We asked our editors to share what their favorite holiday movies are. Here is Eme de Mujer’s definitive list of essential films to watch during la Navidad.
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
Directed by Frank Capra, the 1946 film is about a man, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who decides to commit suicide because of financial problems. But an angel shows up to show him what life would be without him. A true classic.
Love Actually, 2003
Ten different stories about loneliness and the need to love are told independently throughout the film, but eventually, all of the stories cross paths. We can’t forget about Collin Firth, Hugh Grant, and Andrew Lincoln melting our hearts with their good looks and charm. Swoon!
The Polar Express, 2004
This beautifully animated adaptation of the children’s novel tells the story of an 8-year-old boy who no longer believes in Santa Claus until spirit of Christmas takes him to the North Pole to meet him. Tom Hanks will blow you away.
A Christmas Story, 1983
Humor and irony combine for one of America’s classic must-watch holiday movies. Narrated by the protagonist, Ralph, who will do just about anything for a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. You will laugh and cry.
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. When Buddy is an adult, he decides to travel to New York City, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. His childlike innocence and enthusiasm for Christmas makes everyone, including his cynical father, to believe in Santa Claus.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1994
Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is a 50-year-old stuck in a six-year-old’s body. The kid is not buying the myth that Santa Claus exists, but when she meets a bearded man who looks an awful lot like ol’ St. Nick, she slowly starts to change her mind. A tearjerker indeed.
Christmas Vacation, 1989
Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, is Christmas’ number one fan. It’s quirky, funny, and painfully cheesy, but it will make you laugh with delight.
Home Alone, 1990
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Kevin McCallister’s wild antics. The misunderstood 8-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind at home thanks to the world’s most irresponsible parents. At first, Kevin is thrilled, but when two con men try to break into the house, he he must protect the family home at all costs.