Top 10 movies to watch during the holiday season

By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer 10) Die Hard (1988) rated R:   Die Hard is obviously a Christmas movie, that argument is no longer up for debate. The plot of the movie is about a dad trying to make it home for the holidays and he encounters a group of terrorists. Do not watch this with children as it swears many times, contains nudity, portrays alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and is violent and gory. Overall, this movie is a good action Christmas movie for adults and will be enjoyed by most who watch it.    9) Frosty the Snowman (1969) rated G:   Frosty the Snowman is the most classic Christmas movie there is. The plot of this movie is that the school children go outside and build a snowman. To their surprise the snowman comes to life because of a magic hat they place on his head. However, the snowman, Frosty, starts to melt and the owner of the hat, a magician, wants it back. Frosty needs to get away from the magician and the warm weather. This movie is a family movie you should watch before this holiday season is over.   8) Any of the Harry Potter movies (2001-2011) rated PG-PG13:   The Harry Potter series is still being disputed by the internet on whether or not they are Christmas movies. They are most definitely Christmas movies when you look at the series as a whole. During the series Harry receives important special gifts and has special moments with close friends, but the most important reason why they are Christmas movies is because Christmas is the centerpiece that all the movies seem to revolve around and have in common. For this reason, any of the Harry Potter movies are good Christmas movies.   7) The Christmas Chronicles (2018) rated PG:  A new movie had to make the list somewhere. This movie was released to Netflix on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) of 2018 and is a good watch since you have probably never seen it before. This movie is about two kids who have a plan to catch Santa Claus. The plan then turns into “an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about,” according to IMDb. This movie is a good movie to include in your holiday movie cycle for this year.  6) A Christmas Story (1983) rated PG:   A Christmas Story is a family movie about neighborhood kids in the winter season. A kid is dreaming about his ideal Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air rifle, as he deals with his little brother, cranky father, and doting mother. The neighborhood kids encounter many issues, the main one being the neighborhood bully, as they struggle to make it to Christmas day. This movie deserves to be on your yearly watch list for holiday movies.   5) National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989) rated PG13:   National Lampoons Christmas Vacation is about a man and his family whose Christmas plans turn into a disaster in almost every possible way they could. His cousin Eddie, and his family, show up without notice and start living in a camper on Clark’s property. To make things worse, Clark’s employers take back the bonus they were going to give him. This comedy is a movie that everyone in the family will enjoy.   4) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) rated PG:   The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated movie about the misadventures of Jack Skellington. Jack becomes bored of the world he lives in with the same routine over and over again, frightening people in the “real world.” Jack stumbles upon Christmastown and. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa and taking over his role. This movie is good to watch even before Halloween but is an amazing holiday movie too.   3) Elf (2003) rated PG:  Elf is an incredible movie for child or adult about a misplaced human, Buddy, who thinks he is an elf. Buddy finds out he’s human and travels to New York to meet his father, who is on the naughty list, and aims to discover where he belongs. As he is learning to live a human life he meets a woman that he likes and goes after her when he doesn’t know how. Buddy deals with the struggles of the human world as an adult with a baby’s public knowledge. This movie deserves to be on everybody’s top 5 holiday movies list.   2) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) rated PG:   Some may disagree, but the 1966 animated version of this movie is better than the 2000 real life version. Everyone knows the story of the Grinch and this classic animated movie shows it perfectly. If you aren’t watching this movie every holiday season, you should be.  1) Scrooged (1988) rated PG13:   This movie is the perfect combination of a classic and an actual good movie. Scrooged, if you somehow haven’t seen it, is a movie about an extremely successful TV executive, Frank, whose cold ambition and cranky, stubborn personality has driven away the love of his life. Frank is visited by three ghosts, past, present, and future, after firing an employee, who show him his life and give him a chance to change it. This movie is a must-watch every holiday season. 

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