For Halloween, I blogged about some scary films that everyone should check out in the spirit of Halloween. For the winter holidays, I thought I would do the same and share some holiday-inspired films.

For the Romantic:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

A wintertime classic and one of the American Film Institute’s “100 Best American Films Ever Made,” featuring one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, James Stewart. This Christmas drama is about an angel, named Clarence, who steps in to help a compassionate but down-on-his-luck businessman, George Bailey, re-examine his life by showing him what life would have been like if Bailey had never existed.

Love Actually (2003)

Directed by Richard Curtis, (“Notting Hill,” “Four Weddings and Funeral,” “Mr. Bean”), “Love Actually” is a romantic comedy which follows eight very different couples, whose stories and love lives are all interlinked, and their problems in the month before Christmas.

For the Kids, and Kids at Heart:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Like the holiday song by the same name, this 1964 stop-motion film tells the story about a misfit red-nosed reindeer named Rudolph who searches for a place where he belongs.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Directed by Tim Burton (“Edward Scissorhands,” “Corpse Bride”), this Halloween-Christmas film is about Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, who is tired of scaring people on Halloween. After stumbling into Christmas Town, Jack hatches a new plan of taking over Christmas, by stealing it from Santa Claus.

Home Alone (1990)

A Christmas comedy film by John Hughes (“The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty in Pink”), “Home Alone” is about an 8-year old boy who is accidentally left behind by his family when they fly to Paris for their Christmas vacation. While his parents realize their mistake, the boy has to defend his home against incompetent home burglars.

For the Action and Horror Lover:
Die Hard (1988)

Bruce Willis is NYPD officer John McClane who, on Christmas Evec fights terrorists holding hostages in a Los Angeles office building in order to save his wife.

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman has to save Gotham City once again when a corrupt businessman and the Penguin plot to take over the city during the holidays.

Gremlins (1984)

And finally, what list is incomplete without 1984’s “Gremlins,” a story about a boy who receives a strange creature as a pet for Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, the strange creature spawns other similar monsters which unleash their destructive nature on a nearby town.

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