The Best Ever Christmas Movies and Where to Watch Them

The Best Ever Christmas Movies and Where to Watch Them
Best Christmas movies. Image: Warner Bros.
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It’s almost the end of the year, folks. That means two things: you’re allowed to bust out the holiday decorations (judgement-free) and it’s socially acceptable to begin making your way through your favourite Christmas movies.

Here at Lifehacker, we’re always looking for ways to make the lives of our readers that little bit easier (we’re just generous like that) so, we thought we’d put together a quick list of some solid Christmas movie choices as well as some information on where you can watch them.

If you want to take it a step further, I’d recommend making yourself one of these festive holiday cocktails to go along with your Christmas movie session. But that’s just me.

Here we go! Please enjoy our round-up of the very best Christmas movies you can find broken down by streaming service.

The best Christmas movies on Netflix

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

What? You don’t like to indulge in a kid’s movie every so often? This guy has a solid 89 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s likely to get you in the spirit.

The synopsis reads:

Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep.

Klaus

A family favourite for good reason, this is a film worth adding to your annual rotation. It also has a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A desperate postman accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus.

Batman Returns

This is a Christmas movie, and don’t even try to tell us otherwise.

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

Want to read on about what’s included in Netflix’s Christmas movie lineup for 2021? We pulled together a complete guide for you.

The best Xmas movies on Disney+

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Best Christmas movies on Disney+. Credit 20th Century (Die Hard)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) 

Sometimes you just can’t go past a classic when it comes to choosing a Christmas movie.

A retelling of the classic Dickens tale with Disney’s classic characters.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Tim Burton classic that has kept folks entertained across the Halloween and holiday period since the early ’90s.

The synopsis reads:

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colours and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

Die Hard

Yippee ki yay, people. At this stage, there’s no longer an argument regarding Die Hard’s status as a Christmas movie. It’s a holiday film, and a well-received one at that.

The synopsis for this film reads:

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there’s no one to save the hostages — but him.

Want to see the full list of top-rating festive films on Disney+? Keep on reading here.

The best holiday season movies on Stan

Best Christmas movies on Stan. Universal Pictures

It’s A Wonderful Life 

This is one of the top-rated Christmas movies you’ll find on Rotten Tomatoes. It comes in at an impressive 94 per cent, so it’s surely worth a spot on your holiday list.

Here’s the synopsis:

The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s A Wonderful Life follows George Bailey, a man with so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – only for an angel to show him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Elf

This film is one of the most popular Christmas movies every single year. Mostly because it is such a fun watch for everyone.

The synopsis reads:

Raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), Buddy (Will Ferrell) comes to realize he doesn’t fit in with the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy searches for his real dad – in New York City!

Love Actually

What’s a festive streaming list without Love Actually? Just the airport scenes alone are enough to get you feeling the holiday spirit.

Here’s the synopsis:

From the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill comes the ultimate romantic comedy about love’s delightful twists and turns, starring some of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

If you’re after Australian Christmas movies also, Stan has a pretty lovely selection. A Sunburnt Christmas, for example, has a 90 per cent score with audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out our full write up of holiday titles on Stan here.

Undoubtedly, there are loads of films we’ve missed in this list so comment below to let us know which holiday films you’ll be watching this year.

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