Classic Holiday Movies You Must See

It’s that time of the year again, the time that we can all snuggle up with hot cocoa and watch our  favorite holiday movies. Whether they’re movies from our childhood like A Christmas Story, or bad movies like Bad Santa . We at SLCC Mass Communication Center have put together the top holiday movies for your enjoyment!

MIXED NUTS, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber, Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Anthony La Paglia, 1994

Mixed Nuts -(1994)
7% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Nora Ephron, in this movie, you’ve got it all, slapstick comedy, a struggling crossdresser (Liev Schreiber) and a “who done it” murder mystery.  A serial killer is on the loose in sunny California, but that doesn’t stop Philip (Steve Martin) and Katherine (Madeline Kahn) two crisis phone line workers, from throwing their annual christmas party. AVAILABLE NOW ON YOUTUBE clink the link below.
Mixed Nuts 1994

Pop Quiz what was Adam Sandler’s first movie?
A. Billy Madison
B. Going Overboard
C. Mixed Nuts




The Ref- (1994)
71% Rotten Tomatoes  
Available now on NETFLIX The Ref Starring; Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis… What happens at the Chasseur house, stays at the Chasseur house, especially when your christmas party gets hijacked by a conman on the run. Gus (Denis Leary) a safe cracking thief pretends to be a marriage counselor for Lloyd (Kevin Spacey) and Caroline Chasseur (Judy Davis), who are expecting their family over for dinner. Gus is slowly starting to realize he hijacked the wrong family. Whats happens when you mix family drama, a drunk santa, blended together with an assortment of felonies? You’ll just have to see for yourself!



National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- (1989)

64%  Rotten Tomatoes
Having your extended family over for the holidays? Well so are the Griswolds! Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) star in another National Lampoon’s Vacation, but it’s Christmas time. This hilarious comedy takes place in a nice quiet suburb outside of Chicago, it won’t stay quiet for long as the entire Griswold clan comes together for the holidays. The cast includes Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid), Russell (Johnny Galecki) and Audrey Griswold (Juliette Lewis). Available on Netflix DVD.


Bad Santa- (2003) 

78%  Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Terry Zwigoff: Starring: Billy Bob Thornton Tony Cox, Lauren Graham.

Billy Bob Thornton plays the sleaziest Santa to ever come down the chimney in this controversial classic. Available on: Netflix, Hulu and amazon prime.



A Christmas Story- (1983) 

88%  Rotten Tomatoes
All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for christmas is a Red Ryder bb gun with a compass in the stock, but as he hears from his parents “you’ll shoot your eye out”.This Christmas comedy takes 9-year-old Ralphie on a wild goose chase (or duck chase if you will) were getting his x-mas wish isn’t so easy, so Ralphie takes his wish list to the big man himself, Santa Claus. Available on Netflix DVD.


Elf – (2003) 

84% on Rotten Tomatoes
Who doesn’t love a grown man yelling at a department store santa: “You sit on a throne of lies!”, this hilarious tale is available to rent through itunes & Amazon or on Netflix.


Nightmare Before Christmas -(1993)

94% Rotten Tomatoes
The ultimate animated christmas awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music and storytelling. The highest rated movie on our list, Tim Burton takes you into a creepy musical, where Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) discovers something he has never seen before, something so beautiful that he is forced to defend it from the ultimate creeper Mr. Oogie Boogie (Ken Page). What is that something? Christmas town! Available on Netflix & Amazon



Jingle All the way – (1996)

17% Rotten Tomatoes
A fantastic tale of a father doing everything it takes to make it up to his son on christmas.


Home Alone – (1990) 

54% Rotten Tomatoes
A cautionary tale or every kid’s dream? Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is left behind after his family goes on an out of state christmas vacation. Unfortunately Kevin finds himself defending his home against the infamous “wet bandits” 2 house burglars Harry (Joe Pesci), and Marv (Daniel Stern). With a big house full of christmas presents Kevin gets pretty creative, in this family comedy.




Gremlins -1984

85% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Joe Dante. Mixing a family holiday affair with some genuine gruesome scares available on Netflix & Hulu. When a small time gadget maker wants to buy his son Billy (Zach Galligan) a cute furry christmas gift, Billy ends up breaking the rules and feeding the little guy after midnight, find out what happens next in this creepy Christmas tale. Watch the trailer for this cult classic now, Gremlins.






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