Watching Christmas movies on Netflix, regardless of the device, is a great way to enjoy the holidays, especially if you want to immerse yourself in the season. And don’t worry about your connection, as there are many ways to improve your Netflix stream.
Netflix has so much content it’s often difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. So, to help you out over the holidays, we have selected 12 Christmas movies worth watching on Netflix.
1. The Ref
We start with a movie much loved by Netflix reviewers. The Ref is a Christmas black comedy released in 1994. The movie stars Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey, and centers around a thief who kidnaps a wealthy and annoying couple on Christmas Eve.
Soon enough, the burglar realizes that he is in over his head when trying to deal with a couple on the verge of divorce, and presses his luck during the entire movie. While you hopefully cannot relate to this film, you can most certainly enjoy it on Netflix during the holidays.
Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, and “Cheech” (from Cheech and Chong) help to make Christmas with the Kranks a thoroughly enjoyable film. It also teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of, you guessed it, being with family during the holidays.
The movie was adapted from the 2001 book Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. And though it appears at first glance to be a wacky 1990s film, it has some real-life themes that make the movie an interesting watch.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas movie from 1954 is certainly a classic. The movie features Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye who start up a song-and-dance routine after the war and become wildly popular. The two then join a sister act, played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, and head to Vermont to finally experience a White Christmas.
What makes this movie great, aside from the movie itself, are the nostalgic memories you may enjoy while watching it, as it has been regularly broadcast for many, many years during the holidays.
4. Get Santa
Get Santa is a British-based movie with British-based humor. The movie was released in 2014 and features a top notch group of actors and actresses, including Jim Broadbent, Kit Connor, Warwick Davis, and Rafe Spall.
What makes this movie eminently watchable is that it can be enjoyed by kids as well as adults. It also features an interesting plot that will really get the kids in the family cheering for Santa. As if they weren’t doing so already.
Another movie based in England is Love Actually, a 2003 film which stars an ensemble cast of actors and actresses. The comedy has received mostly positive reviews on Netflix and is described on the site as witty, romantic, and sentimental.
The movie centers around 10 love stories that intertwine throughout the movie and eventually lead up to a “climax on Christmas Eve.” If you’re a sucker for romantic comedies, you’ll love this film. If not, give it a try anyway, as the London scenery is sure to impress.
A Very Murray Christmas features the one and only comedic genius that is Bill Murray, among a whole host of other Hollywood A-listers. The movie, pitched as a fake documentary, is hilarious and an “irreverent twist on holiday variety shows.”
The trailer should be all you need to know whether you’d like to check this one out for yourself. However, George Clooney is in it, so we’re guessing that’s half the population sold on it already.
Another Bill Murray movie worth checking out, and probably one of his most famous, is Scrooged, a dark comedy loosely based on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Murray plays a TV executive with no love for the holidays.
Along the way, you’ll see some great 80s special effects, a ton of characters you’re sure to recognize, and Murray’s quality humor.
If you haven’t seen the movie, you’re in for a treat, as it’ll surely teach you to appreciate family and friends during the holidays.
If you’re looking for something even the kids can enjoy, look no further than The Legend of Frosty the Snowman. As you may have guessed, it’s a story that’s been around for awhile. And for good reason.
This 2005 take on the classic original is very popular, with the same Christmas cheer and melodic songs that inspired generations of children to love Frosty, the magical snowman.
While Netflix hasn’t added the 1969 version, its modern remake is surely one that you’ll want to watch during the Christmas season.
An original Christmas movie you can enjoy on Netflix is Ernest Saves Christmas, which stars Jim Varney, popularly known as Ernest.
It tells the story of an unemployed cab driver trying to find Santa’s predecessor in a wacky, round-about way. If you like Varney’s trademark Ernest character or want something different in a Christmas movie, Ernest Saves Christmas will certainly deliver.
And better still, this goofy Christmas classic is great for the whole family.
10. Christmas, Again
Another understated holiday movie is Christmas, Again, starring the very talented indie actor, Kentucker Audley.
Despite the poor reviews on Netflix, this movie does a great job of capturing Audley’s broken character and holiday heartache during the Christmas season. It also captures wonderfully the sorrows that many of us feel during the holiday season.
11. Pete’s Christmas
Capturing a bit of the magic that made Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day an instant classic, Pete’s Christmascenters around a teenager’s neverending, almost cheesy Christmas Day curse.
This time-loop of a movie stars great acting by Zachary Gordon and Bailee Madison, two up-and-coming performers, alongside favorites Bruce Dern and Molly Parker.
Produced in 2013, Pete’s Christmas is quietly becoming a must-see Christmas movie during the holiday season. If you feel like watching a family-friendly movie and haven’t yet given this a chance, you should. It will get you feeling nice and warm just in time for the holidays.
12. Saving Santa
Last but not least is another 2013 holiday production called Saving Santa.
This movie has one of the coolest trailers of all Christmas movies. It tells the futuristic, animated story of Bernard the elf and his tumultuous task of saving Santa from his enemy, Neville Baddington. Starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Tisdale, and Tim Curry, Saving Santa takes you on a wild ride of holiday cheer and Christmas spirit that you surely won’t want to miss.
The animation is great for children, and the jokes will keep adults watching. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
What Christmas Movies Are You Watching?
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What Christmas movies are you looking forward to watching on Netflix over the holiday season? Are you a fan of the flicks featured in the list? Or are you desperate to tell us about a Christmas movie we should have featured?
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