10 Christmas Flicks for Millennials

In honor of National Christmas Movie Marathon Day, and for all the millennials out there, here's your must-see list!

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Peter Billingsley in "A Christmas Story."

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  • Home Alone
    Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone."

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    It's not Christmas until you've visited Kevin McCallister's house, which is sure to be full of booby traps and burglars. No one wants to be alone on Christmas... well maybe if you have your dad's credit card and a house all to yourself, then it doesn't sound too bad.

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    Home Alone

    Holiday / 1990 / PG

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  • Elf
    Will Ferrell in "Elf."

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    For most Christmas movies, the films are usually centered around the big guy, but why don't Santa's little helpers get more credit? Well, although this particular helper is anything but little, Buddy the Elf has a story and we think it's worth seeing especially since his motto is "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” How can you say no to that?

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    Comedy / 2003 / PG

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Jim Carrey in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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    Taking a successful cartoon and turning it into a live-action film is not an easy thing to do, but when we think of the Grinch, we think of Jim Carrey's animated performance and it's definitely something that you don't want to pass up. From his wardrobe, to his voice, and even his demeanor, he's a force to be reckoned with.

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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    Children / 2000 / PG

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  • The Santa Clause
    Eric Lloyd and Tim Allen in "The Santa Clause."

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    If you're a 90's baby, then we can almost guarantee that Tim Allen is the Santa Claus you know and love. Spanning into 3 movies, this non-traditional Santa flick is one that's full of imagination and comedy, and we're certain that after watching it, you'll never look at a chimney the same ever again.

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    The Santa Clause

    Comedy / 1994 / PG

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

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    Christmas is a great time to connect with family and to just appreciate that you have each other in your life. This can be said for most of your family members, and the others... maybe not so much, but you still love them anyways. The best example you'll find of a functioning dysfunctional family is at the Griswold's house on Christmas.

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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Holiday / 1989 / PG-13

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  • A Christmas Story
    Peter Billingsley, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, and Ian Petrella in "A Christmas Story."

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    This film is one that we're going to designate as our hidden Christmas gem of the list because there's a large chance that if you're a millennial that you haven't seen it because it was made before you were born. If that's the case, then you absolutely need to see this because it has everything you would expect from a traditional Christmas movie about a small town kid growing up and trying to navigate the holidays and his childhood.

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    A Christmas Story

    Comedy / 1983 / PG

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  • Love Actually
    William Wadham and Emma Thompson in "Love Actually."

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    Standing alone as the only real rom-com Christmas movie on our list, this movie consists of nine parallel stories that are all full of love. This is a timeless classic that shows love during Christmas time in such a way that it may even have you looking for the nearest mistletoe.

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    Love Actually

    Holiday / 2003 / R

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  • It's a Wonderful Life
    Thomas Mitchell, Donna Reed, James Stewart, Karolyn Grimes Wilkerson, and Beulah Bondi in "It's a Wonderful Life."

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    We sincerely hope that you've seen this magical film because it really makes you thankful for whatever you have and whoever you have in your life. It also acknowledges that at times it may feel like you don’t have much of an impact on people around you, and then it reminds you that you make much more of a difference than you might think. If you haven't seen this heartwarming, black and white classic yet, stop what you're doing and go watch it.

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    It's a Wonderful Life

    Holiday / 1946 / PG

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  • Scrooged
    Bill Murray and Carol Kane in "Scrooged."

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    You can probably guess from the title that Santa isn't at the helm of this flick. If you want to see Bill Murray letting loose early in his career as a scrooge-type character who's in for a rude awakening, we highly recommend this movie. Sometimes, if you don't take the time to take a step back and look at your life, you might not like what you see and where it's headed when you eventually do.

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    Holiday / 1988 / PG-13

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  • Bad Santa
    Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in "Bad Santa."

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    Our final pick is anything but traditional when it comes to what we imagine when we think about jolly Saint Nick. This is the Santa we think we might find at a gas station wearing an alcohol-soaked suit with a cigarette in his mouth. But just because he might look a little rough around the edges, doesn't mean he's incapable of spreading some holiday cheer...in his own way.

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    Bad Santa

    Holiday / 2003 / R

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Jesse Conner

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