Christmas movies. They're often cheesy, sometimes brilliant, and tend to be so awful that you can't help but love them. I am a bit of a Christmas movie connoisseur and I usually start watching them before Thanksgiving because I am just that much of a nerd (or addict, pick your poison). Whether you want it or not, here is quite the marathon for you, a mission or a challenge, if you will, should you choose to accept it! It's chock full of nostalgia and sentimentality with some trouble-making too. After this round up you'll either hate the holiday season or be just as deranged as me!
Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris
84% on Rotten TomatoesLet's start with a bang. Nothing screams (and sings) "Christmas" more than Will Ferrell's surprise smash hit holiday classic with a little slapstick and a lot of heart. It's hilarious from the get go and contains surprises here and there - Peter Billingsley anyone?
Directed by Bob Clark
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz, Ian Petrella, R.D. Robb, Tedde Moore, Zack Ward
88% on Rotten TomatoesSpeaking of Peter Billingsley, his iconic Christmas classic is up next. Endlessly quotable, laugh-til-you-stomach-hurts funny, and running for 24 hours, the tale of the bunny suit and the BB gun never gets old. If you think you've seen it too many times, watch it again and tell me that Randy's snowsuit doesn't make you laugh.
Directed by Chris Columbus
54% on Rotten TomatoesContinuing on with the tradition of kids getting into shenanigans, Kevin McCallister is next on the list! He's THE crazy mischievous holiday child and watching him outsmart the two dumbest burglars in the world is never not funny...
Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Rob Schneider
24% on Rotten Tomatoes...hence, the still amazing sequel! It's got some new funny gags, Tim Curry, and the greatest city in the world. Just don't go past this sequel - any further ventures into the Home Alone universe are just not worth it. For more holiday-validating destruction, see below...
Directed by John McTiernan
92% on Rotten TomatoesYes. John McClane saves Christmas. Snape. Everything amazing. The end.
Directed by Richard Donner
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Alfre Woodard
66% on Rotten TomatoesCranky Bill Murray. Anything Bill Murray is the cherry on top of an amazing Christmas miracle, but when he's cranky it's that much more fun.
Directed by Thomas Bezucha
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Craig T. Nelson, Luke Wilson, Tyrone Giordano, Brian White, Elizabeth Reaser, Paul Schneider
51% on Rotten TomatoesHere we are, the rom coms that get a certain amount of hate and I just don't care! This will make you laugh and cry and try to figure out which of your family members match up with which characters.
Directed by Richard Curtis
Starring: Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Heike Makatsch, Martin Freeman, Joanna Page, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rodrigo Santoro, Lúcia Moniz
63% on Rotten TomatoesNow we'll travel across the pond back to dear old London to follow a series of couples around during the holiday season to see whether they can find love or not, and though the title might give away the movie, it will still surprise you and make you laugh. For example, Hugh Grant is cast as the Prime Minister. That's a reason to laugh all on its own!
Directed by Nancy Meyers
47% on Rotten TomatoesThis is one of my favorites. What can I say, I'm a sucker for Nancy Meyers. Jude Law's hunky, Jack Black manages to become kind of adorable (who knew?), and Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are your soul sisters.
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Directed by Mark Sandrich
100% on Rotten TomatoesIt's kind of like White Christmas, but it's not! The main difference: Astaire. Give him some holiday love by turning on this lovely little flick.
Directed by Michael Curtiz
76% on Rotten TomatoesIn the same vein as Singin in the Rain, it's kind of random and you don't really know how you get to the end result, but every showtune along the way is delightful. Sisters is especially funny!
Directed by Frank Capra
James Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Todd Karns
94% on Rotten TomatoesHere it is. THE Christmas movie. If you don't know every line by now, from malfeasants to hot dog, then start studying because this movie is hilarious, heartwarming, and
What are your favorite Christmas movies? Think you're brave enough to try the whole marathon?