It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We know you all probably have a few favorite holiday movies that you enjoy re-watching over and over again, but it’s time to try something new. Thanks to our digital library of over 3,000 movie titles, you have access to tons of holiday movies right here at Bowman Pointe!
From sappy romances and crass comedies to animated classics and Hollywood musicals, we compiled 25 of the best holiday movies available to you in our library. If you want to watch any of them, just reserve the movie theater and let us take care of the rest!
#1: A Christmas Carol
You know the story: Ebenezer Scrooge is a scowling, shrewd businessman who says, “Bah Humbug!” in response to any kind of holiday cheer. In one night, he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, which changes the course of his life.
A Christmas Carol is a classic tale, originally written by Charles Dickens, that has been remade many times for TV and film. We have the 1938 version starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart as well as the 1984 TV movie originally released in theaters in the UK.
#2: A Christmas Story
This 1983 holiday movie made one Cleveland, Ohio home very famous. To this day, you can visit it and see some amazing movie memorabilia!
The film itself is funny, silly, and sentimental. If you have never seen it, make some time to watch it for the first time this holiday season.
#3: Almost Christmas
Don’t you love dysfunctional family dramedies? After his wife dies, Walter Meyer just wants his family to get along for the holidays. That doesn’t happen, but what does happen will have you giggling.
It’s not a highly rated holiday movie (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 50%), but it’s a ton of fun. If you enjoy watching actors like Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, and J.B. Smoove do their thing, check it out!
#4: Bad Santa
The title says it all. In this crude, R-rated comedy, a conman (Billy Bob Thornton) and his friend (Tony Cox) scam stores dressed as Santa and his Little Helper. They rob, they steal…they get into tons of trouble.
#5: Christmas With the Kranks
The spirit of the holidays comes into question in this comedy. If your family isn’t there to celebrate with you, what’s the point of spending thousands on decorating your home for the holidays, even if you’re famous for it? The neighbors will have something to say about that!
Will Ferrell’s character Buddy was raised by elves at the North Pole. But, once he learns that he is human, he goes in search of his real father. Having never encountered the “real world” before, Buddy gets into some hilarious hijinks trying to fit in. It’s easily one of the best, and funniest, holiday movies you will ever see.
#7: Four Christmases
In a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, Four Christmases captures what it’s like to try and see four separate (and very different) sets of your family in one day to celebrate the holidays. Yikes!
#8: Frosty the Snowman
You know the song! Watch Frosty come to life one day in this classic holiday movie based on the song of the same name. This animated short
#9: Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn has an impressive 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which should tell you that if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to get on it! It launched Irving Berlin’s song, “White Christmas” into the stratosphere and stars Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Majorie Reynolds. Hollywood legends!
#10: Home Alone
Kevin McCallister accidentally gets left at home alone over the holidays when his entire family packs up and leaves for vacation…and forgets to wake him up to join them. Once they realize he’s missing, it’s too late! They’re on a flight to France!
Meanwhile, Kevin finally has some peace and quiet to himself. That is, until he must defend his house from sneaky burglars.
#11: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
There’s an evil creature called The Grinch who lives apart from the happy community of Whoville. He decides to break into every home, steal all the decorations and presents, and watch as they wake up to no holiday cheer. But, his plan backfires, changing his heart in the process.
Our digital movie library contains the original animated movie, based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, as well as the live action remake starring Jim Carrey.
#12: It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s a tragic concept: What would the world be like without you in it?
George Bailey gets an answer to that question when an angel shows him all the terrible things that would have happened if he wasn’t there to do something about them. Spoiler Alert: In the end, he finds a new appreciation of life and goes home to enjoy the holidays.
#13: Last Holiday
A remake starting Queen Latifah? We’re sold! Her character, Georgia Byrd, finds out she has little time to live and decides to make the most of it with a holiday trip to Europe. Some people love it, some people hate it, but it’s an adventure comedy worth watching if you’re in the mood.
#14: Little Drummer Boy
In another short, animated TV movie based on a popular holiday song, Little Drummer Boy is set in biblical times. Aaron has a gift that spreads love and healing when it is needed most. It’s a sweet story you are welcome to watch anytime our movie theater is open and available.
#15: Love Actually
If you love TV shows like This Is Us, you will adore Love Actually. Through a series of intertwined love stories, a wonderful ensemble cast of characters go down unexpected paths surrounding the holidays. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. It will quickly become one of your favorite holiday movies!
#16: Miracle on 34th Street
Have you ever walked into a mall and met a department store Santa? What would you do if you believed that Santa was the real deal? That’s what happens in Miracle On 34th Street, and it may have you believing in magic and, of course, miracles.
#17: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The plot of this holiday movie runs off a series of events based on bad luck. Sticky trees, broken windows, power outages, unbearable in-laws, burnt turkey…the holidays are just one crazy time of year for one man and his comical family.
#18: Office Christmas Party
This holiday movie is packed with super-funny actors: Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, and Jennifer Aniston all have starring roles. T.J. Miller and Jason Bateman’s characters decide to throw an epic office party to celebrate the holidays and impress some potential clients, and let’s just say it gets a little out-of-hand.
#19: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose and didn’t fit it with the other reindeer at the North Pole. Rudolph ends up running away because he feels like a misfit. Eventually, he finds his way home, saves the day, and leads Santa’s sleigh. It’s a special stop-motion, made-for-TV movie that teaches you to celebrate everyone’s differences. How sweet!
#20: Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
How did Santa Clause come to be? Setting up shop, making toys, and getting them delivered wasn’t easy at first. Just let the postman (voiced by Fred Astaire) explain it to you and you’ll be one bumpy ride to holiday heaven.
#21: The Best Man Holiday
In a sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday reunites all the same characters over the holidays after spending almost 15 years apart. As old college friends catch up, the past comes creeping back in, and everyone starts to realize that some things never change and some things have changed quite a bit.
#22: The Holiday
When a woman in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz) and a woman in Surrey (Kate Winslet) decide to trade houses for the holidays, they end up falling in love with someone they encounter in each other’s lives. It’s a silly romantic comedy, sure. Call it a “chick flick” if you must. But whatever you do, don’t feel guilty if you really want to check it out this holiday season!
#23: The Polar Express
In 2004, this film was finally released based on a New York Times bestselling picture book of the same name. It’s the story of a boy that goes on a magical adventure after boarding a magical train appearing that takes him to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. If you truly believe in the magic of the holidays, you can hear the bell!
#24: The Santa Clause
Tim Allen must have a thing for holiday movies! Before Christmas With The Kranks came out in 2004, Tim Allen was still beloved for his role in The Santa Clause as a divorcé who, after accidentally maiming Santa, has to take over his job.
#25: White Christmas
After Holiday Inn launched the song “White Christmas,” this eponymous movie was written to bring it to life. It became another hit holiday classic starring Bing Crosby with music by Irving Berlin.
Set around the holidays at an inn in Vermont, this big Hollywood musical celebrates the classic WWII-era entertainers that graced the stages of Broadway. Expect big dance numbers, lots of colorful costumes, and an ending that’s like a dream.
Which of these holiday movies are you most excited to see? Is your favorite holiday movie missing from the list? Tell us in the comments!