15 Great Holiday Movies on Netflix

Nov 19, 2013 blu-ray, christmas, dvd, 14 Comments
15 Great Holiday Movies on Netflix


In case the store displays of gifts and decorations haven’t revved up your holiday spirit, these 15 holiday movies on Netflix will get you ready for the season.

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We have some classics, comedies and tearjerkers, as well as some anti-Christmas movies on Netflix! There is something for every viewing taste on this list. So turn on your Christmas tree lights, pop some popcorn, grab a plate of holiday themed sugar cookies, and enjoy these films available on Netflix.

15 Holiday Movies on Netflix

We’ve broken down these movies into several different categories to help you sort out what type of holiday movies you feel like watching. If they are available for streaming or DVD, we indicate that by putting (streaming) and (DVD) next to their titles. 

Animation

Young and old viewers alike will take delight in some of the classic animated Christmas movies of the past, including these two classics, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (DVD) from 1966, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” (DVD) from 1965. Both films delve into the power of Christmas to transform.

Charlie Brown - Holiday Movies on NetflixThe miserly Grinch is transformed when the town awakens to find all of their presents stolen and the residents respond with singing rather than crying. This animation is available on DVD only, as is the 2000 remake, featuring Jim Carrey, and directed by Ron Howard.

Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters also learn about the power of love to transform, when Charlie and the gang save a discarded, humble Christmas tree.

Other popular holiday themed classic animations on Netflix include, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” (DVD) and “Frosty the Snowman” (DVD).

Classic Dramas and Tearjerkers

Netflix also has classic holiday dramas and tearjerkers, including several versions of “Miracle on 34th Street.” Most versions of the film deal with a mother and child’s legal fight to prove that Santa Claus is real. Netflix has the original 1947 version, with Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn in black and white, and the colorized version on DVD. Other versions include the 1955 one with Thomas Mitchell, and Sandy Descher via DVD and streaming, and the 1994 version with Richard Attenborough, and Mara Wilson that is available on DVD.

Miracle on 34th Street -- Holiday Movies on NetflixThe 1946 Frank Capra hit, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (DVD), with James Stewart, is also available on DVD at Netflix. It is the compelling story of an angel trying to “earn his wings” by helping a severely depressed man.

Netflix has several versions of movies made from the Charles Dickens’ tale, “A Christmas Carol” (DVD), including one from 1938 with Reginald Owen on DVD, the 1951 version with Alastair Sims on DVD and Blu-ray They also have the 1984 one with George C. Scott on DVD, the 1999 version with Patrick Stewart on DVD, the 2009 animated one with Jim Carrey on DVD and Blu-ray, and the 2001 animated one with Nicolas Cage and Kate Winslet available via streaming. There is also a 1988 spoof, “Blackadder’s A Christmas Carol,” that is also available via DVD and streaming on Netflix.

All of these films involve the story of a miser, Scrooge, and how he is transformed into a kinder and gentler soul, that celebrates the “true spirit” of Christmas after being visited by the ghost of his deceased former business partner and then three Christmas spirits.

Funny Holiday Movies on Netflix

Holiday movies on Netflix also include newer films that have become must-watch holiday comedies. Including these favorites, all available on DVR and Blu-ray:

  • “The Santa Clause” (DVD), from 1994, with Tim Allen
  • “Home Alone” (DVD), from 1990, with Macaulay Culkin
  • “A Christmas Story” (DVD), from 1983, featuring Peter Billingsley
  • “Elf” (DVD), from 2003, featuring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel — (Can you find adult Peter Billingsley in this movie?)

All four of these movies feature characters that struggle to find their place in the world and their own families.

Elf - Holiday Movies on NetflixThe movie “Elf” is about a human raised by elves and what happens when he returns to New York City to meet his biological father.

“The Santa Clause” is the story of a newly divorced father who suddenly finds himself dubbed the new Santa Claus, and learning to juggle his duties as the new Santa while struggling to be a father to his own son.

“Home Alone” is the story of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally left “home alone” when his large family leaves for a Christmas trip to France, as he defends his home from two bungling thieves.

“A Christmas Story” is the tale of 9-year-old Ralphie, who only wants a Red Ryder BB gun, and must find a way to overcome his mother’s objections because, in her words, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Romance

In the 1947 classic, “The Bishop’s Wife” (DVD), the bishop prays for help to build a cathedral, and ends up with an angel that helps repair his marriage. Starring Cary Grant, it’s available via DVD, as is the 1996 remake, “The Preacher’s Wife” (DVD), featuring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.

Available through streaming, “Holiday in Handcuffs,” is a romantic comedy that features Melissa Joan Hart as a woman that kidnaps a stranger and brings him home for the holidays to pose as her boyfriend.

Anti-Christmas

Burned out on traditional holiday fare? Then 1993’s animated feature, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” might be right for you. The plot involves a spooky character that kidnaps Santa Claus, so that he can deliver creepy gifts like shrunken heads. The film can be streamed and is available via DVD.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - Holiday movies on NetflixOther choices include 1988’s “Die Hard” (DVD), with Bruce Willis, where a group of terrorists crash a firm’s Christmas party and a lone cop stands in the way, and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Another choice is “Bad Santa” (DVD), from 2003. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, the film features criminals dressed up like Santa and his elf as a cover to rob shopping malls. It’s available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Of course, others may prefer other great Christmas movies on Netflix that maybe I didn’t mention. Which do you like best?

