Throughout much of the country, the cold of winter calls for bountiful blankets and copious covers, which tend to go great with movie marathons! And, during this festive time of year, what better fare to snuggle up with than a Holiday flick? Even if it’s still 70° and sunny in your location, here are 33 Holiday movies Travel Nurses will love (in no particular order):
1. A Christmas Story — Considered the ultimate modern classic by many, this 1983 comedy brought leg lamps, bunny suits, and the term “You’ll shoot your eye out!” into fashion.
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol — Everybody’s favorite motley crew, The Muppets, take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas — Tim Burton’s musical fantasy takes viewers from “Halloween Town” to “Christmas Town.”
4. Eight Crazy Nights — Although it’s an animated feature, Adam Sandler’s musical comedy focusing on the Hanukkah season is an adults-only affair.
5. Bad Santa — Also meant for adults, Billy Bob Thornton stars as an alcoholic, thieving Santa, in this comedy caper.
6. Elf — Will Ferrell charms as one of Santa’s elves who travels to New York City to meet his biological father, delivering childlike Christmas cheer everywhere he goes.
7. Mixed Nuts — Hilarity and hijinks ensue in this Nora Ephron-directed screwball comedy set in and around a crisis hotline at Christmastime. Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Anthony LaPaglia, Jon Stewart, Parker Posey, and others star.
8. Gremlins — A cautionary tale for those looking for unusual Christmas gifts, this classic ’80s monster mash is set against a Holiday backdrop.
9. A Charlie Brown Christmas — One of the season’s most beloved traditions, for kids of all ages.
10. The Polar Express — Take a trip to the North Pole, as seen through a child’s eyes, in this computer-animated fantasy.
11. Home for the Holidays — Technically a Thanksgiving movie, but this comedy, directed by Jodie Foster and starring Holly Hunter, is a great examination of family festivities.
12. The Black Candle — This award-winning documentary on Kwanzaa is narrated by the late Maya Angelou.
13. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Chevy Chase and family are back and in the spirit of the season in this third installment of National Lampoon’s Vacation series — a major crowd favorite.
14. One Magic Christmas — An angel (played by Harry Dean Stanton) helps show a hardworking, downtrodden mom the true meaning of Christmas in this ’80s classic.
15. Home Alone — When Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind by his family who are traveling to Europe, he must protect their home from a pair of bungling burglars.
16. Die Hard — A Christmas party turns nightmarish for an NYPD officer (Bruce Willis) when he must save his wife and other hostages being threatened by a terrorist group.
17. Love, Actually — A mosaic of stories come together in this across-the-pond rom-com, starring a huge ensemble cast including Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, and others.
18. The Hebrew Hammer — According to IMDb, “An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus’ evil son.” Starring Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, and Judy Greer.
19. Little Fockers — Christmas and Hanukkah factor into this third installment of the comic Meet the Parents series, starring Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, and Owen Wilson.
20. How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Whether you prefer the animated classic or the 2000 Jim Carrey version, this holiday classic will make your heart grow three sizes.
21. It’s a Wonderful Life — James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man in despair who gets help from an angel to realize his life is meaningful and necessary. Widely loved and watched, this film is one of the American Film Institute’s 100 best films ever made.
22. While You Were Sleeping — Christmastime in Chicago is the backdrop for this family-centric rom-com starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Gallagher.
23. This Christmas — Starring Idris Elba, Regina King, and Loretta Devine, this Christmas comedy/drama details a family’s first holiday together in four years.
24. Trading Places — Christmas and New Year’s are important characters in this scathingly funny John Landis film, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.
25. Holiday Inn — Starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, the classic Holiday tune ‘White Christmas” was written for this film.
26. White Christmas — Another classic featuring music by Irving Berlin. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.
27. Black Christmas — On the other end of the spectrum, whether the original 1974 or the 2006 remake, this Holiday slasher flick centers on sorority sisters being stalked by a killer during a winter storm.
28. Scrooged — Bill Murray is wonderfully persnickety in this modern spin on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This ’80s Christmas comedy classic also stars Karen Allen, Carol Kane, and Bobcat Goldthwait.
29. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer — This stop motion animation classic tells the story of everyone’s favorite misfit reindeer and his friend Hermey who set out to find a place where they’ll be accepted just as they are. It first aired in 1964, but never gets old!
30. Meet Me in St. Louis — Sure, this classic spans an entire year, but it’s best known for its Christmas scenes, especially Judy Garland’s Esther singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to her sorrowful kid sister, Tootie.
31. 200 Cigarettes — With a ’90s ensemble cast boasting Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Courtney Love, Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Martha Plimpton, and others, this flick follows multiple characters throughout New Year’s Eve 1981.
32. Four Rooms — Set in a hotel on New Year’s Eve, Tim Roth plays a bellhop who appears in all four segments of this bizarre anthology comedy.
33. When Harry Met Sally — This textbook rom-com spans the seasons, but its capstone New Year’s Eve scene is rightfully famous. (See also, Sleepless in Seattle, with Meg Ryan’s vehicular singing of “Jingle Bells” — “horses, horses, horses, horses … ” for another festive scene.)
Did we leave your favorite off the list of 33 Holiday movies Travel Nurses will love? Let us know in the comments which movie(s) you’d add to the list, and, be sure to check out this blog with tips on other festive ways to make your location home for the holidays.