With so many wonderful holiday movies to choose from, picking just ten proved a great challenge! Here is Scrubbed In’s line-up of 10 must-see classic holiday movies; plus one more — which is a must-see NOW in theaters!
Read our list and then tell us — what holiday movies do you absolutely have to watch each year?
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown: I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life
Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
3. Home Alone
Kate McAllister: This is Christmas. The season of perpetual hope. And I don’t care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.
4. White Christmas
Phil Davis: My dear partner, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.
Bob Wallace: When I figure out what that means I’ll come up with a crushing reply.
5. A Christmas Story
Mr. Parker: Oh for cripes sake, open up that damper, will ya? Who the hell turned it all the way down? Hawk head! Aw, blasted poop flirt rattle crap camel flirt. You blonker frattle feet sturckle frat! Of a womp sack butt ratter bottom fodder …
Ralphie as Adult: In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity, that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
Mr. Parker: … Smick melly whop walker. Drop dumb fratten house stickle fifer!
6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph: Aren’t you going to laugh at my nose, too?
Clarice: I think it’s a handsome nose. Much better than that silly false one you were wearing.
Rudolph: It’s terrible … and it’s different from everybody else’s!
Clarice: But that’s what makes it so grand.
7. While You Were Sleeping
Lucy: The truth was that I fell in love with you.
Ox Callahan: You fell in love with me?
Lucy: No, N-o, yes. All of you. I went from being all alone to being a fiancee, a daughter a granddaughter, a sister and a friend.
8. Mixed Nuts
Philip: Just remember that in every pothole there is hope. Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the P, and add it to the H, the O, and the E, and rearrange the letters… or contrariwise, you remove the O, T, and the L, you get “hope”. So, just remember, in every pothole there is hope!
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Lou Lou Who: I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the … the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone … and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: My family.
10. Little Women
Marmee March: Oh, Jo. Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life?
In Theaters Now
11. Black Nativity
An adaptation of the Langston Hughes play, starring Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Jennifer Hudson. Although it was met with lukewarm reviews (most holiday movies can say the same), it’s also been described as “a heart-on-its-sleeve musical fable of family friction that radiates holiday spirit.” Add in the voice of Jennifer Hudson, and you’ve got yourself a contemporary holiday movie that will make it to the classics list for sure. Check out the trailer and see it in theaters now!
So tell us, what’s on your list of favorite holiday movies?