The 9 best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime

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Funding Jeff Bezos’ Rocket to Mars Isn’t It Just The good thing about having Amazon Prime: You can watch holiday movies for free! Two of which require two videos to watch for free (or maybe some commercials), but for free. You can save those dollars for a new echo. (Disclaimer: We have not included the 2017 Mariah Carey animated special all I Want for Christmas Is You, about little Maria’s search for a Christmas puppy. It’s there if you want it, but you really, really don’t have to watch it.)

Aardman, the people behind the awesome stop motion Wallace and Gromit Shorts, deliver this Christmas animated spinner that imagines the North Pole as a high-tech control center that delivers toys on Christmas Eve. But when one of the presents doesn’t arrive at its destination, sweet, squishy Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy)—Santa’s son who, unlike the rest of the family, hasn’t lost his cheer for the season—must go. Mission: ImpossibleStrive a style to ensure it arrives safely. Arthur Christmas It lacks the hyper-stimulation of most children’s films – it’s endearing and sarcastic rather than brash and brash – and you can’t top a supporting cast that includes Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton. Action movie with heart, laughter and Christmas spirit: How’d you resist?

Cary Grant hasn’t played an angel in any other movie, but he probably should have played an angel in any other movie: he’s kind of a great angel! A bishop (played by David Niven, in a nice touch) prays for a new cathedral for his church, and Grant shows up to help him…but ends up becoming a bigger part of the church’s community, and bishop’s life, than anyone else. expected. This is wholesome old-school Hollywood entertainment in its highest form, feel good and charmingly lightweight: Bishop’s wife It feels emanating from a bygone world, much better. It was renewed in 1996 with Denzel Washington as Cary Grant alongside Whitney Houston. Stick to the original.

There are many Christmas carol QuotationsAnd the and satirical adaptations of these Alterations, Inventions, Re-inventions, that there is something delightful and charming about a simple and straightforward adaptation of a Dickens book the way he wrote it. This CBS TV movie stars George C. Scott as Scrooge, and he’s an excellent George C. Scott in the role: eccentric, soulful-eyed, mean but with a hint of sweetness underneath. Many of you likely fell asleep on your grandparents’ couch while watching this movie, and it was certainly a pleasant, warm, and relaxing rest. The movie rolls on like a cozy old blanket that you only half remember.

We are tired of “Does this Christmas movie movie? He is this is One?” Speech as you do: just so you know, whatever your thoughts are Die hardWe can confirm that it is not available for free streaming on Amazon Prime. But Edward Scissorhands It is, and while it takes a while to reveal itself as a Christmas movie, it will no doubt be one eventually. Indeed, the film’s satire on the suburbia of the empty expanse turns out to be something much warmer and melancholy, exemplified by the snow unleashed by Edward’s ice sculptures, which an elderly Kim (Winona Ryder) knows is still very much alive after so many years. Holidays are fixed in the world Edward Scissorhands: It’s an annual reminder that the world stands still.

About a month after release Drunk love punchthe film that signaled Adam Sandler’s shift toward more serious fare, The Sandman is back up to his old tricks with Eight crazy nights, an animated film featuring (among others) Davey, the town drunk who needs to turn his life around or face jail time. This is immature Sandler Billy Madison And the Happy Gilmore, and jokes are undeniably juvenile. However, they can also be notoriously fun — especially if you have kids who are tired of warm treacle — and of course, there’s a version of Sandler’s famous “Hanukkah Song” thrown in for good measure, too. Don’t tell the grandparents you’re watching this – they won’t agree. But how many other holiday movies feature deer eating poop? (Actually, don’t answer that. We don’t want to know.)

One of the first jim henson spinoff hits from puppet show – The original features an opening scene with Kermit the Frog, just to make sure you have directions – Emmet Otter Birthday Pitcher Band It was actually a special watch by Henson that he made in part to expand his canvas even further puppet show. (It worked: Paul Williams wrote the songs for this and will continue to write songs for the Muppet movies.) But this is far from just a stepping stone to Henson’s journey: almost supernaturally charming, these youngsters sing on the river, being good to each other and all the people around them, spreading holiday cheer. We guarantee that this will make your family very happy. And it’s short: less than an hour, just in time to break you down.

Often mischaracterized as a Merry Christmas movie – usually by people who haven’t seen it – this Frank Capra classic is, instead, a fairly straightforward portrait of despair and depression led by grieving George Bailey for James Stewart, who contemplates killing himself because He thinks his life was for nothing. An unlucky angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) intervenes, showing him the effect of his presence, and in the process It’s a wonderful life He offers a poignant portrait of selflessness—albeit one full of petty tragedies and pertinent lessons about greed and man’s inhumanity to man. In other words, this movie’s iconic happy ending is painstakingly achieved, beautifully brought to life by Stewart, who embodied humble decency as wonderfully as any actor ever did.

The popular 2019 adaptation of Greta Gerwig fueled the debut of previous big screen versions of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story – in particular, Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 hit Christmastime. Fitting for an era when female rock musicians are beginning to command the same status as their male peers – Jane Campion becomes the second woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 1993 the piano – This takes over little Women It emphasizes Jo March’s (Winona Ryder) hunger for independence, and her desire to be taken seriously as an author rather than just for her beauty. Before Gerwig’s adaptation, This Is the Version—which also features Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, Gabrielle Byrne, and Susan Sarandon—was the gold standard for Gen Xers and older millennials, combining feminism A soul with a warm paean to family and true love. Nearly 20 years later, it still holds up.

The greatest Christmas movie ever? Miracle on 34th Street On the Short List, despite originally opening in the summer of 1947, 20th Century Fox does its best to mask the movie’s obvious Christmas themes. Edmund Gwen won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Kris Kringle, a sweet bearded man who becomes a mole to Santa – except he’s the real Santa Claus, touching on the lives of several New Yorkers he meets, including the wonderful Susan Natalie Wood. A love story, a tribute to the power of optimism…even courtroom drama? Sure, the funnier it gets when it comes to a movie that isn’t shy about believing a little kindness goes a long way. After all these years, it’s impossible to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and not think of this eternal wizard.

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