By Michelle Maslanka • Producer
With winter weather upon us, and the holidays around the corner, cozying up by the fire with some hot chocolate and a feel-good movie is one of our favorite things to do. We have put together our recommendations of Christmas classics, in genres ranging from musical to comedy to action, to keep you entertained all season long!
Craig recommends: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
"Edward Scissorhands is a profoundly simple modern fairytale about the power of love over discrimination. The message touches anyone who has ever felt different or marginalized, and the visuals are truly the zenith of Tim Burton's gothic-nouveau aesthetic. There is a magic in this movie that few others have replicated."
Michelle recommends: The Holiday (2006)
"Cleverly playing off of the double meaning of 'holiday', this romantic dramedy (drama-comedy) hosts an all-star cast. Set to a Hans Zimmer soundtrack, this movie brings both smiles and tears wrapped in a warm hug to its audience."
Libby recommends: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
"Perhaps an unexpected choice, but a true classic nonetheless. Although the focus of the film isn't Yuletide cheer, nothing makes me feel the Christmas spirit (or onslaught of tears) quite like Judy Garland singing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's a classic, family-friendly musical that perfectly pinpoints the emotional intersection of nostalgia and progress during the early 1900's."
Hunter recommends: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
"Clark W. Griswold is every man who has ever attempted to create a 'good old-fashioned, family Christmas.' In the process he finds out that sometimes it’s the craziness of a family that truly brings them together. Christmas Vacation perfectly illustrates that the holidays are never perfect, but that doesn't make them any less special."
Brian recommends: Just Friends (2005)
"The most underrated Christmas movie in existence. Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds might be at the funniest they've ever been in this tale of fighting your way out of the 'friend zone.' And any movie that quotes Bruce Springsteen's Thunder Road is fine by me...'This town is full of losers, and I'm pulling out to win...' - Chris Brander, ladies and gentlemen."
Jeff recommends: Die Hard (1988)
"A man spends some of the movie crawling through ventilation shafts, somewhat similarly to Santa in a chimney."
The Family Stone (2005)
"I watch this every year. I don't have a big family but it still reminds me of going home for the holidays."
Note: All movie images are courtesy of IMDB.