'Tis the season to be jolly. And, what could possibly be jollier than slipping on a comfy onesie, commandeering the couch, and
settling in for a movie marathon? Nothing, that's what. With Halloween behind us, it's time to set our sights on the holiday season. That means lots of twinkle lights, hot chocolate, and holiday music. But it also means that there will be tons of holiday movies available to stream on all your favorite apps and sites for the next few months. And what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with your old pals Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu? Consider this your ultimate movie playlist. Many of these are holiday classics; some are feel-good films that make you feel a little less Grinch-like, and all are available to stream online. All you need now is to hire an elf to keep the eggnog and Christmas cookies coming. The Apartment , 1960 This Billy Wilder classic is easily the best film involving New Year's Eve ever. Shut up and deal, indeed. Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy United Artists. More Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale , 2010 Brush up on your Finnish (or ok, just read the subtitles) for this weird and wonderful tale of an archaeological dig in rural Finland that unearths the origins of Santa. Children vanish, someone who might be Saint Nick gets held for ransom, and elves seek their revenge. As we said, weird, but so, so good. Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX Shutterstock. More Planes, Trains & Automobiles , 1987 Technically, this is a Thanksgiving film, but a holiday is a holiday. Plus, you can break up those awkward silences with the family by throwing out a quote ("Those aren't pillows!) from time to time. Just avoid the urge to tell your step-mom to wipe that fucking, dumbass smile off her rosy, fucking cheeks. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures. More A Christmas Prince
is assigned to interview a royal, and ends up falling for him.
Watch On: Netflix More Trading Places , 1983 Eddie Murphy's hustler steals Dan Akroyd's hoity-toity existence for a bet. Akroyd is then forced to shack up with Jamie Lee Curtis (poor guy) and smuggle roast beef into his filthy Santa beard. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures. More It's a Wonderful Life , 1946 Resistance is futile. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures. More The Santa Clause , 1995 Long ago, in the glory days of Home Improvement, Tim Allen was the Santa Claus that every kid needed. Or at the very least, he was required to be Santa Claus due to a legal clause. The best part? Understanding all the jokes now that you're not a child. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock More The Radio City Christmas Spectacular , 2007 Just because you can't make it to New York City, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the magic of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It's feel-good holiday fun filled with dancing, lights, and high kicks, courtesy of the Rockettes. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy of Netflix. More Mary Poppins , 1964 If those kids put on Frozen one more time, the snowman's gonna get it. Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of Disney. More Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , 1971 Not even Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could top this somewhat trippy masterpiece. Best enjoyed with a bucket of candy. Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures. More Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! , 1966 With all due respect to Jim Carrey, the animated, Boris Karloff-voiced Grinch is the only one that counts. Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of MGM. More Just Friends , 2005 Long before Ryan Reynolds was the internet's favorite snarky boyfriend in a Deadpool suit, he was the star of this classic. Yes, it is a classic. Reynolds is at his sarcastic best in this one. And never forget the magic of Anna Farris as a pop star whose voice will haunt your dreams after you hear songs like "Forgiveness." Watch It On: Netflix Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock. More A Charlie Brown Christmas , 1965 Is it Christmas if we don't hear the Peanuts theme song? Is it Christmas if Pig-Pen doesn't dance? What if Linus doesn't drag his blankie? The answer is no. We need you, Charlie Brown. You're a Christmas classic. Watch It On: ABC Go. Photo: Courtesy of ABC. More The Nightmare Before Christmas , 1993 What kind of Christmas would it be without Jack Skellington? Watch On: Netflix Photo: Touchstone/REX/Shutterstock. More Elf , 2003 Don't even try to pretend that you don't already own this on DVD. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema. More National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation , 1989 Baby Juliette Lewis! Cat food Jell-O molds! Yuppie Julia Louis Dreyfus! Torched turkeys and family pets! The "Star-Spangled Banner!" Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. More Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas , 2015 How does the official queen of Christmas celebrate? With her own holiday special, of course. Prepare for the most random of celebrity cameos (Lacey Chabert, Kelsey Grammar, and Babyface) and all the glitter a die-hard Mariah Lamb can handle. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy of The Hallmark Channel. More GoodFellas , 1990 Here's to flocked trees and The Ronettes singing "Frosty the Snowman." Watch On: Amazon Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. More A Christmas Story , 1983 Every year you roll your eyes about this film taking over your TV, and every year you wind up watching it anyway. Truth be told, there's not much point in renting it when you know it's going to be airing for free 24/7. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of MGM. More Sleepless in Seattle , 1993 The road to true love is paved with meddling children. Watch On: Hulu Photo: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures. More Die Hard , 1988 Because it's makes your company Christmas party seem a little less hellish. Because "Ho ho ho, now I have a gun" still cracks you up. Because it always makes you crave Twinkies and Coke. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy 20th Century Fox. More The Ice Storm , 1997 Just your average Thanksgiving drama about swingers, the suburbs, and inclement weather. Watch On: Amazon Prime Instant Video Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. More Christmas with the Kranks, 2004 Look, let's be real: This movie is absurd. But sometimes, absurd holiday movies are the best escape from reality when your prying aunt has just finished off the egg nog and started annoying everyone, yes? Watch It On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures. More You've Got Mail , 1998 Admit it: You're secretly dying to host an old-school Christmas carol singalong of your own. