If You Love Holiday Movies, Read This

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'Tis the season to be jolly. And, what could possibly be jollier than slipping on a comfy onesie, commandeering the couch, and settling in for a movie marathon? Nothing, that's what.
With Halloween behind us, it's time to set our sights on the holiday season. That means lots of twinkle lights, hot chocolate, and holiday music. But it also means that there will be tons of holiday movies available to stream on all your favorite apps and sites for the next few months. And what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with your old pals Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu?
Consider this your ultimate movie playlist. Many of these are holiday classics; some are feel-good films that make you feel a little less Grinch-like, and all are available to stream online. All you need now is to hire an elf to keep the eggnog and Christmas cookies coming.
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, 2010

Brush up on your Finnish (or ok, just read the subtitles) for this weird and wonderful tale of an archaeological dig in rural Finland that unearths the origins of Santa. Children vanish, someone who might be Saint Nick gets held for ransom, and elves seek their revenge. As we said, weird, but so, so good.

Watch On: Amazon Instant Video
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Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles, 1987

Technically, this is a Thanksgiving film, but a holiday is a holiday. Plus, you can break up those awkward silences with the family by throwing out a quote ("Those aren't pillows!) from time to time. Just avoid the urge to tell your step-mom to wipe that fucking, dumbass smile off her rosy, fucking cheeks.

Watch On: Netflix
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A Christmas Prince

A journalist is assigned to interview a royal, and ends up falling for him.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.
Trading Places, 1983

Eddie Murphy's hustler steals Dan Akroyd's hoity-toity existence for a bet. Akroyd is then forced to shack up with Jamie Lee Curtis (poor guy) and smuggle roast beef into his filthy Santa beard.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures.
It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

Resistance is futile.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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The Santa Clause, 1995

Long ago, in the glory days of Home Improvement, Tim Allen was the Santa Claus that every kid needed. Or at the very least, he was required to be Santa Claus due to a legal clause. The best part? Understanding all the jokes now that you're not a child.

Watch On: Netflix
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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 2007

Just because you can't make it to New York City, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the magic of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It's feel-good holiday fun filled with dancing, lights, and high kicks, courtesy of the Rockettes.

Watch On: Netflix
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Just Friends, 2005

Long before Ryan Reynolds was the internet's favorite snarky boyfriend in a Deadpool suit, he was the star of this classic. Yes, it is a classic. Reynolds is at his sarcastic best in this one. And never forget the magic of Anna Farris as a pop star whose voice will haunt your dreams after you hear songs like "Forgiveness."

Watch It On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

Is it Christmas if we don't hear the Peanuts theme song? Is it Christmas if Pig-Pen doesn't dance? What if Linus doesn't drag his blankie? The answer is no. We need you, Charlie Brown. You're a Christmas classic.

Watch It On: ABC Go.
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Photo: Touchstone/REX/Shutterstock.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993

What kind of Christmas would it be without Jack Skellington?

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Elf, 2003

Don't even try to pretend that you don't already own this on DVD.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy of The Hallmark Channel.
Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas, 2015

How does the official queen of Christmas celebrate? With her own holiday special, of course. Prepare for the most random of celebrity cameos (Lacey Chabert, Kelsey Grammar, and Babyface) and all the glitter a die-hard Mariah Lamb can handle.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of MGM.
A Christmas Story, 1983

Every year you roll your eyes about this film taking over your TV, and every year you wind up watching it anyway. Truth be told, there's not much point in renting it when you know it's going to be airing for free 24/7.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy 20th Century Fox.
Die Hard, 1988

Because it's makes your company Christmas party seem a little less hellish. Because "Ho ho ho, now I have a gun" still cracks you up. Because it always makes you crave Twinkies and Coke.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Serendipity, 2001

A chance meeting while celebrating Christmas in New York brings together to strangers (Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack). If that sounds cheesy, just know that it is. But we could also use a little cheesy during the holidays.

Watch It On: Netflix.
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Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, 2005

When you have your own theme song, you're kind of a big deal. At least, in the holiday world. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is the perfect holiday movie to watch with siblings, nieces, nephews, and children of your very own.

Watch It On: Netflix.
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A Very Murray Christmas, 2015

What do you get when you put together Bill Murray, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, and some holiday cheer? A holiday special that is part joyful, part hipster, part cringeworthy, but totally worth the watch.

Watch It On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Brothers.
The Year Without a Santa Claus, 1974

What's more fun than stop-motion animated holiday movies? Absolutely nothing. The Year Without a Santa Claus shows us what would happen to the world if Santa just decided to call it quits. It also features a badass Mrs. Claus basically trying to save Christmas.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Snow Day, 2000

Snow Day is a great example of Nickelodeon taking a real-life event — the love of having a snow day when you're a kid — and turning it into a feature-length film. It will also warm your heart because of all the nostalgia.

Watch It On: Netflix
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Photo: Jim Henson Productions/REX/Shutterstock.
The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992

There are countless versions of A Christmas Carol in the world. Why not have yours with a Muppets twist? There's also the added benefit of Michael Cain playing surly old Scrooge.

Watch It On: HBO Go.
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Gremlins, 1984

Seriously, the worst present EVER.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1947

This Christmas classic starts out with a drunk Santa and only gets better. A bit sappy, maybe. But, we fall for it every year.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.
Scrooged, 1988

How can one of the funniest films of all time still make us blubber like babies in the final scene? Damn you and your selective talking, Calvin (sniff).

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Home Alone, 1990

Man. Nearly a quarter of a century later, and we still want to be that kid.

Watch On: HBO Go
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Love Actually, 2003

Best scene: "Good King Wenceslas." Worst scene: A tie between that evil Rick Grimes trying to horn in on his best mate's wife and anything featuring Alan Rickman's horny secretary.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
When Harry Met Sally, 1989

We should probably hate this film for conning us into thinking we'd meet our one true love at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, but it's still adorable.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Lethal Weapon, 1987

Hey, sometimes you've just got to shake things up. And, no matter what Mel Gibson does, Danny Glover is still awesome.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films.
Bridget Jones's Diary, 2001

Yes, it's totally okay to fall for the guy in the ugly reindeer sweater. Even if he is a bit of a snot sometimes.

Watch On: Hulu
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Photo: Courtesy Miramax Films.
Bad Santa, 2003

Bernie Mac and John Ritter in the same film? Hold. It. Together. And, maybe watch this one after the kids have gone to bed.

Watch On: HBO Go
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Misery, 1990

Hmmm. Now that you think about it, your home-for-the-holidays situation really isn't that bad, is it? Count on Kathy Bates to put things into perspective.

Watch On: Amazon Video
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
The Holiday, 2006

The Holiday: Nurturing fantasies that you'll meet a gorgeous and sensitive Brit during your sublet since 2006.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Ron Batzdorff/Imagine Ent/REX/Shutterstock.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000

Look this isn't a good movie. But it's always there when you need a holiday movie pick-me-up! And there's baby Taylor Momsen as a Who!

Watch On: HBO Go
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Photo: Courtesy TriStar Pictures.
Hook, 1991

This one always makes us think happy thoughts.

Watch On: Hulu
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Photo: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.
White Christmas, 1954

Oh, go on. Do it for Grandma — and because Bing Crosby's voice is just one of those things that makes the holidays better.

Watch On: Netflix
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Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Happy Christmas, 2014

Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, and, yes, Lena Dunham star in this indie dramedy.

Watch On: Netflix
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