, but for some reason they just remind me of Christmas and give me that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling inside. Here they are in no particular order!
1. Love Actually
I’m sure this movie is on a lot of people’s lists. It’s one of my all time favorite movies. My favorite storyline is the one with Colin Firth and the Portuguese girl. I love when they’re basically saying the same things but in different languages. So cute <3
3. The Holiday
The Holiday is always a fun watch. I’m a Kate Winslet fan and I enjoy her storyline and watching her get to enjoy the luxuries of a huge house in LA. While I’m not the biggest Cameron Diaz fan, I love the little house she stays in in England with all the Christmas decorations and the festive small town. Not to mention the kids who play Jude Law’s daughters have the most adorable accents.
4. Home Alone
What’s Christmas without at least one viewing of Home Alone? The 2nd one, Lost in New York, is good too, but since I wanted to keep this at 12 movies I decided I would go with the first and more iconic movie. “Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof.”
5. A Christmas Story
TV station, TBS, plays this movie for 24 hours straight between Christmas Eve and Christmas and it is the best. thing. ever. I always watch bits and pieces of it throughout the 24 hours and try to watch it whole at least once. I never get tired of it. One word – “Ovaltine”.
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as it’s called here in the States, is the Harry Potter movie that most reminds me of Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s the movie I think is the most magical, if that makes sense since the whole idea of Harry Potter deals with magic. But, it’s the book/movie that Harry first discovers magic so maybe that’s the reason. It’s also the Christmas that he gets the invisibility cloak and isn’t that just the most awesome gift?
7. The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a wonderful movie about the power of believing. It’s technically a kids movie, but I think it’s a pretty mature movie and a little sad. It always makes me cry and I’m not usually a movie crier!
8. While You Were Sleeping
I love this movie and I think it’s incredibly underrated. I’m a Sandra Bullock fan and this movie is so cute. One lie she told just snowballs and becomes a huge thing and of course chaos and laughter ensues.
9. The Sound of Music
10. The Santa Clause
11. Little Women
Little Women is the quintessential Christmas movie in my opinion. Love the book, love the movie. So much Christmas spirit and family love in that movie. Not the biggest fan of the ending, but oh well. I just added this movie to the list today when I randomly remembered it in the middle of one of my classes. I was talking to my students about what the duties of a teacher were back when there were still one-room school houses here in the northeast. The movie popped into my head and as soon as I got the chance, I wrote it onto my list so I wouldn’t forget it.
12. You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are a great duo and while this movie spans all the seasons and not just Christmas time, I think it’s still a good Christmas movie. Doesn’t the “You’ve got mail” voice remind you of the 90s?
So that’s my list of top 12 Christmas movies. I’m sure there are ones I’m forgetting that I love, but these are the ones that came to mind over the past few days.