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. More Love Actually , 2003 Best scene: "Good King Wenceslas." Worst scene: A tie between that evil Rick Grimes trying to horn in on his best mate's wife and anything featuring Alan Rickman's horny secretary. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Universal Pictures. More About a Boy , 2002 Ah, the film that taught us about British Christmas crackers and what vegetarians eat on major holidays. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Universal Pictures. More Serendipity , 2001 A chance meeting while celebrating Christmas in New York brings together to strangers (Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack). If that sounds cheesy, just know that it is. But we could also use a little cheesy during the holidays. Watch It On: Netflix. Photo: David Lee/Tapestry Films/REX/Shutterstock. More The Legend of Frosty the Snowman , 2005 When you have your own theme song, you're kind of a big deal. At least, in the holiday world. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is the perfect holiday movie to watch with siblings, nieces, nephews, and children of your very own. Watch It On: Netflix. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix. More A Very Murray Christmas , 2015 What do you get when you put together Bill Murray, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, and some holiday cheer? A holiday special that is part joyful, part hipster, part cringeworthy, but totally worth the watch. Watch It On: Netflix Photo: Ali Goldstein/American Zoetrope/South Beach Productions/REX/Shutterstock. More The Year Without a Santa Claus , 1974 What's more fun than stop-motion animated holiday movies? Absolutely nothing. The Year Without a Santa Claus shows us what would happen to the world if Santa just decided to call it quits. It also features a badass Mrs. Claus basically trying to save Christmas. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of Warner Brothers. More
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More White Christmas, 1954 Can your heart handle a movie about sisters performing a Chrismas show to save a World War II veteran's failing business? How about if it also stars Bing Crosby? Don't worry, your grandparents will love it. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Getty Images. More Snow Day, 2000 Snow Day is a great example of Nickelodeon taking a real-life event — the love of having a snow day when you're a kid — and turning it into a feature-length film. It will also warm your heart because of all the nostalgia. Watch It On: Netflix Photo: Douglas Curran/Paramount/Nickelodeon/Mff/REX/Shutterstock. More The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992 There are countless versions of A Christmas Carol in the world. Why not have yours with a Muppets twist? There's also the added benefit of Michael Cain playing surly old Scrooge. Watch It On: HBO Go. Photo: Jim Henson Productions/REX/Shutterstock. More Gremlins , 1984 Seriously, the worst present EVER. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. More Miracle on 34th Street , 1947 This Christmas classic starts out with a drunk Santa and only gets better. A bit sappy, maybe. But, we fall for it every year. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox. More Scrooged , 1988 How can one of the funniest films of all time still make us blubber like babies in the final scene? Damn you and your selective talking, Calvin (sniff). Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures. More Home Alone , 1990 Man. Nearly a quarter of a century later, and we still want to be that kid. Watch On: HBO Go Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox. More Love Actually , 2003 Best scene: "Good King Wenceslas." Worst scene: A tie between that evil Rick Grimes trying to horn in on his best mate's wife and anything featuring Alan Rickman's horny secretary. Watch On: Netflix Photo: SNAP/REX/Shutterstock. More
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If you miss watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jack Frost, or Toys Will Be Toys, we've Photo: Courtesy of Amazon. More When Harry Met Sally , 1989 We should probably hate this film for conning us into thinking we'd meet our one true love at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, but it's still adorable. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures. More Lethal Weapon , 1987 Hey, sometimes you've just got to shake things up. And, no matter what Mel Gibson does, Danny Glover is still awesome. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. More Bridget Jones's Diary , 2001 Yes, it's totally okay to fall for the guy in the ugly reindeer sweater. Even if he is a bit of a snot sometimes. Watch On: Hulu Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films. More Bad Santa , 2003 Bernie Mac and John Ritter in the same film? Hold. It. Together. And, maybe watch this one after the kids have gone to bed. Watch On: HBO Go Photo: Courtesy Miramax Films. More Misery , 1990 Hmmm. Now that you think about it, your home-for-the-holidays situation really isn't that bad, is it? Count on Kathy Bates to put things into perspective. Watch On: Amazon Video Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures. More The Holiday , 2006 The Holiday: Nurturing fantasies that you'll meet a gorgeous and sensitive Brit during your sublet since 2006. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures. More Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas , 2000 Look this isn't a good movie. But it's always there when you need a holiday movie pick-me-up! And there's baby Taylor Momsen as a Who! Watch On: HBO Go Photo: Ron Batzdorff/Imagine Ent/REX/Shutterstock. More Hook , 1991 This one always makes us think happy thoughts. Watch On: Hulu Photo: Courtesy TriStar Pictures. More White Christmas , 1954 Oh, go on. Do it for Grandma — and because Bing Crosby's voice is just one of those things that makes the holidays better. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures. More Happy Christmas , 2014 Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and, yes, Lena Dunham star in this indie dramedy. Watch On: Netflix Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. More A Miracle on 34th Street, 1994 Yes, it's the same old story, but this time Mara Wilson is the cute little girl and Dylan McDermott as her mother's boyfriend and neighbor. Watch On: Netflix More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Merriest Christmas Day Food & Drink Deals