Merry Christmas Eve! Along with the shopping, sweets-baking and (sometimes) snowing, another phenomenon that goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season is watching festive movies. Last week, we showcased the 10-most Googled holiday movies of all time. This week with Christmas on the horizon, we’re getting a bit more personal. Introducing McNutt & Partners’ staff favorite holiday movies, in order of the year they debuted!
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
- Picked by: Sean Parker and Jon Van Wezel
- What it’s about: George Bailey has issues—so many that he’s thinking about ending it all right during the Christmas season. His guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes and shows George what life would be like for his friends and loved ones if he had never existed.
- White Christmas (1954)
- Picked by: Luke Richey
- What it’s about: A singing and dancing male duo teams up with a singing and dancing female duo to perform at an inn in rural Vermont. The four run into a general who commanded the men during World War II and end up helping him in a quest to save the failing inn.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
- Picked by: John McNutt
- What it’s about: A green, mean, nearly-heartless being is fed up with Christmas cheer and vows to ruin it for all in the neighboring town of Whoville. One little Who, however, may just have the charm to turn The Grinch’s too-small heart into one full of holiday happiness.
- Die Hard (1988)
- Picked by: James Joyce and Nicholas Smith
- What it’s about: An ongoing debate in the film world argues whether or not the 1988-hit film Die Hard should actually be in the Christmas movie category. Regardless, the movie is about a New York City policeman who attends holiday party with his family. During the party, a group of terrorists takes over—and the policeman takes matters into his own hands.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
- Picked by: Mollie Parker
- What it’s about: Clark Griswold is looking forward to a festive Christmas with his family, but annoying relatives, faulty decorations and a stingy boss make the holiday full of chaos rather than cheer.
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
- Picked by: Katherine Haas
- What it’s about: The sequel to the classic 1990 film Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, puts a different spin on the kid-left-home-alone-during-the-holidays plot line. This time, now 10-year-old Kevin McCallister accidentally ends up in New York City while his family travels to Miami.
- The Santa Clause (1994)
- Picked by: Chanah Fallin
- What it’s about: A divorced dad spending Christmas Eve with his son accidentally causes a man in a Santa suit to fall off of his roof. It turns out that in doing so, dad unknowingly signed up for a holly jolly job that he may or may not have the qualifications for.
- While You Were Sleeping (1995)
- Picked by: Emily Chapman
- What it’s about: Set during a snowy Christmas in Chicago, a woman pulls her longtime crush from certain death via an oncoming train, though he still ends up in the hospital in a coma. Misspeaking at the hospital leads family members to think she is actually his fiancée—and she doesn’t correct them.
- Elf (2003)
- Picked by: Caitlin Parker
- What it’s about: Buddy grew up with elves at the North Pole, but he’s actually human. Realizing at an older age that he doesn’t fit in, he heads to New York City in search of his true identity.
What a list! Use our McNutt & Partners’ staff favorite holiday movies in making your Christmas cinema decisions this Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!
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