The Best Holiday Movies To Watch On Netflix Right Now

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It's that time of year again, and with it comes a slew of time off to binge on the many festive movie selections available on Netflix. But not all holiday movies are created equal. Luckily, the streaming service has solid picks for all your desires and we're here to give you a guide to which ones will make your eyes fill with Christmas tree emojis. There are movies to make you laugh, movies full of romance, movies built on Christmas music, and even something for dog lovers.

If you want a good cry, excellent news: Netflix has Love Actually for the holidays. If you like an old-fashioned story, they've got Miracle on 34th Street. If cartoons float your boat, there's Adam Sandler's animated classic Eight Crazy Nights. For the screwball grinches out there, this is the year you need to watch Scrooged. And if you love cheesy flicks, there is practically a never-ending supply of options.

Click on to see our holiday recommendations for your Netflix queue!
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The Family Man (2000)

This modern-day take on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol finds Nicholas Cage visited by the ghosts of lives that could have been if only he weren't a family man. Although why in the world he'd give up a wife like Téa Leoni is hard to fathom.
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Love Actually (2003)

Love is all around, actually. If one of the multiple storylines in this film doesn't make you cry, check yourself for a pulse. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be really offended by their portrayal of American women.
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Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

If you only watch one Christmas movie about Santa Claus this holiday season, make it this one. The heartwarming tale will make you want to believe.
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A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

If you're looking for something a little...weird, this gem of a special is the new classic you want. There are songs, A-list stars, and laughs galore. But nothing is quite traditional.
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Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)

The secret word of the day is Christmas! If you've got a wack-a-do family that needs entertaining, throw this on and see what kind of conversation (or belly laughs) it inspires.
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Christmas With The Kranks (2004)

It's hard to get crankier than a Krank, but this family-friendly comedy will get the whole crew laughing over the holidays.
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Scrooged (1988)

This 1980s turn by Bill Murray as an Ebenezer Scrooge character — set in the height of the materialistic age — will tickle your funny bone and make you shed a tear.
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Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)

Snow, dogs, and elves: what could go wrong? Only everything. But who doesn't want some chaos at Christmastime?
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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

The story of what happens when you decide to pursue a relationship with a man you don't know, who is in a coma, at Christmas. Truly, it's one of the great holiday tales — and who among us hasn't been there?
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White Christmas (1954)

This song and dance spectacle is an old school holiday favorite, full of the magic of Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye. Hear those bells jing jing jingling!
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Happy Christmas (2014)

This is a not-exactly family-friendly Christmas dramedy in which Anna Kendrick plays a hot mess, indie-film style. Fun fact: the dialogue is completely improvised.
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12 Dates Of Christmas (2011)

There aren't a ton of these made-for-TV holiday films we'd recommend, but the nostalgia factor of Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By The Bell, Pitch) and Amy Smart (Felicity, Varsity Blues) is too overwhelming to resist. Prepare to have your heart warmed and covered in cheese.
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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007)

You could go to New York City to see this show or experience it from the comfort of your couch. Either way, you'll be exhausted just thinking about doing the kicks that the Rockettes do.
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Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas (2015)

This holiday special from the Hallmark Channel is a Mimi must-see — especially if you're not going to make it to her holiday concerts yet again this year.
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Noel (2004)

Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, and Paul Walker star in this tale of strangers who find their lives are linked one Christmas Eve in New York City.
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Get Santa (2014)

What happens when a little boy finds Santa in his shed with his reindeer running loose in London? Watch this sure-to-be holiday classic to find out.
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