5 of the Best Christmas Movies — Holiday Movies to Watch at Home
As the most wonderful time of the year has come and gone, many queued Christmas movies to watch with their families.
Christmas was perhaps one of the very few things people looked forward to in 2020. With the holiday season, many prepared for safe at-home festivities through decor and cooking.
Meanwhile, others wanted to feel the spirit of Christmas by watching their favorite holiday films at home. Here are the top five picks of the season that families enjoyed.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
One of the old classics and fan favorites is Frank Capra’s 1946 movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Karolyn Grimes. The story, originally a book by Jeanine Basinger, revolved around a troubled man who had no will to live.
His guardian angel later appears and shows him what life would be like if he was never born, bringing life lessons to its viewers. The film was such a hit that it landed five Oscar nominations but was not included at the Academy Awards.
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was the first of three film installments, all equally successful. The movie starred Beverly D’Angelo, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis, and Johnny Galecki during their chaotic family reunion.
Macaulay Culkin has since become a star with the most famous thieves, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, out to get him.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
It has been nearly four decades since Bob Clark’s “A Christmas Story” first premiered, yet many are still longing to watch the cult-classic during every holiday season.
The film follows the life of a young boy, Ralphie Parker, as Christmas day comes closer. Sadly, jolly old Saint Nicholas isn’t as joyful in the movie as he should be in real life.
“White Christmas” is a 1954 musical that dates back to the war era, with the stars trying to save Vermont inn. The beloved film features A-listers Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Dean Jagger, and Vera-Ellen.
Several songs that are still hits of the season today were sung in the movie, including the titular track “White Christmas,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” and “What Can You Do With a General?”
The Christmas movie “Home Alone” needs no introduction as it has been an on-screen staple since it first aired. Macaulay Culkin has since become a star with the most famous thieves, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, out to get him.
Then eight-year-old Culkin, playing the witty Kevin McCallister, celebrated his 40th birthday this year, making kids from the ‘90s realize how long ago the movie first premiered.