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‘Tis the season for watching holiday movies on TV, computer or mobile device. A plethora of festive titles are popping up on TV screens this December (and Christmas Story fans will get their annual 24-hour gift of Ralphie’s wish for a BB gun starting Christmas Eve), but if you missed one of your favorites when it was on TV, you can stream several titles on Netflix or rent or buy them via Amazon or iTunes.
Read on to see how you can watch 10 beloved Christmas movies available online, presented in alphabetical order, with trailers and clips to get you in the Christmas spirit.
All I Want for Christmas: This 1991 children’s movie stars a young Ethan Embry and Thora Birch as New York City kids who try to get their divorced parents back together for Christmas. The late Lauren Bacall also has a memorable role as their grandmother.
Elf: Will Ferrell stars as a human who was raised by elves and journeys to New York to meet his father (James Caan), bringing lots of Christmas spirit to the Big Apple, even to those who don’t seem to appreciate his overly merry disposition, or penchant for Christmas decorations and celebration. Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner and Mary Steenburgen round out the cast of the Jon Favreau-directed 2003 film, which took in more than $220 million worldwide at the box office.
Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Watch the left-behind Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) use elaborate and painful techniques to thwart two thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who first try to rob his Chicago home and in the sequel scheme to steal money from charity at an elegant toy store in New York.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Jim Carrey stars as the vile Mr. Grinch in the Ron Howard-directed live-action version of the Dr. Seuss story. Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski and Molly Shannon round out the cast of this 2000 film.
It’s A Wonderful Life: Frank Capra‘s holiday classic stars James Stewart as a dejected George Bailey who learns, courtesy of angel-in-training Clarence, what life would have been like if he’d never been born. Donna Reed co-stars as George’s childhood sweetheart turned wife.
Love Actually: In his 2003 directorial debut, Richard Curtis — who’d previously penned beloved British romantic comedies Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary — explores several intersecting London love stories in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Frequent Curtis collaborator Hugh Grant plays a single prime minister who falls in love with a staffer; Liam Neeson is a widower who helps his stepson profess his love for a classmate; Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman take on a darker tale as a couple on the rocks; Colin Firth plays a jilted novelist who falls in love with his Portuguese housekeeper; Keira Knightley gets a surprise from her character’s husband’s friend; Martin Freeman and Joanna Page play body doubles filming a sex scene who engage in awkward small talk; and Bill Nighy plays an aging rock star trying to revive his career with a Christmas rendition of “Love Is All Around.”
The Muppet Christmas Carol: In this 1992 family-friendly version of A Christmas Carol, Michael Caine stars in the Ebenezer Scrooge role, with Kermit as Scrooge employee Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife (naturally). Gonzo and Rizzo serve up lots of goofy humor as they narrate the story and follow Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future on their journeys to understand the spirit of the holiday. Other Muppet favorites also make appearances.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: In the third National Lampoon vacation movie, the Griswolds stay home for the holidays but high jinks ensue in the form of visits from uninvited relatives and Clark’s (Chevy Chase) misadventures as he tries to set up elaborate Christmas decorations, including thousands of Christmas lights and a tree that’s too big for the house. The film, written by John Hughes, also stars Beverly D’Angelo as Clark’s long-suffering wife, Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis as the Griswold children, Randy Quaid as redneck cousin Eddie and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a yuppie neighbor.
Scrooged: Charles Dickens‘ classic Christmas Carol gets an entertainment industry update with Bill Murray in the Ebenezer Scrooge role of ’80s cable TV executive Frank Cross. The grouchy tightwad gets glimpses of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas yet-to-come.
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