15 Holiday Movies to Watch This Year

Here's a list of the top 15 Holiday movies to get you in the spirit of the season.

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MGM
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Bettmann Archive
Starring James Stewart, "It’s A Wonderful Life" (1946) has stood the test of time. It’s a sentimental classic sure to make anyone feel the holiday spirit.
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EPK
The holiday comedy classic that made Macaulay Culkin a household name, "Home Alone" (1990), never gets too old.
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Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions
"Elf" (2003) starring Will Ferrell might make some spill their eggnog from laughing so hard.
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Anyone who rues their own family holidays may gain a perspective on life by at least knowing they’ll never have to be a Griswold. Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" (1989) has never been funnier than in this quintessential Christmas comedy matchup.
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This one may be up for debate to some, but for others there’s no question that "Die Hard" (1988) is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. John McClane’s struggle can be seen as an inspiring message of hope, even if there is violence and f-bomb’s aplenty.
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"A Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) is a Christmas classic that will make anyone feel like a kid again.
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CBS
Holiday magic would truly be lacking if the classic tale of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964) were not on TV repeatedly throughout December.
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NBCUniversal
Along with Rudolph comes another of the most beloved American Christmas figures of all time in "Frosty the Snowman" (1969).
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Universal Pictures
"Love Actually" (2003) weaves together multiple stories of people experiencing the one emotion that connects us all on the holidays more than anything, love. It does so with an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln and Hugh Grant.
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Columbia Pictures
One of the refreshing things about "Eight Crazy Nights" (2002) is that it’s centered around Jewish characters during Hanukkah season, a perspective rarely captured in animated holiday movies of a Christmas-centric world.
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"The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) is a dark holiday fantasy unlike any other. This mash-up of Halloween and Christmas fantasy worlds has a fresh perspective and brilliant ingenuity to it rarely seen in a holiday movie.
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FBI
Bill Murray bah-humbugs so well in the most classic tale of Christmas redemption translated to screen with "Scrooged" (1988).
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Lee Mendelson Films
When Charlie Brown asks, "Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Well ironically, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) is an American classic that sure does.
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The dazzling spectacle "The Polar Express," reminds audiences about the importance of seeing the beauty of life, by simply believing.
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