The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Movie Guide
You and your family may not agree on politics, mashed potato recipes or the best age to start producing grandchildren, but there’s something you all can agree on and enjoy together: the movies. So, since you’ll all be together over Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ve done the work for you and rounded up the very best selection of holiday films. Whether you’re craving laughter or a Tonya Harding biopic, there’s something for everyone.
Daddy’s Home 2
Another sequel: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back prepping for—and dreading—a holiday visit from their dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
After her daughter is murdered, Frances McDormand leases three billboards on the outskirts of town to put a spotlight on a case she feels the cops (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell) botched.
Melissa McCarthy stars as a competitive baker in this spoof on the reality show world and the quirky contestants that often appear.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens takes on the role of Charles Dickens, who, in an attempt to revive his career, self-publishes a novel about a guy named Scrooge.
Just Getting Started
An ex-mob lawyer (Morgan Freeman) in the witness protection program and an ex-FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) face off on the golf course in this action comedy.
The Disaster Artist
This behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room, one of the most absurd movies of all time, stars James Franco, Seth Rogen and the ever-lovely Kristen Bell.
Pitch Perfect 3
There’s no better way to spend Christmas than watching the aca-awesome Bellas (Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson included) reunite for one final tour.
Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a couple who learn there’s a perfect way to live large on their current income: They can shrink themselves.
Arty films are the best films
Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with this coming-of-age film about her Sacramento upbringing. (Psst…it also stars Saoirse Ronan of Brooklyn fame.)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Annette Bening plays the eccentric Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame in this story, set in 1978 Liverpool, about her life and lover (Jamie Bell—aka Billy Elliot!).
Call Me By Your Name
When an American moves in with an American-Italian family in northern Italy, he’s unexpectedly drawn to a doctoral student (Armie Hammer) living in the same villa.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
A new town, a broken marriage—Jennifer Garner stars in this film about a fractured family living in a beach community in Southern California.
The Shape of Water
Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaning lady in a government laboratory whose life changes when she befriends a top-secret aquatic creature. (Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon also star.)
John Travolta and his real-life wife, Kelly Preston, step into the shoes of crime boss John Gotti and his better half Victoria.
Set in rural Mississippi during World War II, this film tells two stories—one of a black sharecropping family and the other of the white landowners they work for. (Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan also star.)
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Denzel Washington takes on the role of Roman Israel, an idealistic defense attorney who suddenly finds himself on the other side of the law.
My Friend Dahmer
Before he was an infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. (Based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf.)
Woody Harrelson plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the tumultuous days after JFK’s assassination and through the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Last Flag Flying
This Richard Linklater film follows a trio of old Vietnam War buddies (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) who reunite to bury Carell’s son, who was killed in Iraq.
Murder on the Orient Express
Based on the Agatha Christie novel, an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Pénelope Cruz) must solve a murder on the rails before the murderer strikes again.
Based on the book of the same name, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a boy born with facial differences who struggles to fit into the fifth grade. (Julia Roberts also stars.)
Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the days following his post-election win as prime minister. He must choose between negotiating a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or leading Britain to war.
Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial film debut with this movie based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain)– a woman known for arranging secret high stakes poker games for celebrities and other prominent players.
Woody Allen steps back into the director’s chair for this film about a middle-aged carousel operator (Jim Belushi) working at 1950s Coney Island and his wife (Kate Winslet).
All the Money in the World
An unrecognizable Kevin Spacey plays J. Paul Getty, the wealthiest man in the world, who drags his feet on paying ransom when his grandson is kidnapped. (This film is based on a true story, btw.)
At last, Margot Robbie takes on the role of figure skater Tonya Harding, who’s on her way to Olympic glory until her ex-husband clubs Nancy Kerrigan in the knee.
It’s set to be Daniel Day Lewis’s acting swan song. This film—set in the fashion world of 1950s London—is about a dressmaker commissioned by the royal family.
The Greatest Showman
It’s the magical tale (a musical, in fact) of P.T. Barnum—played by Hugh Jackman—and how the birth of show business came to be. (Michelle Williams also stars.)
Explosions and car chases, yessss
A battle for the ages: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) goes head to head against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). But he has another—potentially bigger—battle to wage against Hela (Cate Blanchett).
Wonder Woman (aka Gal Gadot) joins Batman (Ben Affleck) to assemble a team to fight a new enemy in the latest superhero film.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Four teens get sucked into an old video game console and must live out their roles in the game’s jungle setting based on the avatars they chose. (Jack Black, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart star.)
Mystical creatures co-exist with humans in this film about a human cop (Will Smith) who is forced to work alongside an orc.
Hilarity for all ages
This animated feature about a brave donkey—and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of Christmas—includes the voices of Gina Rodriguez and Keegan-Michael Key.
Even after music is banned in his family, nothing can stop Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) from achieving his dream of being just like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) in this latest Pixar film.
It’s the re-telling of a classic: When Ferdinand—a bull with a big heart—is mistaken for a dangerous beast and captured, he’s determined to find his way home. (Voices include Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale and more.)