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14 Christmas Movies That Will Make You Want To Fall In Love

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    It's hard not to get a little sentimental when the holidays roll around. Perhaps we're just huge cheeseballs, but the cold weather, twinkly lights, and talk of mistletoe put us in the mood for romance — or, at least, in the mood to watch films about romance.

    While we're fully aware that sometimes Christmas entertainment lies to us about how this whole love thing is supposed to go, we're also willing to suspend our disbelief and get a little swept away. If you feel the same, you'll enjoying perusing these movies that feature Yuletide romances.

    Not all of these flicks are strictly Christmas-themed. Some — like this year's magnificent Carol — simply use activities like tree shopping as a backdrop for a developing relationship. Others are more on the nose. Sorry, we couldn't avoid including Love Actually.

    So, scroll through this list, snuggle up with a blanket, and let your heart melt.

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    The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    You'll probably recognize the plot of The Shop Around the Corner, because this Ernst Lubitsch film about warring shopworkers who are secret pen pals served as the inspiration for Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. It culminates on Christmas Eve.

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    White Christmas (1954)
    It's a perfect cinematic pairing when performing sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) team up with war buddies (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) for a grand show at a Vermont resort. Clooney's Betty and Crosby's Bob are resistant to coupling up, but their voices sound so good together, it only makes sense.

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    The Apartment (1960)
    Billy Wilder's classic sets the standard for wild office holiday parties. C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) hopelessly tries to flirt with Fran Kubelik (Shirley Maclaine) during the festivities. Unbeknownst to him, she's having an affair with Baxter's boss (Fred MacMurray), who has been using Baxter's apartment for rendezvous. Just wait until New Year's, C.C., then the tides will turn for you.

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    Rocky (1976)
    Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Adrian (Talia Shire) go on their ice skating date on Thanksgiving. It's awkward in the sweetest way. Their blooming love carries on throughout the holiday season.

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    Falling in Love (1984)
    The central couple, played by Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, meet while shopping in New York on Christmas Eve. The problem? They both happen to be married. A lovely, understated movie for grown-ups — the kind they just don't seem to make anymore.