The only four Christmas movies worth watching on Netflix

Published on December 16th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

If you’re looking for a quality holiday movie on Netflix, good luck. Want to watch the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? Sorry, but instead you can watch Peanuts specials like “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales” and “I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown.” Those are the best Peanuts specials 2002 and 2003 had to offer.

There’s made for TV dreck like “The Heart of Christmas,” “A Country Christmas” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas” which serve as reminders that Candace Cameron, Joey Lauren Adams and Jonathan Taylor Thomas once had careers. Jessica Biel was even in JTT’s movie.

So what can you find on Netflix that is worthwhile for the holidays? Here are a few options.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) –
Perhaps the most profane Christmas movie until the release of “Bad Santa,” it probably ranks just behind “It’s a Wonderful Life” in terms of holiday quotability. Of course, there are certain circumstances where “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” is more appropriate than “Merry Christmas, $#!+er was full!”

“White Christmas” (1954) – Perhaps the only “Christmas classic” available on Watch Instantly. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as former USO performers putting on a nationally televised Christmas Eve show. It’s full of great songs by Irving Berlin, including the titular number. It will also help you understand at least one joke in “Christmas Vacation.”

“Love Actually” (2003) –
There are way too many stories in this movie to try to sum it up, but check out the cast: Bilbo Baggins, Rick from The Walking Dead, Snape, Sling Blade, Mr. Bean, Betty Draper and Hugh Grant as Prime Minister Hugh Grant.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) – Does this count as a Christmas movie, or a Halloween one? It’s basically the “King Kong vs. Godzilla” of holiday movies as Jack Skellington the pumpkin king of Halloween town, decides that he wants to give Christmas a try. That plan goes about as well as you would expect in a Christmas movie by Tim Burton.

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