Movie For The Perfect Holiday Season

-Maanasi Lakshman, I Year B.A. History and Tourism
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, eat a lot of carbs, sleep in, go vacationing and of course, watch the holiday classics. No matter what genre you like to watch through the year, there are just a few movies that make your holidays complete!

Here are some classic picks from the 80’s to 2004 to make you merry and feel all the spirits of joy!


  1. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Cast:  James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan

Alfred Karlik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak’s (Margaret Sullavan) story is set in the World War II scenario and they constantly butt heads and have arguments. They relieve themselves through their pen-pals and fall in love with each other. Little do they know what future had planned for them. It is the quintessential romantic movie, perfect for this time of the year!

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  1. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Cast: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan prove to be a perfect on-screen couple. Ryan portrays a struggling book shop owner and Tom Hanks is the owner of a corporate book store chain, putting little stores out of business. They are business rivals, yet writing brings them together, in an anonymous way. It is the perfect rom-com for the season.

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  1. Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brie

Not exactly a Christmas movie, but it is the classic MGM Christmas themed musical. It brings us great tunes that we have cherished over the years. It is centered on a group of four sisters, all learning life in different ways. The movie renders the perfect boy-next door feels when John Trudette comes in. Set in the Christmas spirit, this is the perfect chick-flick to watch with your girlfriends and sisters!

Where you can watch it: www.cmovie.hd


  1. A Christmas Story (1983)

Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds.

Based on the jocular and light-hearted writings of Jean Shepherd, this movie revolves around a youngster Ralphie Parker, who daydreams about his ideal Christmas present, an air rifle. Ralphie gives us time to rewind with his childish tactics and makes us laugh. He is mostly at a tiff with his irritable father and seeks comfort from his loving mother. Ralphie constantly struggles to celebrate Christmas peacefully. The movie hits a sweet spot between making us feel grateful and chuckle at the same time. It is funny and filled with innocence, one to watch with your family!

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  1. White Christmas (1954)

Cast: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye

Undoubtedly a sentimental holiday favorite. A few sisters and brothers join together for an extravaganza of a musical, in the rural areas of snow covered, beautifully sparkling Vermont where they learn that Dean Jagger is having a financial crisis. They plan out a huge musical in order to put his troubles away, having some fun in the process. It shows us the real meaning of Christmas; the spirit and joy of giving. Definitely a feel-good movie

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  1. A Christmas Carol (2009)

Cast: Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

Written originally by Charles Dickens, it is a story about an old man, (Ebenezer Scrooge) who is a mean-spirited miser. Even as the entire world awaits Christmas, he is cynical about it. Later that night, he is visited by three ghosts who take him through his yester-years and his past. Filled with special effects, Jim Carrey does an amazing job, making us all laugh at his little antics. It is a perfect pick, leaves you feeling grateful with some good Christmas vibes.

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  1. Christmas in Conneticut (1945)

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan.

Elizabeth, potrayed by Barbara Stanwyck, plays a popular magazine column writer, Diary of A Housewife. She pretends to be a married woman, living on a farm in Conneticut. Little did she know that her writing could actually move and inspire people, she later finds out that a particular war-hero (a fan) had fallen in love with her and wanted to find out more about her. Trouble unwinds when he later finds out that she isn’t who she claims to be. It is filled with the old-world charm, one that makes you feel warm and happy.

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  1. The Polar Express (2004)

Cast: Tom Hanks and Nona Gaye.

A classic Christmas movie, based on a novel written by Chris Van  Allsburg. The story revolves around children going on an adventurous trip to the North Pole, to meet Santa and see what Christmas really is about. The movie is animated, and is sure to touch your hearts and make you believe that no matter what age you are, Santa is real!

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