Check Out These Holiday Shows You Might Have Missed

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Uncategorized

If your family is anything like mine, then along with holiday cards and carols of the season, you hear plenty of lines from the movie Elf. Don’t even get me started on what happens when we walk by a “world’s best” anything sign. A Christmas Story also haunts our home each year, and Ralphie’s pink bunny pajamas have made it onto one of my kids’ Christmas lists this year. 

Watching (and remembering) these movies is a holiday tradition for a reason – they’re fun, offer an inspirational message, and are infinitely watchable. 

Well. Infinite may be a strong word. 

Eventually, it’s nice to have another thing or two to watch over the holidays. It’s a Wonderful Life fills an important place in many of our hearts, but it’s a once-a-year viewing at most – there’s simply not enough tissues in the world to watch it more often than that. 

Underrated Holiday Movies

For many families, watching a holiday film together is as much a part of the season as mistletoe, eggnog, and presents under the tree. If you and your family are looking for some new holiday entertainment, check out the following hidden gems.  

  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). There are few things more beautiful than Judy Garland in a festive red dress trying to convince us that everything will be okay. When you listen to the actual lyrics of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, you learn that it’s a pretty sad song. Check out the film that first gave us this tune and what made it all so devastating. Don’t worry; everything works out in the end. You can stream this movie from Prime or Google Play
  • The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe (2011). You don’t have to be a Doctor Who fan to appreciate this tidy little hour-long holiday special. A guy in a blue box travels through time and space – that’s all you need to know to appreciate one of the most moving and inspirational holiday stories I’ve ever seen. With homages to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (in title and content), it’s about much more than you might think at first glance. The whole series is on Prime, but you can also stream this single episode for $1.99 on Google Play. 
  • You Can’t Take It With You (1938). This Frank Capra film isn’t set during the holidays, but it’s just as important to the season’s spirit as his other, more often viewed film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Though Jimmy Stewart still headlines, there’s no suicide attempts or yelling at children. It’s almost all happiness. When one family decides that money isn’t quite as important as everyone thinks it is and decides to follow their bliss, they stand in the way of a banker – the demon of all holiday stories. By its conclusion, snooty people are taken down and love conquers all. This film should be easy to find; it’s often on Turner Classic Movies. Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon all stream it. 
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Shane Black’s underrated gem is not suitable for the entire family, but it is a blast of an action film. More obviously a holiday story than that other action movie set during Christmas time (Die Hard, and yes, we call it a holiday movie), it comes with many more laughs and maybe even more deaths. Ho Ho Ho. If you like that one, check out Black’s earlier film starring the always amazing Samuel L. Jackson, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – another one to argue about whether it’s a Christmas film or just a fun action flick set during Christmas. A few others in that vein include (in no order): 

 

  • Lethal Weapon
  • Night of the Comet
  • Iron Man 3
  • Ronin 
  • Jurassic World

 

 

They’re all fun, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is our favorite holiday action movie. You’ll probably want to watch this one twice to catch all the jokes. It’s pretty easy to find, but here it is from Google Play

 

  • The Preacher’s Wife (1996). We love the movie from which this film was inspired, The Bishop’s Wife, but it is missing something. Oh yes, I remember what it is: Denzel Washington. And if we’re finding inspiration in appreciating the people around us who love us the most, shouldn’t he be the one telling us about it? Seriously, this film is a fun and happy reminder about what truly matters during Christmastime and throughout the year. Whitney Houston sings in it, too, so there’s another reason to add it to your list. You can find this on most streaming platforms for under $3.00.

We haven’t seen the gem from this image, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but it’s now on our list. We’re expecting it to be a “so bad, it’s good” kind of movie. We’ll let you know soon. 

Why We Like Holiday Flicks

Writing about movies when you’re a content writing agency (those are the only keywords in this whole blog) may seem silly, but we’re an agency of writers. We love to write about all kinds of things – especially the things that bring us closer together. As a small business, we appreciate the anti-corporate message of You Can’t Take It With You. As mothers, sisters, and daughters, the Dr. Who story reaffirms what we already know – family is powerful and magical all at the same time. Meet in St. Louis offers us nostalgia for a time past, but also hope for the future. The Preacher’s Wife is what every single Hallmark movie wants to be without being sappy or overly cliched. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a great reminder that the world still turns, whether it’s Christmas or the Fourth of July. It also makes us laugh.

If you’re looking for even more holiday films, plenty of other agencies are willing to share their favorite films of the season and where to find them. Here are a few fun lists to check out:

Make Memories with New Movies This Holiday

The holiday has such a place in our cultural hearts. The truth is that this list could go on forever. Our list was mostly inspired by Christmas, but other celebrations during these months produce great stories we may not have gotten to yet. Movies, books, and TV shows help us tell our stories and share them with others. And that’s why we gather around a dumb box to watch them together. 

It’s that very act that is inspiring – a story to share. 

What did we miss? We can’t wait to add your recommendations to our watchlists. Let us know what movies we need to add this year – just don’t @ us about Die Hard.

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Kimberlee Henry