The holiday season is here, which means it’s the time of year to binge-watch Christmas movies to get into the festive spirit.
The most popular vacation movies can be found on a variety of streaming services. With these guides, we’re here to help you determine which movies are available on which platforms.
If you’re scrolling through Amazon Prime Video and looking for Christmas movies, there are five classic holiday movies to watch.
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Since its release in 2003, “Elf” has become one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the Elf, a human raised by elves at the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s sack on Christmas Eve as a baby.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the film tells the story of Buddy seeking to reunite with his real family in New York City and spreading Christmas cheer to everyone.
Along with Ferrell, the cast stars James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen and Ed Asner.
“It’s a wonderful life”
There is perhaps no more iconic holiday movie in the history of cinema than “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Released in 1946, the film tells the story of George Bailey, a common man who constantly puts the wants and needs of others before his own.
He’s willing to postpone his own dreams for the welfare of others, but Bailey reaches a point where he wishes he had never been born. With the help of a Guardian Angel named Clarence, Bailey sees how much impact he has made on the lives of others.
Starring James Stewart as Bailey and directed by Frank Capra, the film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1946.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
When it comes to being obnoxious during the holiday season, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” takes the cake.
Released in 1989, the film tells the story of Clark Griswold looking to have the perfect family Christmas, but to have all kinds of antics. If you’re looking for a laugh this is the perfect movie.
The film stars Chevy Chase as Griswold, along with Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. John Hughes, who wrote and produced the “Home Alone” films, is the writer and co-producer of “Christmas Vacation”.
“The Polar Express”
It’s impossible to do without watching “The Polar Express” and not feeling excited about the Christmas season.
The 2004 animated film is an adaptation of the children’s holiday book of the same name. It tells the story of a young boy’s Christmas Eve journey to the North Pole on a train and his realization that there is no age limit for believing in Santa Claus.
Starring Tom Hanks, the film won three Oscar nominations and one Golden Globe nomination in 2005. The film also received a Grammy Award for its hit song “Believe” by Josh Groban.
If you’re a fan of a good romantic comedy while on vacation, look no further than “Love Actually”.
The film, released in 2003, tells the story of love during the Christmas season and how a series of relationships are intertwined and connected.
The film won a pair of Golden Globe nominations and has a star-studded cast. Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Rowan Atkinson and Kiera Knightley all star in the film.
A full list of vacation movies and shows on Amazon Prime is available online. Some of these holiday films will also screen at the PFS Drive-In Theater in Philadelphia.