A (Different) Top 10 movies for the Holidays

One side of one of the Christmas "stuff" aisle at Costco.

We go by the Costco calendar. What does that mean? As you can see in the photo to the right taken at our local Costco, it means the holiday season is upon us. Yes, our neighbors are just starting to get their Halloween decorations out (they’re available at Costco, too :)), but for us it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. And part of that is the list of movies for holidays.

What qualifies a movie to be a holiday movie? Two things: first, it needs to leave you with a general sense of happiness or well being, ideally with a silly grin and a tear or two (or more) shed. Second, it needs to have at least one memorable scene set in winter. RED, for example, has an great scene set in winter with Christmas decorations and all. That means that our list is as follows:

(1) Love, Actually

(2) Die Hard

(3) About A Boy

(4) RED

(5) When Harry Met Sally

(6) Rudy

(7) Bridgit Jone’s Diary

(8) While You Were Sleeping

(9) Groundhog Day

(10) The Holiday

What do you think? What’s missing from this list?

Related trivia: what was the first movie to show a toilet flushing? Guesses are welcomed in comments!

Answer to trivia from last post: Apes, chimpanzees, and rats have been shown to laugh.  They discovered it through… tickle experiments 🙂

35 thoughts on “A (Different) Top 10 movies for the Holidays

    1. I haven’t seen that movie in years, and now I have the scene in the rain, near the end, playing in my head (quotes suppressed to avoid spoilers for the 4 people who haven’t seen it yet 🙂). That is a SPLENDID one!

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    1. Thank you! We haven’t seen that movie, it’ll be most excellent to have a new (for us 🙂) movie to watch, we added to our holiday watchlist. Thanks again, and don’t be shy about additional recommendations!

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        1. Did you know that It’s a Wonderful Life was a box office failure, and faded into obscurity until the 1970s. Then, its copyright elapsed and it became part of public domain allowing tv stations to play it as much as they wanted (and they wanted… it was free). That’s how it became etched as a holiday staple…

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          1. In case I didn’t say that before: we love trivia, thank you for the pointer to so much good stuff, especially on Love, Actually. I thought I was a mosquito magnet, but I never had to be treated for mosquito bites like Colin Firth did, I live and learn!

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          2. There have been some interesting articles about “Love Actually.” While a holiday classic, several of the stories have DARK endings, particularly for the women…while I don’t want to get too serious about it like that article did, it’s an interesting point – both Emma Thompson and Laura Linney end the film in very sad places.

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          3. The movie has such a great balance of sweet’n’sour that that’s not what I remembered until you mentioned it. You’re right, and Andrew Lincoln’s story doesn’t end happily, either. Emma Thompson especially deserved a happy ending; she supported so many of the relationships. It’s too bad they didn’t address it in the too-short “sequel.” At least Laura Linney got a McDreamy ever after?

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