16 Feel-good Holiday Movies

Written by: Lifestyle Network/Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 01:31 AM

Staying home for Christmas? There's nothing better than cozying up on the couch with your loved ones and watching feel-good movies while munching on buttered popcorn. To get you in the mood for a merry movie marathon, we've rounded up a list of films that will make you all warm, tingly, and fuzzy inside.

1. Bridget Jones' Diaries

Everyone loves Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger). There's just something so relateable and touching about a woman standing in front of Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and saying, 'yes, I will always be a little fat!' Snuggle up with sexy boys with British accents (and really funny Christmas sweaters) and take a peek at the funny British Christmas traditions. Oh, and we cannot stress how lovely that snowy kiss at the end was - even if Bridget was just in her knickers!

2. Home Alone

A more kid-friendly Christmas movie, the Home Alone movies are classic Christmas movies to watch. Kevin McAllister (played by a very young Maculay Culkin) is accidentally left at home for Christmas and is left to defend his home when less than desirable people come in and try to steal from them. The results are hilarious, and it's the kind of adventure we wish we had when we were a kid. 

3. Serendipity

Serendipity is probably number three of our top holiday rom-coms (you will notice we have quite a few on this list). Set in New York City, Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack) meet for one night and can't seem to stop thinking that they may just be perfect for each other. See how destiny decides to step in!

4. The Santa Clause (1994)

This movie isn't commonly on a holiday list, but it's one of those oldies but goodies to watch with the family. Scott (Tim Allen) accidentally kills a man standing on his roof and then wakes up to find that he must become Santa Claus for the holiday (hilariously called the Santa Clause) or else there will be no Christmas at all. The story is touching, and Scott's transformation hilarious. We love the way his young son played a pretty big role here too. 

5. Jingle All the Way

The movie wasn't highly rated by the critics when we came out, but with all the kids asking for superhero toys, we figured parents could relate. Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) just wants his son to have a Turbo Man toy, but it's Christmas Eve, and the toy is nearly sold out. What ensues is an over the top, crazy and fun adventure that will make everyone cackle with laughter. Will he get his son the toy? Watch and see!

6. Elf

One of the best Will Ferrell movies out there and also one of the most child-friendly. The plot is actually quite simple. Buddy (Will Ferrell) is accidentally sent to the North Pole, so he grows up thinking that he's an elf. But when he finds out that his human father may still be out there and alive, Buddy makes a journey to New York City. 

7. Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion movie that only someone as wonderfully weird as Tim Burton could make. It features Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween town, who suddenly finds out what Christmas is and promptly tries to take over. The animation is brilliant and spooky, and the 'What Is This?' scene is nothing short of adorable. 

8. The Grinch

Jim Carrey just brings the anti-Christmas creature to life in the film adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic. The Grinch hates Christmas, and after spending years watching the Whos from Whoville celebrating, he decides to take matters in his hands and steal the holiday. But not if Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) can stop him first! 

9. Jack Frost

A light fantasy film that's great for the kids, Jack Frost is about a busy father who tries to rebuild his relationship with his family after he's reincarnated as a snowman. Not everyone is a fan of the movie, but those who grew up watching it found it to be source of wonder and joy. And it's certainly something that the little ones today will enjoy!

10. It’s a Wonderful Life

A Christmas classic and one of the most acclaimed movies ever made, It's a Wonderful Life seems depressing at the beginning as it follows the story of George Bailey who contemplates on suicide after a string of unfortunate incidents. But his guardian angel intervenes and shows him what life would be like in his town if he had never been born.

11. The Holiday

Wanting a change of scenery and a break from life's complications, two women meet on a home swap website and decide to exchange houses for two weeks. They come upon a few suprises and life-altering experiences along the way. The movie is sweet and satisfying - and might we add, the soundtrack is simply magical.

12. New Year’s Eve

Like the 2010 Valentine's Day film that preceded it, New Year's Eve is packed with a star-studded cast with multiple main characters whose lives intersect in the hours leading up to New Year. It tends to be a bit cheesy, and there isn't a lot of meat in the story as it spreads itself thinly across different stories. But the movie has its moment, like that part where Michelle Pfeiffer busts a few moves on the dance floor with heartthrob Zac Efron.

13. Polar Express

A mysterious train visits a town on Christmas eve and invites Billy, a boy who is skeptical about the existence of Santa Claus, and a few other kids to the North Pole. Based on a children's storybook with the same name, this computer animated musical fantasy is a visually stunning ride through a winter wonderland. 

14. Frozen

Do you want to build a snowman? A year ago, Disney released an unforgettable animated film about two sisters: Elsa and Anna. Along with it came a colorful cast of characters (including a snowman that wants to experience summer) and a wonderful soundtrack that got everyone singing "Let it Go" for months. Relive the story this Christmas with your nieces and nephews, and sing along for fun!

15. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' famous tale about the grumpy miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge, gets retold with the funny and lovable cast of Muppets characters. Although it follows the original story closely (set in 19th century London), the film comes with a contempary soundtrack that the kids and the kids at heart will surely enjoy!

16. Love Actually

No Christmas is complete without this ultimate romantic holiday film. Practically a tradition for most, Love actually manages to tug at our heartstrings every year with its charming characters whose stories intertwine with one another. This crowd-pleaser is filled with memorable lines, touching scenes (that "To me you are perfect" on a placard!), and Billy Mack's vocals singing "I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes." What's not to love?

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