12 Christmas Movies You Can Stream Right Now
Whole lotta Netflix comin' atcha
Guess who’s about to have a lot of holiday downtime with her family?! (Or guess who’s about to have a lot of reasons to avoid her family at all costs?!) You are. Here are the 12 best holiday movies to stream on Netflix this season.
Hugh Grant. Colin Firth. Keira Knightley before she was Keira Knightley. Although newer on the scale of Christmas classics, this flick about eight different couples dealing with their love lives leading up to December 25 is already legendary.
But for a real-deal Christmas classic, look no further than the one filmed specifically around Bing Crosby’s hall-of-fame holiday tune. It’s about a song-and-dance duo that takes their show on the road to Vermont and co-stars the one and only Rosemary Clooney (ahem, George’s aunt).
“A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (AVAILABLE DECEMBER 4)
And now for something entirely new: This Sofia Coppola-directed Christmas special is a Netflix original and brings together Bill Murray, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and many more as they try to put on a Christmas show at NYC’s Carlyle Hotel. The only problem? A blizzard…and no audience.
“WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING”
For a Christmas-ish movie, give the one where Sandra Bullock is a ticket-collecting romantic (and fakes an engagement to an unconscious man) a re-watch.
Or this other rom-com throwback. For a refresher: John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale tiptoe around fate and (spoiler alert) fall in love. It’s pure Christmas-in-NYC goodness.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
If you haven’t seen the original 1938 film version of this Charles Dickens tale about the old miser Scrooge who gets visited by ghosts, now’s your chance.
“THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”
Speaking of ghosts (er, skeletons)… It doesn’t feel like the holidays without watching Tim Burton’s beloved tale about Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, who accidentally opens a portal to Christmas Town, only to find he’s a bit confused by the concept.
This dark comedy stars a rapidly swearing Billy Bob Thornton. And it’s much better than most people give it credit for.
A little something new for Pitch Perfect fans. Anna Kendrick ditches her smug DJ character to play an immature party girl who moves in with her brother’s family during the holidays in search of a fresh start. (Lena Dunham also makes a cameo.)
“ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS”
We know, we know. But the guy is an ’80s icon. In this installment, the future of Christmas is in jeopardy when Santa Claus sets out in search of his successor. But if anyone can save Christmas, it’s Ernest--the bumbling taxi driver who’s an expert at getting in (and out of) trouble.
“I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS”
All hail ’90s Jonathan Taylor Thomas. In this delightfully cheesy holiday flick, the teenage dreamboat gets himself into a pickle when he’s kidnapped by some high school bullies while on his way home for Christmas. But he’s determined to make it home to reconnect with his girlfriend, a baby-faced Jessica Biel.