By Tara Bennett
Now that finals are over, it does not hurt to take a small break from the books and curl up in a blanket and stream a holiday movie on Netflix. From either watching a holiday classic or a Christmas movie that has recently been released, these movies will certainly bring forth the holiday spirit.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
There are many memorable moments throughout this film, such as the dance scene where the floor opens up or when George runs through the streets yelling “Merry Christmas.”
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Best Line: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
Watch If You Need To: Cry like a baby.
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Charlie: “Dad, you’re flying!”
Scott: “It’s okay, I’m used to it – I lived through the 60s.”
Watch If You Need To: Buy a Rose-Suchack Ladder.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
If you’re having holiday troubles this year, at least you can say you’re not like Clark Griswold, who experiences shenanigan after shenanigan as he tries to put on as many Christmas lights as he can.
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Best Line: I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?
Watch If You Need To: Giggle like a schoolgirl.
Relive your childhood and watch Kevin McCallister protect his home the only way a child can when the parents aren’t around.
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Best Line: “Buzz! Your girlfriend! Woof!”
Watch If You Need To: Re-connect with your inner child.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
With its iconic music and characters, this movie taught us the importance of the holiday and that any tree, no matter how small, could be perfect.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Best Line: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”
Watch If You Need To: Remember what Christmas is all about.
Elf is a Christmas classic that’s here to stay, as Buddy the Elf takes us on a heartwarming journey to prove himself to Santa and sees the modern world through his innocent eyes.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Best Line: “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
Watch If You Need To: See Zoey Deschanel as a blonde.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Whether you choose Boris Karloff or Jim Carrey, this movie will make anyone’s heart grow three sizes bigger.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% (1966); 53% (2000)
Best Line: “Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.” (2000)
Watch If You Need To: Triple the size of your heart.
“A Christmas Story”
A Christmas Story is perfect for both kids and family. A kid gets a BB gun, which makes the kids happy, and he shoots his eye out, which makes the parents happy, because it teaches a lesson.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Best Line: “My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master.”
Watch If You Need To: Keep the channel on TBS all day.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol”
An iconic story fit for the holiday. What could make that story better, but with Muppets?
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Best Line: “These events can be changed! A life can be made right.”
Watch If You Need To: Get perspective from puppets.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Tim Burton’s holiday masterpiece combines the best of Halloween and Christmas. So perfect, you’ll want to watch it twice a year.
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Best Line: “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”
Watch If You Need To: Have yourself a scary little Christmas.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
One of the most beloved holiday movies, it reminds you of the magic you grew up with as a child, and why it is okay to still believe in Santa.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96% (1947)
Best Line: “Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.”
Watch If You Need To: Believe.