If you need help streaming these holiday movies on Netflix or other movies, here are some tips. If you aren’t a current Netflix subscriber, you can also learn more about the various Netflix plans that are available to watch movies online, or via DVD or Blu-ray. 


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Lyn Brooks

Lyn Brooks is a diverse freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the electronics industry. Her articles have appeared in Digital Landing, Stack Media, and various Yahoo! channels. The current focus of her writing is in the areas of tech, personal finance and travel. Brooks is also working on a series of novels in the science fiction genre with an expected publication date in 2014.

14 Comments

  • jenny

    I have hardly found Most of the movies listed above on Netflix! Any idea when these will be release for streaming? Your site didnt specify dvd or streaming. Thank you!

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Jenny, Thanks for your thoughtful question. I apologize for any confusion, but if you will look closely at the descriptions of each movie, it is revealed if the movie is available via DVD, Blu-ray or streaming. Not all movies are available via all three formats, and at different times of the year, Netflix will sometimes make a title available via streaming or DVD for a limited time. The only ones that are currently available via streaming on this particular list are the following: the 1955 version of Miracle on 34th Street, the 2001 animated version of A Christmas Carol and the 1988 spoof Blackadder’s A Christmas Carol, Holiday in Handcuffs, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. At this time, Netflix does not list any timetable for when certain movies that are available via DVD and Blu-ray will become available via streaming. It is my understanding that while Netflix is constantly adding new content via all three formats, streaming, DVD and Blu-ray, that there is not a plan to make all content available via all formats. You can also find additional Christmas movies at Netflix by using the search term Christmas on their website, as Netflix does have additional holiday movies that are not included in this list. Thanks again for your question Jenny, and I hope that this additional information has helped.

  • Diana

    This is a very nice summary.. Really a pity that “Bad Santa” isn’t on instant streaming… would’ve loved to watch that one again 🙂 This is also a nice list of “Thanksgiving” movies, although Adams Family is not totally there…. http://netflixclub.com/158/our-best-handpicked-thanksgiving-movies

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Diana, thank you for your kind words. I agree, I wish that Bad Santa as well as several of the other movies were available via streaming on Netflix. I am working on a list of Christmas movies that are available for streaming at Netflix as well as other sites such as Hulu, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Viewster and so forth, so check back with our site in the next week or so for updates. I also appreciate the link that you included in your comments, and I agree that is a great list of movies to watch during the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks again for your comments.

  • Tucker

    A streaming only list would make more sense. Thanks for nothing.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Tucker, I apologize that this list was not as helpful to you as you expected. I have relayed your information to our editors, and we are working on a list of Christmas movies that can be streamed online at Netflix as well as from other sites, so please check back with our site in a few days for an update. Thanks again for your input and I hope that I and others will be able to provide more helpful information and articles in the future.

  • Brandie

    Love Actually is available on streaming and is perhaps the best Christmas movie of all time. Definitely belongs on your romance list! 🙂

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Brandie, thanks for your feedback regarding the list. I really enjoyed watching Love Actually as well. Unfortunately, I did not have enough room on this particular list to include it, but it is a great movie and as you pointed out, it is available via streaming. I am hoping to have a more complete list of Christmas movies that can be streamed, from several sources, posted in the upcoming days, so please check back with our site in a few days for an update. Thanks again for your feedback.

  • Reese

    I was so disappointed in this list. More than held of the movies indicated are not being streamed by Netflix. Next please create resulting list for Netflix customers. This was a waste of time!

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Reese, thanks for your feedback regarding the list. I apologize to you that you were disappointed with the list, and that many of the titles are not available via streaming. As I said in some earlier comments, our editors have received your feedback and we are working on compiling a list of Christmas movies that can be streamed from several sources online, not just Netflix. Hopefully this list will be more helpful to you, so please check back with our site in a few days for an update. Thanks again for your comments, if you or others would like to share any further suggestions for improvement, we would love to hear from you! We want Digital Landing to exceed your expectations, so any suggestions or comments that you and others have are very helpful to us.

  • Disapointed Viewer

    Thanks for the article but a correction is needed….ELF is not on Netflix this year. Extremely disappointed with Netflix!

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi, thank you for your feedback. I apologize if the list was unclear. While Elf was not available via streaming, it was and is still available via DVD and Blu-ray. I apologize again for the confusion. There is an additional article available at Digital Landing that lists the Christmas movies that are available via streaming this year.

  • Lilly Heart

    I have never seen any of theses movies on Netflix!ive been looked every where to find a great movie for my kids! Can you help me?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Lilly, I am sorry that you are having difficulty finding the movies on this list at Netflix. Have you tried entering the title in the search tool that is available on Netflix? Normally this will return the specific movie, as well as additional programs with a similar title.

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