With all the new Christmas movies out there, it can get exhausting sifting through the muck to find the right one to watch. This year, it’s more than okay to go back to some of the OGs that you’ve seen a million times and know every line of dialogue by heart. Honestly, they're classics for a reason.
Here’s some of our favorite time-honored Christmas movies to watch...again.
1. Love Actually
Yeah, maybe it’s a bit much to put Love Actually first on this list, but have you seen Love Actually? It's honestly a perfect holiday movie. There are many haters out there, but it's hard to not be a fan of the multiple storyline romantic comedy (that at times veers into teary drama). And with mega-stars like Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson falling in and out of love at Christmas time, it's a confirmed classic.
2. The Holiday
In what parallel world do men intentionally treat Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet poorly?! In The Holiday, the two play Iris and Amanda, who switch homes over the holiday season, and take the opportunity to reevaluate their lives and maybe find true love in the process. Also, JUDE LAW.
3. Home Alone
For 90s kids, Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin was the holiday movie. When bratty Kevin gets banished to the attic the night before a holiday trip to Paris, he's accidentally left behind by his family. As any kid would, Kevin wastes none of his freedom, immediately watching R-rated movies and gorging on junk food. But when the "Wet Bandits" come to rob his home, he’s ready to defend it at all costs. Home Alone is so intrinsic to holiday movie canon, it spawned five other movies.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Though some (wrong) people consider The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie, it has more than earned it's spot on this list. Jack Skellington, a goth icon and Halloween town resident, accidentally ends up in Christmas Town and decides to give this new holiday a go with his own creepy spin on things.
And, because it's Christmas, even a stop motion animation from Tim Burton has to have a love story and a soundtrack of serious bangers.
5. The Family Stone
I don't want to shout at you dear readers in all caps, but The Family Stone is a super underrated holiday movie!!! First, it has an all-star cast with Rachel McAdams, SJP, Diane Keaton and stone-cold fox Dermot Mulroney. Second, it might be one of the most relatable family movies ever—about Mulroney’s oldest brother bringing his uptight girlfriend (SJP) home for Christmas to ask for the family heirloom ring to propose. Is your family crazy? Have you ever brought home your significant other home to utter chaos? Then watch this movie. Plus, who doesn't love a bitchy Rachel McAdams?
6. A Christmas Story
There's a lot of things that are synonymous with America—apple pie, baseball, lawn ornaments—and honestly A Christmas Story definitely makes the list. Come on, the movie gets it's own 24/7 broadcast on Christmas Eve. ACS is the story of Ralphie, who's only wish is to get a bb gun for Christmas, despite everyone saying he'll shoot his eye out. More importantly, it's the universal warning to children NOT to stick your tongue to a frozen pole. You're welcome, parents everywhere.
Is Elf both a holiday season must-watch and Will Ferrell’s greatest movie to date?? All signs point to "yes." Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human who stumbles into Santa’s bag as a baby and grows up as an elf (a very tall one) in his workshop. When Buddy is told that he’s not really an elf, he goes searching for his origins in America. He manages to track down his parents and falls for Zooey Deschanel. Who wouldn't?
After two very attractive strangers (played by Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack) meet over a pair of gloves in Bloomingdales, they have a whirlwind winter evening over ice skating and frozen hot chocolates....even though they are both in relationships. (Honestly, shady).
The two decide to go back to their old lives and leave their love story to fate. You'll have to watch to see how this one ends. (Pro tip: Serendipity is also the best place to go for frozen hot chocolate or gold-covered ice cream in NYC)
9. The Santa Claus
Casting Tim Allen as Santa was such a 90s move, so it's no wonder that The Santa Clause became a Christmas hit. Allen plays Scott, a hapless dad who accidentally kills Santa. Stay with me.
He puts on his suit to help save the holiday, but becomes Santa in the process, much to his chagrin. Hijinx and feels ensue.
10. The Long Kiss Goodnight
Watching Geena Davis be a badass can be just as merry as Yuletide carols and romance. In The Long Kiss Goodnight, Davis plays Samantha Caine, your typical New England housewife who's found washed ashore, pregnant, and with no memories. When she gets a brief concussion during a car accident, all her memories rush back to her and she discovers she's a CIA assassin with a major score to settle.
It doesn't sound very Christmasy, but you'll see what I mean when you watch.
Go, a Christmas action/drug movie, was littered with 90s teen stars like Katie Holmes, Breckin Meyer and Scott Wolf. When two bored supermarket employees end up on a fake drug run, it starts a whole spiral of mixed up identities, gun wounds, and make outs with Timothy Olyphant. Plus, its super 90s soundtrack featuring No Doubt, Natalie Imbruglia and Len makes Go a true #TBT.
12. To Grandmother's House We Go
Perhaps one of their lesser known works, To Grandmother’s House We Go was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Christmas masterpiece—you know, before they quit acting to build their fashion empire. The two twin daughters of an overworked single mother decide to give her a "break" and run away to their grandmother’s house...but they actually just run into a whole lot of trouble. Their journey is riddled with obstacles—from UPS drivers, robbers, and even Santa Claus himself.
Got it, dude?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.