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17 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: When you tune out the noise and just watch a bunch of movies that serve as cinematic comfort food. As the year winds down and the holidays approach us, you’re likely to feel a little stress about getting everything done—the shopping, the cooking, the family gathering, the small talk, the New Year’s planning. Why waste your time with cerebral movies or too-complicated TV shows that will only make you have to use your brain even more? Lean into the celebratory nature of the Christmas movie, a genre that can offer some over-the-top sweetness or some cynical yuletide-hating features. Here are the best Christmas movies to stream on Netflix right now.
This modern classic, written and directed by Richard Curtis, follows a bunch of Londoners—all connected in various ways—as they stumble through the holiday season in search of love and affection.
It’s a holiday musical staple (and not just because of the title song). Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen star in this musical comedy about two Broadway performers (and some Broadway hopefuls) who put on a variety show to save a New England inn from closing.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss’s Christmas classic comes to life with this live-action adaptation from Ron Howard. It may be glossy and over-produced and star-studded, but it still has the original tale’s grit and bite.
Billy Bob Thornton stars in this pitch-black comedy about a professional thief and his assistant who disguise themselves as a department store Santa and his helpful elf in order to pull of a con job.
Bad Santa 2
Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox return for this sequel. There’s more bad Santa-ing happening.
A Very Murray Christmas
Sure, it’s more of a Christmas special than a Christmas movie, but it’s directed by Sofia Coppola, so it’ll be gorgeously cinematic. Bill Murray stars as Bill Murray, who spends his Christmas in the famed Carlyle Hotel during a wacky snow storm that brings all kinds of characters (and celebrities) in from the cold.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Kevin Kline narrates this movie version of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, with Macaulay Culkin playing the titular role alongside a slew of talented dancers from the New York City Ballet. (Good luck getting the familiar tunes out of your head.)
There’s a bigfoot spotted in a tiny, all-American town—but it’s really just Michael Shannon in an ape costume. It’s a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it kinda movie.
A Christmas Prince
If you want to inject your holiday spirit with leftover royal wedding fever, this Netflix-produced rom-com follows an American journalist who shadows the playboy prince of Aldovia (and, naturally, falls in love at Christmastime).
The heiress to a gift company has to travel to her father’s hometown to deliver a special Christmas card to his former partner. When she’s stranded there in a snow storm, she discovers she fits right into the small-town life more than she ever expected.
Doesn’t everybody have that weird, creepy, and obnoxious uncle who always manages to ruin every family holiday gathering? If you’re lucky not to have one, here’s a movie about what it’s like for the rest of us.
Christmas in the Smokies
A woman recruits her ex-boyfriend, a superstar country musician, to put on a Christmas concert on her family’s struggling berry farm in the Smoky Mountains in order to save it from being seized just after the holiday.
You Can’t Fight Christmas
A Christmas designer and a no-nonsense businessman who hates Christmas encounter each other during the holidays. It sounds crazy but: They totally fall for each other.
An American Christmas Carol
Taryn Manning plays a hard-partying mom who is visited by three ghosts at Christmastime who’ll scare her straight in this trailer park-set retelling of the Charles Dickens classic.
If you feel like the holiday season is too cheery and not bloody enough, then feast upon this schlocky horror flick about an Australian family who are terrorized by a brutal Christmas guest with a shocking secret.
Ever wonder where your Christmas tree comes from? (No, seriously, think about it.) This engaging documentary follows just one of the thousands of tree farmers who travel long distances to bring the holiday staples to the sidewalks of New York City.
Does hearing Christmas music on the radio before Thanksgiving drive you nuts? This documentary follows people who celebrate the holiday all year long—so, you know, it could be worse.