The Netflix search engine is less than stellar…in my opinion. So I’ve take the time to go Netflix streaming movie by movie trying to find some movies to watch this Holiday season. Let me start by saying the best Holiday movies are unfortunately not on Netflix. “ A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “Home Alone,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” are not there. Full Disclosure, I searched for Hanukah films but not even Adam Sandler’s “Eight Crazy Nights” was on there so I apologize to our jewish audience.
And for you horror fans neither is “Rare Exports,” “Santa’s Slay,” “Silent Night Deadly Night” or sadly “A Cadaver Christmas.”
But here is what I came up with. I haven’t seen all of these. There were several others but these are the stand outs.
“White Christmas” 1954 & “Babes in Toyland” – These are classics. Christmas movies can be a good way to introduce your kids to classic film.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol” – Who doesn’t love the Muppets?
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” – Unlike at least one of my co-hosts I’m not sick of Tim Burton yet. This one has yet to get old for me.
“While You Were Sleeping” – The movie that made Sandra Bullock a superstar.
“Christmas with the Kranks” – Sean and Josh can say what they want, my family enjoys watching this movie around the Holidays. It’s based on the John Grisham book “Skipping Christmas.” If you want to look at it through a critics eye then sure it probably sucks, but why would you analyze this movie, turn your brain off grab the kids and have a good time.
“Rocky IV” – What’s better than ending the cold war? Ending it on Christmas. This is one of the most fun movies of all time. At least for my generation.
“Ernest Saves Christmas” – How can I leave Ernest off of this list?
Grown Up Movies
“Bad Santa” – The Adult Christmas movie to end all Adult Christmas movies is “Bad Santa.” It’s the closest thing to “The Big Lebowski” of Christmas movies, but it’s not for everybody.
“Scrooged” – Personally I think this is a family film, but it’s rated PG-13 so I don’t want to get into trouble. This may be my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Bill Murray is the funniest human being on the planet. No matter how lazy this film may be Bill Murray raises it’s likability factor 10 fold. I love this movie.
“Love Actually” – I’ve never actually seen this movie, but both Sean and Josh speak highly of it so I must include it on my list. Maybe I’ll watch it this holiday season.
“In Bruges” – This is the kind of movie that you don’t expect much from and then blows you away.
“Trading Places” – This often overlooked comedy is one of the best. It so perfectly captured back in 1983 what’s wrong with our economy today…during Christmas. For me this is much more than the movie we get to see Jamie Lee Curtis naked in. It’s a brilliant comedy with two of the funniest guys in the history of funny…or guys for that matter.
“Happy Christmas” – I haven’t seen this movie and Sean tore it apart, but there is a fan base for this sort of movie. If you’re into the “Mumblecore” sort of thing then this movie may be for you…it just wasn’t for Sean.
“I Am Santa Claus” – I have not seen this movie either, but i plan on watching it this season. It’s a documentary about five real bearded professional Santas as they explain their dedication to protecting the reputation of Santa Claus…and pro wrestler Mick Foley is in it.
“Batman Returns” – Ok I know this movie kind of sucks, but I saw it at the perfect age so no matter how bad it is I still have a soft spot for it. If you share that same soft spot this movie is on Netflix so go ahead and enjoy it.
“Trailer Park Boy’s Live at the North Pole” – My exposure to these guys is limited, but I have thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve seen. So for those looking for a more geared toward Adults I highly recommend these guys.