My Top Ten Favorite Holiday Movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Part of what makes the holidays so special are all the great Christmas movies that you can watch with you friends, family, or loved ones.

Below is a list of the best of the lot: a good mixture of new favorites, old classics, and a few oddballs that we’ve adopted into the holiday genre because we love them so much. (Looking at you Die Hard.)Nothing goes better with a mug of hot chocolate or cocktail than a good, if predictable, story set to the jingle-jangle of Christmas bells.

So grab whatever gets you in the spirit and settle in. These are the 10 Christmas films that will keep you warm while the sun hides out on the opposite side of the world.

First up is one my favorite movies Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah.

Queen Latifah kills it as a terminal patient mistakenly diagnosed by a faulty MRI machine. What ensues is a woman who has always played it safe taking her savings and embarking on a European vacation to meet her culinary inspiration. The problem with all of that is, when you don’t have a terminal disease and spend all your money, what comes next? You have to watch.

Up next Die Hard starring Bruce Willis.

Ho-ho-ho, he’s got a machine gun—Bruce Willis’s John McClane, that is, while battling terrorists in John McTiernan’s peerless one-against-many. This is a action packed classic.

Next on the list is The Best Man Holiday

Director Malcolm D. Lee reassembles the cast from his 1999 feature, with his group of old friends reuniting for the first time after 15 years for Christmas, which serves as a backdrop for various interpersonal issues.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph is a legend, and as an adult in these trying times, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer feels a bit like the underdog story we need. There’s clearly some social justice themes going on, but at the core of this story of Rudolph and his dental-savvy friends is a time-tested tale that proves that being different isn’t something to be ashamed of—it’s something to embrace. 

Gremlins

There’s far more naughtiness than niceness on display in Joe Dante’s terrific 1984 horror comedy in which a cute, mystical Chinese creature known as a “mogwai” named Gizmo—when fed after midnight, or touched by water—gives bubbling birth to mischievous monsters.

The Preacher’s Wife starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston

A  cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel. The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric’s lovely young wife. A remake with gospel music of the `The Bishop’s Wife’.

Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn’t commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love

After 15 years, a single father moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and, through a series of coincidences — or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart.

This Christmas

 At holiday time, family matriarch Ma’Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light, especially concerning Marine Claude’s (Columbus Short) true military status, Quentin’s (Idris Elba) debts and teenage Baby’s (Chris Brown) secret plans to become a singer.

My favorite Christmas movie of all time drumroll is Home Alone

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin …

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