Five of the Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

All I want For Christmas

Need a break from the intense summer heat and humidity? Your family celebrate Christmas when it’s “not commercialized” like in Almost Famous? Or maybe you’re just a huge Christmas fanatic all year round like myself? Whether none or all of these apply to you, everyone could use some more Christmas spirit in their lives, no matter the month, and what’s the best way to feel that holiday cheer? Through movies, of course. Here are the five best Christmas movies on Netflix right now.

Love Actually

Love Actually—Some people think this film is your stereotypical, horrendously cheesy, Christmas chick-flick. Ultimately, though, Love Actually is one of the best romantic comedies made in the past decade and a Christmas film that both women and men can enjoy. The film follows ten different “love stories,” which each deal with a different type of love (romance, family, friendship) during the weeks leading up to Christmas in England. The film is filled with stars from Liam Neeson to Hugh Grant to even Andrew Lincoln before his Rick Grimes/The Walking Dead days. Whether it’s the cast, the romance, or the humor, Love Actually has something for everyone.

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Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas—My friends and I have always debated whether The Nightmare Before Christmas technically counts as a Christmas movie. How could a film that is so infused with Halloween-esque elements make people feel as warm and cheery as Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? What really makes the difference (like in most movies that Tim Burton is a part of) is the movie’s heart—it possesses that Christmas spirit that bleeds through and outweighs any and all of the Halloween-like aspects.

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All I want For Christmas

All I Want For Christmas—Maybe this film appeals to me more on a certain level because my parents are divorced, but All I Want For Christmas is a charming of two siblings who attempt to get their parents back together. The childlike hijinks and youthful spirit of the movie are what it make so great, and not to mention, the movie is so earnest and honest—all these kids want is just for their family to get back together—that you can’t help but feel touched by the end of it.

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White Christmas

White Christmas—So I know not everyone is a fan of musicals but one name alone should get you to check out White Christmas if you haven’t already: Bing Crosby. Not to mention, White Christmas is great Christmas fun for the whole family. This is a film that grandparents, parents, and children can all sit down together and find something that they enjoy, whether it’s the music, the romance, or the chance to see Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play war buddies together. It’s a Christmas classic for a reason and is most definitely worth a watch.

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Santa Claus Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians—A cult classic. A film that is “so bad, it’s good.” A movie that’s so ridiculous that it makes some of the later Scary Movie films look like Citizen Kane. That’s how you can describe Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a campy, over-acted, and just plain over-the-top Christmas film that might have an even more literal title than Snakes on a Plane. The main story of the movie is about how the people of Mars are annoyed that their kids watch Earth TV shows and talk about Santa all the time, which ultimately causes these Martian parents to travel to Earth and kidnap Santa and two human children. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is regarded as one of the worst films of all time. However, if you and your friends or some cool family members can just sit back with a few drinks, relax, and laugh, then you’ll find yourself enjoying this outrageous movie.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13)
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