Binge-watching Netflix at Christmas is not a bad idea now. Let's follow KnowInsider to explore the top 7 best Christmas movies that you shouldn't miss.

A Christmas Story

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This 1983 film narrowly edged out the others for #1 simply because it speaks to me on so many levels. Instead of just seeing the enjoyable chaos surrounding the lives of the Parker family, I can clearly see my own family growing up in Milwaukee; our version was all Wisconsin, not Indiana. Yet like ‘old man Parker’, my father did swear at the furnace (and other things). I did want a BB gun for christmas. We lived in our version of that neighborhood, on that street, in that house and we had our own Bumpus family for neighbors. And there was plenty of innocent “drama” surrounding our lives as Christmas approached, but there was also the sense of family and time together. I love this film. Happily we're taken back to a time when, as Jean Shepherd tells us, “all was right with the world”.

The Santa Clause

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Tim Allen’s turn in this 1994 holiday feature film was a surprisingly good idea. In short, Santa dies on the job, Tim Allen’s character steps in to save the day and discovers that he is now (and forever?) the new Santa Claus. It’s funny with some tugging at the heart. This is the Twinkie of Christmas movies. Enjoy it and don’t think about the calories. The Washington Post had it right: "The Santa Clause would be another formulaic Christmas special without Tim Allen.”

A Christmas Carol

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There have been many film versions adapted from Charles Dickens’ story, but this 1951 version is my favorite. It features Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit, and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley. The story is timeless and worth watching every Christmas. Whether you become tearful or not, it’s a century old story, in a half-century old film, shot in glorious black and white, and it still delivers.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Not all of the films from National Lampoon have been winners but this 1989 spinoff from the original National Lampoon's Vacation is a lot of fun. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo return as the Griswold parents, along with new castmembers Juliet Lewis (Audrey) and Johnny Galecki (Rusty). It’s also worth watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nicholas Guest—in almost cameo roles— as the way-too-hipster next door neighbors “Margo and Todd Chester”. Fond memories (or not so fond memories) on the horror of sharing Christmas with the entire family. Good fun.

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

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As if a holiday musical isn't exciting enough, this one also involves music from the one and only Dolly Parton! Dolly plays an angel in the new film (available on November 22, 2020), which follows a wealthy woman who returns to her small hometown during the holiday season.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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s there any holiday movie more iconic than Jim Carrey's version of The Grinch? The comedian-actor's take on the classic Christmas story involves a lot of full-body green makeup, plus plenty of improvised scenes that'll have you laughing all that holiday food coma off.

The Christmas Chronicles 2

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Coming to Netflix on November 25, this exciting sequel to The Christmas Chronicles has Kurt Russell returning for the role of Santa Claus — and this time involves a mysterious troublemaker who threatens to destroy Christmas.

Above you'll find a list of holiday films that truly has something for everyone, including romantic Christmas movies to watch with your sweetheart, family-friendly Christmas movies for kids and of course some of the best tried-and-true classics. If you like the list, please follow KnowInsider for more amazing news.
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