14 '90s Holiday Movies the Whole Family Will Love

Updated 05/06/19
'90s Christmas Movies
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There's nothing quite like snuggling up for a holiday movie marathon, especially if said marathon consists exclusively of festive throwbacks. Home Alone? The Nightmare Before Christmas? It doesn't get more classic than those '90s flicks. To spread the cheer (and occasional kitsch), we compiled a watchlist of all our favorite '90s Christmas movies, plus a few favorites from the '80s and early aughts.

Share them with your little ones or call up some friends for a night of seasonally on-point nostalgia. Some are heartwarming while others are funny and cheesy in the best way possible, but they're all definitely worth revisiting throughout the years and keeping alive for generations to come. Read on to start streaming your favorite '90s Christmas movies

Trading Places $4
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One of the few Christmas movies with a Rotten Tomato score greater than 85%, Trading Places simply had to be on our list, even if it's from the '80s. It's basically about a big scheme in which two very different men join forces to uncover who is framing one of them. It's definitely not a family-oriented, classic Christmas movie, but it is friendly to most ages, and the unconventional approach to the genre is what makes it so fresh and great. 

Birth Year: 1983

Scrooged $4
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Bill Murray brings sarcasm and wit to this 1988 modern take on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. As a rich, powerful, and cold-as-ice TV executive who routinely gifts his only living relative with a company bath towel for Christmas, Murray travels his way through Christmases past, present, and future to eventually reunite with the one who got away for an ultimately cheerful finale. 

Birth Year: 1988

Home Alone $4
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We all know what happens if you're being a brat during the holiday season… You get a lump of coal. Or, if you're Kevin MacCallister, you get left behind at home when the rest of the family heads to Paris for Christmas. Kevin is excited to spend some time alone until two robbers how up and he has to spend the day protecting the family home. 

Birth Year: 1990

To Grandmother's House We Go $12
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Silly, adorable, uplifting, and wholesome, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's themed movies always hit the spot when we're craving family-oriented throwbacks with the perfect dose of cheesiness. In the holiday special, the twins encounter a couple of villains when they run away from home in the hopes of making their way to their grandmother's house. 

Birth Year: 1992

The Nightmare Before Christmas $4
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Two holidays collide when Jack Skellington leaves spooky Halloweentown and discovers cheerful Christmastown in this Tim Burton animated classic. It's gripping, kid-friendly, and full of magical adventure. 

Birth Year: 1993

Look Who's Talking Now! $4
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John Travolta and Kirstie Alley play two charming parents that bring two new dogs to the family during the holidays who spend their time roasting the humans in their household (they can't hear them of course). The voices of prissy poodle and scruffy mutt are portrayed by Diane Keaton and Danny DeVito respectively, so you can imagine the fun shenanigans and commentary they make throughout the movie. It's a silly, fun, and family-friendly rom-com. 

Birth Year: 1993

While You Were Sleeping $4
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Sandra Bullock, who is totally decked out in on-trend '90s sweaters, falls for Bill Pullman in this holiday family comedy. A whimsical love story, the film is often credited, alongside Speed, with launching Bullock to superstardom. It also defined an archetype years before Sex and the City's Aidan Shaw came on the scene: the dream guy who makes his own furniture. 

Birth Year: 1996 

The Preacher's Wife $5
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Do you love the classic Cary Grant film The Bishop's Wife? The black-and-white '40s film casts dreamy gentlemen's gentleman Cary Grant as an angel on earth, which seems not too far of a stretch for the devilishly handsome icon. But we love this 1996 remake starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. Buoyed by the debonaire charisma of Washington and Houston, its sweet story—which emphasizes the importance of family values above money and ambition—is entirely charming and appropriate for all ages.

 

Birth Year: 1996

If You Believe $3
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Little Hayden Panettiere plays young Susan Stone, who time travels to meet her future self and reintroduce her to optimism, joy, and her purer values. It's an interesting narrative device that's fun to watch on screen and then imagine how it'd play out in our own lives after. 

Birth Year: 1996

Jack Frost $3
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Jack Frost is surprisingly dark but also funny and entertaining to rewatch as an adult. It's about a young boy who lost his busy father in a tragic accident, only to have him come back to life on Christmas in the form of a snowman on the family's front lawn. It's about second chances, the power of family bonds, and the joy of the holidays.  

Birth Year: 1998

How the Grinch Stole Christmas $4
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Dr. Suess's snowflake-sized universe, Hooville, comes to life in all its magic in this live-action adaptation. It's such a fun and sweet story about finding a sense of belonging and connection in unexpected places, all set against the magical backdrop of a winter wonderland. Like Mr. Grinch, your heart will grow three times its size by the time you're through streaming the movie. 

Birth Year: 2000

Elf $4
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This Will Farrel Christmas tale will never get old no matter how many times we watch it. It follows Buddy the Elf, who was accidentally brought from his home to the North Pole and raised by Santa, as he's reunited with his birth family in NYC. Everything we know as normal is new to Buddy, who only knows the Christmas-themed universe of the North Pole, so hilarity ensues. 

Birth Year: 2003

Love Actually $4
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Romantic comedy meets Christmas classic? Sign us up. Arguably the most popular holiday movie, chances are that you've probably already watched Love Actually a dozen times. But in case you haven't, it's a movie about multiple interconnected love stories in London during the holiday season. 

Birth Year: 2003

The Polar Express $4
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This animated movie brings your favorite holiday storybook from childhood to life. You'll join a little boy who he rediscovers his belief in Santa (and all the holiday cheer that accompanies it) as he stumbles onto a train headed for the North Pole. 

Birth Year: 2004

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