Friendsgiving is past, and we’re in the the throes of holiday madness.
Sometimes you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays season. You need some time off from the shopping and the partying and the family get-togethers. At those times, what you want to do is watch other people engage in the shopping and the partying and the family get-togethers via fictional characters that are better dressed than anyone you know IRL. And at those times, we’ve got you covered with our picks for best holiday movies.
Here are some new favorites and classic Christmas movies to help you pass a lazy afternoon this holiday season. We covered Part One last week, so here’s Part Two:
8. Die Hard
As the Internet meme says, there are those that think “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie and those that are wrong. This holiday season, be right. This is a Christmas movie that has everything Americans love — overcoming evil Germans, reuniting a husband and wife, forging unlikely friendships, giving a good cop the confidence to do his job again. In fact, “Yippee Ki Yay” is the same thing as “Merry Christmas” in some households.
9. It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s a classic for a reason. Plus, you need to brush up so you have something to talk to Grandma about over ham. If you haven’t seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” lately, give it a go. It’s a movie for anyone who ever felt like they might not matter. Plus, the observations about corporate America and the obligations that can take us away from our dreams (“anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles”) are timeless. It’ll make your heart happy. I promise.
10. The Bishop’s Wife
It’s another classic, and possibly not one that you’ve heard of. Cary Grant plays an angel named Dudley sent to guide a bishop who has become too focused on his building project and not enough focused on his family. Unfortunately, Dudley likes the bishop’s wife a little more than he should. It’s a beautiful movie, and well, Cary Grant. For those who can’t handle the old movies, there’s a 1996 remake called “The Preacher’s Wife” with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, too.
11. Christmas Vacation
Recently listed as an Alabama favorite, it wouldn’t be Christmas without “Christmas Vacation.” If you think your family is ridiculous and unruly, just be thankful no one invited Christie Brinkley to the party. (No offense to Christie Brinkley, of course.)
12. White Christmas
It’s responsible for one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time, so who wouldn’t want to watch “White Christmas” at this time of year? It just isn’t Christmas without Bing Crosby.
Let’s face it, we haven’t all been good this year. And when you haven’t been that good, there’s Bill Murray to make you feel better about it. In this modern take on “A Christmas Carol,” everyone’s favorite misanthrope is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. In the end, our fictional TV exec learns some valuable, and very funny, lessons about the true meaning of Christmas — and himself.
14. A Christmas Story
Thanks to AMC, it’s hard to escape this Christmas classic. (It’s a natural fit that the network responsible for “The Walking Dead” would want to play 24 hours of Ralphie, right?) I double dog dare you to watch every showing of it.
15. Classic Animated Favorites
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Polar Express, The Grinch, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
There’s nothing like an animated classic to bring back the nostalgia of the holidays. Watching Rudolph on his adventure to the island of misfit toys or the Grinch’s small heart grow three times its size should make your own heart swell with Christmas joy.