It’s not officially the holiday season until you’ve watched some holiday movies. At least that’s how I’ve always felt. This year is particularly special because one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time—It’s a Wonderful Life—celebrates its 75th anniversary on December 20!
In addition to that classic Jimmy Stewart tale about counting your blessings, here are some other festive picks to consider, depending on if you’re feeling naughty or nice!
A Christmas Carol – Streaming for free at Redbox right now is the 2000 British TV adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ tale where the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit an unscrupulous loan shark by the name of Scrooge.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Sticking with the theme of scrooges for a minute, Illumination’s 2018 retelling of the treasured Dr. Seuss story features the Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch)—a green grouch who can’t stand Christmas cheer. Can anything, or anyone, help soften his heart and change his mind?
Adam Sandler’s 8 Crazy Nights – While this one is also animated, it’s for older teens and adults only—it IS from Adam Sandler, after all. It’s a subtle celebration of Hanukkah, but it revolves around Dewey (Sandler), an alcoholic petty criminal who’s given one last chance at redemption by a local judge. You might be offended by some scenes … or you might find yourself laughing your head off.
The Night Before – I’m going to stick with naughty comedy a bit longer. This next one stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie as best friends who realize a chapter of their lives is closing because one of them is about to become a dad. They decide to go all out for their final Christmas Eve together before the baby comes along. And they do go All. Out. In every way imaginable.
Office Christmas Party – For adults who need to unwind, but whose companies might not be holding any in-person gatherings just yet, I recommend this movie in order to remember what wild office parties used to be like in the Before Times. Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller and more star in this totally ridiculous Christmas romp. You will be very thankful for your co-workers afterward!
The Holiday – Looking for something a little calmer, cuter and romantic? You can’t beat this rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two lovelorn women who decide to do a house swap for the holidays. Jude Law and Jack Black play the lucky local lads who might catch their attention.
New Year’s Eve – Ready for this year to just be over already? Then experience the emotional highs and lows of December 31st with a star-studded cast (seriously there are too many to name) in this 2011 Garry Marshall dramedy.
We wish you and yours a safe, healthy and happy holiday season packed with lots of great movies!