'Tis the season for mugs of cocoa, warm socks, and of course, holiday movies. Nothing beats gathering around the television with your loved ones and sharing a movie-watching experience together. That is, once you finally agree on which one to watch. HBO Max has a great selection of Christmas and holiday fare such as 12 Dates of Christmas and My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood. There are also plenty of Christmas films to watch as well. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly animated adventure like Rise of the Guardians or a more traditional film like A Christmas Carol, you're bound to find the perfect movie to watch together.
Also on this list is Die Hard (HBO), an action thriller that takes place on Christmas Eve. It's not a traditional holiday movie by any means, but it just feels right to watch it around Christmas time. The same goes with Tim Burton's Batman Returns, which is subtle in its holiday elements. At the other end of the spectrum is the Air Buddies (HBO) movie Santa Buddies (HBO), which follows a group of puppies as they help save the Christmas spirit from disappearing for good.
Keep reading to learn more about the best holiday films available on HBO Max. Vote up the ones you think make for the best winter viewing. Happy holidays!
- Photo: 20th Century Fox
It's time to settle this debate once and for all: Die Hard is a Christmas movie. The film's events take place on Christmas Eve, after all. Widely considered to be one of the best action films ever made, Die Hard features knockout performances from Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. It may not be the most kid-friendly pick, but if you've got an adult-only audience, you're in the clear. Focused on a New York City police detective caught up in a terrorist takeover of a skyscraper, Die Hard is the opposite of a Hallmark Christmas movie. But you should still definitely watch it.
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- Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Robert Davi, Kym Malin
- Released: 1988
- Directed by: John McTiernan
- Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
You can't go wrong with a classic holiday film like A Christmas Carol. The story has been adapted several times over, but this particular incarnation from the 1930's is a good introduction to the tale. For one, several of the darker elements were toned down to make the film more family friendly. This means it's safe for youngsters to watch, without any fear of unsightly ghouls.
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- Actors: Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll, Reginald Owen, Kathleen Lockhart
- Released: 1938
- Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Last Christmas (HBO)Photo: Universal Pictures
Paul Feig's romantic comedy Last Christmas is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. It's a cheeky story about a Christmas store employee (Emilia Clarke) who falls for a mysterious man (Henry Golding), before she realizes his true identity. You will find this heartfelt film to be touching and clever. Clarke and Golding have wonderful chemistry that will stay with you long after the credits roll. What better time to fall in love than Christmastime?
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- Actors: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Rebecca Root
- Released: 2019
- Directed by: Paul Feig
- Photo: 20th Century Fox
There's no place like home for the holidays. Except if you're Meridith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) in The Family Stone. An uptight businesswoman, nothing can prepare her for her boyfriend's outgoing bohemian family. There's all sorts of narrative twists and turns as Meridith's sister Julie (Claire Danes) gets involved. But at its core, it's a story about the strength of family ties, making it a worthwhile family watch. At the very least, you can see that your family isn't that dramatic in comparison.
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- Actors: Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Judy Garland, Diane Keaton
- Released: 2005
- Directed by: Thomas Bezucha