10 Heartwarming Movies to Watch This Christmas


Christmas is in a month! Have you stocked your library shelves yet for holiday lending? In this post, Digitales rounds up ten Christmas favourites that will give you the warm and fuzzies this December.

1) Home Alone (1990)

christmas_homealoneGenre: Comedy
Rating: PG
Description: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays.

But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them! Written and produced by John Hughes (101 Dalmations), Home Alone is a slapstick adventure that features an all-star supporting cast including Catherine O’Hara and John Heard as Kevin’s parents, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the burglars, and John Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) as the “Polka King of the Midwest”.

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Genre: Animated, Family, Fantasy
Rating: G
Description: Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder! This Special Edition of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas celebrates the ground breaking accomplishments of the first full-length stop-motion animated feature, with bonus materials never before available.

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. But his well-meaning mission unwittingly puts Santa Claus in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for the good little boys and girls everywhere! Who will save Christmas? This movie milestone from Tim Burton is a fun fantasy for the whole family!

3) Arthur Christmas (2011)

christmas-arthurchristmasGenre: Animated, Drama, Comedy
Rating: G
Description: Everyone knows that each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole.

But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns in Arthur Christmas.

4) A Christmas Carol (2009)


Genre: Animated, Drama, Family
Rating: PG
Description: In A Christmas Carol, Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.

5) The Grinch (2000)


Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG
Description: You better watch out! He’s green, he’s mean, and he hates Christmas! The Grinch is a bad tempered hairy green creature, who lives inside a cave atop Mount Crumpit, overlooking the vllage of Whoville.

As the Whos of Whoville frantically prepare for their yuletide celebrations, The Grinch decides to put a stop to Christmas once and for all, and steals all their presents and decorations on Christmas Eve.only to finally come to learn that the true spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

6) Elf (2003)

Genre: Family
Rating: G
Description: In Elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.

Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

7) Love Actually (2003)


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Family
Rating: M
Description: From the makers of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes the ultimate romantic comedy and a blockbuster film that includes a fantastic all-star cast and an outstanding soundtrack. The hilarious Love Actually explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas.

Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, fathers and sons, and rock stars and managers all combine to make Love Actually not just one story but ten very different ones. This 10th anniversary edition includes a booklet, behind the scenes pics, cast and quizzes.

8) Scrooged (1988)

christmas-scroogedGenre: Comedy
Rating: M
Description: High-spirited high jinks on Christmas Eve put Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in a ghostly time warp in Scrooged, a hilarious take-off of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Cross, who has made the meteoric rise from the depths of the mailroom to TV network president, is mean, nasty, uncaring, unforgiving and has a sadistic sense of humour—perfect qualities for a modern-day Scrooge. Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and, finally, a ghoulish, seven-foot headless messenger from the future.

9) Rise of the Guardians (2012)


Genre: Animated, Adventure, Family
Rating: PG
Description: Rise Of The Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes, each with extraordinary abilities.

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

10) The Holiday (2006)


Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating: M
Description: Meet Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), two women who couldn’t be more different—one lives in a cosy English cottage, the other in a swanky Hollywood estate—but who are alike in their mutual bad luck with men.

In desperate need of an escape, they meet online and impulsively switch homes. Both find the last thing either wants or expects a new romance and discover that a change of address really can change your life. From the Director of Somethings Gotta Give and What Women Want comes The Holiday, two whole hours of sheer, heart-warming romantic comedy.


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